It has been recently reported, that there is a bug in the Linux kernel, called “Dirty Cow”. It can effect some devices and computers running versions of Linux, like Android phones, web servers, and even the Raspberry Pi.
You can find out a little more information about this bug on The Hacker News blog. Also, here is a post on the RaspberryPi.org blog, on how to fix it on the Raspberry Pi.
So a while back I installed the Linux based Ubuntu along side Windows (dual boot) on my desktop (see my post here). And then, I installed a lighter version of Ubuntu on my daughters little HP mini, called Xubuntu. I liked the Xfcedesktop she had better with Xubuntu, and thought about erasing Ubuntu on the desktop and starting over and installing Xubuntu, instead. But then just out of shear luck, I found a site that walks you through how to just switch from the Unity desktop in Ubuntu to use the Xfce desktop without erasing everything and starting over. Cool! Here is the link!
Ubuntu is a great operating system alternative to using Windows!
First off, what is Ubuntu?
Ubuntu is a Linux based desktop operating system, that can be installed on your PC laptop or desktop, and even some tablets, that has a similar functionality to that of a Windows. And in most cases, it can even be installed to run along side Windows without erasing your current Windows instillation!
I know, when someone mentions Linux, some PC users usually think they have to be some sort of programming computer nerd to use it! That was maybe true about 15 or 20 years ago, but Linux has come a long way since then! In fact, you probably already use a version of Linux on a device you own, and don’t even know it. Like on an Android phone or tablet!
I just replaced an older Windows installation on my 10 year old HP Media Center PC, with Ubuntu 16.04. It is running great and it’s very fast! And, I don’t even really need an ant-virus!
Ubuntu comes pre-installed with a host of useful software programs, that are similar to others on Windows, like an office suite, the Firefox browser (chrome is available too), games, utilities and more! And, all the things that weren’t already pre-installed, I can install them through the software center, kind of like the app store on Windows 8 or 10. There is also a great online community of support, if you ever run into a problem or have a question!
So far I am pretty happy with it and it does most things I could do with any of my Windows PC’s! And, one of my favorite things about Ubuntu, is it’s FREE!
So how do you get and install Ubuntu?
You go to the website here for the desktop or laptop version of Ubuntu. If your computer meets the recommended requirements, click on download. You can also scroll down and there are guides on how to create an instillation disk or a bootable USB stick, to install it on your computer. Ubuntu is free, but after clicking download, the next page will show you some suggested contributions you can make to help improve Ubuntu. Or simply click on “Not now, take me to the download ›“, below that. If you need help, just send me a message!
Also, there are other “flavors” of Ubuntu you can install. I am currently running Xubuntu on my DELL Inspiron laptop. It works great on older computers running 1 gig of ram or more, and has a start menu that looks similar to Windows, that can be moved around the desktop. And if you have under 1 gig of ram, you can try the light weight Lubuntu.
If you are local to the San Angelo area and would like me to install one of these op systems on your computer, or need help doing it yourself, just contact me here.