I admit it. I've been a Windows bigot. But now that Microsoft has announced its termination of Windows 7 support as of January 13, 2015, I'm fed up. I am not going to pay for its godforsaken Windows 8 on all my computers, maybe just one or two. and only if I find important incompatibilities between the Libre suite and MS Office.
Ubuntu, an open source operating system that comes with a pretty good equivalent of MS Office, is free, and light on resources. I've read that LibreOffice is now largely compatible with MS office, with the exception of macros and some programming interface that I know nothing about, so I probably don't care. I plan to experiment so that maybe I can ultimately put Ubuntu on every last one of our computers and not pay Microsoft one more dime.
Some of my computers are in use for operating media and are on high shelves, so to operate my computers, I've gotten in a habit of logging in using Teamviewer.
So here is what I did.
A. I downloaded an ubuntu iso (called Trusty Tahr), and used a burn tool to burn it to a DVD. (I used imgBurn from CNET.) You can find it here CNET
B. Then I used the DVD to install Ubuntu and I also installed Teamviewer right away:
- Retrieve any usable product keys from Windows before you install Ubuntu. I use both produkey and magical jellybean keyfinder and store all the information away.
- Insert the Ubuntu DVD into the DVD drive.
- Run it.
- It will give you the option to try it, install it in Windows, or install it on top of Windows.
- Install Ubuntu to replace Windows.
- When Ubuntu signals there are updates, install the Ubuntu updates. Do this before adding teamviewer.Then go into a terminal in Ubuntu and do the following:
If something goes wrong with the last command you might need to run
mkdir ~/tmp cd ~/tmp sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 sudo apt-get update wget http://www.teamviewer.com/download/teamviewer_linux.deb sudo dpkg -i teamviewer_linux.deb
sudo apt-get install -f.
You can run Teamviewer from the terminal, or from the ubuntu icon
- Click on "connection" in teamviewer and click on "setup unattended access," put in a password.