We don’t have to stick to Windows or Macintosh in order to use the computer. There are other operating systems which can accomplish the same tasks just as well, if not more provided they do this for absolutely no charge. Such an example would be Linux.
Now most people already know about the ability of computers to dual-boot different operating systems. Dual-boot is just a fancy term in the world of computers and it simply means the ability to log into two different operating systems on the same computer but not at the same time. You can’t log into Macintosh and Windows at the same time and use both simultaneously. It doesn’t work that way.
The way it works is very simple. If you have a Macintosh and decided you want Windows as well, all you have to do is install windows “using a built-in utility called Boot Camp.” (Source) Then you can use either Macintosh or Windows separately, on the same computer.
However, if you have Windows and would like to dual-boot with Linux, then you need to either use a program called Wubi (user-friendly method) or you can just specify a partition for whichever Linux distro (short term for distribution) you would like to choose and install it on that partition, but that’s a bit advanced for the average user. My personal choice of distro is Ubuntu, because it is used and preferred by most people, but you can choose whatever suits you best. All distros are available at no charge. You can even order a CD and they will ship it to you at no charge as well.
It is worth mentioning that “Ubuntu makes a new release every 6 months” Source
They give a code name and version number to each new release. The current release is called “Karmic Koala” and its version number is 9.10.
“Ubuntu is known for having the funkiest release code names around.”
“The official name of an Ubuntu release is ‘Ubuntu X.YY’ with X representing the year (minus 2000) and YY representing the month of eventual release within that year.” Source
If you’re interested, you can check out previous release names of Ubuntu since 2004 using the same link above.
Now after all this talk about Ubuntu and dual-booting, you need to know that there’s a downside to dual-booting and that is a slight decline in overall computer performance. But that’s a very low price to pay for something we get for no charge at all!
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