Ubuntu Users' Stories
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Steven, United States Air Force
I have been using an old laptop (800 MHz, 512 Megs of RAM) for years, running winxp. It was suggested to me that I try Linux on it, and see if it worked better. It did, not surprisingly. I continued using it for a few more years, when eventually I grew tired of it, and longed for a new computer. I was going to recycle the computer through my new computer's program, but it would cost me . I was tempted to throw it in a dumpster, but I wanted to do the right thing. I kept it around a few months, updating it to 7.10, then 8.04. I wanted to try to use it to help somebody else get into Linux. Eventually, I sold my old laptop to a fellow Airman for . I only asked for , but he said the extra was for tech support. I have since helped him grow accustomed to Ubuntu and it's peculiarities and difficulties. It's amazing that such old computers can still be useful today.
Mike W, Corporate Developer Drone
Write Your story Having messed around with Ubuntu since 7.04 (dual booting with XP) I finally made the jump and went Linux-native with 8.04.
I loathe the necessity to install (and pay for) so-called 'anti-virus' software which only seems to nag and leech performance.
I admire the community ethos of the whole 'nix thing (especially Ubuntu, natch).
As a professional Windows developer I have absolutely nothing against Microsoft but I feel they totally dropped the ball with Vista - An OS whose design seems to have been totally driven by the type of gross corporate ineptitude I have to deal with at work every day.
Vista was the last straw for me (at home, at least).
There are, of course, more reasons...
I've a few work related XP VMs running under VirtualBox on my Ubuntu system and they run faster than Windows natively.
My one gripe?
Please, please someone create a friendly, capable UI to deal with the demonic xorg.conf
Chris Dominowski, Ubuntu Forever!
If I were to say how many times my windows machine has crashed, the string theory could not accurately personify it. I was thinking about getting a mac, but they are also notorious for breaking down. Needless to say, when I heard there was a better alternative to either system, I was ecstatic. To make a long story short, I haven't used windows again after installing ubuntu. Why would I? The difference between Winblows/Smackintosh and Linux is the difference between a Lean-to hut and a Mansion. Ubuntu is clearly the better choice, and I'm never going back... ever.
Mike Moya, Tech
I turned on my Windows Xp computer and got denied access, it would not load up at all. Only way to fix this was to reinstall windows entirely and loosing everything.
So what I did was I got on a friends computer and downloaded Ubuntu 6.10 and I installed it on my computer on a new hard drive so that I can recover my stuff from the windows drive. Success!!! Ever since then I'm a complete Ubuntu user with out any crashes or access deny junk. Also I've been able to learn another language and become completely fluent with it. It is for human beings!!!
I have been messing around with various Linux distributions for years, always running a dual boot and engineering some spectacular crashes. I don't know how many times I've had to reformat/reinstall. I have always hated Windoze. It is like they just don't care how many crashes and how much grief you have to put up with. Anyway this isn't an anti Windoze rant.
After I recovered from my two year addiction to World of Warcraft I downloaded Gutsy Gibbon, burned it and installed it. I couldn't believe how smoothly it went. I wiped windows from my hard drive and now run Ubuntu 8.4. I love it.
Only reason I can see to run windows is if you are a serious gamer, but Wine (running windows apps in Linux) gets better all the time.
Dan, IT Specialist
My first Linux distro was Caldera linux. Yes, really. For several years, I rode the fence between Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. Once I tried an early version of Ubuntu, I finally made up my mind. I'm still required to use Windows and Mac OS for my career, but at home we are an ALL Ubuntu family.
My eight-year-old goes wild over his Xubuntu installation, my wife is 100% comfortable with her own Ubuntu desktop, and have Ubuntu on both my personal desktop and laptop.
We couldn't be more pleased! We all spread the word about Ubuntu to everyone we can, and feel great about doing it!
Eric, Unemployed Student
My reason for switching to Ubuntu (and Damn Small Linux) came as I got fed up with Windows completely. It actually started when I heard that Ubuntu would send you a nice, pressed CD for free, so I sent away for one and, lo and behold, I received Ubuntu (Gutsy) and didn't have to pay one red cent.
I started messing around with it and, of course, ruined it...a few times. Unlike Windows it proved so much easier to bounce back (although I did need to reinstall at a couple points). As a music student, I need a score writing program and want other sound editing software. Ubuntu came to the rescue once again with Ubuntu Studio (which I currently run along with Wine 1.0rc1) providing me with the equivalent of thousands of dollars in audio/video production software.
The support is amazing and always helpful and I have become a semi-active member of the community and an evangelist of its Linuxy goodness. I tell all of my fellow musicians that if they want a studio computer on the cheap to use Ubuntu Studio or people who want an alternative to windows to use Kubuntu.
I cannot thank these people enough who work so hard to make this as painless a Linux distro as possible.
Papa.Coen, Software Engineer
I have always wanted to use Linux, but I like my (dos/WinXX) games too. With Ubuntu, leaving my games behind is not such a bad swap. Some of my games even run on Ubuntu. I still have a dual boot though, but only when I want to play a game that is for WinXX only.
Nonetheless, I've been using Ubuntu for over half a year now, and I'm still using it today for everything (even gaming, just not _those_ games).
Corvus Elrod, Freelance Storyteller
Several years ago, fed up with paying premium prices for unstable and non-secure software that functioned as the mega-corporations wanted and not as I wanted, I migrated to Linux.
As I replaced each of my productivity tools with excellent free and open source software, I tried a variety of distros and settled on one that was "good enough."
When Feisty Fawn was released, I gave Kubuntu a try and installed it on my desktop within the week. With every subsequent release, I've loved this distro more and more and I know run it on all the machines on my network.
I first heard of Linux in '95. A classmate of mine showed me Red Hat on his laptop. I got a copy of it and installed it on my computer. For me the most important things on my computer are the video, sound, and internet access. I don't remember which, but one of them didn't work right with Red Hat. So I took Red Hat off. For about twelve years I would try different versions of Red Hat and different Distro's. Each time the same story. One or two of those things wouldn't work, or wouldn't work right. I'd wipe my drive and put Windows back. In 2006 I came across Ubuntu. I installed it on my Acer Laptop and everything worked. A few months later in 2007, I had sold my laptop and I bought a 2nd hand 500 MHz P III with only 256 MB of ram. I cranked up Compiz and was blown away. My mouth was literally hanging open. I couldn't believe the performance. It was like a brand new Dual Core system. I've been an Ubuntu addict ever since.
Jo-Erlend Schinstad, Consultant
I had my first look at Linux in 1994, I think, on a computer party. I liked the idea, but I didn't give it another though until another party in 1998. That's when I started using it, but it was still very complicated stuff. It took me a week to get a window system up and running, and I everything was enjoyable pain to a technical person. Since then, I've been sort of a Linux dipsomaniac. I've tried all the distros, used them for a while, and hated them all. Well, I've actually never hated Ubuntu, but then, Ubuntu was the first distro that made me stay. I'm sure all the others have improved vastly too, because, you know; people share.
Everything about Ubuntu attracts me; the technology, the human ethical way of thinking, the communities respect of other peoples feelings and convictions, but most of all the separation between software and hardware. Applications can improve without the need to buy a new computer, which in this age is really important, not only for one self, but also to the environment. People do buy new computers though, and there is nothing wrong with that. It simply means that someone else can inherit the old one and make good use of it, for personal growth, fun, profit or whatever it is that they need a computer for; and they won't be left behind because of its age.
Ubuntu is not for everyone, but if you keep complaining about your computer, and don't at least try it, then your computer is not the real problem. Your habits as a consumer is, so stop complaining and live with your problems -- or try to sort them out. Ubuntu has solved all of my problems, computer-wise, and fixed a lot of problems I hadn't even considered before. All my hardware just works; no driver installs. All the software I need is installed by default; except some codecs, which are really easy to install. Granted, I'm not the most demanding user; I download videos and watch them, purchase and listen to music online. I use the web, mail, office stuff, accounting stuff, write some software, edit some videos... Normal stuff that people do, nothing fancy, but the feeling of having the system work for me instead of against me, is .. Well worth the money not spent.
Jonathan Sicoli, Student / Slacker
So, i'm playing around with my laptop, when suddenly XP dies on me. It doesn't even let me boot into the OS. I'm forced to conclude that the only way I'm getting into XP again on the laptop is with a reinstall. So, I look on the internet for "backups" of XP (Don't look at me like that, i do own a disk... somewhere...), and then a thought occured to me: Sure, i COULD go back to XP, but why not try a new OS? I had heard about this "linux" thing, but never really cared to try it out, but now I had a legitimate reason to! So, I hit the forums, and eventually settle on Ubuntu (well, after Sabayon, but Sabayon felt way too slow.) I'm no linux fanboy, in fact, I still use XP on my desktop, as I own a lot of games; however, I'm dualbooting sometimes into 'Buntu, playing around with Wine. One day, when Wine gets to the point where it's able to emulate Windows near perfectly, I may even make the switch permenantly.
Ubuntu isn't perfect, in fact I've been a victim of a bug that until recently was booting me back to login every few hours. But, with the 8.04 update, that's patched up. The support for Ubuntu is great, because everyone is able to help. Microsoft has their techs, Apple has the Genius Bar, Ubuntu has the collective minds of its users. Kinda like Wikipedia, minus most of the vandals. Ubuntu isn't perfect, but it's getting closer, and closer, each and every day. Plus, Compiz alone could convince a guy to make the switch. What can I say? Cake tastes better with icing!
Hope this story convinces you to make the switch, or at least makes you consider that the preinstalled operating system that comes on your computer might not be the best one you can have. After all, the best things in life are free.
Amir A, Student / Father
I installed Ubuntu because Open Source software is more powerful, secure, and interesting. Now instead of having trouble running 8 programs at once on windows with 2 GB of RAM i run more than that on 4 desktops covering a cube. I love how easy it is to find and download new software right through the menu and my son 2 year old son loves the games I've found on here for him.
I have been using Ubuntu for about 2 1/2 years and I have it installed on all of our home computers which are mostly pretty ancient eMachine boxes. Other than addin more RAM, Ubuntu has saved me from wasting money on oversized hardware to support xp or vista. I also have saved untold dollars by not having to purchase software for our basic needs. All of our home needs have been met with the software that comes with Ubuntu.
Work computer is microsoft based but my laptop runs Ubuntu and no one can tell the difference. Ubuntu plays well with the exchange server and ms office files.
I had tired of microsoft years ago and tried a number of linux distributions but I was not geeky enough to be able to install and use them. The beauty of Ubuntu is that it installs easily and it works.
Ubuntu has gained great popularity in a short period of time by focusing on the non-geek user. When my 85 year old mother-in-law likes Ubuntu better than microsoft because it just works everyday, you have a winner.
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 :)
Damian Ondore, I now work for Canonical after converting to Ubuntu from Red Hat/Mandriva.
I started using Linux seriously at university, having been attracted to it purely because it was different and had experience of the command line with Sun OS. I wanted the power of a command line for my physics work. I ordered copies from the site. At the time, the only way to get Linux was to download, which was too expensive and time consuming or to buy a Linux magazine which shipped a cd/dvd with many distributions. Because I had a slow connection to the internet, Ubuntu was less useful at the time because I thought I couldn't make use of all of the rpm's I had built up over the years.
I used all the distributions, changing vendor from month to month and trying out different features, desktops, windows managers and generally using Linux as an introduction to programming. As I got more and more into the programming side, my main reason for using linux was that each distribution came with a ready made environment for making software.
After University, I started a career in Sales. Now I help sell support for all of the users who need guaranteed responses.
I was trying to make a live cd for music production with a friend back in 2006 when I came across UbuntuStudio. I tried it and was amazed at how much progress Ubuntu had made. After about a months use, I decided to stick with it.
I've been a fairly long-time Linux-user. My first contact with it was back in 1994, and from 1998 to around 2000 I used nothing but Linux. In my case the Red Hat flavor.
After that it was back to Windows. Most of it laziness, some of it requirement for various things.
But in early 2007 I felt tired with that system. I was always annoyed, frustrated and irritated with the shortcomings of Windows. I never really felt much joy come from my computer, since it was heavily associated with all the annoyances of Windows - constantly having to fight the computer rather than use it. Always feeling trapped by a faceless corporations decision as to what I should be allowed to do with my machine. Constantly having to work around things which I felt was artificially introduced limitations.
So in an attempt to restore my sanity I decided to try Ubuntu. This was not my first time, I had tried earlier versions but never got hooked. The version I tried was Edgy Eft.
And for the first time in a lot of years my computer was fun again. Sure, there were some things which needed tweaking - but that's me. I push my computer to the limit and want things "my way". I got excellent help from the forums, and the Ubuntu wiki. I could also rely on my long-time experience with Debian servers to help me get used to running Linux on my desktop-machine as well. In fact, Debian is probably the reason I chose Ubuntu since I was already comfortable with that distribution on servers. Ubuntu felt like the natural choice on the desktop.
So, I played around with Edgy. And the more I played with it, the less I needed Windows. I felt like a junkie finally kicking his habit. I felt like I could breathe again.
Thanks to Ubuntu, I once again started enjoying my computing experience.
Since then I've been loyal to Ubuntu on my desktop. The server runs Debian, but my desktop gets upgraded every six months when a new version of Ubuntu comes out. I don't even have Windows installed any longer (deleted that partition more than a year ago) and I've even converted my girlfriend to Ubuntu. At first she was skeptical, but now she's a die-hard convert and gets nauseous whenever she has to use a Windows-machine.
Matteo, guitarist (for magentamusic.eu) and C, php/sql programmer
It's no way: if you want to program in C you can't work in Windows! So I chose Linux as my developing system. When I tried Ubuntu feisty, I switched completely from windows to Ubuntu, not just for programming, but also multimedia applications (yes, I'm a guitarist too), Web browsing & site creation (I wrote www.magentamusic.eu and I mantain www.myspace.com/magentamusicit using Ubuntu), application development (mainly PHP+MySQL+XAJAX). Ubuntu had everything I needed: last month I upgraded to ubuntu hardy (8.04) and everything has become easier, even stabler and nicer.
A definitive choice!
Francisco Raygadas, High School Student
Although I was a Windows user for long, I always supported the open source movement. When I realized everything in my PC was a pirated copy, I immediately formated it and installed a Linux distribution called Ubuntu.
When i finished, i felt free. It was easy to use, stable and very good looking, it was the best OS ever. Now I spread this OS to all of my family and friends. And now, Firefox is the most popular web browser in my school.
Venkatesan Padmanabhan, Student
I started using Ubuntu a year back and I love it the most.And especially with Hardy I haven't logged into Windows since its release.You get to do real programming here.No words to describe, It's simply great.If you are in PSG Tech/Coimbatore.Join our GLUG here http://glug-psg.co.ccPage: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
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