Step 6 Of 7
Step 6 of 7 is the "Migrate documents and settings" function, which is an optional files- and settings-transfer wizard. This step will be skipped unless you have another operating system already installed.
If you are installing Ubuntu as the only operating system, then you will go directly to step 7 of 7.
If you have an active Windows installation, it will prompt you to transfer files and settings from Windows user accounts to Ubuntu. You can check any of the boxes under each user account to transfer those files or settings to your new Ubuntu installation. If you check the box next to a user account name, it will select all the options for that account. If you backed up everything beforehand (which you should have already done) and don't care to use this wizard, you can just skip this step by clicking Forward without checking any boxes.
I had no problem transferring the contents of the My Documents, My Pictures, and My Music folders. The wallpaper and user-picture files did transfer, but wouldn't open. Most surprisingly, the Internet Explorer favorites transferred flawlessly to Mozilla Firefox bookmarks. Transferring browser bookmarks alone makes this step worthwhile.
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