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How Did I Migrate From Windows To Linux Featured

Written by  28 Sep 2008 1118

There are many users and developers who want to step into different OS mainly Linux or Mac.

The question that comes in everyone’s mind is, shifting from current system to new can hamper their work or what if some applications does not exists in the new OS.

Well, same thoughts must have come into everybody's mind when planning to move from Windows to different OS.

The main reason of not moving to different OS is expertise and addiction on Windows, and ease of help from someone around.

I always has dream to move to Linux. One of my friends named Sujay and myself, we always discuss about Linux and its features however even we had same fear in our mind, and we kept ourselves away from migrating to Linux due to workload and we did not have time to research.

What we thought was if we could setup Linux and development environment without affecting the work and we thought of using virtual machine and installed Linux and development environment on that.

Now the question was which Linux distribution should we pick from wide range of available distribution. Sujay did some research and found that Ubuntu was better as per the developer community.

Sujay downloaded latest stable version of Ubuntu 7.04 and installed as virtual machine. He then gave me the distribution and I installed on my machine.

We both used to use windows for checking mails and use MS Office. However we later started using star office and also did research on other Linux distributions.

We were happy using Ububtu on virtual machine. After couple of months later Sujay's Windows OS crashed he had a choice to either install windows using recovery disc or install Linux.

Sujay installed Linux, but this time not Ubuntu but Kubuntu 8.0.4 due to light weight desktop KDE. Once he got his system up and running there were few hiccups which he faced however he could overcome with the help of huge community support available online.

I could not resist myself, so I backed up my system on my external drive and installed Kubuntu 8.04.

The installation went smoothly, when it came to configure hardware I was a bit tensed but the installation went well without prompting tricky, complex configuration. Kubuntu took all the device drivers without any problem, except for some laptop specific, like finger reader, windows key and few others.

We now keep talking about features in Linux and compare with Windows. We are really happy using Linux operating system. The system is fast, better and now I don't have to sit in front of the system while booting. My windows used to take about 5 minutes to boot after which I could start other applications. Now with Linux it takes 1 ½ minutes to boot.

The only thing I could not get up and running is my Pocket PC, but I should get it up and running with the help of Linux community.

Now, we are using windows on virtual machine for some specific tasks, like testing applications on IE.


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