Linux is in a constant state of development and improvement by professional and semi-professional developers who donate their time and skills to the various projects. In addition, the majority of the system and available applications are Open source, so if you wish and you had the ability, you could add any feature you needed. Linux also has the ability to expand the life of many systems as it’s reduced overhead and need for system resources means that it will run great on older machines.
As hard as it is to accept, you can easily get support when you do run into difficulties. In addition to the plethora of online forums, both independent and those provided by the distro supplier, there are also more and more 3rd party service providers that offer service contracts for Linux systems. Good to have in a corporate/business environment. There is also support offered by more and more traditional Technology names such as Dell, IBM, Novell, Sun and others. And finally, for support a little closer to home, most major cities have Linux User Groups that can and do offer help and advice. Help and Support IS available and does not usually mean spending hours on hold to speak to someone in a call center on the other side of the planet.
Who is using Ubuntu?
Check out who and why is using Ubuntu Linux. Read the stories below.
schwim, IT Manager
I run Ubuntu as my primary system at work, with Windows XP in a virtual server for when I can't find a workable equivalent in linux. Personally, I think the Ubuntu name is dumb, but it is a solid distribution that pretty much just works.
The J freakin' R, Technical Sales, Manual Labor
I used Ubuntu for the first time on one of the 5 releases. At first, I had it on my Toshiba Satellite P35 S611, and awesome laptop, and everything ran smooth. I was dual booting with XP for a while, but then I saw that I really don't need that. My boss is using Ubuntu in a dual boot (his kid needs windows for school), my landlord is also dual-booting (sadly, he purchased a lexmark printer before I could intervene), my grandma is fully ubuntu (and has adapted quite well). This machine I type to you from is also with ubuntu only. Eventually, I am going to install Ubuntu on my ps3 as well.
Long live Debian!
I've been working with PCs for a long time now. I started out learning computers in the Air Force. Then I bought my first PC (Gateway) in 1993 running Windows 3.1. But in 1994 I was taking an Image Processing class for my Computer Science degree. I heard about Linux and bought a CD. I installed it with a dual boot and was running X11 sessions to do my class work. Years went by (still a Windows slave) until about 2 years ago I dual installed Ubuntu 8.x in a dual boot with Windows XP. Played with Ubuntu for a while then got rid of it. In April 2010 I installed Ubuntu 10.04 in a dual boot with XP and since have found almost all the software I need for free. Ubuntu has been very stable with just a few crashes I had in May (I think kernel upgrades have fixed that, or video driver upgrades, I'm not sure). I'm using Ubuntu 10.10 now and love the Gnome desktop (I don't know if I'll stick with Ubuntu though if they go to the Unity desktop). I'm still dual booted with XP, but I only go into XP to update it and all of its programs that Ubuntu doesn't need (antivirus, antispyware, etc.). But eventually I see myself wiping clean my XP install and having Ubuntu only. I've already moved all my mp3s to the Ubuntu home partition and drastically shrunk my XP partitions using GParted. Go Ubuntu!
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