STCHMAN.com MIssion Statement
site is intended to help individuals become better Ubuntu Linux users.
Below is a little bit of my own enthusiam about this website.
I have gathered
information for computer users who are tired of Microsoft's high priced
operating systems, its security vulnerabilities, and would
like to find an alternative. With the advent of Windows Vista
you will need a considerable hardware upgrade just to run the
OS satisfactorily. Would it not be nice to have a
capable OS free of charge that would be able to do whatever
you want? There is an alternative called Ubuntu Linux.
There are many
flavors of Linux
out there (Red Hat, Mandriva, openSUSE, Slackware, MEPIS, Freespire,
Debian, etc.) but I personally have found Ubuntu to be the easiest to
This is my opinion and we all know about opinions.
Since this site will center on Ubuntu, I cannot provide much
assistance with Kubuntu (Ubuntu Linux that uses the KDE graphical
While I feel that
many procedures out there to help Linux users, the problem is
that many of the steps are not clearly explained.
What usually ends up happening is the person new to Linux decides it is
too difficult and heads back to Windows. Granted a part of
Linux participation is to "figure it out", but clear explanations to
the new Linux user are very important. I feel that the more
clearly explained a procedure, the more likely that Linux
support will grow.
Ubuntu Linux was
created just a
few short years ago and is now one of the most popular Linux
distributions. Ubuntu ranks as the #1 most downloaded Linux
distribution according to DistroWatch.
It combines a user friendly interface with fantastic hardware
support. Windows users should feel at home in no time.
is ever evolving, this site will continue to grow. As I
discover more and more information about Ubuntu I will post here.
Please feel free to reference my work all you want.
I simply ask that you please site me as a resource as I have
done throughout this site. Copying others work and
calling it your own is wrong.
the latest distribution from Ubuntu's website and see what everyone is
talking about. The latest stable
distribution is called Feisty Fawn 7.04. I use
Feisty on both my desktop and laptop.
Feisty's focus centers on a new graphical
control center, multi-media codecs, and a new kernel that will feature
better hardware support (especially wireless). If you wish to
download other/older releases refer to the Ubuntu Downloads on the left
people new to Linux are driver and software installation.
While Linux driver installation can be somewhat cumbersome
there are numerous available online sources of information (including
this site). Driver installation on Linux while
sometimes necessary, is not often needed. The latest kernel
for Linux has excellent hardware support for ethernet, chipsets, SCSI
controllers, RAID controllers, SATA and PATA interfaces, video cards,
USB and firewire devices, bluetooth, digital cameras, memory cards,
etc. The only devices that may need drivers are newer video
cards and Winmodems. Nvidia and ATI are the best choices for
video cards to use with Ubuntu Linux.
As far as software
installation with the advent of apt-get that is now very easy.
For 90+% of your software installation, you will simply use
the apt-get or Add/Remove. Other software will require you to
add the repository to your database. The only program I have
installed outside apt-get is Google Earth. The included
apt-get repository contains thousands of free programs for you to
complaint is that
Ubuntu Linux is too difficult to navigate and get other tasks
done. I find this to not be true as with either Gnome or KDE
one can have a familiar graphical environment. I was a
Windows user for many years and found the Gnome interface to be very
familiar. While the options may be in different places the
methodology remains the same. While it is true that a lot of
Linux duties can be done in a terminal, a lot of the same duties can be
done through the GUI. Many Linux veterans are so used to the
command line that they forget that the GUI has the function as well.
The Ubuntu community is there to help you with
anything you need. The more users that switch to Linux the
more hardware manufacturers will make Linux a priority. The
forums are a great place to start for information. Remember,
Ubuntu Linux is not harder than Windows, just different.
excellent feature of Ubuntu is that you can test the OS out before you
install. The distribution has the ability to act as a stand
alone OS (known as a LiveCD) so that a potential user can get a feel
for Ubuntu. Microsoft or Apple does not let you do this.
The LiveCD is also a useful tool for partitioning and other
duties that need to be performed say if your PC crashes.
You may or
may not know it but most people that have ever used a computer have
used Linux in some form or another. Home entertainment
devices such as DVRs and cable/satellite boxes use Linux as their OS,
~65% of the websites you go to use Apache webserver on Linux,
institutions that rely on a secure network (banks/colleges/ecommerce)
use Linux, broadband network routers and switches use imbedded Linux.
The list goes on and on. Linux has been used in
many forms since 1991. Just in the last few years has Linux
started to migrate to the mainstream desktops. Just think, no
viruses and spyware as they have little to no affect on Linux.
computer saw the power of Linux by moving their desktops/laptops to use
the FreeBSD Unix kernel in OS X. Unix and Linux are
functionally similar to each other as Linux is a derivative of Unix..
all the software you will run on Linux is open source, meaning free.
In a comparison of Ubuntu to Windows I show you how you can
do just about anything on a Linux machine that you can do on a Windows
machine. Just think you will be able to get all the
productive software programs, all for FREE.
issues either, feel free to install Ubuntu on as many computers as you
want. Install it on your friend's, brother's, aunt's, uncle's
PC etc. The only issue is that if you use an open source
program potected under the GPL, you must provide the source
code to anyone who wishes to see it if you modify it.
Ubuntu Installation History
Note: I upgraded my
laptop to use Feisty Fawn and I must say it was somewhat painless.
There are a few quirks but no more than Edgy.
Feisty did have more functionality out of the box than Edgy
and also had restriced drivers for ATI and Nvidia cards.
Wireless also worked without any tinkering. I was
amazed that my networked printers were detected so I had to do nothing
to get them working. I had to re-install a few apps and used
a few of the procedures below. I marked them Feisty tested as
they worked for me. I also have created a Feisty tips section
that I will update from time to time.
I have recently upgraded my
desktop to Feisty and all went well. My Audigy 2
card gave me a few problems, but the Ubuntu Feisty Guide
helped me fix the problem.