The implications aren’t particularly onerous The adoption of linux an will take one on a voyage of discovery. A full data backup is advisable prior to any Linux distribution installation The most popular and best supported distribution is probably Ubuntu with long term support, (LTS) which has the greatest amount of documentation, forums and help.This distribution ISO can be downloaded from the Official Ubuntu website.
Installation is simple,Burn the ISO to a DVD+RW which allows tryout and multiple installations of other distributions on one DVD. To install, just insert the DVD in your optical drive and restart. You will a screen giving options to tryout or install. I recommend the former to try it out as the install will overwrite your Windows System.
To connect to a wireless network see:
After installation and connection to work type Terminal in the search box and at the prompt, sudo apt-get update.
This will install all the current updates for the system.
The majority of the software you need.can be found in the Ubuntu Software Centre I.e Chrome, Firefox, LibreOffice. No configuration is really needed.,
Ubuntu will automatically tell you about updates available for your installed programs.
Ubuntu can be configured to suit with a choice of 8 desktops and you can determine the amount of customization for your system.
This URL gives a more comprehensive list of packages which can be installed for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
To install these packages a basic knowledge of the terminal command line option apt is needed.
For Ubuntu forums see:
And for the latest Ubuntu news see.
An example of historical statistics updated on: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 23:44.
below gives the large number of free programs available for Ubuntu 12.04
Repositories: 2606 Packages / Programs: 98247
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Edited by tealover, 07 March 2016 - 01:31 PM.