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Old 03-28-2018, 05:40 AM   #1
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Looking for help in moving from Windows to Ubuntu


Hi guys

First time poster to this forum.

So ive made the decision to fully switch to linux, but need some help transitioning. Have decided to use ubuntu 16.04.4 desktop initially as it seems a good all rounder in ease of use/compatibility for me.

For the moment i'll be using ubuntu on a dual boot until i can set up everything thats available on ubuntu. I will use windows if and when i need it (for some games i want to complete/ tv recording/ and a few other random applications maybe.

I already have ubuntu running on a usb flash drive with persistence storage. I have had a few issues trying to work out how to create a full installation on this disk as I'm hesitant to install it on the hard drive (hard drive has OSX & Windows 10) and will still be keeping OSX for now.

But here are some of the things i can think of at the moment that i would like to be able to use in ubuntu:

Convert my written docs to pdf (have done this is libreoffice)
Print
Use my tv tuner
Edit videos
Play itunes videos (i guess impossible?)
Organise music
Transfer files to and from phone (have done this)
Use dropbox (have found this and am currently trying it)
Write to occasional dvd
Use usb external hard drives
Organise photos. (Something like iphoto)
have also had a few issues with not shutting down or logging out (it locks up, but maybe this is because its an iMac?)

If you would like some specs on my machine or can offer any help/advice I'll be forever thankful..

Look forward to hearing back

Mark
 
Old 03-28-2018, 06:09 AM   #2
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Hi guys
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But here are some of the things i can think of at the moment that i would like to be able to use in ubuntu:

Convert my written docs to pdf (have done this is libreoffice)
You can do the same with LibreOffice in Linux, the same way.
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Print
As long as CUPS supports your printer, that shouldn't be an issue.

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Use my tv tuner
It needs to have a DVB subsystem driver for digital TV tuners. I'd recommend Kaffeine media player for you're easiest TV viewing app. Have a look at: https://linuxtv.org/

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Edit videos
Any number of Linux video editors can do that. What type of videos are you wanting to edit?

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Play itunes videos (i guess impossible?)
Organise music
There are also a number of apps for playing media in Linux, I'd suggest you have a look at VLC media player. I can't say for sure, but if anything has any hope of playing back iTunes, it would be VLC media player.

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Transfer files to and from phone (have done this)
Depends on how exactly you want to do that. How did you do it?

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Use dropbox (have found this and am currently trying it)
Write to occasional dvd
Use usb external hard drives
Organise photos. (Something like iphoto)
There are a number of options again for the things above. A USB storage device is a USB storage device in Linux, it doesn't matter if it's a USB stick, external hard drive, etc Their all covered via the USB mass storage driver.

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If you would like some specs on my machine or can offer any help/advice I'll be forever thankful..
...
If you at least have the following system specs, you should be able to run any mainstream Linux distro comfortably.

i3/i5 (or better) Intel CPU
4GB RAM (or more)

Hope this helps.

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Old 03-28-2018, 12:05 PM   #3
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Here are some opinions on video editors
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ar-4175620813/

One source for finding software ideas is
http://linuxappfinder.com/
which can make suggestions like
https://linuxappfinder.com/alternati...ch_text=iphoto
 
Old 04-16-2018, 06:39 AM   #4
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Thanks for info

Hi Guys

Thanks for the replies, gives me somewhere to start. I finally managed to triple boot my machine with osx, windows 10 and ubuntu. can't wait to try ubuntu out and see what it can do. (I've tried it on virtual machines but never got it to run from a real partition before) I had to spend about 3 days trying to figure out get all three systems running but got there eventually!

I'll next be trying to find new apps to replace my windows apps, and seeing what games I can run, and what the performance is like. (but I'm liking the speed of the desktop so far!)

I also installed refind for the boot manager, does anyone know how to easily clean up the menu as I have about 6 options and just want the three icons for the different operating systems.

Thanks very much!

Mark
 
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:15 AM   #5
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https://alternativeto.net/ will help you find alternatives for your software. It's not like there is a shortage of software for Linux just browse the package manager somtime.
 
Old 04-16-2018, 08:45 AM   #6
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does anyone know how to easily clean up the menu as I have about 6 options
How about the source at the link below?

https://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/configfile.html
 
Old 04-16-2018, 12:27 PM   #7
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How about the source at the link below?

https://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/configfile.html
Yancek:

Is there a way to upgrade Memtest to 7.5 in Grub?

I'm asking for a member that's new and that Memtest keep shutting down a pc, here:

https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...175627320-new/
 
Old 04-16-2018, 01:17 PM   #8
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Is there a way to upgrade Memtest to 7.5 in Grub?
Memtest 7.5 pro as well as free version can be downloaded from the link below. The last post at the second link below explains what to do after downloading it. It's an earlier version of memtest but I would expect the steps to be the same. Never done this myself, good luck.

https://www.memtest86.com/download.htm

https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=133914
 
Old 04-16-2018, 01:27 PM   #9
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Memtest 7.5 pro as well as free version can be downloaded from the link below. The last post at the second link below explains what to do after downloading it. It's an earlier version of memtest but I would expect the steps to be the same. Never done this myself, good luck.

https://www.memtest86.com/download.htm

https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=133914
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