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Ubuntu Linux for beginners: Tips for getting started

Maybe it was one piece of malware too many, maybe it was realizing that while Windows 7 doesn’t look like XP, there really wasn’t that much better about it, in any case the day had come when you decided to give Ubuntu Linux a try. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your new experiment in operating systems.

The easiest way to try Ubuntu is to just buy a laptop or PC that already has Ubuntu installed on it. Dell, system76, and ZaReason are all reputable computer vendors who have shipped Ubuntu equipment for years. You won’t go wrong with any of these vendors.

If you’re not in the market for a new PC, it’s easy to give Ubuntu a try on your existing PC. Indeed, you won’t have to change a thing on your computer to try it.

First, you’ll need to download a copy of the latest version of Ubuntu. Today, that’s Ubuntu 10.10. You might be tempted to try a newer version. Don’t give in to temptation. The alpha and beta releases of any Linux system are for expert users, not someone who’s trying Linux for the first time.

The fastest way to get a copy is to download it from the Ubuntu download page. Not sure which version to get? Just go for the 32-bit. Even if your machine can support a 64-bit operating system, the 32-bit edition will still run just fine on your PC.

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