I hear that many developers are switching to Linux, & that’s cool, but I feel for all those still stuck with MS Windows.
So, here’s my recommended procedure to help them get out of their trouble:
- Download & install the VMWare Player
- Download the Ubuntu distro as a VMWare virtual appliance
- Unzip it
- From VMWare Player, choose Open Virtual Machine
- Browse & choose the .vmx file from the Ubuntu folder you unzipped
- Play the Virtual Machine
- Play with Linux:
- Download your favorite apps
- Work with them
- When you feel comfortable, install Ubuntu (or any distro of your choice) on your machine. It only requires a free disk partition, & will leave your Windows in tact (you’ll be offered a multi boot menu on startup)
- Alternatively, buy a MacBook, & either stay with the OS X, or install Ubuntu under it as well.
- Feel free to ask me (or Google) your questions.
Update: an alternative way is to download the Ubuntu Live CD/DVD (or order it for free), burn it & restart the machine with the CD/DVD inside. You’ll be able to play with Ubuntu without installing it.Update: Wired just published an article that you may find more informative about this: Is Ubuntu Linux for you, too?