You can use Ubuntu Linux for both home and commercial use completely free of charge.
But there is even more to freedom than not paying for your software. Ubuntu Linux comes with complete source code. If you are unfamiliar with advanced computing, you should think of source code as a recipe.
Most probably right now you are using operating system that gives you no access to its source code. You have no way of knowing how exactly your system works, actually no one except producer knows how and what exactly your system does.
Open access to source code gives you possibility to know exactly how your software works, it gives you also possibility to modify any part of the system. Even if you are not a programmer, you should know that there are many of them that would improve your operating system for no additional cost if they only had that option - Open Source makes it possible. This is the main reason for such rapid development of Ubuntu Linux system and it's increasing popularity.
Who is using Ubuntu?
Check out who and why is using Ubuntu Linux. Read the stories below.
Liam, Web developer
I've been using Ubuntu at home for 2 years, mostly for web browsing.
I can't change from Windows XP at work, but here is the greatest thing about Open Source Software:
I can take Firefox, OpenOffice, Thunderbird, 7zip, GIMP, Apache, Inkscape and others
and run them on Windows XP or Vista or Mac OSX!
This is not just free software.
You don't get millions of users to stick with a piece of software just because it is free.
This software is BETTER, and users are getting so much more value from it that the tiny effort needed to change over is a great investment.
If you haven't already tried Ubuntu, and you are a bit worried about taking the plunge, take a few small steps first. Try Firefox and OpenOffice on your current system. You will not regret it.
Oh and get ready to say goodbye to viruses :)
Juan, College Student
I started in this in 2004. Before Linux I used to use WinXP in my laptop and everytime I wanted some program I had to search the torrents and emule for a pirated version and endure weeks of downloading (I was on dialup, and the phone company used a nasty program that would capture the phone numbers in the phone's memory (they provided the telephones to their clients) and use them to "forge" phone calls whenever it detected activity on certain ports (emule and BitTorrent) or coming from certain sites (TPB for example), this was done intentionally to keep users from uploading/downloading stuff not approved by the US gov). It was a painful experience, plus I would always need to reinstall windoze every few months and keep an eye on the multiple "security apps" I had to have. But all of that changed when I saw the advertising for ubuntu in the internet and deicded to order a CD off the newly established shipit. When the box arrived I started playing around with the LiveCD and a few weeks later I realized that I hadn't booted the winxp in all that time and was only using the liveCD, I was completely hooked. It was then that I decided to move my files to my pendrive, format the HD and install ubuntu for real, and from there it was like having quit drugaddiction, it felt so cool to be able to have any app I want without hunting cracks, keygens, or pirated versions, I was able to surf without fear of getting caught by malware, I realized there how badly unstable and insecure was windoze and how crippled it was. I could now learn, tinker, make mods and all of that legally, I also learned that I was legally allowed to share the software with friends and relatives without fear of having the BSA throw my door down at midnight and without having to juggle sets of serials and other stuff, and I finally could have a OS that didn't have DRM and didn't have "built-in spyware and backdoors" put there by the gov to see what you do. 5 years (and a ISP and laptop) later and I'm now on a Ubuntu Ultimate 2.0/FreeBSD 6.3 dualboot and I really like it that way. I'm windoze-free and plan on staying that way.
Vitalijs Sikurinecs, Student in IT
One time i just found some information about Linux. Then some gay in Internet told me about GNU/Linux project Ubuntu. I installed it on my system. But swiched back to Windows. But now after 8.10 I am back to Ubuntu 100% without dual boot.
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