Viruses are less of a threat on Linux. The very way a Linux system is designed makes it very difficult for a virus to function as it does in Windows. This also applies to spyware, malware, etc. The fact that almost no viruses are written for Linux also adds a nicer sense of warmth. Wouldn’t be nice to read the almost endless stream of security holes in Windows and know it does not apply to you?
Basically, you don't need to care about the security. As long as you have an up-to-date system, it is 100% safe. No need for installing, additional firewalls, antivirus, antispyware (etc) software.
Who is using Ubuntu?
Check out who and why is using Ubuntu Linux. Read the stories below.
Nick Johnson, Student
I first had a run in with linux a few years ago, when I tried to install Debian on an old mac mini. I saw how amazing it was as a free OS, but I moved back to OS X because it didn't have the things I needed for everyday use.
A few months ago, I needed a new computer. I found that it was cheap and easy to build a desktop from parts off the internet, but I was troubled because it would not run OS X like my old computers. So I decided to dual boot Windows and Ubuntu. I thought that having linux would only be as an experiment, and for if Windows got a virus or crashed, but I was wrong. Ubuntu was both fast and useful, despite s couple problems with the video card. I used to go back to Windows just to play videogames, but now I haven't used it in months. Ubuntu remains fast and stable even after I install tons of programs.
Robert Okadar, Aranea mreÅ¾e, CEO (Croatia)
As I'm running a business, there are several things to consider when choosing an OS for business, things like maintenance cost, stability, security, portability, software availability, application prices, future upgrades cost and so on. My first choice was Vista, simply because it came with laptops I bought for my company (sounds familiar?). Nice GUI, that was my first impression of it. And that was it â€“ nice GUI. Using Vista for a few days, I was frustrated with the fact that history repeats: every time new Microsoft OS (Operating System) comes out, we must learn how to use it. I was really mad and thinking: 15 years of that was simply enough!
At the same time, by pure coincident, I saw a video "Vista aero vs. Ubuntu compiz". The Ubuntu had me, it was love on the first sight :-) ... I tried live Ubuntu Linux Ultimate Edition CD for amd64 architecture, and it was amazing to see it in action! I was so impressed by the OS, that after using it only for a week, I decided that my future OS of choice is Ubuntu Linux! Since then, I boot Vista only when I must because of my clients â€“ I run all my business on Ubuntu.
Of course, my previous knowledge I got from 15 years administering different Windows OS was helpful, but not to much. You must be strongly aware that Linux is NOT free Windows! Linux is something different, and (by my personal opinion at least) something superior to Windows. While being different, you will need more time to spend learning, but on the long run you will be greatly rewarded, so don't give up!
After using Ubuntu Linux for some time now, I would like to underline some major advantages for those people interested in using Ubuntu Linux for business:
- You learn things once ... no need to learn things over again when new Ubuntu version comes out
- No need to purchase new hardware when new Ubuntu version comes out
- Business owners should always use LTS Ubuntu versions only (Long Term Supported)
- No fee for Ubuntu license or any software that comes with Ubuntu
- It has ability to run Windows software via Wine or vmware (or similar software)
- Excellent network support and amazing server stability
- Very secure OS (firewall, SSH, PGP, VPN)
- Improved and advanced window management with multiple desktops
- Open Office 2.4.1 is compatible with MS Office, and Open Office 3.0 (expected to be released in September 2008) will be compatible with MS Office 2007 format
Good to be aware:
- Multimedia is well supported, but professionals may luck some features/application choice
- Not really a choice for hardcore gamers
- Not suitable if you run your business on specific Windows applications, like Microsoft SQL Server
I would suggest transition to Linux to most self-employed people (this will save you a lot of money!) like lawyers, IT consultants, journalists... You have a secretary/assistant and all she/he must do is typing letters, sending faxes and do internet research for you? Then Ubuntu Linux is an excellent choice!
Of course, all dis/advantages apply for ordinary home user to.
These are my experiences and I don't even think to switch back to Windows. I recommend Ubuntu Linux to almost all my customers and they love it once they learn how to properly use it.
p.s. - In Croatia, we have an old saying: Would you like to ride a donkey again once you tried to ride a horse? :-)
So, I was at my friends house trying to connect to his internet, but for some reason something was screwed up with my WLAN card. My friend who is fairly familiar with Linux came over to try and help me, he got the bright idea that we should just swap my Windows XP for Linux Ubuntu...I was quite skeptical at the time, change is hard when you are use to one thing. So, he goes out to his car where he conveniently had the install disk and went to work on my laptop. Keep in mind this is an almost brand new laptop, an Inspiron 1520 with 3GB of RAM, so I was very hesitant to put anything that comes free on it. We had some difficulty with the disc he had (a chip about the size of a pinhead). So we needed a new disc. He went home for the night and came back the next day with the disc in hand. This one installed without trouble, and I've been running Ubuntu ever since and I am incredibly impressed with it. The only thing I'm still a bit sketchy with is the Terminal feature...but I've only been with Linux for 2 days now so their is plenty of time for that.
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