Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Ubuntu Chronicles: The Saga of Amber and Ubuntu

Part 1
OK, since Canonical says and I quote, "Linux for human beings" I decided that I would attempt to install (a clean install) and use only Ubuntu.

Besides I just had my yearly check up with my doctor and it was confirmed that I am definitely human based on that positive confirmation I decided to give it a try. Now I'm ready to begin. Let's GO!

(I have to pause here to mention my husband, Pete Graner, works for Canonical and I am NOT, repeat NOT asking him for help. All I asked him for was the Installation CD. According to all the literature I have read about this version of Linux I should not have to ask anyway.)

Let me also give you a little background about me: I am just your average housewife, home maker, mom, volunteer, etc. I normally use a MacBook Air or a Mac Powerbook G4. I just plug things in and they work and I must say I love using a Mac.

My husband Pete used to work for Red Hat, Inc., and I tried several times to learn to install and use their versions of Linux and always ended up going back to my Mac. Every time Pete went on travel something would "break" and I could not print or get onto the Internet, the big problem for me was I didn't know how to fix it and Pete would be in meetings and I would have to go somewhere else to complete what I had to finish. I would get frustrated and felt like I needed the RHCE course just to use the Red Hat version of Linux much less understand it.

(Side note...I loved the cool stuff that Red Hat was/is doing in Open Source Community but the average mom like me just couldn't figure it out. I am NOT and idiot! I am a decorated Army Veteran, I teach Religious Education Classes, and I take courses in Theology through the University of Dayton, and I could NOT figure it out without help.)

I find myself grabbing a Dell Inspiron 6400 and Installing Ubuntu. There were 7 steps to Installing it. Steps 4 and 7 I did not understand but I went the default settings and it has worked out great.

My goals for tonight were to Install Ubuntu Linux (Done), Connect to the Internet (Done), Connect to my Dell 3110 CN Color Laser Printer wirelessly (Done). After that I wanted to be able to get to my Website (Done), get to FaceBook, I am an addict (Done), access my classes at Dayton (Done), and write my Blog (Done).

It took less than 2 hours to get all the stuff listed above done.I really thought it would take a few days. I am pleasantly surprised to say the least. I am very happy that I was able to do this myself and NOT have Pete help me at all. I was able to stick to my initial position of NOT having him help me. :)

In short I want to be able to do all the stuff I can do on my Mac on the Dell using Ubuntu. I have an couple of essays that are due for my class so tomorrow I will try the Open Office Suite, I'll let you know how it progresses.