I made the decision last winter that I was somehow going to leave sticky, sluggish, Windows & Microsoft to their viruses, spyware, or whatever else turns them on for charging us more to get rid of, or protect against these things. Effective or not, I did not like being told I have to buy this, buy that, upgrade this & that, & every year as well.
I have Windows 7 home edition on the desktop & the netbook, & do not/did not want to go to Windows 8. I did find a refurbished Macbook on ebay which I did purchase last new year, but found I could not update, so sent it back. I could not afford anything newer.
Loren put me onto the name Ubuntu, so I began researching several months ago & found lots of open operating systems but Ubuntu seemed the most popular. I heard that support for Windows 7 was running out in January/15, but a subscription could be purchased yearly to get support for 5 more years. Right then & there the decision was made.....Mr. Gates may go to the poorhouse over it, but he gets no more of my pension money!
I tried to download & install Ubuntu on the netbook to give it a try, but it didn't install properly & wouldn't work at all so began to look on ebay again for a refurbished machine with the Ubuntu preloaded. I found this refurbished Vaio 15" laptop with a very good, & large battery, for $75. It is a nice light gray so I don't have to battle with seeing against so much black all the time. It's somewhat lighter than the photo. All in all it's a beautiful laptop.
Received it on Friday, started it up & the ebay fellow had added a cheat sheet to get me started with name, password, a diagram explaining the Dock, etc. This computer does not have a mark on it & if I didn't know it, I would take it for brand new. Methinks I made a very good deal.
First thing I do with any new pc, is menu snoop through everything clickable, & explore until I sort of understand what is what for the simple parts. I got my name & password changed, & then added my key to the WIFI. After that I just kept poking for settings & doing what I was able to, & was up & running in about an hour on Friday. I got the email set up & this program has Thunderbird for it's email program, which is quite easy to get around. I then imported my other secondary address, which is not any of the hotmail ones I also used, as hotmail is Microsoft. The pages resemble the Mac more than Windows & the "X'es" are in the upper left. This is a simple thing but it takes some getting used to.
I've played a cd, but haven't yet found how to play a dvd. I can change the wallpaper, but this doesn't appear to have a screensaver program, & I loooooove screensavers! I have my pictures & books transferred over via flash drive, & my music will be next. For some reason I have to do other interrupting things around the house.....damn chores!
This has Firefox, I am online with everything I need, A/N, my shopping sites, my books, & my scrabble solitaire. I've figured out how to post pictures & save them too. I still need get my public library site set up so I can borrow the books with my card number.
So far, this Ubuntu has been fairly easy although different to what I'm used to. It's fast, smooth, clean, clear, responsive, & I'm having a great time! Once I'm a little more comfortable with what I'm doing, I'll download Ubuntu onto a flash drive & install it on my desktop. If that isn't successful, then I'll get the tech in town to do it for me. My desktop is a nice unit, & am not going to give it up because of being fed up with Microsoft products.
Some things still require Windows, but I am now re-examining just how much I want/need whatever it is. As a for instance......I have the Kobo Glo ereader, & it requires Windows or Mac to transfer books to it because it's not compitable with Ubuntu. This will make me give up the ereader.......or I do it through the little android I have in my purse. I added Kobo to it last night so all my Kobo books are easily available without Windows.
I can't claim ''nerd'' status, but so far I'm learning things fairly easily & the help button is right there. I received a book today as well, so feel I'm covered pretty well for the time being.
Life without Microsoft will be just fine!
Got all my music transferred today, so that's all the big stuff.
There are 200 screen savers in the download I got, & 50 or so are not bad so chose those to cycle & I don't have to manually change them. Too bad I can't use the 4 I purchased, which are gorgeous whales, dolphins, aquarium, koi pond, & galaxies. Oh well, can't have everything.
Music is transferred & I was able to change the sounds for incoming email.
Finally figured out how to get shortcuts placed on the desktop for my most visited sites!
In just over a week, I'm doing almost everything I was doing on Windows.
Honestly, Patricia, I can't say that I'm surprised. Your willingness to explore and experiment is what enabled you to learn all this neat new stuff. I have no doubt that you'll learn other interesting features of the O/S as you continue to use it.
Having a great time with this Loren! I'm also damn nosey so have to look at stuff to see what it's for or where it goes, etc.
I even managed to get my pc Kindle books although I couldn't download the actual reader program. I can read them from the "cloud".
I just don't know yet if I can transfer the Kobo books to the Kobo reader because it runs on Windows/Mac/Android. I have a small android in my purse where I can get my books, but as for transferring them to the Kobo reader?????......dunno yet.......too busy on the laptop.
I can't get the library's reading program either, but they have a new thing to borrow & read online so am trying to figure out how that works. Lots to learn......
Patricia, you're almost my age, but much more ambitious than me about reading & learning, especially computer knowledge.
I was that way when I was in my 40's, and bought my first computer. It was a $100 Texas Instruments TI-99/4A. I learned just about everything there was to know about that sucker!
I learned to program in Basic and wrote several useful programs, including one that would read text out loud. and a speaking alarm clock. I was also very active in a computer group for that machine.
As I've gotten older, I've gotten more and more lazy about learning all about a new computer or program. I think it would be different if I wasn't alone.
I don't get that complicated. I like music, concert dvd's, reading books, collecting screen savers, wallpapers, making greeting cards, taking photos/videos, emailing, A/N, YouTube, etc.
I don't have any handy nerds nearby so have to learn by asking online or getting the dummies books.....whatever helps if needed. I am somewhat disabled so this is my ''activity'' when not doing the household stuff.
The biggest thing I can't solve right now is the updater says there's an upgrade available, but I can't get it. A little window comes up saying ''failed to fetch'' & ''may be a network problem." I have no idea what to do there & all the nerd/greek/tech stuff I find on the Ubuntu site means nothing to me because it's not plain language.
If you'd like a guide to further Ubuntu functionality, Patricia, you might give a look at Ubuntu for Dummies ... though you're doing wonderfully well on your own!
Thanks Loren, & I'm still going to get one, but as I bought a jacket & a food processor, as well as the laptop this pension month, it'll have to wait until next month.
I started pc in 2001 at age 54. My husband won a small 50/50 draw for retirees from his job & purchased a clothes dryer, & a used Windows 95 desktop computer. I had never even been near a computer, let alone touched one. 3 months later, because of the way I progressed, he bought another used pc with Windows 98, & shortly after that, progressed to ME, which was the most horrible system ever! Then it was a used 98 second edition, to a new XP, & a new Windows 7 home edition for my 63rd birthday, which is where I am until last week when I got Ubuntu.
My kids are not computer buffs but 2 of them have since learned some basics, so I couldn't rely on them even if they did live here in town. It's the other way around now, they ask me! My eldest son doesn't own one at all, & wouldn't own a cell phone either but he has to have one for work. He's the one who should have been born in the 1800's.
I got my digital camera to be recognized on here, & posted a photo I took today on the gardening page. It took a little figuring & lots of cursing to figure out how to get the photo into the pictures folder, but it finally got there.
My little video cam doesn't get recognized at all, & searching around for an answer doesn't seem to show anything. I have a FLIP, which I suspect is strictly a Windows type.
I lied.....I just got the video cam working on here......YAAAAAY!!!!!
Patricia, there you go again, talking computer geek stuff. Way over my head. I am so impressed with your ability to figure all this out by yourself, a wee bits of help from others.
Love your purple cat! You are so clever!