Joe Engressia, Monday, December 14, 2009
When I visited a website that has many informations of Ubuntu, I saw informations about 30 reason Why Ubuntu is here? A question that is very interesting to be read.
“The first release of Ubuntu Linux (version 4.10) occurred on 2004/10/20, and life hasn’t been the same since. Unless you’ve been living under a rock in Antarctica, then surely you’ve heard of Ubuntu…” - DistroWatch.com
I’ve been using Ubuntu since version 5.04, in 2006. Since then it has only gotten better. Here is why I think Ubuntu excels in many points.
- Free (and pretty good)Ubuntu website homepage
- – It’s HUGEGoogle trends comparing Ubuntu with other linux distros
Its clearly the most used linux distro. According to Wikipedia, Ubuntu passed 100 million users in April 2009 and many vendors started selling computers with Ubuntu pre-installed:
A number of vendors offer computers with Ubuntu pre-installed, including Dell, Tesco, OP3, Gliese IT, System76, and the South African company Bravium Computers. - Wikipedia
- – Many resources
It is very easy to find help for Ubuntu. A quick search in Amazon listed 800+ books about Ubuntu. There’s an official wiki with loads of FAQs, guides and manuals all organized in a practical and reachable way. If that still haven’t solved your issues there is the “unofficial” forum with over 7.5 million posts.
- – StableWindows blue screen of death!
Blue screen of death? Memory dump ? Frozen screen? Unacceptable memory leaks? Need to reboot it once in a while? Ubuntu has nothing to do with that son. I’ve seen reports of up-times as far as 2 years and the system kept smooth.
- – Secure
Open source is more secure than closed source applications for many reasons. More people can detect and fix bugs on open-source software than in closed-source. Even the Whitehouse and the US Departament of Defense have realized that. Also Linux protects system critical resources without annoying the user.
- – Commercial support
Ubuntu was born with enterprise mentality and thus is has very good commercial support around the world. Be it for desktop or servers, you can get it at Caonical’s paid support and from its partners.
- – Faster
Doesn’t need to be reinstalled every now and then to keep running smooth since there is no registry. There’s no DLL hell and no viruses. It also uses less hardware resources.
Ironically like I said bellow on the Wine topic, some Windows games ran faster on Ubuntu for me. You can see a very good benchmark between Ubuntu and Windows on tuxradar.com’s article.
- – Disk space
Ubuntu vs Windows comparing disk space usage. Note that altough Ubuntu uses way less disk space, it has more hardware support and comes with Office installed.
Ubuntu vs Windows comparing disk space usage. Altough Ubuntu uses way less disk space, it has more hardware support and comes with Office installed. Image source: tuxradar.com.
- – No registryWindows Registry (taken from Coding Horror archive)
With Ubuntu you don’t get that geek registry which is a big exposure of the system, a mess of system and user software configurations mixed forming a SPOF.
- – Office for $679.95 Free!Open Office 3.1 on Ubuntu 9.10
It comes with the free OpenOffice suite which can also open and save in Microsoft Office format.
Edit: As noted by Shady, OpenOffice is not yet a full alternative to Microsoft Office. Although OpenOffice has 80% of the most important functionalities that any office suite, it can be very frustrating if you need anything from those 20% of advanced functionalities. I hope it catches up with but only time will tell.
- – Battery efficientUbuntu power consumption
Ubuntu can be very energy efficient if properly configured.
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