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Ubuntu 9.10 Screencast

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I recently asked all of you to submit your screencasts to me for review. The best of the best will be chosen to be featured here, in my various channels and outlets. This provides content of a different perspective for our community, and gives you new exposure for your work! Duncan has submitted an excellect screencast, showing all of us the new Ubuntu 9.1 operating system.

Before beginning an install, you should check the release notes for important information. Currently, the system requirements are 256MB of RAM, which means it should work on older systems.

There are two ways to obtain Ubuntu 9.10. The first is to go to the downloads page. From there, you can download the release .iso and mount it onto a CD. The other way to obtain it is to visit the Ship It link, and have them mail a physical CD right to your door – for free. However, it can take up to ten weeks to reach you.

Once you have your CD, you’ll find there are many options to use and/or install Ubuntu 9.10. You can live boot, and try it out without actually installing it. It’s very useful for trying it out and deciding what you think. You can also copy the contents of the CD onto a USB drive, which is handy as well.

The most common method of install is the Dual-Boot method in Windows. This involves shrinking your partition and installing Ubuntu onto the free space. Duncan personally chose to install his copy using VirtualBox to install Ubuntu 9.10 inside of a virtual machine.

You can see that the new version looks quite a bit different than the older version. As it was installing, Duncan walked us through several different options as far as video selection, RAM allocations and the like.

Once Ubuntu itself was installed, Duncan went in and installed the Virtual Box Tools. That allows him to do things like using the mouse more effectively. I definitely recommend you make use of the Tools if you’re going to use a virtual machine.

Duncan’s screencast gives you an excellent look into the installation, use and customization for Ubuntu 9.10. Be sure to watch this video if you’re even thinking about checking out this operating system!


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Wubi or Live CD for Linux

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When I opened the 888-PIRILLO phone line the other night, I had an interesting call with a Linux problem. Let’s take a listen and see how it worked out.

The caller had tried downloading Linux to the computer using Wubi. Once he did that on his Vista machine and loaded it, the screen went blue and red and said the graphics card was incompatible. He wondered what ideas I may have. The first question I had is whether Wubi itself is Vista compatible.

For those who may not know, here is an explanation about Wubi:

Wubi is an unofficial Ubuntu installer for Windows users that will bring you into the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other application. If you heard about Linux and Ubuntu, if you wanted to try them but you were afraid, this is for you.

My suggestion is to forget Wubi altogether, and just use a Live CD. All you have to do is download the .ISO and burn it to a CD using a burning program. Then simply put the CD in the drive and reboot your machine. If the machine isn’t set to read from the CD, you can just toggle to that. The great thing about live CDs is that you can reboot and be in Linux, then reboot again with the CD out… and you’re back in Windows. You don’t actually “install” Linux on your hard drive this way, and you can still try it out without making any changes to your system.


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Installing Linux in Windows

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – After seeing my video where I installed Ubuntu on the computer I’m giving away to a lucky YouTube subscriber, Matt sent me a video showing how you can install Ubuntu onto Windows without overwriting your Windows Operating System.

Matt’s video tutorial is downright excellent. He walks you through using an application called Wubi. Wubi is being touted as “the easiest way to Linux”. It doesn’t run inside a virtual machine, nor does it overwrite your Windows Operating System. It is a slow install, yes. However, once it’s installed, it will show up in your “My Computer” folder, along with your C: drive, your Documents and Settings folder, etc. You’ll see one there named Wubi. If you decide Linux isn’t your style after all, you simply uninstall it much like a Windows program uninstalls. Looking for reasons you should use Wubi to install Ubuntu onto your computer? Here are some:

  • Wubi is Safe It does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader.
  • Wubi is Simple Just run the installer, no need to burn a CD.
  • Wubi is Discrete Wubi keeps most of the files in one folder, and If you do not like, you can simply uninstall it.
  • Wubi is Free Wubi (like Ubuntu) is free as in beer and as in freedom.

Thanks to Wubi, installing and trying out Ubuntu Linux for yourself is simple, and going back to only Windows is even easier. Why not give it a try yourself?

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