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 a Windows user, and was very curious about Linux. I searched information on Google about Linux, and the information I received was that Ubuntu was the most secure, easy-to-use distribution and I am now a full-time Ubuntu user. Might I also add that Vista caused me many hardships.
I've used Windows since version 3.1. I've tried a couple distributions of Linux off and on over the past few years. The computer was way faster on Linux but I went back to Windows because of the software that didn't yet exist for Linux. Over the past year and a half I've been trying to replace all proprietary software with free and/or open source software.
May of this year (2008) Windows XP pissed me off for the last time by crashing for no good stinking reason. I booted up the Ubuntu LiveCD to verify hardware compatibility. Everything worked so I rebooted and told the installer to use the whole drive. Windows XP is gone now and my computer feels almost twice as fast now! In June I installed Xubuntu to replace Ubuntu for the lighter weight XFCE desktop. Microsoft will never get another penny from me!
I have been using Ubuntu for about 2 1/2 years and I have it installed on all of our home computers which are mostly pretty ancient eMachine boxes. Other than addin more RAM, Ubuntu has saved me from wasting money on oversized hardware to support xp or vista. I also have saved untold dollars by not having to purchase software for our basic needs. All of our home needs have been met with the software that comes with Ubuntu.
Work computer is microsoft based but my laptop runs Ubuntu and no one can tell the difference. Ubuntu plays well with the exchange server and ms office files.
I had tired of microsoft years ago and tried a number of linux distributions but I was not geeky enough to be able to install and use them. The beauty of Ubuntu is that it installs easily and it works.
Ubuntu has gained great popularity in a short period of time by focusing on the non-geek user. When my 85 year old mother-in-law likes Ubuntu better than microsoft because it just works everyday, you have a winner.
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