Linux works on a large number of different kinds of devices. It can be found installed on desktop PCs, notebooks, mobile phones, routers, fridges, cars, planes, etc.
Linux gives you a level of flexibility that none other operating system will ever be able to offer. There are always millions of different solutions for the same tasks, and loads of free software for you to choose from. While other popular operating systems offers you only one graphical interface, in Linux you can choose between many fast and highly usable desktop environments, and yet customize each of them too.
With Linux, installation of software had never been easier. You will install 99% of all the software that you need from one system-integrated installer. Once you select from list specific software that you need it will download, install and set it up for you.
Who is using Ubuntu?
Check out who and why is using Ubuntu Linux. Read the stories below.
Nandan V, Student
I've been using Ubuntu for a little over a year now, and I find it to be wonderful. It provided me with a great introduction to the Linux Desktop and I haven't felt the need to move away. In the last few months, I have managed to move away from using winXP completely and only use it when I am forced to for "external reasons" .
Christopher Hampton, Student
I have a MacBook and an Ubuntu box and I use both about the same. I am proud to say that I have gotten completely away from Windows and when I have to use Windows somewhere, I can't help but notice everything that Ubuntu has that Windows doesn't. A lot of the things you won't notice until you get used to Ubuntu, and then going back to Windows seems so unproductive. One of these things is the package manager. I get so used to just finding and installing packages with hardly any trouble, and then when it comes time to installing Windows applications, even the easy installs seem difficult. I love using the terminal, even if at first it seems kind of scary. I get so used to typing "sudo apt-get install vlc" for example and waiting a few minutes, and having VLC happily installed and configured for me. For those people somewhat afraid to leave behind windows because they have a few applications that need windows, I would like to suggest VirtualBox. It seamlessly lets you run both Windows and Ubuntu together, on the same screen. I can be playing minesweeper in one window and burning something with K3B in another. Keep in mind, though, that most games will not work if they need a video card. Most other applications run at near native speed, though.
Khaleel Gebran , Student
I was using pirated version of Windows XP, i had heard about linux as a very secure os which was meant specially for servers and for geeks/hackers. I despised and hated Linux for what i knew was- it was only CLI with no user friendliness, no games, no one using it.
But after sometime i watched the movie- Gandhi which inspired me to stand on our own feet, and i was using pirated OS. So i thought to try the best linux Distro and first made a review of all popular distros, I googled and came across the free shipit offer of ubuntu. I requested one and first had a hard time in installing it(for everyone here primarily uses windows and nobody in our neighborhood knew linux), well after much struggling i first made a dual boot. And as i was having no active internet connection, i coludn't try out all the features. Later on i with much effort i learned to install s/w..etc Later on i came across Ubuntu ultimate 1.6 which was available in our library. I installed it and for the first time i watched a video and played music. I was very happy. But still i was missing my games. Sometime later i came across games which did not require a graphic card. I played them and still was not satisfied, then i started to search for Nvidia driver for my GeForce Nvidia 7500 card. I got that easily but i was not knowing how to install that!!. I put full 3 Months! effort searching for a how to. At last one fine Night i decide to experiment by going in the recovery mode available at the startup. I installed it and as i had heard that a Nice Nvidia logo came up!! BOy i just felt to scream like Hell!!
from then onwards i could play all the graphic intensive games... and then i learnt to connect to the internet..with my mobile modem.. which is very slow here in India...
2 years have passed since i first started using it.. and now i am loving it :-) you can say i am an EX-windows lover cum linux hater.. who changed after using and learning what Open source and linux have to offer.. Really i feel the contribution of those people who have helped OSS, Linux grow is Praiseworthy!! Thank you guys!!
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