We are Ubuntu fans who would like to help each other to use and persist to use Ubuntu and all Ubuntu-based Linux operating systems.
No matter where you are coming from, a Mac user, a Windows XP, Vista or 7 user, or simply someone who has never owned a computer, we understand the struggles of having to adapt to or learn a completely new operating system.
As we truly believe Ubuntu is the fastest, the most secure and no-cost operating system available for ordinary computer users, our goal is clear, we will help you stand still as happy Ubuntu users, no matter what happens. Period!
I started searching for a faster and more secure computer operating system than Windows ten years ago. I knew at that time that it had to be Linux-based. So I tried Lindows (later forced to change to Linspire) for a year or so. I did not like it as it was slow beside other issues.
I was forced back to use Windows XP and Vista as they came pre-loaded on most of the new PCs sold out there.
I must say that Windows XP runs really well – yes, Vista sucks! However, all Windows based operating system has one problem in common – it gets slower and slower in time when you use it. To make it run fast again, you have to constantly defrag the hard drive and clean the registries. Once in a while you encounter the problem of not being able to reboot the machine after a major system update, which forces you to restore to the previous state.
In 1998, through Steve, a friend who worked in our company, I first heard of another Linux based graphic operating system called Ubuntu. Yes, this strange name reminds you of the remote African desert. Unlike Linspire which requires you to pay for an annual software subscription, this Ubuntu is completely free – no need to pay to get all the open source software on their server and mirror servers. In no time I tried to install it on our then newest HP computer at home (HP a6457c-b that came with HP w2207h monitor). It failed to install 🙁
A blank screen was steering at me all the time when I went through the installation process. I tried and tried for a week to install it and finally gave up. It was such a frustrating process.
However, the idea of being able to run a free, fast and secure Linux desktop on my own PC could not be wiped out from my mind. So I kept searching the internet for the reasons why I could not install Ubuntu on my HP computer for a month.
Finally on the day of August 6, 2008 I found out the problem and got Ubuntu install on my HP a6457c-b computer! It run and it flies! I was so excited that I documented the excitement on my blog about the whole process. Since then I became a fan of Ubuntu and even opened a category on my blog documenting all the struggles I had with Ubuntu.
Like anything else, switching from something you know like the palm of your hands to something completely new is not easy. Looking back, the major problems center around drivers of the hardwares in your computer. The Windows operating system is so dominating the computer market, most manufacturers of PC hardwares do not provide any driver software for other operating systems. This creates a lot of problems for the developers of any other operating systems and for our end users as well.
With the time grows, I found myself posting a lot of Ubuntu HowTos on my blog which focuses on Internet Marketing rather than Ubuntu. So the idea to build this online community that has two major branches: (1) blog-type postings and pages to document tested and established know-hows concerning Ubuntu installation/use and (2) forums that allow you and others to post questions and helping tips about Ubuntu.
You see, I am not an Ubuntu expert. I do not know all the Linux commands. But I know Ubuntu has built such a nice graphic desktop system that allows you to do almost everything without opening the command line terminal. I and many other Ubuntu fans would like to help you do just that. For this purpose, we try to avoid the command line help procedures as much as possible. We urge all who want to help others to do the same, if possible. I believe that is the only way to help ordinary people make a smooth transition to Ubuntu. If you share this vision, join us to get helps and help others in a similar manner.
If you do have a question or helping tip, please browse our blog (the main branch) first before heading to the forums. Thanks!