Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.
The installation was a breeze with the Install inside Windows option (I had to first try it out before getting the hang of it and also because I had this huge Office files which I needed to backup first). So, I cleaned up one of the Windows partition, and I let the installation work it out. This Install inside Windows feature has the option to install and uninstall Ubuntu like any other application, and you will be able to boot into either Windows or Ubuntu.The installation did not take that long. (:
When done with the installation, I connected it to our Office's Wireless network connection, configure and connect it to the network printer - trying out whether there is problem connecting to other Windows-based terminals. After a successful tryout, here I am posting a post through it, for it. I am now thinking of migrating all the system terminals in the Office with Ubuntu. ;-o
Ubuntu is available for PC, 64-Bit PC and Intel based Mac architectures. At least 256 MB of RAM is required to run the alternate install CD (384MB of RAM is required to use the live CD based installer). Install requires at least 4 GB of disk space.
Default installed applications:
Calculator, Character Map, Dictionary, Passwords and Encryption Keys, Terminal, Take Screenshot, Text Editor, etc.
Aisleriot Solitaire, Blackjack, Chess, Five or More, Four-in-a-Row, Freecell Solitaire, Gnometris, Lagno, Klotski, Majhong, Mines, Nibbles, Robots, Same GNOME, Suduko, Tali, Tetravex.
F-Spot Photo Manager, GIMP Image Editor, OpenOffice.org Drawing, XSane Image Scanner.
Ekiga Softphone, Evolution Mail, Firefox Web Browser, Pidgin Instant Messenger, Remote Desktop Viewer, Terminal Server Client, Transmission Bittorent Client.
OpenOffice.org Presentation, OpenOffice.org Spreadsheet, OpenOffice.org Word Processor.
Sound and Video:
Audio CD Extractor, Brasero Disc Burning, Totem Movie Player, Rhythmbox Music Player, Sound Recorder.