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Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users by Nathan Haines

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CHAPTER 1

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Installing Ubuntu

All things considered, installing an operating system should really be difficult and arcane. It controls your computer. After starting everything up, it loads the drivers, runs every program, orchestrates how software and hardware work together, provides the computer user interface, and determines how you will work with your machine.

But it’s not.

Those days are over. Long gone are the days when you’d have to feed the computer the Initial Program Loader from punch cards, paper tape, or magnetic tape. Flicking front-panel switches to input a bootstrap program is another forgotten ghost of computing history. Searching ...

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