Yesterday I bought a laptop. It came with Windows 7 Starter Edition, which is a really limited version of Windows 7, I couldn't even change the background of my desktop. I was already planning on putting Ubuntu on the laptop, but I wasn't sure if I was going to dual-boot (run 2 operating systems for those who are not geeks) or remove Windows completely and put Ubuntu only on the system.
Well, when I saw that the supplier had installed Windows 7 Starter without giving me the option of any other Operating System, but also partitioned (separated) the hard drive into 2 parts (one for the OS and one for Data - I hate that). I decided I was going to run Ubuntu exclusively.
I downloaded the install and a little application to turn my flash drive (pen stick) into an install disk. Plugged it into my laptop and presto, the PC picked it up and asked me how I wanted to proceed.
I chose the option of completely removing Windows, and the partitions on my hard drive, then I just filled in my information, hit the continue button a few times and within 20 minutes I had a fully functioning Ubuntu notebook.
Setting up my 3G Internet connection was even simpler than it was on Windows. I didn't have to install any software. I just plugged in the 3G stick, clicked on the connect option and off I went.
What is more, is that Ubuntu is completely free, and there is so much free software so easily available. This strongly appeals to my rebel side because I am against any organization which makes me feel as though I have no other option but to buy their product. I like options.
So go to the Ubuntu website:
Take the tour, and perhaps consider it the next time you buy a PC. I strongly recommend.