Friday, October 2, 2009

You can install Puppy on almost any computer

Puppy is an awesome Linux distribution, you can install on just about any computer. It can be hard to install, but it's worth it.

What about other distributions of Linux?

There are many other Linux distributions out there to try such as fedora, Puppylinux, and Gentoo. It fun to experiment try it on almost any computer and at least one of these will work.

Friday, September 25, 2009

I have ubuntu installed what do I do now?

This is a common question and like most questions it depends on your individual preferences. If you just want to use ubuntu for work, ubuntu already has you covered with openoffice, if you want to edit images you just need to download GIMP from the software repository which you can access by clicking system then administration, then synaptic package manager. With this package manager you can install almost any type of software you can dream of. Although if you want to play video games on other than whats available on the package manager some hacking is required. Additionally it will not play media files out of the box. You will need to install some restricted packages to be able to do that.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Getting started with Ubuntu

One of the hardest things people have with Ubuntu is understanding just how to get started with it. The good news is that Ubuntu already makes this super easy! One of the first steps towards adopting this as your new operating system is to learn about it. Ubuntu is a linux operating system that is based on Debian another linux operating system. According to Wikipedia, Linux (commonly pronounced /ˈlɪnəks/[5]) is a generic term referring to Unix-like computer operating systems based on the Linux kernel. Their development is one of the most prominent examples of free and open source software collaboration; typically all the underlying source code can be used, freely modified, and redistributed by anyone under the terms of the GNU GPL[6] and other free software licences. The next step is to download the ubuntu iso from and then to create a LiveCD, a bootable CD/DVD that you can use to try linux out if you are curious or install onto your computer if your ready to make the switch. Creating a LiveCD is generally quite easy. All you need is a program like Imgburn or Nero and burn the iso image of Ubuntu onto the disk. Then you restart your computer, be sure that your BIOS is set to boot from your startup disk and your ready to go. You can access your BIOS by pressing F2 or ESC when your computer is warming up. Next you should see a menu giving you the option to boot ubuntu or install it on your computer. Just make a selection and follow the instructions and your ready to begin enjoying Ubuntu!

The flexibility of Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a magnificent operating system. Right now I'm running it on an ancient computer and it's still fast and easy to use. Much more satisfying then winblows.
One of the most fun things to do with Ubuntu is to see what you can install it on. The reality is you can install it on just about anything.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The First Ever Post

Welcome to Honest John's Linux Blog. Where Linux is the only thing on the menu.