My own experience on Ubuntu Linux

Linux LogoOne thing I really like all the time is exploring new stuff, especially in computer’s world. I believe it’s the nature of every programmer in the world. About one month ago, I decided to start working with a new OS except Microsoft Windows and Mac OS; so switched to a Linux OS. As far as I know, Ubuntu is the easiest Linux ever (Some people believe OpenSUSE is better) so I decided to install the latest version of it on my laptop which is HP G62-a22SE (As you may know from my previous posts).

Installation

Linux is a very cool in installation process just like Mac OS. You can have full experience of an OS before installation. It means that the OS boots up right from its CD.

Partitioning is Linux is completely different from Windows. If you’re working with Windows, you need to be careful when partitioning your drives because on mistake can erase everything! Those people who have worked with Mac OS are familiar with this kind of partitioning. For more information about Linux partitioning schema check this out: http://content.hccfl.edu/pollock/AUnix1/Partitioning.htm

Installation progress in Linux is so cool too. The coolest thing is that basic user questions like administrator’s name/password, location and time zone, language options, etc. will be asked while installation is running in background so you won’t waist anytime during installation progress.

Another cool thing is that your network adaptors are automatically installed in the installation and you’re connected! There’s an option in the installation that can be set for automatic update so your OS will be updated right after the installation! Ubuntu automatically connects to the internet and receive latest updates while the OS is installing on your machine.

It took about 10-20 minutes to clean-install Ubuntu depends on your computer’s configuration.

Interface

The interface of the Linux depends on the type of Linux you’re installing. Some of them don’t have special appearances and some of them have. For instance, Ubuntu is very gorgeous because it has designed for personal use but fedora has a very simple UI. The Ubuntu UI is very similar to Mac OS. It has an application bar on the bottom of the screen and menu bar on the top. Working with Ubuntu is very simpler than other versions of Linux. Everything has made easy in this OS.

Performance

Performance is one of the key factors in Linux based Operating Systems. They’re all fast and responsive and they use all of the CPU resources to do a task faster. Because of this, your computer’s CPU temperature is a little higher than Windows. In my opinion, this OS is not built for laptops because their CPUs are weak. My own HP G62 laptop is getting very hot when working with Ubuntu on it. I think, Windows doesn’t use all CPU resources and because of this, you computer’s CPU temp won’t get high.

Applications

Ubuntu Software CenterUbuntu applications’ ranges are not as wide as Windows or Mac apps but in these couple of years, Linux developers have done a great job developing apps. The number of Linux applications is much larger than before but still not enough for many of us.

There’s an application named “Wine” which is so cool! You can run many of Windows applications on Linux. They’re currently support lots of applications and frameworks. You can also checkout their application’s database to see if they support your specific application.

Recently, they’ve implemented a new application on Ubuntu name “Ubuntu Software Center”. In a sentence, it’s just like an Apple AppStore but for Ubuntu applications. You can purchase and download any application you need. Most of the applications there are free but some of them are not.

Drivers & Support

As you may know, Linux Operating Systems are free and open source so obviously you shouldn’t expect any support from it. Although, they have a support system and forums for solving users’ problems but there’s no grantee at all! If you’re going to use a Linux OS, you have to keep in mind that you’re on your own.

The next point you have to consider is the drivers. Linux has the minimum number of users around the world as you can see in the following chart:

Usage share of web client operating systems

So hardware companies pay less attention to it. For example, AMD hasn’t released any reliable driver for ATI graphic card. You can search the web to see how many people who’ve ATI graphic cards have issues working in Linux OS.

Conclusion

Linux is very powerful OS in the world of Operating Systems’ world, but it’s not suitable for anyone. In a sentence, Linux is an advanced Operating System. If you’re an IT professional, maybe it’s suitable for you. In my very own opinion, Linux is good for PC not laptop! Because laptops’ batteries are limited and they can’t support an OS that uses all resources! If you’re going to develop Linux-based applications, I recommend using Mac OS.

All in all, it’s a very very powerful OS at no cost! Don’t forget that Linux OS is free and a lot of smart people working on it.

Hope it helps.

Things you should keep in mind when want to update your computer’s bios

BIOSIt’s about 15 years, give or take, I’m working with computers and believe me yesterday was the first time I attempted to update my computer bios!

During this process, I’ve experienced some amazing stuff and I’m going to share them with you too.

My laptop is a HP G62-a22SE and I like it a lot. I do lots of things with it such as programming, listening to music, surfing the web and gaming sometimes. Yesterday, a friend of mine, suggest me to update my laptop’s bios because it will increase the computer’s performance. So I decided to update it!

I searched for “drivers and support downloads” for my laptop in HP website and found the latest bios update for it which was released in December, 2011. I downloaded and executed the bios update and after it finished, my laptop’s LCD just died!!! It took about 5-6 hours of hard working to get back to normal!!! So because it was a pain in the neck, I highly recommend keeping these tips in your mind before attempting to update your PC’s bios.

Backup your files

It’s necessary to backup your computer before start updating your bios. Also, it’s important to backup in an external drive because your hard drive won’t be accessible if anything wrong happened during update process.

Don’t execute the update app without knowledge

Bios update is not like other applications. When you run the updater, there’s no way to reinstall or uninstall it. Also, most of software updates DON’T get the confirmation for starting the update task and they start immediately after your execute the updater!

Update your PC’s bios only if it’s necessary

All in all, it’s so important to keep in mind that updating your bios is not necessary at all! If your computer is working OK, so you don’t need bios update!

Hope it helps