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.
Pedro Mendes, Student
I use Windows, but it's always crashing, you need to reboot, a lot of things there are annoying, i was getting fed up with Windows, wanting to try out linux. I had tried live CD of another distro (Kurumin, a distro made by brazilians) but it looked so much like Windows i didn't see a point installing. Years later, i used Ubuntu live cd and liked it, but didn't try much and came back to Windows. A week later, i decide to go through with it when a magazine i sign made a whole edition about OS's and Linux was a big part of it, speacially Ubuntu. After installed, I loved it. Customizable (im already changing it a lot) and fast, it's simple yet complete. Lovin' it! Try it yourself :)
Timo Lagerbjelke, System engineering
I've been using different flavours of Linux for about 10yrs. I think Ubuntu is the first Linux-distro to challenge MS and Mac, it is stable and fast. The one issue is gaming, but it is just a matter of time before they release new games for the Ubuntu platform. Untill then you can use wine, I'm playing Fallout3 right now, works like a charm.
The first Linux distro I discovered was Ubuntu, and I didn't even know what it was, but when I booted it up, I had this great feeling that it would work.
Before I discovered Linux, I had Windows XP on a fairly old computer: 1GHz AMD Duron with 512 MB of memory. It ran pretty well. I was impressed. Too bad it didn't support desktop effects (also known as "Compiz Fusion") because the graphics card was the worst ever! Ubuntu hardly ever crashes, and when it does, it's normally easy to recover. Ctrl-Alt-Backspace restarts the X server (the GUI) so you get back to the login screen.
The community is great :) The Ubuntu Forums are very welcoming and the people there are very kind and helpful. Questions are answered quickly. Much quicker than any Windows one.
The Ubuntu devs have done a great job with the new release "Hardy Heron". Congratulations!
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