Ok, I guess everyone has noticed the haphazard nature of my posts lately. With my computer on the fritz ever since the Walgreens' Photo Shop incident, I've been haveing nothing but troubles.
Last night a post that I've been working on for about a week, a Chronicles' Project, got all discombobulated, with the HTML going crazy. Beats me.
That was the last straw. I went and bought an 8GB thumb drive, backed up all my pictures, posts, articles, and notes, along with the data files on a couple of other things, and pulled the extra hard drive I had installed which has the pics and a few programs that I would hate to lose.
I reformated the original hard drive, to its original Windows condition, then I put in the Linux Ubunto 9.04 disc that I got from the book store. They sell it in a package with the magazine/manual on the racks. It includes the equivelent of Microsoft Office, Publisher, and Adobe Photoshop. I've used the Open Office word processor, and the Photoshop equivalent - Gimp, and they work almost the same and in some cases better!
Installation was smooth as silk, the partition is done automatically so you don't need to know how it's done.
When the system boots up, you are given the choice of windows, or Ubunto. That's great for the kids so they can keep on doing their thing on Windows, and great for me because now I have a much more stable system!!!
A lot of my stuff got messed up, so it may take me a couple of days to get organized, but I'll be back on track soon enough!
There are a couple of visual nuances that i have noted, but as far as I am concerned, this is a no brainer for those of you that worry about your computer taking a dive, or the Chinese or Russians Bot hacking you into their systems.
At $21.00 at the magazine rack, it is cheap insurance and quite frankly cheap in software terms. You can actually resurrect an older machine with Linux and really get your money's worth out of it!