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 decided to join the linux crowd in 2006, when it was clear what "Vista" was going to be like. I wanted to keep my "old" Hardware (A pentium m 1,6 ghz with 2gigs of ram), but I knew that im a person who always wants the newest Software available. Althougt i did use a lot of free software before i didnt think it was going to end well, but i was young and so i tried it out - now im compleatly "clear" of windows and i didnt feel sorry in any way for the swicht.
Daniel Alberson, Student
My first experience with Linux was installing it on my xbox, so that I could bypass my dads proxy. I used it and it was great for my xbox. About 6 months later I bought my self a new PC with Windows Xp, after some usage it was full of virii and was just plain unusable. I remembered how i liked my experience with Linux. So i decided to give Ubuntu a shot as my operating system. 2 Years later i haven't looked back once : )
Ernest Karlsson, I administer a school computor system as well as teaching.
2007 we decided to migrate from MS Win on all levels, both server and client. After looking at and testing dozens of Linux OS:s I fell for Ubuntu for 2 reasons.
1. Apparent ease of use (apparent because I found out that 7.04 was not that simple to implement due to hardware)
2. Being a South African working in Sweden nostalgia griped me when I saw the word Ubuntu. The meaning of Ubuntu is also the ideology behind the Swedish Folk High School system in which I work.
The first year was a bit of a shambles mainly because of the consultant we chose and hardware problems.
This summer I installed 10.4 through the whole system and am so relieved to be able to work with such a stable system. We still have to use Windows for certain applications due to the kind of courses we have and a central administration system used by all Folk High Schools.
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