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Ubuntu is ‘Free’, ‘Better’ & ‘Worth a Try’

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UbuntuFree and Better. It’s worth a try.

Well, let’s face the fact that most of the populace on the web actually works on Windows. The rationale of their doing so in verity differs from individual to individual. Sometimes, it’s the way how a kid is brought up at schools, and for others, it’s the ease of working or may be the sheer ignorance of trying to explore and use something which can be termed as “better”.

Linux Gospelers would always urge you to find something which is more competitive and secure to use for one’s business needs. Practically, most of what is used in Windows is nothing more than an internet browser, word document, a spread-sheet application and an email program.

Right on here, let’s consider Ubuntu Linux as a replacement for your Windows Desktop OS. For beginners, Ubuntu is an improved Debian based Linux distribution with salient features, easy installation, a similar feel of the Windows OS & a neat operational ability on older hardware.

Business-wise, a Computer’s life-span is of maximum 3-4 years and it somehow or the other always happens that the software cost over this span turns out to be more than the hardware cost. And, it isn’t always a smart thing to use pirated software products for short-term gain and eventually end up into a mess. To add on to the security of your PC; a personal firewall, anti-spyware software and an antivirus program are an almost necessity.

Well, Ubuntu Linux is free, has a free office suite — OpenOffice, has personal firewall feature which itself takes good care of spyware and virus issues and last but not the least, a plethora of other utilities. For business sustainability and continuity, Ubunu sponsored company, Canonical can provide free commercial support. And the services just don’t seem to end with a personal version available for every type of business user such as, for netbooks, desktop computers, servers and cloud computing needs. One such example is the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UCE).

Business owners have already discovered that Linux has already started creating ripples in the largest data centres round the globe and has already been installed on millions of computers. The “niche” OS tag somehow doesn’t apply anymore, because the necessary services and components which increase the reliability of business by leaps and bounds are also available in the market.

It would really be un-just on my part to persuade you all to switch from Windows to Linux. But, in verity, I would have been happy to make a choice of a lot less trouble and money; and would have switched to Linux. The food for thought surely exists in business sense here to become free of vendor lock-ins, increased support costs, hardware upgrades and ever so increasing software prices. And then, the protection from the environment and the customers, one gets all at one shot in Ubuntu.

24 Comments

  1. "Ubuntu is an improved Debian based Linux distribution"

    Right there I know you are propagandizing.

    Ubuntu is not 'improved over Debian, it selects a different presentation and appearance than Debian. That is a far cry different than "improved".

    If you want to promote a given distro, at least don't lie about it. If you are not intentionally lying, at least get your facts straight before you print this type of comment.

    Also, there's the fact that there are a great many Linux distributions that offer the same type of experience and stability, if not better.

    People really need to get off the distro worship fanboy soapboxes and focus on Linux development in general. Linux can survive without any given distro, no distro survives without Linux in general.

    fanboys, can't live with them, can't live with them.

  2. "Ubuntu is an improved Debian based Linux distribution"

    Right there I know you are propagandizing.

    Ubuntu is not 'improved over Debian, it selects a different presentation and appearance than Debian. That is a far cry different than "improved".

    If you want to promote a given distro, at least don't lie about it. If you are not intentionally lying, at least get your facts straight before you print this type of comment.

    Also, there's the fact that there are a great many Linux distributions that offer the same type of experience and stability, if not better.

    People really need to get off the distro worship fanboy soapboxes and focus on Linux development in general. Linux can survive without any given distro, no distro survives without Linux in general.

    fanboys, can't live with them, can't live with them.

  3. Excellent article Brajeshwar, as a long time Linux and Ubuntu user, you make some real good points here. Even for academic environments, Ubuntu offers programs like no other distros right out of the box, no need to compile or go searching for dependencies, just install and get working, thats the beauty of ubuntu and debian.

  4. Excellent article Brajeshwar, as a long time Linux and Ubuntu user, you make some real good points here. Even for academic environments, Ubuntu offers programs like no other distros right out of the box, no need to compile or go searching for dependencies, just install and get working, thats the beauty of ubuntu and debian.

  5. This spoketh a typical FOSS NAZI fanboy. ;)

  6. This spoketh a typical FOSS NAZI fanboy. ;)

  7. It would appear someone has drank too much Ubuntu koolaid.

  8. It would appear someone has drank too much Ubuntu koolaid.

  9. Nah thats pure Orange juice with vitamin C which seems to be in short supply for the FOSS Nazis. :)

  10. Nah thats pure Orange juice with vitamin C which seems to be in short supply for the FOSS Nazis. :)

  11. @Arup - Thanks for your comments, Arup :) I did have a hearty laugh on the FOSS Nazis terminology. Though, would have preferred that you would have termed me something, which is more Indian ;) ;) And, Thanks for your appreciation too. Sure, it can be worked on for academic environments too. And, it certainly would be necessary for the youngsters to know about Linux/Ubuntu. Just a minor glitch, Brajeshwar has not written this article. He writes better than me ;) :) This is Deeptaman Mukherjee here.

    @Little Bear - Is it ? But, there ain't much of Indigestion ;) ;)

    @Big Bear - Point Noted. I appreciate your point of view. And, I really think that requesting you to respect my point of view won't make much of a difference, as you have already branded me as a 'Liar' :) :) All I can say is, that I am a Linux Gospeler. And, I love promoting it. If there are some facts stated which are wrong due to my sheer ignorance, I would re-check & revert back. However, I personally don't think that they are wrong to a major extent.

    @stlouisubuntu - Ahh, missed it. Thanks for letting Me & All know about it. Most appreciate it.

    Thanks for your comments. Would look forward to more in the coming posts in the next few days :)

    Cheers,
    Deeptaman Mukherjee

  12. @Arup - Thanks for your comments, Arup :) I did have a hearty laugh on the FOSS Nazis terminology. Though, would have preferred that you would have termed me something, which is more Indian ;) ;) And, Thanks for your appreciation too. Sure, it can be worked on for academic environments too. And, it certainly would be necessary for the youngsters to know about Linux/Ubuntu. Just a minor glitch, Brajeshwar has not written this article. He writes better than me ;) :) This is Deeptaman Mukherjee here.

    @Little Bear - Is it ? But, there ain't much of Indigestion ;) ;)

    @Big Bear - Point Noted. I appreciate your point of view. And, I really think that requesting you to respect my point of view won't make much of a difference, as you have already branded me as a 'Liar' :) :) All I can say is, that I am a Linux Gospeler. And, I love promoting it. If there are some facts stated which are wrong due to my sheer ignorance, I would re-check & revert back. However, I personally don't think that they are wrong to a major extent.

    @stlouisubuntu - Ahh, missed it. Thanks for letting Me & All know about it. Most appreciate it.

    Thanks for your comments. Would look forward to more in the coming posts in the next few days :)

    Cheers,
    Deeptaman Mukherjee

  13. Deppataman,

    The FOSS Nazi was not at all directed at you or the article, it was directed at the others. Sad part is if you truly love free, Ubuntu is the best thing that has happened to it, sites which wouldn't bother with Linux reviews today mention and review Ubuntu, they even go as far to suggest it as a Windows or Mac alternate, this is very good for Linux's growth overall. Instead of that, the FOSS Nazis would rather keep desktop Linux in the realms of their dungeons, thats the whole irony of it.

  14. Deppataman,

    The FOSS Nazi was not at all directed at you or the article, it was directed at the others. Sad part is if you truly love free, Ubuntu is the best thing that has happened to it, sites which wouldn't bother with Linux reviews today mention and review Ubuntu, they even go as far to suggest it as a Windows or Mac alternate, this is very good for Linux's growth overall. Instead of that, the FOSS Nazis would rather keep desktop Linux in the realms of their dungeons, thats the whole irony of it.

  15. It would interesting to note that most senior citizens at my neighborhood in Kalyani, my students fron DU, PU and other places all use Ubuntu and are quite satisfied with it, incidentally so does NASA.

  16. It would interesting to note that most senior citizens at my neighborhood in Kalyani, my students fron DU, PU and other places all use Ubuntu and are quite satisfied with it, incidentally so does NASA.

  17. ubuntu has improved a lot and i am using this now. I thought it will replace all other OS

  18. ubuntu has improved a lot and i am using this now. I thought it will replace all other OS

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