While the Frugal Librarian, or as we affectionately call him, “Froogs”, is psyched about the release of Window’s Vista’s successor, Windows 7, later this year, there is a very good and super-affordable alternative called Ubuntu to tide you over. You may have heard words like “open-source” and “Linux” get tossed about by your bespectacled acquaintances. The benevolent nerds of the world in the spirit of competition put together very sophisticated quality pieces of software that benefit you for absolutely no cost. Sometimes they rival packages that cost hundreds. Though the 2010 census may prove me wrong, there are more Homo Sapien Nerdicuses in the world than there are Microsoft employees. Ubuntu is such an innovation.
Ubuntu is an operating system that you can install on your computer instead of a release of Windows. ESPECIALLY Windows Vista. You’ll find it outperforms its competitors, is user friendly, and most hacker attacks are pretty much jokes, since they’re designed to affect everyone except you. There are dozens of such Linux operating systems, but Ubuntu is considered the easiest to adopt.
If you’ve got a computer lying around, install it on there just for kicks. If you use the internet, check email, and print like the vast majority of people, you are going to be fine, save a hundred bucks, and not wrestle with license keys.
We’ve got several books at the library on how to navigate this transition. They’re circulating more than they used to. If you can’t download the install disc, some of these books at the library have an install CD in the back flap. Ideally you’ll want to download this week’s latest release of Version 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope” to compare notes at the water cooler with your newfound friends. If you do, don’t be surprised if you’re invited to join their Warcraft guild.