Non-programmer using Linux

Linux & people

The other day, at Cage, where we play football and I a guy from the field of Economics, asked me what I think about Linux. I answered back, with excess confidence, that Linux is not for people, it’s for programmers. Was I wrong? Mr. P. Kokkoris, a guy from Psychology field had installed Linux on his laptop and that was a surprise to me. So, I made him some questions…

Since some people asked me, I included a step by step guid for a dual boot with windows7 and Linux here. Alternatively, you can look at the comments sections.

How did you learn about Linux? Most people are not aware of this OS.

My neighbor installed them at his laptop, because he had been bored of Windows xp. Moreover, he was not able to reinstall Windows as easily as Ubuntu…I spotted them, he told me that they are fast and light and I thought, perfect, because I have an old laptop that needs a boost!
How did you install Linux? Was it easy or not?

Advices on the official site are so accurate, that even an Orang could succeed in this installation!
What do you adore in Linux?

I like the ease of the installation with multiple ways. I adore that I have all the apps installed, the ones that I would have to install by my own in Windows. For example, I did not have to install mtorrent, winrar. The most significant issue, is that these programs for opening a pdf and related tasks are way better that the ones of microsoft office.
What do you miss from Windows?

There are times that Linux are unbearable and even Google can not provide a solution, because I am doomed to use a stupid thing (probably he means the terminal), where I need to give commands in programming languages..On these situations, I am completely lost.
Are you happy from your desicion? Would you suggest Linux to ohters too?

I am not changing Ubuntu for nothing…I unreservedly recommend them on simple users like me, regardless of the rumors that want Linux to be for advanced users. That’s all folks, hope I helped the progress of science.

I would like to thank Mr. Kokkoris for answering these questions. I would also like to thank him for making me think of something. Should I also use Linux for my “simple user” tasks?

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  2. I would like to add as a comment the procedure I had for dual booting my Turbo-X laptop with windows7 and Linux. Thanks to Nomimal Animal for the info.
    “If your laptop runs Windows 7, you might wish to watch this video:

    I skimmed through it, and it looks correct to me. You can also check
    out the other related videos (especially if your laptop isn’t Win 7).

    Here’s step by step guide:
    _ _ _ _ _

    1. Decide which flavor of Ubuntu you want.

    There are four major flavors of Ubuntu, which differ only by
    their desktop environment and default installs.

    If you install the other -desktop packages (which do pull in
    quite a few packages, something like a gigabyte!), you essentially
    enable another flavor.

    In other words, the flavors are just different combinations of
    default packages (and their configuration files).

    The desktop environments in Ubuntu flavors are:

    xubuntu – XFCE desktop, http://xubuntu.org/
    lubuntu – LXDE desktop, http://lubuntu.net/
    kubuntu – KDE desktop, http://www.kubuntu.org/
    ubuntu – Gnome desktop, http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop

    You can pick either 12.04 (long term support) version,
    or 13.04 (current latest version). 13.10 will be released
    for Ubuntu in a few days, but the other flavors will lag
    behind somewhat.

    If you have a PC with the Windows 8 logo or UEFI firmware,
    choose the 64-bit download. Read this anyway:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI
    _ _ _ _ _

    2. Download the .iso image for the flavor you prefer.

    _ _ _ _ _

    If you wish to install via a DVD:

    This requires you to have a DVD burner,
    (I used this http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ht/burnisofile.htm)
    a DVD drive in your laptop, and an empty DVD-R/W disc.

    It is a disc image, so you can use your burning software
    to “open” the image, and burn it to the disc.
    (In other words, you are *not* supposed to burn a DVD
    with a single .iso file in it, but burn the .iso file
    *as a disc image*.)
    A disc image is much like a .ZIP archive, except it really
    is an actual copy of the final disk; containing much more
    than just the files.

    If you wish to install via an USB stick:

    Download and install either UnetBootIn,
    http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
    or LinuxLiveUSB,
    http://www.linuxliveusb.com/
    for your *Windows* version.

    Either one of these will let you create the Linux
    installation USB stick from Windows.

    You just stick the USB stick in, start
    UnetBootIn/LinuxLiveUSB, tell it where the .iso
    image you’d like yo use is, and which USB stick
    you’d like to use as the boot image.

    (Note: Disable persistence; reserve 0 for persistence.)
    _ _ _ _ _

    Next, you need to prepare your laptop disk so that it’ll have
    room for the Linux partition.

    In Windows:

    3. Run “Disk Defragmenter”, to defragment the laptop disk.
    This will take quite a while.

    4. Run “Disk Management”, to shrink the Windows partition.

    Later, when you install Linux, that free space is used
    for Linux.

    While you can access files on the Windows partition
    from Linux, the system files and basic home folders
    will always need to be on a Linux filesystem. So,
    reserve at least 8 GB for Linux.

    Most likely, you’ll also need to store your simulation
    inputs and outputs on the Linux partition, so better
    shrink the Windows partition as small as you dare.
    Perhaps a 50%/50% split?
    _ _ _ _ _

    Next, reboot your laptop from the DVD or USB stick,
    and install Linux.

    You usually need to tap F12 (immediately after power-on),
    i.e. before Windows boot menu appears, to select which
    disk/media you wish to boot from.

    This varies between laptops; the laptop user manual should
    mention what the key is. It’s usually F12, though.
    (On some machines you need to go into BIOS, and change the
    boot order to list removable devices first.)

    5. You should see a Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Lubuntu/Xubuntu initial screen.
    Probably similar to

    If you select the “Try”, you will not install anything to the
    laptop hard drive, but you can use the Linux as-is.
    Just remember that this “trial” is slower than actual, because
    everything has to be loaded from the DVD/USB stick, which is much
    slower than your laptop hard disk.

    Important installation settings:

    * Download updates while installing: I prefer yes/checked

    * Install third-party software: Yes

    * Language: English
    While the Greek support is pretty good, it is best to use English
    for the installation and initial use. That way, if you run into
    any problems, you can Google (or ask me) about any error messages.
    If they are in Greek, they’re pretty hard to find.

    Afterwards, when you’re comfortable with the Linux, you can easily
    add Greek support, and even switch between English and Greek.
    (It is easiest to do by setting up a secondary account.)

    * Installation type: “Install alongside Windows”

    The step that follows the “installation type” allows you to
    yet resize the partitions (Windows/Linux), but it is theoretically
    safer to do that in Windows, using Windows tools. So best leave
    the divider where it is, I think.

    This option should not have any “grub” -related settings.
    (If there are, select the Linux partition, and not master boot
    record.)

    * Do not encrypt the installation
    (You can encrypt your home directory, but I wouldn’t bother)

    * Do not use LVM (Logical Volume Management)
    _ _ _ _ _

    The above should be a safe way to install Linux alongside Windows on your
    laptop — or any Windows machine, really.

    There is always the possibility of hiccups, but they shouldn’t be too
    dangerous. For example, if the “grub” settings went awry, and Windows
    no longer boots, you only need to download Boot Repair Disk,
    http://sourceforge.net/p/boot-repair-cd/home/Home/
    or, if the Linux boots fine on the Laptop, run
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair
    to install it; then just run
    boot-repair &
    to have a nice graphical utility to fix those pesky boot problems.
    _ _ _ _ _

    Note that I don’t have a windows machine at all, so the above is slightly
    interpolated. There are no large errors, but I may have missed some
    details. Overall, it is quite safe and simple, really.

    Just keep calm, think about each choice before you make it
    — definitely don’t let yourself click on the Next button repeatedly
    just because you’re feeling panicked or frustrated! –.

    If possible, be near a second machine you can use to browse the Internet
    at the same time. Maybe ask a friend? All Ubuntu flavours are similar,
    so the installation is pretty much the same, except for the visuals.

    Note: Most installation-related questions have already been asked
    at the http://askubuntu.com/ site. In particular,
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/221835/installing-ubuntu-on-a-pre-installed-windows-8-64-bit-system-uefi-supported
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/265644/dual-boot-surface-pro-with-ubuntu/265659#265659
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/286181/how-do-i-recover-my-accidentally-lost-windows-partitions-after-installing-ubuntu/286206#286206
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/293781/unable-to-install-ubuntu-kubuntu-lubuntu-13-04-uefi-on-sony-vaio-sve17137
    The search box uses Google internally, so put any terms in double quotes,
    for example: “install” “13.04” “dual boot”

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