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.
Jake Fulton, Student
My father first mentioned Ubuntu to me, being a computer guy. The idea seemed pretty cool at first. The more I learned about it the more I wanted it. So eventually we got around to installing both Windows and Ubuntu on my laptop. I use them equally or perhaps Ubuntu more. The more I continue to learn about it the more I love it!
Patrick Crawley, Student
A friend of mine showed me Ubuntu at the beginning of the summer and I switched from XP almost immediately. I first learned how to properly set it up with a separate /home partition and FAT32 storage space to exchange files between my Ubuntu and Windows partitions. However, now I do everything except gaming on Ubuntu because not only is it more stable and reliable it is also more aesthetically appealing and highly customizable. I am always trying to get people to convert and spread the word about Ubuntu. As well as live disks.
Kyle, Student/Tech Support Intern
I made the Linux plunge my freshman year and have never looked back. At first I used PCLinuxOS and dual-booted between Linux and Windows(primarily for gaming). Now, I run Ubuntu 8.04-amd64 full time (using wine to run all of my old Windows games) and can barely imagine life before the switch. I no longer had to stave off viri or malware, suffer through the hassle of Windows Genuine Advantage checks, or pirate the software I need to do my work, seeing as Ubuntu's extensive repositories contain software for just about any application, free from charge or copyright restrictions. As a computer science major, Linux has helped me become more acquainted with how my computer actually works, it has allowed me to "look under the hood" and concretely understand the concepts discussed in my classes. I also love the freedom and flexibility Linux offers, anything in the system can be altered to fit my tastes or needs.
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