I work as a Computer Resource Specialist (fancy word for the computer guy). I come across a lot of people who are using Windows XP or Vista, and all they do is go online to access their bank account, e-bay and e-mail. Some listen to music and surf the web. Some play online games with well-known gaming sites.
After a while of using these operating systems, they find that the computer is slow because of spyware that was picked up surfing the web and clicking on pop ups. They go to a big box store to have their computer repaired. Instead of just fixing it, the store manages to sell them full anti-virus, spyware, and spam software packages. In addition, they try selling them a computer maintenance package. When they bring the computer home and use it, they find family photographs that were once there are now gone. And after a month or two their computer is once again slow.
These people are generally good candidates to switch to install Kubutnu. They will experience a liberating feeling when they don't have to worry about viruses, spyware, and spam. It gets even better when they find out that almost everything on the Linux platform is available for free.
In this multi-part article I've collected some of the links to articles on Bright Hub that would make that switch as easy as possible. I will talk you through a installation with WUBI and, in addition, you will find out how to get flash and Java to work. Also, I'll cover what codec packs to install so you can play MP3 and any media files on your new Linux system.