Linux is in a constant state of development and improvement by professional and semi-professional developers who donate their time and skills to the various projects. In addition, the majority of the system and available applications are Open source, so if you wish and you had the ability, you could add any feature you needed. Linux also has the ability to expand the life of many systems as it’s reduced overhead and need for system resources means that it will run great on older machines.
As hard as it is to accept, you can easily get support when you do run into difficulties. In addition to the plethora of online forums, both independent and those provided by the distro supplier, there are also more and more 3rd party service providers that offer service contracts for Linux systems. Good to have in a corporate/business environment. There is also support offered by more and more traditional Technology names such as Dell, IBM, Novell, Sun and others. And finally, for support a little closer to home, most major cities have Linux User Groups that can and do offer help and advice. Help and Support IS available and does not usually mean spending hours on hold to speak to someone in a call center on the other side of the planet.
Who is using Ubuntu?
Check out who and why is using Ubuntu Linux. Read the stories below.
AndrooUK, College Student (Full Time)
I was getting sick of Microsoft Windows and it's near total penetration in the computer market.
I bought a new low-specification laptop and it came with Windows Vista preinstalled... it ran horribly because it used so many of the computer's resources, and was just generally unpleasant to use. I installed an old copy of Windows XP just so the computer could work!
After years of being frustrated by the sloppiness of software and the sheer magnitude of the files, and the number of unnecessary software, including a generally unpleasant computing experience, I decided to take the dive into Linux... it took me ages to find the right one for me, as really I didn't know much about Linux. I came across Ubuntu, and my technically minded brother said it was supposed to be easy to use.
I installed it, and have not looked back... true I do miss playing some more modern games that don't run on Wine, but really, the computer does everything I could want it to! I mean, who really wants to do anything apart from word processing, browsing the web, instant messaging, and watching films?
I love my Ubuntu, and the vast support net available on Ubuntu forums. Hopefully Ubuntu will soon become fully out of the box, and give Microsoft its much needed run for its money... with Ubuntu being free!
The repositories also are my gateway to my productivity and entertainment... some of my favourite educational software is on there... I love my Freemind and Openoffice Formula! :D
Ron Schreiner, Biometric Security
It's been a long road since I started computing at age 12 in 1978 - 32 years and counting. I've used every version of Windows ever made (including server versions), Mac System 6-9, Mac OS X, UNIX, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, SlackWare, Red Hat, CentOS, and a few others as well; but my favorite operating system is Linux; and my favorite distribution of it is Ubuntu.
I can geek-out and compile with the best of them; but it's more about time and convenience because I don't have to compile from source for a simple desktop system. I've taken it a bit further by adding other programs, wallpapers, configurations, etc to Ubuntu; then by using remastersys, I have my own distribution of it which I can install on all of my PCs as well as those of anyone who may be looking for an easy alternative to other operating systems on their PC.
Fred McKinney, Reference Librarian
As soon as I felt comfortable doing so, I had already made up my mind to switch to Linux over Microsoft's WGA (and thus never had XP, let alone Vista, installed on my computer) when I had a problem with Windows 2000 that I couldn't resolve. I kept getting this error message that kept popping up every few seconds. I tried a fresh re-install of Win2K and still kept getting those same error messages.
Seeing as how I had no choice, I went for broke and took a few CDs of Mandrake Linux I had downloaded from the computer lab and installed them, and thus began my Exodus from Windows (this was back in January of 2005, when Ubuntu was in its infancy, and to be honest, I hadn't even heard of Ubuntu until several months later).
Intially, I was a fan of the KDE desktop. I had tried Kubuntu once, but didn't like the way it did things at all, and had Mandrake, Mepis, and PCLinuxOS on my PC for the first three years of my Linux experience.
But then, last winter, KDE4 debuted. I was already very turned off by its looks but still tried a live CD of SuSE that has it -- KDE4 sucked like a Hoover, which drove me to GNOME and Xfce -- and, of course, Ubuntu. And quite honestly, Ubuntu is the best Linux distro I have ever used. I'm especially blown away by how TOO easy it is to install a printer! Ubuntu clearly puts Windows to shame any day.
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