I am running Ubuntu 10.04 for three days now. I was Microsoft user since MS-DOS 2.x and Windows user till three days ago. It was worth to change the system, however, for the proper prise I need to use it for month or so. For now it is superb piece of work - thank you to those who worked on it.
Here is a little hiccup which I need to share with very new users or possible users.
1. I downloaded the .ISO image from (http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download) - this image has the Live version which lets to try Ubuntu without installing it on the PC (no changes are made to the original Windows system). The trial went excellent.
2. Started my PC from the CD and went on to install the Ubuntu version. Here was a little snag... At the PARTITION selection screen I got a little confused - I wanted to install Ubuntu on a new, empty disk. Unfortunately the naming of the disks is kind of confusing. There were several 'disks' or 'partitions'. I did not want to install it "Next to Windows" so I selected "Manual selection". That was a BAD move. I selected a partition which I thought was the on the new, empty disk I agreed to format it... Pressed "Next" few times and the installation started. It went well till 45% and message appeared that there is an error - possibly bad .ISO image.
3. Restarted my PC but windows was gone. Fortunately!!! I used XXCLONE a week before so my cloned Windows was still there.
4. I checked the hash of the Ubuntu .ISO image and it was the same as on the Ubuntu site. I burnt next copy and found that there was some warning 60% through burning - so this burn failed. Downloaded the .ISO image again INTO THE same place on my HDD!. Checked the hash 'ok' burnt next CD and the warning appeared again.
5. I copied the .ISO image to different HDD and the burn went perfect.
6. Installed Ubuntu good. After login there were updates of all sorts made straight away.
7. All works well. My most prised surprise was to find out that I can also run Windows programs using Wine (The Adobe suit).
8. The help for Linux on the net is just unbelievably good - thank all knowledgeable Linuxholics.
I do have a little problem to be solved though but that is in different section.