Thursday, September 15, 2011

Why You Should Choose Ubuntu Over Windows ...

I've long been a Linux fan. It. Just. Works.

Up to recently, just in case I needed to 'fallback' on a secondary system, I've kept my Windows installs on my PC and Laptops, using a 'dual-boot' system. A few weeks ago, however, having not used Windows for at least a year, I wiped them both and now keep my machines pure.

Linux is certainly good enough for most of the world's biggest Net Sites.

Who uses Linux anyway? To quote Jim Zemlin, the executive director of The Linux Foundation ...
"Every single person in the modern world every day. Everyone who searches Google, picks up a phone and uses telecommunication infrastructure, watches a new televisions, use a new camera, makes a call on many modern cell phones, trades a stock on a major exchange, watches a weather forecast generated on a supercomputer, logs into Facebook, navigates via air traffic control systems, buys a netbook computer, checks out at a cash register, withdraws cash at an ATM machine, fires up a quick-boot desktop (even those with Windows), or uses one of many medical devices; the list goes on and on."

"It is hard to think of someone in the developed world who doesn't touch Linux every single day. The better question here is who isn't a Linux user."
He's got a point there. If you buy something from Craigslist or keep up with friends on Facebook, you're using Linux. You watch videos on YouTube? Linux again. Google? Yes, they run Linux too.

So here's the top 5 reasons why you run Linux on your home PC, too. 
  1. Price
    The price for any Ubuntu distribution will always be free. This has been made possible by the thousands of people who give up their free time to develop this operating system. All the software Ubuntu uses, like itself, have all been developed from developers within a community. All software within Ubuntu contains an open source licence this allows the software to be redistributed, and for the source code that it is programmed from to be changed. This is how the Ubuntu community selects its software that is going to be released in the upcoming version of the Ubuntu operating system.
  2. Viruses
    This is one of the biggest worries for Windows users as most viruses can be deadly and apocalyptic to your computer system if not quarantined or removed. The reason why Ubuntu users do not need to worry about viruses is that most creators of viruses see no point in writing viruses for Linux rather that Windows, because Linux is only the third most popular operating system behind Mac and Windows. By joining the millions of users today who are using Ubuntu you are doing good deeds for your computer, this is because you are preventing it from being damaged by spyware and other viruses. Secondly, as Linux was developed, it had built-in security from the start (instead of being an after-thought, as with Windows.)
  3. Software
    Ubuntu is the right choice for you as much of the software that have Mac and Windows releases will also most likely have a Ubuntu or Linux Release. The other advantage of Ubuntu is its very quick and handy software centre allows the quick and easy download of thousands of applications that are all free. There are many different packages categorised into different groups such as games, Developer tools, Office software, internet and many more.
  4. Compatibility
    Windows software can be made compatible by installing software such as VMware or Virtual Box​ and creating virtual Windows machines, thus running all your Windows-only programs without harming your Ubuntu Operating System. But if you’re using a net book or small hard drive it might be better to install a software package called Wine - this allows .exe and .msi files to run on Ubuntu. But if you are using a desktop computer, I would suggest using Virtual Box - much more efficient.
  5. Community Support
    Ubuntu has two types of support for the user - these are the community support and the professional support. This professional support is only aimed at users who request this and other businesses who are interested in incorporating Ubuntu into their systems. These services are provided Canonical Ltd, Owned by Mark Shuttleworth, the leading developer of Ubuntu. The difference between Ubuntu and Windows is that in Ubuntu, because the operating system has been developed by the community, if you have a problem you can very quickly and easily talk to the person who developed that part of the system and ask them if they can think of a solution. I don’t see normal people who use windows often ending up talking to Bill Gates​ about their problems.
Open Office
I would seriously suggest to anyone using Windows that you should at least consider changing your operating system to Ubuntu. If you cannot change, I suggest using the feature of Ubuntu which allows you to install the operating system inside Windows. You won't regret it.

And while you're at it, ditch MicroSoft Office for Open Office, and Internet Explorer for Firefox or Chrome.

There ARE alternatives, you know?