Beginning The Installation
Once you have gotten the ISO file burned to a CD, it's time to reboot. Remember to set your BIOS so that it looks at your CD/DVD drive first!
Once the CD has booted, use the arrow keys to choose the language for your installation and press Enter.
Press the down arrow key and then Enter to choose Install Ubuntu.
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Step one in the graphical installation wizard is to choose the language for your new operating system once it's installed. When you have chosen your language in the left pane, click Forward.
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Step two is to choose your time zone. You can simply click your location on the map, choose a region, or select the major city in your time zone. When you have set your time zone, click Forward.
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Step three is the keyboard setup. You can go with the "Suggested" option or "Choose your own" by selecting the language of your keyboard in the left pane and the keyboard layout in the right pane. When finished, just click Forward.
sudo apt-get install *app name here*
One issue that you may encounter is GoogleGears that is 32bit only, but you can easily find Gears for 64 bit (without Google trade mark).
@thepinkpanther: Linux ain't Windows. Linux is Linux, so if your goal is to run Windows apps all day, I don't think choosing Linux as your primary OS makes the most sense.
@fordry06: That certainly is a problem. Now, most hardware manufacturers don't disclose all the information about their hardware, so it's quite hard to write perfectly working drivers for OSes other than Windows. Although it's not Red Hat/SuSE/Ubuntu/(Insert Linux vendor here)'s fault, as a user, you don't really care about that, do you? Basically, for a lot of hardware out there, you have to fight to get it to work in Linux. For me, I got a bog standard laptop. In Ubuntu 9.04, pretty much everything I use worked out of the box. Now, certain things aren't working as well, such as my card reader only reading SD and MMC cards in Ubuntu... but I don't use anything other than SD cards. So for me, it's working just fine. For others... not so much. And regarding your games in Linux, see what I said above to thepinkpanther. Linux ain't Windows.
Well, having gravitated away from games, and not being particularly loyal to any company or OS or anything, I really honestly don't care if I'm on *gasp* a Mac or Windows or Linux. So it all works out for me. Hey, if you really want me to get philosophical then let me just say that I think you can enjoy life best when you stop caring about all the trivial things. Why should I care what Microsoft has to say about Apple or vice versa? Why should I care when a Linux zealot declares the start of the nineteenth Crusade against Sata- er, Bill Gates?
Flame on! or not.
Summed it up quite nicely