You can use Ubuntu Linux for both home and commercial use completely free of charge.
But there is even more to freedom than not paying for your software. Ubuntu Linux comes with complete source code. If you are unfamiliar with advanced computing, you should think of source code as a recipe.
Most probably right now you are using operating system that gives you no access to its source code. You have no way of knowing how exactly your system works, actually no one except producer knows how and what exactly your system does.
Open access to source code gives you possibility to know exactly how your software works, it gives you also possibility to modify any part of the system. Even if you are not a programmer, you should know that there are many of them that would improve your operating system for no additional cost if they only had that option - Open Source makes it possible. This is the main reason for such rapid development of Ubuntu Linux system and it's increasing popularity.
Who is using Ubuntu?
Check out who and why is using Ubuntu Linux. Read the stories below.
Lechatelier, Chenical Engineer
What I used before: Ibm 5100,Apple DOS & proDOS, MSDOS,Win 3.1,Suse 6.3,OS/2,Windows 2000/Xp,Libranet. As I was not happy with Windows (Virus, BSODs, low configurabilyty) I tried Debian, because that was what NASA used (if you can go to Mars, Jupiter etc you can also select a good OS, but it was very hard to set up. Then I found that weird name Ubuntu which they said was easy to use derivative of Debian backed by a wise business/TI guy so I tried first version, have been using it since first version.
Bryan Basil, Student/Co-Owner of Radiated Computers
As a student, my operating system has to be stable enough to use on a daily basis, reliable, and customisable to the point where I can get my mind off of schoolwork for a while. After just over a year advocating Linux, contributing to Ubuntu, I decided to co-find an affordable computer store, spreading Ubuntu to thousands of people.
Thank you, Ubuntu. I am proud to be a part of this project.
Chris, Im a Student But I run my own Ubuntu Server
One day I had Windows Server 2000 installed about 4 years ago, I noticed that it ran really slow on a fairly high end machine (1.8ghz AMD Athlon XP, 2gb ram 60gb hard drive). I just it was really slow. Since I had previously taken the Intro to Linux class at my local community college I had previous linux experience. I decided to give Ubuntu a try and see how the performance was comapaired to that of Windows 2000. the pgoram im in for school allowed me to download Copies of Microsoft Server software for free, I tried Windows Server 2003. I noticed right away that after installing Ubuntu, which by the way was very easy to get up and going, that it was very quick and easy to run on older hardware. I cant tell you how happy I am that I switched. Another thing I like about the Ubuntu server is that it comes with Apache MySQL and PHP all built into the installation there is almost no configuration of any files to get it working they call it the LAMP server that gets installed with the Ubuntu server automatically. I will never switch back to a Microsoft Based Server again !
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