Windows – Linux Transition And Here Comes The Terminator

A Windows – Linux switch can be both exciting and scary to say the least. At my new (awesome) job, everybody uses Linux (Ubuntu) and I arrived there as a Windows guy only to learn that I was the only black sheep in the family. So, instead of being lethargic, I called on the gods of the universe to help me make the once-seemingly-inevitable transition. Today, am happy to announce that I have officially made a Windows to Linux change. The rest of this post will detail the process! Enjoy it!

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How Did This Happen?

Before I decided to install Ubuntu version 12.04 codename precise on my 64-bit machine, I attempted running both Ubuntu and Windows 7 Professional side-by-side. That of course didn’t work well – when I attempted to boot Windows 7, it asked me to use the installation CD to repair it (this is very common when you install the two side by side because of partitioning issues).

That meant I could only run Ubuntu even with Windows 7 installed – so I asked myself: what the heck is the point of keeping it in my machine? Here is what I had to do:

Step 1 – Re-install Windows 7 (I know, you are probably asking why), this was because I didn’t have Ubuntu burned into a CD. After installing Windows 7, I downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit version (what I really wanted) and then burned it and finally installed it as my main OS. I bid goodbye to my Windows 7.

Step 2 – Learn the ins and outs of Linux and of course this will take some time. After using Windows’ Command Line or PowerShell, it was  not very difficult to get up and running with Linux. But still, I had to find a good tutorial to learn the commonly used commands. Here is the link for that if you are interested!

The fun thing about Windows – Linux change

I don’t know about you but being able jump into the terminal and execute some commands with ease just makes me feel like a ninja of some sort (am not one yet). Configure the terminal using preferences option, make the background dark and the text color white or whatever you want – honestly, no one gives a flying horse. So, that is your terminal but wait …..there is more:

The Terminator Will Kick Your Socks Off – If you have any!

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If you are wondering how I took this photo, here is one line on the terminal that made it very easy!

What About Chrome Browser?

After installing Chrome, if you do everything correctly, you should be able to run Google Chrome right from your command line like this:

I think the best way to learn how to use Linux is find a good tutorial and follow along. It also does not hurt to bookmark a cheat sheet so you can refer to it when you need to. Just for your convenience, here is a link to some awesome resources.

So, Linux or Not Linux?

If you are a software developer, you must have heard all the talk out there recommending that you should use Linux to speed up your work and of course that comes from the tools. The good thing about Ubuntu is this: You can  try it before deciding to go full throttle.

Using a Virtual Box

For those who have so much love for Windows, you can still run Ubuntu Linux in a box. The free virtual box is provided by Oracle and if you are interested, you can find a tutorial on how to do all that stuff here. When you download Ubuntu however, always remember to choose the right version. Either 64 or 32-bit. When it comes to which release, it is up to you really.

There is so much to be said about Linux but the final decision and judgement belong to you. The problem some people have is passing judgement on things they have no damn clue about. If you have not used Linux, don’t hate it because some mean old guy told you something negative about it. The same applies to those who hate Windows or other OSs.

In Summary,

I have shared my small experience with Linux and this is just the beginning of the Windows – linux transition process. I am learning everyday and sooner or later, I will look or sound like a guru even before I become one( I hope to become one soon though).

I will be sharing a ton of ideas or tutorials on new things I will be learning and I hope you will share some of your own hacks as well. As for Windows, I still use it for some projects – I might switch all my computers eventually!

Have a good week and let us learn some Linux baby!

Please share this post if you liked it and drop me some comments with great tutorials that some of us could use. Thank you.

NOTE: It has been a while since I wrote a blog post and I know I need to keep up. I apologize to my awesome readers for this and I will work a little harder to keep writing cool articles and sharing my experiences with you. Otherwise, thank you so much for the avid support.


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Written By Elisha Chirchir

Elisha Chirchir is a software developer. He is also the founder of Simple Developer and co-founder of Instinctive Software Solutions. On any given day, he works on both Android and Web Development. During his 'free time', he offers training to those interested in learning how to code in php, java, python, javaScript etc. You can easily find him on StackOverflow Android chatroom or on Twitter @Eenvincible

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