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 We will be doing a walk-through on the steps to get up and running with Ubuntu and having some fun along the way. If you have any idea or tips, we would be love to hear from you.

Intro to Ubuntu and Linux
 An operating system is what makes your computer work, runs all your programs, and manages your hardware. Other examples include Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.
  Now we could go into great detail of what Ubuntu is. Really it comes down to this, it is a free to use operating system
that allows you to do as much as Windows and OS X, if not more in some cases. Some of you are thinking, "why would I change from Windows." It was simple money for me. I was tired of buying Windows and started to look for something that I could use as an alternative. I still wanted to be able to share my work with Windows and have the same or similar programs to use. Ubuntu does offer programs that are identical to Word, Excell, and other popular Microsoft programs. Mozilla and Google Chrome work in Ubuntu as well. Same features, less cost. I have found that I have less trouble with things like SpyBots, viruses, other harmful issues while using Ubuntu.

Getting started

To get started, you need to download and install Ubuntu. Below is a link to the download. Before you start downloading, make sure you get the one that is right for you. Look on your current operating system to see if you have a 32-bit or a 64-bit operating system.  Stick with the same one that you already have.

If you are unsure and using Windows Vista or Windows 7, click your start button, type system in the search box, then click system in the Programs list. Here it will tell you which system you are using.

If you are unsure and using Windows XP, click start and then click Run. Type sysdm.cpl then click OK. Click the general tab. Here it will tell you which system you are using.

The page you should go to looks like this:

Installing on a USB

 While you are waiting on Ubuntu to download, you can get your USB ready for install.  I use a 4 gig USB. They are pretty cheap. I have seen them for as low as $2.00.

Unetbootin is another free program that I use. It installs operating systems onto USBs. You can download Unetbootin below. You have to use this program to install Ubuntu onto your USB.

Go ahead and format the USB.

After you format the USB, open Unetbootin. At the bottom of window click  DiskImage.  You will then click the select disk image file (the button with ...). Locate your .ISO file. In this case, it will be Ubuntu-12.10-desktop-***.iso. Under "space used to preserve files across reboots (Ubuntu Only)"  change it to 9999. Make sure that your USB is showing in the Drive: box then click OK.

This may take some time to install Ubuntu onto your USB. When it finishes you will be prompted to reboot. Close Unetbootin. You will need to unplug the USB and reinsert it.

Now you are ready to try Ubuntu if everything went according to plan. Your live operating system is on your USB. Give it a try.
Changing the boot order of the "bootable" devices on your computer like your USB drive, hard drive, floppy drive, optical drive, etc. is very easy. The bios setup utility is where you change boot order settings.
Restart your computer and watch for a message during the post about a particular key, usually Del or F2, that you'll need to press to enter setup. Press this key as soon as you see the message. choose USB for the first device then save and exit, Dont worry your pc will still boot to the hard drive but it will check to see if you have a usb that is bootable first then go to the hard drive and boot windows normally.
Now this usb can be used on multible pc's, and the work you do on it is saved to the usb.  
Below is two videos one showing the above steps and the second showing how to install Ubuntu
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