Sunday, January 18, 2009

Why Ubuntu?

First of all, why might you choose Linux over Windows?
  • Speed - It starts up a lot faster than Windows XP does on my machine, without any additional tweaking on my part.
  • Security
  • Low maintenance - No more worrying about defragmenting
  • Free - as in it costs nothing, and you have the freedom to customize/modify it as you wish

Of course, if you'd like to use both systems, it's easy to dual boot.

Choosing which Linux distro to use can be difficult. Each has its own unique advantages and disadvantages, and there's plenty of information on the web to help you compare them. I wanted something that would be reliable and easy to use right out of the box. I chose Ubuntu.

Why Ubuntu in particular?
  • Ease of Use - Depending on what you want to do, you could use Ubuntu without ever using the terminal (command line), which makes Ubuntu accessible to everyone, even people who don't have a lot of computer know-how.
  • Support - Ubuntu has great support. The online Ubuntu community is friendly and helpful, and you can usually find whatever question you have has already been asked (and answered) by someone before.
  • Popularity - Ubuntu is a popular Linux distrubtion, which means a lot of people are not only using it, but also contributing to it.
  • Variety - there's a number of different Ubuntu versions. Of note are Edubuntu (preloaded with software useful in schools), Mythbuntu (comes with MythTV already installed, so you can turn your computer into a media center), Kubuntu (comes with KDE instead of Gnome), and Linux Mint (has a few nifty things preinstalled, such as the ability to play commericial DVD's. It also comes with some tools exclusive to Mint).
  • Hardware Support - it works with all the hardware in my computer.

So readers, why did you choose the operating system(s) you use now?

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