Thursday, February 24, 2011
I have been Missing my Linux badly, after all I had been using it 100% over the previous 4 years and my experience with it had been very good, I am a USER not a programmer and yes there was a bit of a learning curve but I had previously "Dabbled" with it in the 90's - all down to Rob G3RCE who introduced me to "Packet Radio" and of course computing, those were pioneering days with the Computer/Radio Fusion, sadly the whole AX25 Packet network collapsed round these parts and for a brief time I was using Linux to forward onto the TCP/IP network, but that too became unreliable ( some stations would drop out periodically or go qrt) so for me the Linux seed had been well and truely sown and did run it again in 2000.
So - I have decided to re-install, this time on a USB drive, the reason being - I can keep my existing Win7 (Happily appears quite stable) so why break it... and also I'll be able to boot the new Laptop (When I get it) or should I say "Netbook".
I remembered getting into a discussion with one of those "Tekkie" guys at one of the high street retailers here in the UK and he mentioned about a program called UNETBOOTIN which is basically an installer, It's quite clever - It gives you a selection of the Linux images (or distro's) from which to choose, you then select which version you want, it then connects direct to the download site - downloads the image and then asks you to insert your usb drive (if it's not already) Formats it (WARNING: BE CAREFUL HERE - DONT NUKE YOUR C:\ DRIVE) I've been there ! then asks for confirmation of installation to this drive (Double Check). . . .! Done.
The installation went quite quickly without hitch, and my main machine booted up from the usb drive first time (After making the necessary adjustments in the Bios) Great . . Linux Ubuntu 10.10 it was good to have it running again and from the usb drive its still faster than Win7, Boots faster - closes much much quicker, Firefox is quicker, it responds quicker and has that familiar "Feel", I love it and some of those everyday editors and note-takers are still available (And free), no licensing issues - Fantastic ! I am a very happy Bunny today and cannot wait to try it out on the Netbook I've not decided on yet ;-)
By the way here's the Link to unetbootin