View Full Version : [ubuntu] Making the switch from windows 7

June 2nd, 2010, 01:25 AM
I am so excited yet nervous because it is a whole different os. anyways i am building a desktop. today i found out that ubuntu isnt compatible with all hardware so i was wondering if these parts work. http://i47.tinypic.com/dy3sio.png

next what are some good virus protection programs? also are there any necessities to install to make ubuntu easier? oh, almost forgot... where can i learn the basic codes to get around linux? thanx ahead.

June 2nd, 2010, 01:30 AM
That should all work fine.

Linux doesn't really need anti-virus.

If you like flash, java, mp3 etc.
sudo aptitude install ubuntu-restricted-extras

For DVDs https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats/PlayingDVDs

Free PDF for basics:

June 2nd, 2010, 01:32 AM
For hardware, I would suggest looking here first:


As far as anti-virus goes, many Linux users, myself among them, consider it unnecessary, as the system is designed to greatly restrict default user rights so that any possible damage and/or infestation of a virus is quite difficult to achieve.

I've found
to be helpful in learning the basics about Linux, choosing which flavor of Ubuntu, to use, etc. Also, (I say this with complete sincerity) searching the man pages with

man -k keyword or apropos keyword are good ways to begin searching for commands (as well as google) and the man pages and the forums can provide you with more direct information from there.

Hope this helps! Welcome to Ubuntu and the forums!

June 2nd, 2010, 01:45 AM
sweet for the build comment, thanx. i just downloaded the pocket book, thank you for the codes.... is there anything else i need to know that i didnt ask? (or that you didnt post?)

June 2nd, 2010, 01:51 AM
Another good site is http://tldp.org/

June 2nd, 2010, 02:07 AM
thank you for the help. once i install i will post questions in the future. in the meantime i will read the little booklet