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.
I was always helping my wife get around the quirky things Windows would do after being installed for just a few months. I tried Ubuntu on a dual-boot and became sucked in.
As a complete computer nerd, I love all the playing that open source allows me to do. I can configure almost every aspect of the desktop very easily (without any hardcore modding.)
I now have four computers in the house (if you want to include OLPCs XO) and they all run Ubuntu. I couldn't afford to buy a full Windows license for each one, and don't have the time to constantly trouble-shoot and fix every single Windows problem that comes up.
This is not to say that Ubuntu is 100% flawless, but the number of problems I run in to is much smaller.
My non-techie wife had no problems moving to Ubuntu either.
Chris Tomalty, Student
I'm a perfectionist. I got a laptop with Windows XP which, thought great at first, started to run slowly. When the Windows Based Installer was released, I tried Ubuntu and was amazed how much Windows was holding me back. I eventually graduated to a full dual boot with Ubuntu after XP started bluescreening, and then to a single boot Ubuntu. I have been amazed by the stability and flexibility Linux has given me.
I have since graduated to a brand new, much more powerful laptop and the first thing I did was resize the Vista partition to as small as it would allow me and create a fresh Ubuntu installation. Ubuntu has always worked for me and is now my primary OS, with Vista standing by for that (yet to happen) time when I cannot run a program in Crossover Office or find a Linux alternative. Ubuntu has unleashed my creativity and helped me learn about the essence of computers, as well as truly come to appreciate what I've been missing.
Matthew Naab, Student
I have been using Linux on and off for over a year now. I have tried so many distros that i can not remember what they all are. What i do know is that Ubuntu is my favorite by far. It is the nicest that i have found. Right now i have an old compaq desktop that is running Ubuntu server with the gui, and it works great. have not had a single problem yet!!!
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