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Switch From Windows To Ubuntu

Ubuntu I have recently just made the switch to be fully linux, well 80% linux and I have installed Ubuntu 11.04 on my workstation. I have decided to install this as a dual boot with my existing Windows 7 OS. The reason I am keeping Windows 7 is because I still want to have access to Windows just incase I want to run an application which can only be ran in Windows. The reason I am moving to use Ubuntu is so I can full use the linux operating system. This is so I can develop in an environment which suits my style as a PHP developer my application will run on a linux operating system so I should develop using an linux operating system. Before I used to develop in windows and now I can use the same IDEs in linux so I might as well switch over. I was using WAMP to be my apache server which worked mine but I had a couple of issues with the setup of virtual hosts so I decided to use the linux apache for full linux support. ## Why Ubuntu?

Ubuntu### Free

Ubuntu is open source software so it's a free operating system is better than paying out for another operating system. ### Quick

Ubuntu is super fast on new computers in their tests it take 7 seconds to full boot up and I thought Windows 7 was quick but it's got nothing on Ubuntu. ### Secure

Linux operating systems have NO virus's. If a potential threat does appear a quick release is put out to fix this problem. ### Ubuntu Software Center

Ths makes it very easy to find a piece of software and download it straight away, it even suggests software it thinks you may like. ### Office Applications

Ubuntu comes with built-in FREE office application so don't pay out money to buy Microsoft Office, LibreOffice can do everything you need. ## Install Ubuntu along side Windows

![Windows]( "1315246566_Windows")![Ubuntu]( "1313834783_start-here-ubuntu")
- [Download Ubuntu]( "Download Ubuntu") - Try / Install - Ubuntu allows you to try it before you install it by running it off the cd or a usb stick. - To install it create CD with Ubuntu iso on it. - Booting from CD will run the install. - Install Ubuntu alongside windows. - Use slider to create partition more to Ubuntu as this is going to be the primary OS. - Follow install instructions. ## What To Do After Install - Install updates - always install the latest updates so you have all the up to date functionality and security releases. - Update Repositories - [Install Ubuntu Restricted Extras]( "Install ubuntu restricted extras") Programs that will get installed after running the above command are: - MP3, DVD Playback support - Microsoft Fonts - Java Runtime - Flash Player - Codecs that are required to play MP3 and DVDs. - Enable Full DVD Playback(Dual Layer DVD Support). - Check For Availability of Proprietary Hardware Drivers. - Install software. - Install plugins. - Setup users and passwords. - Network key password set to blank. ### Web Development Tools ![Desktop]( "1315246763_Desktop") For web development you need to install a couple more extra things, these are the things that I download for my web development. #### Download Chromium ![chromium-icon]( "chromium-icon") I download Chromium because it gets updated more often than Chrome. Chromium is exactly the same as Chrome but Chrome has been repackaged and doesn't get updated as often. [Whats the difference between Chromium vs Chrome]( "Whats the difference between Chromium and Chrome")#### Install Web Apps for Chromium Here is a list of places to go to find some of the best Chrome extensions. - [15 Best Chrome Extensions by Trusted Reviews]( "15 Best Chrome Extensions") - [12 Best Chrome Extensions by Tech Radar]( "12 Best Chrome Extensions") - [30+ Best Google Chrome Extensions For Web Developers And Designers]( "30 Best Chrome Extensions") - [9 Best Google Chrome Extensions for Web Designers By Niche WP]( "9 Best Chrome Extensions") - [50 Best Chrome Extensions For Web Developers by Quertime]( "50 Chrome Extensions For Web Developers") ### PHP Development IDE ![PHP]( "php") The PHP development IDE I use is a open source IDE called eclipse. Eclipse is based on Java but has a PHP extensions so you can use it for your PHP development. [Download Eclipse]( "Download Eclipse For PHP") [Guide To Install Eclipse With PHP]( "Install Eclipse With PHP") ### FTP Client ![FTP]( "1315247020_Location FTP") I use the FTP client is an open source FTP client called FileZilla. [Get copy of FileZilla]( "Download FileZilla")### Photo Editing Software ![Photo]( "1315247069_iPhoto") The photo editing software I use is the open source alternative to Photoshop called Gimp. [Get Your Copy Of Gimp]( "Gimp Photo Software")## Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) ![Lamp]( "1315247140_office1") To have a local PHP development area to develop your website you need to install LAMP(Linux Apache MySQL PHP). There is a really good tutorial on How To Forge about [How To Install LAMP]( "How To Install LAMP"). ## Enjoy The Free Life With Ubuntu

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