If you have been using Microsoft products such as XP and Vista or even the earlier versions sub as Windows 95 or Windows 98, you are probably thinking that building a Linux Ubuntu computer is something only those super geeks can do.
Well, this is certainly not the case. Building a linux desktop computer is just as straight forward as building a Microsoft PC once you have the software CD ready. If you have a Ubuntu installation CD, all you have to do is to change the setup in your computer so that it boots first from the CD. Once you have done that, you just pop the CD in the drive, restart the computer, and follow the prompts to get Ubuntu up and running.
In fact, the Ubuntu installation for the desktop PC takes only a few minutes. If you have a brand new disk drive in the computer for this system, as I did for this project, the entire system was installed on a computer in approximately 10 minutes. The nice thing is the fact that I only had to reboot the computer once, right after the install to set the registers. From that point on adding software does not require rebooting the cmoputer over and over again.
about as easy as installing Ubuntu 9.04. It really was as simple as: download the ISO, burn a disk (I have a USB DVD RAM drive), boot the disk, choose install, provide user info and select the simple options for everything else.
With previous releases it has been necessary to install a customized Linux kernel to add support for wireless networking, Ethernet, and more. In Ubuntu 9.04, everything is supported by default with the exception of some of the keyboard function keys.