What is Ubuntu linux?
Ubuntu Linux is an operating system, like Microsoft Windows or Mac OSX, but with the huge difference of being totally free and Open Source. It can be installed on basically any PC, Mac, or notebook. It is owned by no company, as it is being developed by community of people all around the world.
Whether you use it at home, at school or at work Ubuntu contains all the applications you'll ever need, from word processing and email applications, to web server software and programming tools.
Ubuntu is and always will be free of charge. You do not pay any licensing fees. You can download, use and share Ubuntu with your friends, family, school or business for absolutely nothing.
The latest Ubuntu release brings the best of open source together on a platform that is here to stay with 3 years of free updates. With hundreds of improvements and the addition of the latest version of Firefox amongst other outstanding applications, more and more users are assessing why Ubuntu wins more and more converts with every release.
Productivity tools: Ubuntu supports all of your favourite web-based mail programs like Yahoo(TM) or Gmail (TM). But for the office, Evolution provides all the calendering, contacts and full function office email you need. Pidgin IM also puts you in instant touch with colleagues and integrates with your personal IM services simply and easily.
Browsing: Including Mozilla Firefox (Beta 5) - tested and stabilised for a platform. Faster, safer and themed for Ubuntu.
Photos: Upload from your camera or phone to F-Spot and manage, tag, share and sort your photos and upload easily to you favourite social networking sites.
Music and video: Plug in your PSP, iPod, MP3 player; share playlists with your friends; buy in the creative commons online music stores, stream more live radio and plug in more devices with UPnP.
Office applications: Word processing, spreadsheets and presentations can all be delivered through Open Office. And, they completely integrate with the proprietary office applications out there. The big difference is that they are free.
Accessibility: At the core of the Ubuntu philosophy is the belief that computing is for everyone and access should be free and complete whatever your economic or physical circumstances. Ubuntu is one of the most accessible desktop operating systems around.
Who is using Ubuntu?
Check out who and why is using Ubuntu Linux. Read the stories below.
Risto Kallio, System Designer
I have used many different Linux distributions for over ten years, but since 6.06 I haven't touched any other operating systems than Ubuntu and different Windows. I have preferred Linux for many reasons (flexibility and speed of terminal, nearly instant security, open-source software ideology etc.).
April of 2008 I installed Feisty Fawn and had countless issues with compability (mainly with wlan-card and ATI display driver). Even the new ATI drivers didn't help anything and before so good Distribution worked for three boots and on fourth I had to install displaycard modules again. So I did what every resonable guy would do and removed Ubuntu althogeter.
Now I'm running perfectly working and legit Microsoft Windows Vista and I'm almost happy with it. Only lack of good shell is bothering me (but PowerShell gave some comfort and I can deal with it). I'm happy for everyone whos Ubuntu is working because, when it's working Ubuntu is the BEST operating system now available.
Justin, High School Student/IT tech
So my buddy told me that there was this thing out there called Ubuntu Linux. I was like okay cool. I got a CD and put it on my system in a dual boot environment, but I didn't really use it all that much. Then I met a guy named Joseph who was a Linux genius. He ran a weekly Linux/Open Source Software User Group. I have been attending since about March, and have been using Ubuntu since 8.10, Intrepid Ibex. I LOVE Jaunty's boot speed, and am counting down the release date for the Karmic Koala (which will ship with ext4 and Gnome 3). I use 100% Ubuntu and open source software now, and it works! Anything you can do in Windows, you can do in Ubuntu. (and if you can't, Ubuntu is open source. You can legally alter and redistribute it!)
Oussema Harbi , Computer engeneering student
Well I guess the only think i want to say is :Ubuntu is the linux distribution that will bring all the world out of the proprietary software darkness to the paradise of open source / free software.
It's suitable for students ,young childs -yes my 9 years-old sister uses ubuntu really smoothly -,and even for old people who grew up using Microsoft Windows:the proof my dad ,55 years old is using ubuntu -except for his comptability application at work.
When using Ubuntu ,you just forget about viruses ,and with the huge community all around the world assisting every ubuntu user ,any problem you may experience will be resolved within hours ,you will never find that anywhere else !!
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