As a Computer Science Student, I’ve been thinking of migrating to some form of Linux for some time now. I’m not completely new to Linux and have had a play with many distros virtually in the past. But I feel most comfortable using Ubuntu.
There seems to be a lot of talk about people switching to Linux, but not many have shared their full experience, that’s when I decided that I will be that guy. I will provide you with updates, tips, advice and fixes to any problems that I face!
This is the first post in a new blog series that will be covering my experience of ditching Windows 10 for Ubuntu.
This web page will be where I post my latest updates regarding the migration.
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So why did I switch?
There are many reasons for the switch, the main one being the fact that I was fed up with Windows being Windows. It constantly updated at the most inconvenient time and the fact that I don’t enjoy using the new interface. Yes, I know that the true beauty of Linux is in the terminal but it’s good to have a nice, modern interface too!
Linux is considered to be safer compared to Windows. The Ubuntu website
actually states “Anti-virus software does exist for Linux, but you probably don’t need to use it. Viruses that affect Linux are still very rare. Some argue that this is because Linux is not as widely used as other operating systems, so no one writes viruses for it. Others argue that Linux is intrinsically more secure, and security problems that viruses could make use off are fixed very quickly”. Ubuntu has a huge and extremely helpful community which are always willing to help out.
The Installation How I installed it
Since I wanted to play around with some of the latest features, I decided to install version 20.10, as of writing this article, this is the latest version available to download. It comes with 9 months worth of updates that end in July 2021. The other version available is 20.04.1 LTS (Long Term Support) and updates last for 5 years ending in April 2025.
Since I am still in an experimental stage, I decided to dual boot with Windows 10 because I can’t afford for something not to work as I want it to in my assignments. But, I will aim to use Ubuntu as my main system as much as possible. The dual boot was on two separate SSD’s because I needed my current Windows partition to stay as it was due to the amount that is being stored on it, luckily I had a spare decent SSD to install it on. I was able to install it on two separate SSD’s using the useful video by Intelligent Gaming – Linux Tutorials & Gameplay
The installation went smoothly and I was able to successfully install Ubuntu. It didn’t take long to install and I was up and running in no time.
As of writing this article, I only faced one issue, it was after the installation. For some reason, it did not want to connect to the internet via a wired connection.
I was able to fix the issue by rebooting my router. Not sure what went wrong but after a search online it seems to have solved the problem.
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