Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) is here : The OS You Need to Start Using Today !


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Yes, No More Windows!

Do you know what happens when you tell a bird from its birth "you cannot fly" ? It does not learn to fly. Believe it or not, Microsoft has been doing the same with you since you started using Windows from your childhood. Windows hides the complexity of the beautiful machine at your hand behind a greeting face which makes you feel on the top of the world. But, here's your wake up call: You may take the "Red pill" and ignore this post to go back to you Microsoft induced sleep, or, you may take the "Blue pill" and read ahead to wake up to a whole new reality of open access operating systems. 

For those who need it: What is Linux ?

Linux is technically an Operating system kernel written by Linus Torvalds (Search the name and read up about him, an interesting guy). Since then, the programming community has created a variety of distributions based on Linux. Ubuntu, Arch, Fedora, Kali and many more. However the most beginner friendly of them all is Ubuntu. It gives almost an Windows like experience but comes with all the strength and might of Linux. 

This article is inspired by the fact that just yesterday Ubuntu 19.04 was released. And yeah, the name of the distro is kind of hilarious :-p

Here's the first appearence video by tecrobust. Just have a look. Who knows. You might like it a lot! By the way, remember, it is not a Long Term Support release, you are worried about regular update you  might  want to checkout Bionic Beaver (18.04) instead.

Here's what Canonical.com has to say about their new distribution.
“The open-source-first on Ubuntu movement in telco, finance and media has spread to other sectors. From the public cloud to the private data center to the edge appliance or cluster, open source has become the reference for efficiency and innovation. Ubuntu 19.04 includes the leading projects to underpin that transition, and the developer tooling to accelerate the applications for those domains” said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical.
Yes, it is exciting to have a new OS well suited for the modern era of technologies. It's a dream if you are into tech stuff. Even if you are not tech lover, it is a golden opportunity to jump onto the hype train and familiarize yourself with the feeling of power and freedom. Become the master of your own system.

Crossing the Initial Energy Barrier

Switching to open source OS may seem overwhelming. With linux, you are the master of your machine. You don't have to stick any particular look. You can design the way your laptop looks and choose the functions you want to use. But, as uncle Ben says "with great power comes great responsibility". You might be reluctant to change due to a lot of things like: "I have no idea how to use the terminal", "It may be buggy","How will I play games ?". To help with all these thoughts and worries here is one of the most well written account of why you should not worry about them: 

10 Reasons Why You Should Switch To Linux

Now, I hope you have decided to try Linux. If so, the first question in your mind will be should I completely uninstall Windows ? My answer is, "Don't do that". Here are two ways you can go. 


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If you do not like to tinker with your computer too much or worry that you might mess everything up you should consider starting to use linux as a virtual OS. Here's a very nice resource directing you through the steps to set up a virtual OS:

Install Ubuntu 18.04 LTS in a VirtualBox

Dual Boot

Dual boot means installing two OSs side by side on your machine so that you can turn off and restart to switch from one OS to another depending on your needs. If you are comfortable with tinkering your pc/laptop then for sure go with a dual boot. Doing a dual boot sometimes becomes tricky depending on your laptop's architecture but in my opinion, it makes you comfortable with your own machine and increases your knowledge about how it works. Here's a detailed guide to creating a dual boot to get you started:  

How to install Ubuntu 18 alongside windows 10/8

Always, take a back up before trying anything like this.

Final Words

Starting anything new requires a bit extra effort. So, please be prepared to put some in.   Linux is beautiful and I am sure if you stick with it for some time you will understand the power and freedom it provides along with many other perks. You will no way regret "exiting the Matrix" later.Feel free to comment and share. Give your suggestions for what topics you would like to see more posts on. Bye bye! See you on the next post.