Viruses are less of a threat on Linux. The very way a Linux system is designed makes it very difficult for a virus to function as it does in Windows. This also applies to spyware, malware, etc. The fact that almost no viruses are written for Linux also adds a nicer sense of warmth. Wouldn’t be nice to read the almost endless stream of security holes in Windows and know it does not apply to you?
Basically, you don't need to care about the security. As long as you have an up-to-date system, it is 100% safe. No need for installing, additional firewalls, antivirus, antispyware (etc) software.
Who is using Ubuntu?
Check out who and why is using Ubuntu Linux. Read the stories below.
Nicholas Nassar, Computer Programming
I was on my Vista Laptop and for no reason at all,CRASH.It crashed out of no where.I turned off the laptop and I turned it back on.After the Vista Start Screen I had a black screen and the laptop was still on.I got one of my Ubuntu Install CDS And I started it up. I got my wireless working after a few days. Now I have a very fast computer with no crashing.
Ace Leon, Technician
I am managing a cybercafe and I for the 6th time I had to shut down the whole place because of a god-forsaken malware I decided to look for an alternative which would satisfy these requirements:
1. Safe - No Viruses, malware, spyware, or any other whatever stuff that kills a computer system and your peace of mind.
2. Free - I don't want to pay again everytime I reformat my computer.
3. Satisfying - A system that will let me enjoy my computer peripherals to the fullest.
And they were all satisfied. Not by an antivirus, not by a firewall protection software. But an operating system.
Ubuntu is the one I picked.
It took me only 4 days to know the DIYs of the system. I started off 2 months ago, and now, I'm even getting people converted to Ubuntu.
I still use Windows XP, but that is only for my client machines on the cybercafe. My server computers hold Ubuntu as well as my pendrive.
What you will like to Ubuntu is that it is straightforward in giving you the feel that you don't need a lot of codes to learn. And you don't need to tinker to all those programming languages if you're a total plain computer user.
Ubuntu also comes with a bundled freebies of software you would normally pay thousands for their Windows counterpart. The bundle includes:
1. The OpenOffice Suite, which by now can open even Office 2007 files.
2. GIMP, which is the best free alternative to Photoshop.
3. Mozilla Firefox, the safest way to browse the internet.
and many more.
If you really wanted some software, you may use the add/remove feature of Ubuntu 9.04 or the Ubuntu Software Center of 9.10 to install whatever software you'll need.
Newbie or not, Ubuntu has an edge now. Linux evolved into something revolutionary. I suggest and recommend you to move to the revolution too.
In October of 2007 I was perusing the web and came across Ubuntu, and found it quite interesting. It seemed like a neat Idea. I had considered trying to dual boot Redhat in the past but was always too scared for fear of screwing something up. Well for a while I just sort of read info and didn't install anything. At income tax time (approximately February of 2008) I bought a new Rig the most powerful computer I had ever owned.
It's an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz quad core processor with 8MB of cache, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 500GB SATA II hard drive and an NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT 265mb.
Somewhere in between my Ubuntu discovery and rig purchase I had read about virtualbox so now that I had a system I could actually run it on without tremendous lag I decided to give it a go. I found an article which walked me step by step through how to setup virtualbox with Ubuntu. At the time I believe it was Ubuntu 7.10. I really enjoyed the experience and I've since installed numerous Linux operating systems on virtualbox just to try them out, however I always come back to Ubuntu. Eventually I grew tired of the limitations you have when virtually running an operating system and decided to give dual booting a try on an older computer, and I loved it. Actually it wasn't a dual-boot I used Wubi and installed Ubuntu that way on my husbands computer. It was my first experience with compiz as you can't run that in virtualbox. I love how I'm able to completely customize my desktop experience without handing over more money to some third party company. The availability of software is also another plus, I love how if I need to be able to do something all I have to do is search the synaptic package manager and/or Google to find the features I'm looking for
The only reason at this point that I keep windows is for games (I really hope this changes I would love to see more big name game developers give love to Linux operating systems). I can pretty much do everything else on Ubuntu. Including working on my websites with dreamweaver thanks to wine. I also enjoy the speed I have Even the older computer feels fast again with Ubuntu running on it.
My number one reason for loving Ubuntu though is this. I did have some hardware issues initially when first dual-booting Ubuntu and I all I had to do was a few Google and forum searches to fix them. The community support is phenomenal, and in all the time I used windows (we're talking all the way back to the beginning here, my first computer had dosshell on it) I have never had the great sense of community and support that I get from the Ubuntu community!
So all in all I would say my experience has been quite positive and I look forward to many years of happy Ubuntu computing.
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