About Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a very popular distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system; it regularly sits at the top of the distro list at DistroWatch, a website devoted to Linux and BSD operating systems. Its popularity is not founded merely in luck, nor is its status a small feat. Ubuntu truly is a top-notch, easy-to-use operating system.

So, what makes Ubuntu so great?

Obviously, there are other perks to using Ubuntu, but the features mentioned above are especially noteworthy, in my opinion. Of course, other distributions of Linux, as well as other operating systems, have the same or similar features, but Ubuntu, in my opinion, does a great job of combining the best features possible. Naturally, every operating system has advantages and disadvantages, and I don’t necessarily think that one OS is better than another. In fact, I like ’em all. I just prefer Ubuntu for its combination of features, and especially its price: $0.

Why don’t more people use Ubuntu?
When I tell people about Ubuntu, they often express incredulity that more people do not use it. After all, they know that I’m not a “computer person,” which effectively squashes the myth that only computer professionals use Linux. And they know that Ubuntu is free, which certainly appeals to students like me. So why isn’t everybody using Ubuntu or another free operating system? Well, I’m afraid I don’t really have an all-encompassing answer.

However, here are a few possible answers, which I welcome you to take or leave at your discretion:

Most of all, however, people simply don’t know about Linux, and if they don’t know about Linux, then they certainly don’t know about Ubuntu. And that’s why I’m here. I want to let people know that there is a free operating system that can do what expensive (or pirated) operating systems do, and it can do these things simply and elegantly.

6 Comments »

  1. Fredrik said

    I think you wrapped it up good!

    Personally I am a computer professional using Linux because of work is done much more rapidly with the excellent gpl-licensed tools available.

    If Ubuntu was the basic system of school (all levels), there would be no need for EULA in 15 years – hopefully my kids will experience a greater level of freedom and cooperation between humans… 🙂

    Wrote some guides to ease the switch if you are interested:
    http://wiki.motin.eu/HowToComfortablySwitchFromWindowsToUbuntu
    http://wiki.motin.eu/WhatYouCanDoForFreedom

  2. Alyson said

    I think you’re right about Ubuntu in schools, Fredrik. And thanks for the links!

  3. Hey!

    I love Ubuntu Too…

    But im not asking about that…How do i partitoion my Drive (I have to drives by the way – C:/ (C Drive) & S:/ (System Drivw which holds about 2gigs)

    Please Help Me!!

    Josh Robertson – A Friendly Felow who loves Linux!

  4. Norm said

    Norm here,

    Like free stuff and was looking online for a cheap os. Not “real” computer smart but can get around.
    I was told [scare me?] that Ubuntu would be way over my head. You gave me hope. I have a spare computer and sent away for a disc . .. sounds like fun. I’ll give it a try.

  5. i like computer games that are first person shooting and strategy games .

  6. Ubuntu just does not work. I threw away windows after running a few live cd and trial sessions. To my amazement a whole day got wasted and I got no work done. I wanted to give it a few more days but i had enough. Not only Windows 7 feels more real and 3D, you can get work done with it and it doesn’t feel like a cartoon. I have actually logged a diary of the events that happened at: http://todayscontroversy.tk

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