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Linux gives you a level of flexibility that none other operating system will ever be able to offer. There are always millions of different solutions for the same tasks, and loads of free software for you to choose from. While other popular operating systems offers you only one graphical interface, in Linux you can choose between many fast and highly usable desktop environments, and yet customize each of them too.
With Linux, installation of software had never been easier. You will install 99% of all the software that you need from one system-integrated installer. Once you select from list specific software that you need it will download, install and set it up for you.
Who is using Ubuntu?
Check out who and why is using Ubuntu Linux. Read the stories below.
Fred McKinney, Reference Librarian
As soon as I felt comfortable doing so, I had already made up my mind to switch to Linux over Microsoft's WGA (and thus never had XP, let alone Vista, installed on my computer) when I had a problem with Windows 2000 that I couldn't resolve. I kept getting this error message that kept popping up every few seconds. I tried a fresh re-install of Win2K and still kept getting those same error messages.
Seeing as how I had no choice, I went for broke and took a few CDs of Mandrake Linux I had downloaded from the computer lab and installed them, and thus began my Exodus from Windows (this was back in January of 2005, when Ubuntu was in its infancy, and to be honest, I hadn't even heard of Ubuntu until several months later).
Intially, I was a fan of the KDE desktop. I had tried Kubuntu once, but didn't like the way it did things at all, and had Mandrake, Mepis, and PCLinuxOS on my PC for the first three years of my Linux experience.
But then, last winter, KDE4 debuted. I was already very turned off by its looks but still tried a live CD of SuSE that has it -- KDE4 sucked like a Hoover, which drove me to GNOME and Xfce -- and, of course, Ubuntu. And quite honestly, Ubuntu is the best Linux distro I have ever used. I'm especially blown away by how TOO easy it is to install a printer! Ubuntu clearly puts Windows to shame any day.
Martin Rosberg, Enterpreneur
I started trying Linux about 1.5 years ago, after a couple of tests with different distributions I downloaded a Feisty live CD and tried it on my laptop. With no programing experience at all it was not so easy to adapt, but I managed to make it work perfectly on my computer and after 6 months of dual booting I found out that I was just booting on Ubuntu.
Since then I changed computers twice, and I only installed Ubuntu on them.
Marcus , Science Teacher
I have been teaching Science for a while now. When I was an angry young man I had issues about the amount of money being spent on software from my departmental budget for operating system licences, word processor licences, spread sheet licences and database licences leaving little left for the kind of software I wanted to use in class, let alone things like equipment, text books and exercise books.
As a teacher in the U.K who entered the profession quite late in life I perceived a situation in our schools that I still consider nothing short of ludicrous and something that has become an institutionalised form of insanity. In a nutshell it is this;
Why as a British tax payer, with a budget responsibility for obtaining the best value for money in a British school, teaching British children, was I compelled by my employers to purchase the expensive products of an American company, Microsoft, that would on a whim change its proprietary file structures every couple of years in â€œupgradesâ€ further compelling me to allow the aforementioned American company to metaphorically suck the blood out of my small science department year on year? No one in the school could ever give me a satisfactory answer. Usually phrases like â€œindustry standardâ€ and â€œcompatibilityâ€ and â€œwhole school policyâ€ would be bandied about by my â€œsuperiorsâ€ who all had difficulty with mouse control and considered â€œthe command lineâ€ as some sort of Voodoo! Most if not all of these standard responses are spurious as anyone who has tried to work with MS word attachments in emails will attest to.
As a struggling newly wed and newly qualified teacher, I was compelled to purchase a copy of Miscosoft Office of use at home because of these so called standards. More than once I have been stuffed by Microsoft, and other companies when â€œupgradingâ€ proprietary backup software, only to find that my precious work has not been readable on a new system. This happened every couple of years because I was â€œlocked inâ€ at school and at home.
My job put me in a position to review a lot of software for the purpose of education. Too much of what I have seen had restrictive licences that meant I could not alter any of the software if I needed to. Too much of the software available for windows also had proprietary data formats and there was still the problems of â€œLock inâ€ and companies deliberately making their older software obsolete.
Now I went into Education on the back of some very deep seated notions about nurturing â€œthe future of our raceâ€ and noble intentions of passing on philanthropic values to the next generation and beyond. All this milking money out of school budgets is something that I consider thoroughly distasteful an immoral. Sure I'll pay a reasonable price for good software, but I need the right to change it to my needs, share it with colleagues and friends and I also need open data standards so that the swelling archive of work I do does not get marginalised. Also as a teacher I have ethical objections to further indoctrinating other peoples children into the use of the products of one profit making company, or any company with closed source software for that matter.
Then in 1996 I discovered Redhat Linux 5.0 and the concept of open source. It was an epiphany. Here I had, potentially at least, the tools to do my job better than I have ever been able to do it before. Unfortunately few of my colleagues at the time shared my enthusiasm and the decision makers still muttered the same old stock phrases. I had no choice to remain a Closet Linux Nerd until the rest of the world caught up. I played a bit with Suse 5.2, Slakware and Debian 1.0. Since then I have used a wide range of Linux â€œdistrosâ€ at home. Linux in the 21st century has grown up beyond recognition. In 2007 I came across Ubuntu Linux â€œHardy Heronâ€. Ubuntu Linux has so far been the easiest to install and configure. It sees my windows machine on the home network easily and I can interchange files with the same ease. It connects my ancient Toshiba laptop wirelessly to the internet, and my three year old delights in safely surfing the Cbeebies website playing â€œAunty Mabelâ€.
Everything I need for basic productivity is there in Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex, including Open Office for word processing, spread sheets and databases. It even has support for presentations. I now run a main system with â€œIntrepid Ibexâ€ (8.10) and I am testing out some of the educational software available. The help forums are full of information from people who have had problems and solved them. There is a friendly community of folk from across the globe so if you get problems then there will be someone there to help you.
In my latest job I have responsibility for steering ICT use in my school. This includes all subjects, not just science. I have discovered a wealth of really good software such as Rosegarden, a music mixer and midi manipulator, blender, a 3d design program, GIMP a photo manipulation tool and too many others to mention. All free. All supported. Unfortunately I am faced with the same old nonsense where the key decision makers are still Microsoft junkies and I am prohibited from making the change to a Linux environment.
The British government, rightly or wrongly, has dictated that ICT become a larger part of the school experience. Unfortunately, by failing to consider open source and offer guidelines on it, the UK Govenment has also played a major part in creating a framework to further line the pockets of software houses while causing the state schools to haemorrhage money on mismatched systems, software and the ecologically disastrous practice of upgrading for upgrades sake. Working in education, with computers over the last couple of decades has done nothing to quell the anger from my earlier years. However, seeing the rise of Ubuntu Linux and its ease of use, ease of installation, adoption of free (as in â€œlibreâ€ as well as in â€œbeerâ€) software and open standards I at last see a glimmer of hope that some form of rational thought will enter the minds of head teachers and governors as an increasing number of them begin to use Ubuntu at home.
At home, where I have control of my environment, Ubuntu is taking root, and will eventually serve all my needs.
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