I finally decided to make an attempt to remove myself from window and make the switch to ubuntu. I had a heck of a time installing it. I was con fussed with the tree structure while looking for the drive letter to install it. It took me a short while to figure out that it has a different structure system. I guess my first question is where can I learn about the directory system? Also, I thought the os had to be on a different partition. It seems to have installed in the windows partition--yes, I am dual booting. But I am also glad I am able to access my files. I have to figure out how to get itunes on for my ipods and iphone. Is there a DVDHD decryptor and DVD Shrink for ubuntu? How do I get around this? And while surfing Digg.com and clicking a few links--such as videos--I was unable to view the videos. I mostly use my pc for surfing, videos, movies, music, and typing. I am using Ubuntu 9.04.
Glad to hear you've decided to make a jump and experience something new.
For learning more about Ubuntu, and Linux in general, the Ubuntu docs is some of the best distro specific documentation I've ever read. Organized, easy to find, and always up to date.
Linux and Windows won't sit on the same partition. Hell, no two OSs will be installed on the same partition, and still be usable. How exactly did you install Ubuntu?
iTunes isn't currently compatable to install on Linux. There are some nice alternatives though. Rhythmbox, the music player that comes with Ubuntu should work. For definite Ipod support, look up Gtkpod.
The DVDShrink equivalent for Linux would be Thoggen, Acidrip, or any other front-end to MEncoder. There are also several tutorials on the web for using MEncoder via the command line.
Most videos on the internet use Adobe Flash technology. No Linux distro can remain free and distribute copyrighted, proprietary software, like the codecs to play MP3s, AVIs, or Flash videos to name a few. If you're using Firefox, and trying to view a site that requires special codecs (like those for Flash video), Firefox will ask you if you'd like to install the necessary software. You say yes, it installs, Firefox restarts, and you're golden. For playing MP3s and various "restricted" media formats, look up "Gstreamer plugins" in Synaptic, or Add/Remove Programs.