The Ubuntu Guide

All you need to know while Migrating to Ubuntu from Windows

When Windows users try Linux for the first time they are overwhelmed by the changes. Change in UI, change in the way filesystem works and change in the overall procedure of doing things. Windows makes user too much dependent on UI’s and “click to install” kind of things that it becomes too much for anyone trying Linux the first time with the sheer possibilities of customizations and openness it provides.
I have chosen Ubuntu since it is the first choice for any newbie who wants to step into the world of Linux. With the features it provides and the level of support which a user can get in Ubuntu is unparalleled.
Usually users who try Linux tend to get a perception that things seems to be overly complicated. Suggestions of using Terminal and various long commands doesn’t help in understanding the logic of Linux at all. People tend to try to find C and D drives, and due to different terminologies they tend to feel like a person on some Alien planet.
I intend to change that. I intend to write guides from the perspective of a Windows user, with as much explanation and least jargons as possible. These guides are a sort of walkthrough written by and written for someone who tries to migrate from Windows. Hence I would be making comparisons with Windows very often so that new users grasps the concepts of Linux easily and then would try to tell about things they never thought were possible before.

So put on your geeky glasses and dive in to this lists of all the articles you will ever need to understand Linux in the most Windows-friendly way possible. I will keep this page updated with more info as I find them, so do subscribe to the RSS feed.

Day 0: Installing Ubuntu on VirtualBox

Follow the above guide if you want to try Ubuntu first in a Virtual environment and which would be more sensible thing to do than jumping in the ocean right away.

Day 1: Ubuntu: Beginning my Walk on Uncharted Territory

Here I talk about the Introduction and inspiration of making these guides.

Day 2: Stuff I do in Windows that needs an alternative in Linux

What makes me want to stick to Windows? Creating a list of softwares which have made me dependent on Windows and finding their alternatives in Ubuntu.

Day 3: Ubuntu: The Stage is Set

Introduction to Ubuntu’s Desktop and what is this “Unity Interface”?

Day 4: Ubuntu: Updating and Setting up Software

Introduction to The Terminal and using it to update Ubuntu and installing some softwares.

Day 5: Making Ubuntu Personalized with GNOME

Changing the Shell from Unity to GNOME Shell and introduction to GNOME extensions.

Day 6: The User Experience of using Ubuntu

The philosophy of Ubuntu, about how it’s different from Windows, using Keyboard Shortcuts and getting the help from within Ubuntu.

Day 7: Concept of Installing Applications in Ubuntu

A detailed look on how the installation of softwares work on Ubuntu and ways to install them, via Terminal and other ways (like .exe and .msi installers in Windows).


Creating a Startup Application Script in Ubuntu

So how do you make the applications start automatically when you boot into Ubuntu.

Auto Mounting Drives in Ubuntu

A way to show the NTFS drives automatically and with more control on whether you want to make it read only. For eg, you may want to make the Windows bootable drive read only.

Keep checking for updates to this list and always remember…

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