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.
I've been experimenting with Ubuntu since first trying it at the Hardy Heron release... I've since switched completely over to Ubuntu as I can do everything on it, without shelling out for a Microsoft product, without any hassle installing, and far quicker than I ever could on Windows - and this is on an old laptop. Ubuntu is simple, easy, and literally, linux for human beings - anyone can use it.
Thomas King, Student
I'm only a day-old Ubuntu user, so I'm still on the learning curb. But I love it! I had tried other distributions of Linux in the past - Fedora, SUSE - but never before has Linux been so easy to use. I had no problems getting it installed and running, whereas, in the past, Debian and other distributions were much more trivial.
My only complaint as a Web developer would be with the default fonts. I know I can go in and change these, but I'd prefer that they resemble Mac OS's Lucida out of the box, instead of the gauche-looking default font family. I've heard thing complaint before from other Web developers and designers, so I don't think I'm along there. Hopefully they'll consider this for later releases.
Overall, Hardy Heron is an easy to install, easy to use OS, which I now prefer over my previous OS, Windows Vista. Ubuntu isn't perfect, though. I wouldn't recommend it to gamers or graphic designers. I say that because I'm not a fan of emulators, like Wine, and Gimp just isn't Photoshop. But, for me, seeing as I'm not a gamer and I only use Ubuntu for Web development, Ubuntu is the best thing the PC has going for it right now.
Barry Schinnerer, School Busdriver
Full time Geek running Ubuntu 9.10 as of 1/9/2010. I was thrilled to find a working alternative to Windows. I started using Debian but switched to Ubuntu because of its ease of use. Now, if I could only talk my wife into using Ubuntu instead of Windows!!
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