No More Windows

@fishtiger58 (28442)
Momence, Illinois
November 29, 2016 7:56am CST
Well not exactly no more windows, I have a new operating system call ubuntu. It's different to say the least. It's from the Operating System from Linux. My son was home from college for the holidays and I knew he was using that system. Apparently that's the operating system that the professors he works with in his research want him to use. He told me that ubuntu doesn't get viruses. That is a plus. It's very fast but strange as well to this long time Windows user as most of us are. He had to do many things to my computer to get this new system downloaded and installed on my computer. Thankfully I have enough space, or memory or ram heck I don't know, that he was able to keep Windows on my computer as well as ubuntu. So I can go back and forth between the two operating systems. So I have been learning how to use ubuntu for the last few days, I still have questions and my son has returned to college but he is only a phone call, or........ what am I saying lol, a text away. I can use netflix if I want to on ubuntu but no sound. It's now asking me to download silverlight or some such thing. I will have to ask my son about that. I also play some games online and one of them won't play at all. So another question I have, but for now when I want to play that game I just switch over to windows. I have to restart every time I want to switch operating systems, but heck I'm retired I have all the time in the world.
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@JolietJake (36247)
29 Nov
I've debated trying a different OS but would really like to get another computer to do it.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
29 Nov
I posted this before I went to recent discussions. Scroll down and read Happylady post. You might want to change your mind on that
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@Jackalyn (5683)
• Oxford, England
29 Nov
You can download Ubuntu alongside Windows. It comes with an option to do that on the disk.
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@JolietJake (36247)
29 Nov
@Jackalyn Yes, I know, but I would rather have it on a separate computer.
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@Jackalyn (5683)
• Oxford, England
29 Nov
It seems to be a Ubuntu day seeing as I posted about it too this morning. You will find it very useful to look at the Ubuntu message boards. People get technical, but if you realise that you can copy and paste any code you need into a terminal you will be fine. There are also a fair few Ubuntu users on Mylot so they will also help you out. I think there is a way around the Netflix problem, but ask on the Ubuntu boards. I found this so you might try Chrome as a browser and see what happens.
Thanks to recent efforts at Netflix and Canonical, Ubuntu now supports watching Netflix with Chrome version 37. Chrome is available to all Ubuntu users with up-to-date installations of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS and later. Netflix subscribers who already
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
29 Nov
As I said very new to unbunt, I'm using it right now. Where would I find those boards.
@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
29 Nov
I am using Chrome and thanks for the link, I will check that out. Netflix still won't give me sound on Chrome but I will look at the link you sent. Hope that helps.
@Jackalyn (5683)
• Oxford, England
29 Nov
@fishtiger58 Seriously go to the message boards. Someone will help.
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@Asylum (45912)
• Manchester, England
29 Nov
I have used Ubuntu many times and agree, it is a very good operating system. However, I have not used a dual boot with Windows for many years. There is a vast amount of open source software that can be downloaded, so you will have plenty of programs available for whatever task you require.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Nov
I don't need much, and just the audio is giving me some problems, but I'm sure my son will know how to fix that.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Nov
@Asylum Yikes are you talking Greek??? lol, yea my son is coming home for Christmas so I'll just wait and let him do that stuff.
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@Asylum (45912)
• Manchester, England
30 Nov
@fishtiger58 It is a little messing around to set up, but Amarok is an excellent player.
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@CRK109 (14413)
• United States
1 Dec
I always wished I'd had someone around who could have taught me Linux. My first few computers were made by Apple and I loved them. When Britt and I married, he hated Apple products, so I switched over to Windows computers and I'm still there. But I keep wondering if I should go back to Apple computers. Haven't really decided yet but I'm doing some research. That said, I'm jealous of you and ubuntu! I hope things continue to go well for you!
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Dec
Thanks so far so good, I will have to wait until my son comes home from college for the holidays to look into the audio part of things, and I did watch him load ubuntu and it looked really complicated to me.
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@CRK109 (14413)
• United States
2 Dec
@fishtiger58 Yes, those systems are quite complicated until you learn them, and I never found anyone to teach me. You're so lucky to have him! I really hope the audio goes well once he comes back home and gets to that part of it for you.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
3 Dec
@CRK109 I do too right now when I want to hear something I have to restart and go to windows, I would rather not do that.
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@LadyDuck (108854)
• Switzerland
29 Nov
It's a long time that my husband uses a Linux based system. He hates Microsoft and when they stopped supporting Windows XP he decided to install Ubuntu. Linux is the system used by most Professors and Universities.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Nov
Right, as soon as my son got to grad school he had to put that system on his computer, now he says never again will he use windows.
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@LadyDuck (108854)
• Switzerland
30 Nov
@fishtiger58 My husband is preparing a DVD so that I can install the system as soon as the support for Windows 7 stops.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Nov
@LadyDuck I too am not fond of microsoft, they release new OS and they don't work, they still have bugs. They don't care if my computer crashes, they just release OS knowing they aren't ready, but they just want the money. So greedy.
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@MarymargII (7629)
• Toronto, Ontario
30 Nov
I'm afraid of anything different as I just got the hang of what I'm doing on this computer and am very un-techy
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Nov
I have my sons who know way more than I do, but so far so good with ubuntu
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• Toronto, Ontario
30 Nov
@fishtiger58 Unfortunately I have no clue about that name- have heard it and will look into it though
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Dec
@MarymargII I had never heard of it either until my son went to grad school and his professor wanted him to have that OS
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• United States
4 Dec
Sounds a bit more problematic to have to switch between the two. I play games online too and I wouldn't like it if I had to keep switching to play them. I do not watch movies, but do enjoy watching short videos that others have posted. I want to hear what I am seeing too.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Dec
I'm thinking he can get this problem fixed for me when he comes home for Christmas.
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• United States
4 Dec
@fishtiger58 I hope so for your sake. It would drive me crazy if it were me!
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Dec
@ElusiveButterfly It's not that bad, and I have all the time in the world. So restarting is not bad
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@1hopefulman (17489)
• Canada
17 Dec
So this is what they are using in university and no viruses, that is interesting.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
17 Dec
Apparently, when he first got to grad school his research professors made him change to ubuntu right away.
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@1hopefulman (17489)
• Canada
17 Dec
@fishtiger58 I'll check it out. I use Firefox most of the time.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
17 Dec
@1hopefulman so do I and still do on ubuntu as well
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@just4him (81546)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Nov
A program without viruses is a good program.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Nov
It is, although this isn't a program but a whole operating system like windows.So far so good.
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@just4him (81546)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
1 Dec
@fishtiger58 That's great!
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Dec
@just4him I love the whole idea of no viruses.
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@Marty1 (22150)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
29 Nov
@fishtiger58 At least you have some understand as I have no idea about these types of things! Do you get Netflix on Windows? I hope you get it all straightened out!
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
29 Nov
yes netflix works fine on windows sound and everything but no sound on ubuntu. I know I probably have to download something but am really unsure how to go about that. I watched my son doing somedownloading on ubuntu but it looked so darn complicated.
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@Marty1 (22150)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
29 Nov
@fishtiger58 I know the feeling MY brother in law is computer programmer working as a consultant now and it is amazing the things that man does on the computer!
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
29 Nov
@Marty1 Nice to have him in your family, you can always ask him about stuff.
@PatZAnthony (11757)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
6 Dec
So many are not happy with microsoft. It is good there are some options.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Dec
They almost have a monopoly and I find that really wrong.
@BelleStarr (29415)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Dec
I admire you trying a new system but I think my head would explode lol I will stick with windows
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Dec
It's actually not so bad, but then I got my kid helping. I would have never done this alone.
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• Midland, Michigan
3 Dec
I'm still using my old windows version 7. If I had a family member that could help with a new system like you have your son, I'd consider learning something new, but for now I'll have to stick to what I have.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Dec
I am happy with ubuntu it's working well except for the audio. Hope my son can do something about that when he is home for Christmas.
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• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov
Very interesting. I have heard that Linux is very secure. Keep us posted about the process.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Dec
That's what my son said. No viruses and I like that
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@annierose (17254)
• Philippines
30 Nov
It is new to me. When was Ubuntu released? I have been using Windows for more than a decade. I am also not familiar with Linux.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Nov
That is a good question I have no clue when ubuntu came out. I first heard about it just over 2 years ago when my kid went to grad school.
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• United States
29 Nov
I'll stick with Windows, I have no problem with it...at my age I've changed too much as it is LOL!
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Nov
I feel the same way but did want to try this OS as my son has been telling me how good it is. It's different and thankfully I still have windows I can go to when I get confused about ubuntu,
@Corbin5 (70141)
• United States
29 Nov
Glad you are only a text away from getting help from your son. I would be lost and would have to send many a text if a change from Windows was made. You will get the hang of it in your nice retired time!!
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Nov
Yes and I'm not really doing anything on windows or ubuntu that is horribly complicated. So time will tell.
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@DianneN (52903)
• United States
29 Nov
I have no idea what you are talking about, and I am perfectly happy. Lol!
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
29 Nov
I know what you mean I hardly know what I'm talking about either and this is my post. LOL
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@amadeo (42053)
• United States
29 Nov
Stopping by and good morning.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
29 Nov
Good morning Alfredo how are you this fine day?
@marlina (57069)
• Canada
29 Nov
ubuntu. It's the first time ever that I hear abou this one, but I must say that I won't try it alone. I am not good enough with computers.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
29 Nov
No I wouldn't upload without help either. I'm glad it's on my computer now and I know in time I will get more used to it. I would like to figure out why no sound however. I have questions for my son.