Before taking the Linux plunge, try reading this new approach to installing Ubuntu 18.04 desktop version

Just read an interesting article on installing Linux Ubuntu 18.04. The article was read on FlipBoard’s Tablet App which lacks adverts unlike the supplied URL :frowning:

The article is clear, concise and goes into details, normally omitted, but with enough explanation to alleviate the blind copy & paste fears; which arise when performing system changes. In the author’s own words…

This installation guide is targeted purely at beginners. I’m a relative beginner myself, so in between the steps we’ll explore why you’re doing what you’re doing rather than just listing instructions.

Another Flipboard article which may also be of interest… my main reasons were mostly the irritations experienced when updating from one system to another. Far better to develop with identical operating systems. My change took place quite a few years ago without any regrets. Now i am even more delighted with current improvements which alleviate the previous klunky application installations. The article compares differences with examples of the the two operating systems:


I tried but wasn’t allowed to read the articles on Forbes. :slight_smile:
(They use a world wide “privacy” service* I don’t trust, so they block access to all content. Sorry me, I’ve read a few good Forbes articles before.)

But I’ve read a review of an earlier article on Forbes about Ubuntu 18.04: :wink:
Edit) Checked again and found that it was the same article!

Example of collected data, stored and shared with undisclosed 3rd parties:
Analytics data, Browser information, Cookie data, Hardware, Software, ISP, Page Views, IP Address, Search History, Device ID, Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address.

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When i built my parents computer 5-6 years ago i installed linux (Ubuntu). They aren’t technical people as such but have easily managed to use it. It’s been great not having to be so concerned with viruses etc.

It had been getting slow recently so i picked up a 120gb SSD for £25!! brand new with a 2 year warranty. I made this the primary drive and installed a fresh copy of the latest version and it is now faster than it ever was. Faster to turn on than my win10 laptop thats for sure.

Although some of the speed may be down to unlocking a core on the amd triple core. I had wanted to click the core-unlocker button on the bios screen for ages and finally did it :slight_smile: now they have 4 cores!

I think Ubuntu is fantastic but i still can’t leave windows (for work at least) as i have too many programs like photoshop i just can’t leave behind. I know there are alternatives but they just aren’t the same.


I was just about to make a similar statement.

I would LOVE to kick Micro$oft to the curb. I would do it in a New York minute. But there are programs that I use that will not work on *nix, and the alternatives just aren’t up to snuff. is not 100% the same as Office.

I created a Calc template in OO for keeping track of work hours and calculating this and that. Works GREAT in OO. Hardly worked at all in Excel. I had to spend hours modifying it so it would work in Excel (most of that looking on Google as to why specific things weren’t working, and how to fix it.)

I have four VMs at home. Three are CLI Ubuntu Server. Takes some getting used to, but I like 'em. The fourth is a Debian Mint with Mate (mah-tay) desktop. LOVE IT.

But I’m nowhere near able to remove M$ from my life, just yet. Looking forward to the day when I can.


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Your Apache Open Office is lagging behind. Most of the devs went with the fork Libre Office when Apache took over Open Office. I also think it would be a great loss if Ms Office were the UI/UX goal for the alternatives.

Check out some of the more advanced and more Ms compatible Office suits:

Impressive achievement. :smile:

Office is the most common excuse to stick with Windows, mainly because file compatibility issues. People tend to blame differing document looks on their software when e.g. the preferred exclusive font should have been embedded. Sadly, that’s unlikely to ever change.

What could change is large organization’s policy, unlikely to happen too I’m afraid:
Ordinary Ms Office users (other office users too) always save their work in their version’s default file format. They suffer when people they share documents with has a too different Ms Office version.

We all suffer when open document devs haven’t yet reengineered the latest Ms file formats that is the default in the latest Ms Office version.

Advanced users would be more aware of format limitations.

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For me, yeah, to a point Office is part of the reason. But as a web developer, I’m not impressed with any of the open source *nix replacements for DreamWeaver, or other IDEs.

But I do love how everything that I have on my Debian Mint works. And updates are a breeze (other than having to type the password each and every time. But that’s a small price to pay for what I get.)


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Same. I use Dreamweaver (only the code view as a text editor) and i am so used to the way it works and the colors etc. I tried Bluefish on linux but just couldn’t get into it the same way. It’s changing a bit now as i’ve got sites that use git but for ftp sites having the ftp client build in is just sooo much easier than having to minimise windows and upload via a separate ftp client, that annoys me greatly.

I actually like libre office a lot as it’s a bit more like word used to be. I find the menus more intuitive. Quite often have to google to find stuff on MS word as the ribbon style doesn’t really work that well to my mind.

As for moving an office of people onto linux… that would be a challenge. Can barely get people to understand basic Word functions and they’ve been using it for years. Our one director literally had to be shown how to open a new tab on a internet browser. I can imagine the phone calls to IT support when he is trying to find ‘Word’.

Wouldn’t be so bad i guess if you were starting with Linux and new employees were shown but converting an office full of people hardwired into MS would be hard work i reckon.

I do love Linux but it did make me laugh the other day when a collegue who uses linux, said to another collegue that they could help them copy the text out of a PDF if they wanted, as it was easier than me doing it because i am using windows. Ummmm i open pdf in adobe reader → select copy i want → ctrl+c. I am unsure how it is easier in linux unless it reads your mind!



It’s the same, only that it also works when the PDF is restricted to not allow copying content.

Maybe your colleague meant extracting all text from the pdf file:
pdftotext [options] <PDF-file> [<text-file>]


maybe thats what he meant. But I don’t think i’d trust that as i can imagine some badly formatted pdfs could give some odd results and would take more time re-formatting than just copying the bits that are wanted.

oh i do like the backup programs for linux. I used flyback for a while which seemed pretty good. I find windows isn’t so easy to understand what is being backed up and the easier programs cost.

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Or if it reserved space on the target, but never finished the copying.
Or if it locked the system backup to a particular device.

I have used Windows too. :slight_smile:

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Or if it

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Sorry I couldn’t finish that though. Blue screen of death :rofl:


I am surprised no IOS user has chipped in to this topic :slight_smile:

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Just read a lengthy article that may be of interest to users concerned about availability of applications and possible alternatives.

Dual boot installation is also explained along with alleviating possible fears:

How Do I Set Up Ubuntu?

Before I go into the details of installing and configuring Ubuntu; know that you will likely run into some problems during this process and they probably won’t be same ones that I encountered. So if whisperings of BIOS, Boot Manager, or Terminal send shivers down your spine, then Ubuntu may not be worth your time. For everyone else, follow along below.

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Today Forbes updated their Linux Ubuntu 18.04 Cosmic Cuttlefish Installation and it is a lot better. I like the way it supplies reasons for each step rather than “just copy and paste this…”

I have just installed Ubuntu 18.10 on a new 250 Gb SSD and it took about ten minutes!
The author claims:

Step 6: Grab A (Small) Cup Of Coffee

Now Ubuntu will start installing and downloading any additional packages if you chose to grab updates. But wait, why a small cup of coffee? Because it’s fast. Really fast. On my Dell XPS 13 with a USB 3.0 stick and an NVMe drive, it took less than 4 minutes. Even on older hardware it’s really snappy.


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