What is Ubuntu linux?
Ubuntu Linux is an operating system, like Microsoft Windows or Mac OSX, but with the huge difference of being totally free and Open Source. It can be installed on basically any PC, Mac, or notebook. It is owned by no company, as it is being developed by community of people all around the world.
Whether you use it at home, at school or at work Ubuntu contains all the applications you'll ever need, from word processing and email applications, to web server software and programming tools.
Ubuntu is and always will be free of charge. You do not pay any licensing fees. You can download, use and share Ubuntu with your friends, family, school or business for absolutely nothing.
The latest Ubuntu release brings the best of open source together on a platform that is here to stay with 3 years of free updates. With hundreds of improvements and the addition of the latest version of Firefox amongst other outstanding applications, more and more users are assessing why Ubuntu wins more and more converts with every release.
Productivity tools: Ubuntu supports all of your favourite web-based mail programs like Yahoo(TM) or Gmail (TM). But for the office, Evolution provides all the calendering, contacts and full function office email you need. Pidgin IM also puts you in instant touch with colleagues and integrates with your personal IM services simply and easily.
Browsing: Including Mozilla Firefox (Beta 5) - tested and stabilised for a platform. Faster, safer and themed for Ubuntu.
Photos: Upload from your camera or phone to F-Spot and manage, tag, share and sort your photos and upload easily to you favourite social networking sites.
Music and video: Plug in your PSP, iPod, MP3 player; share playlists with your friends; buy in the creative commons online music stores, stream more live radio and plug in more devices with UPnP.
Office applications: Word processing, spreadsheets and presentations can all be delivered through Open Office. And, they completely integrate with the proprietary office applications out there. The big difference is that they are free.
Accessibility: At the core of the Ubuntu philosophy is the belief that computing is for everyone and access should be free and complete whatever your economic or physical circumstances. Ubuntu is one of the most accessible desktop operating systems around.
Who is using Ubuntu?
Check out who and why is using Ubuntu Linux. Read the stories below.
Anzan Hoshin, Zen Buddhist Abbot, http://www.wwzc.org
In January of 2007 we began moving the monastery LAN of some 25 computers to OSS programs and intensified long-standing research into a dependable Linux environment. With Debian as its foundation, and Ubuntu's strong community support and commitment to making IT as available to as many people around the world as is possible, its ease of use and customization, Ubuntu was the best and obvious choice.
Risto Kallio, System Designer
I have used many different Linux distributions for over ten years, but since 6.06 I haven't touched any other operating systems than Ubuntu and different Windows. I have preferred Linux for many reasons (flexibility and speed of terminal, nearly instant security, open-source software ideology etc.).
April of 2008 I installed Feisty Fawn and had countless issues with compability (mainly with wlan-card and ATI display driver). Even the new ATI drivers didn't help anything and before so good Distribution worked for three boots and on fourth I had to install displaycard modules again. So I did what every resonable guy would do and removed Ubuntu althogeter.
Now I'm running perfectly working and legit Microsoft Windows Vista and I'm almost happy with it. Only lack of good shell is bothering me (but PowerShell gave some comfort and I can deal with it). I'm happy for everyone whos Ubuntu is working because, when it's working Ubuntu is the BEST operating system now available.
Dion, Currently at school
Amazing. truly amazing, the effects and overall feel of ubuntu is great. After installing ubuntu for free! I can simply not understand how Microsoft can get away with charging 200+ for an OS that cant do a fraction of what ubuntu can do. I was an avid Vista fan, and the thought of changing was daunting, but after 20 min of using ubuntu I was ready to completely liberate myself from the shackles of Microsoft. Change change now. - use wubi
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