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Quoting one of my co-workers about this spreadsheet:

This has been a lifesaver for myself! I suggest downloading it, printing it, and keeping it near you.

A lot of the commands are marked with * and are safe to ‘try out’ for anyone new to Linux. Even for the most seasoned users, with a handy reference guide you can never go wrong.

Click here for Linux Cheat Sheet


Why XP and not Vista? Because most of the people I’ve spoken to are still running XP and from my wanderings around the Internet, I’m seeing that people are still much happier with XP. I’m going to assume XP is already installed to a single NTFS partition which takes up the whole disk. Ubuntu is able to read NTFS partitions, so you have a couple of configuration options to work with. One is to either create a 2nd NTFS partition which will house data for access by both operating systems or simply a 2nd hard drive also formatted with NTFS. Ready?

  • Grab the desktop ISO of Ubuntu (8.04). You can choose a list of download mirrors from the Ubuntu website and burn it to CD to create a bootable Ubuntu CD.
  • Boot the XP machine from the CD and select “Install Ubuntu” from the boot menu.
  • Once the Live CD has loaded you’ll be prompted to answer a few questions on the Welcome screen (language, time zone, and keyboard layout). Select Forward when finished.
  • Prepare disk space. Ubuntu will load the disk partitioner to determine where it’s going to be installed. The default option is that Ubuntu will resize the Windows XP NTFS partition to make space for the Ubuntu install. You can drag the dividing line left or right to increase or decrease the amount of space to be freed up. Once you’ve decided the amount of space, click Forward. Note: Ubuntu will prompt you to commit the changes. Click Continue – the screen disappears and then click Forward again.

Now you get to tell Ubuntu who you are. This is pretty self explanatory – input your info then click Forward.

  • On the Migrate Documents and Settings screen, if Ubuntu finds any user accounts to migrate it will import user settings from XP to Ubuntu provided you want it to. Select the documents and settings you wish to migrate. Click Forward.

Next is the “Ready to install” screen. Here you’ll see that Ubuntu now has enough information to begin the installation. In the summary under Migrate Assistant, it should say “Windows XP Professional” along with any user account details you selected in the previous step. This means that regardless of whether Ubuntu found any user account to migrate, it knows that Windows XP is installed on the other partition. Click Install.

When the install is complete the system will reboot. When the GRUB boot menu is displayed, take a look at the last entry in the list – there will be an entry “Other operating systems” and beneath that “Microsoft Windows XP Professional”.

By default Ubuntu will load itself after 10 seconds, but you can select the XP option and the OS will boot normally. Pretty simple, huh?


Tonight my post will be short and to the point due to being sick. Stumbled across BestTechie Forums tonight and found some Linux humor before dying going to bed. Check it out.

So… I’m reading an article last night that one of my co-workers linked me to that tells me how Samba gained legal access to Microsoft network file protocols. As I’m reading through the article my first thought is, “well, I wonder how Microsoft is going to spin this one off.” And then I see:

In the deal, the PFIF gets the actual documentation. Samba or other developers can then access the documentation if they agree to the NDA and pay 10,000 euros.

Definitely far from free and open. I showed this article to another co-worker this morning and I believe he hit the nail on the head when he responded with, “Sugar coated bullshit if you ask me.”

Walmart has been selling Linux computers for quite a few years now at a pretty reasonable price. Now, they’re taking orders online for a new system they’re offering called the Green gPC, made by Everex of Taiwan and they’re offering it at $199.00. They say it’ll be available in approximately 600 stores as well as online.

According to a news article I read this morning, “The variant of Linux on the gPC is called gOS and is derived from the popular Ubuntu variant. It’s heavily oriented toward Google’s Web sites and online applications, like YouTube, Gmail and the company’s word processing program, all of which can be used only when the computer is connected to a broadband line.”

Another article describes this as a Google-friendly PC, but to me it sounds like it may be the first GooglePC. People have been talking about Google trying to edge in on Microsoft territory with their online applications, but they don’t have any penetration in the market for PC hardware. Today, you can buy a $200.00 PC that doesn’t need to have software on it to be useful. It’s a realization of Google’s ubiquitous computing.

Hmm…Google stock over $700.00 a share, Google phone coming out soon. Coincidence?

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