Unlike Windows, Linux is a free operating system that you can download, modify it and re-distribute it without spending any money.
However, Linux itself is not a complete operating system (it is just a kernel) and requires an additional set of software to be bundled with it. These bundles, known as distributions have hundreds of flavours available; more popular ones include Ubuntu, SUSE and Red Hat.
If you want to find out how it tastes like, the Ubuntu Desktop is not a bad choice. It works with the 2200mW NextG USB-Yagi Tubotenna in a plug and play fashion. So you can access the Internet with it once Ubuntu is up and running.
You could install the Ubuntu Desktop alongside with Windows 8 by creating a dual boot system. But before you do that, remember to fully back up your Windows including apps and files and make sure that you can successfully recover from a system restore.
Or, you could go straight to Ubuntu if you have an old laptop gathering dust that saves you from putting your Windows at risk.
Or, you could also plug and play the 2200mW NextG USB-Yagi Tubotenna on the Raspberry 2 Pi that probably gives you the strongest WiFi reception than any other Wi-Fi dongles.
So why Linux?
It is simply a less bulky and yet a more efficient operating system that runs beautifully on a basic PC. There are many low price eee PC on eBay that you could put Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS and apps on, and that's why it is so interesting. Here are some of them.
Asus eee PC
Recommended minimum system requirements for Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS Desktop:
- 700 MHz processor (about Intel Celeron or better)
- 512 MiB RAM (system memory)
- 5 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)
- VGA capable of 1024x768 screen resolution
- Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
- Internet access is helpful with the 2200mW NextG USB-Yagi Tubotenna
Download Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS Desktop
How to create a bootable USB stick on Windows
Universal USB Installer Software Download
Installating Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS using DVD or USB drive
It took us 30 minutes.