8/29/2009: I have decided to install Ubuntu Linux 9.04 onto my old Dell Inspiron 5000e laptop. I am creating this blog entry as the ubuntu .iso file is downloading.
Ubuntu recommended InfraRecorder (a free CD/DVD burning application for windows) to write the .iso file onto a CD. I have downloaded it and will install after posting this blog entry. InfraRecorder directed me to Uberdownloads for the software download. This site has a lot of "free" applications available for download. The files are listed as "Free Open Source". They only up front cost is time, an internet connection and hard drive space. Although I have to say, as a natural skeptic, that "open source" and "free" are a bit scary to me. I'm going on faith that this install will not bring with it a horrible Trojan that compromises my entire network and all of my data. I guess that worries are also "free".
If you happen to find errors or omissions in my work, I can assure you, they are NOT intentional. My nature is that of a worker- not a pedant. Every day I strive for three things- to SERVE, to DO and to IMPROVE. Please contact me with any comments, corrections or suggestions. Thank you. - J.N. Kish