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.
Mike W, Corporate Developer Drone
Write Your story Having messed around with Ubuntu since 7.04 (dual booting with XP) I finally made the jump and went Linux-native with 8.04.
I loathe the necessity to install (and pay for) so-called 'anti-virus' software which only seems to nag and leech performance.
I admire the community ethos of the whole 'nix thing (especially Ubuntu, natch).
As a professional Windows developer I have absolutely nothing against Microsoft but I feel they totally dropped the ball with Vista - An OS whose design seems to have been totally driven by the type of gross corporate ineptitude I have to deal with at work every day.
Vista was the last straw for me (at home, at least).
There are, of course, more reasons...
I've a few work related XP VMs running under VirtualBox on my Ubuntu system and they run faster than Windows natively.
My one gripe?
Please, please someone create a friendly, capable UI to deal with the demonic xorg.conf
Kasper J, Student
I've been using Ubuntu Linux for a year now. Ubuntu is not only software, it's a way of life. The community, open-source, sharing and giving, open-minded, those are only a few words to describe it.
Ubuntu: Humanity towards each others.
Corvus Elrod, Freelance Storyteller
Several years ago, fed up with paying premium prices for unstable and non-secure software that functioned as the mega-corporations wanted and not as I wanted, I migrated to Linux.
As I replaced each of my productivity tools with excellent free and open source software, I tried a variety of distros and settled on one that was "good enough."
When Feisty Fawn was released, I gave Kubuntu a try and installed it on my desktop within the week. With every subsequent release, I've loved this distro more and more and I know run it on all the machines on my network.
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