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What is Ubuntu? – a FREE operating system

If you’re looking at this you must be interested in Ubuntu/Linux/some kind of open source software.

Ubuntu is a free open source operating system. It is FREE, you can get it off the Internet, and there are no licensing fees – YES – NO licensing fees. Free to use and free to share with your friends/colleagues. It’s also free/open to go into the back end and have a play around.

Why doesn’t everyone use it? They don’t market and a lot of people are convinced by marketing, they are free so don’t spend money on anything unnecessary.

Is it as good as Mac and Microsoft? Yes, it is. Take this from someone who has used both Mac and Microsoft for years and is now happily converted to Ubuntu. Ubuntu is super easy to use and has a large group of computer tech nerds who constantly work on improvements.

Here’s a screen shot of Ubuntu freshly installed: 

Ubuntu desktop image

You can change the background image, this one is the default that Ubuntu comes with (at the time of writing).  

Along the left hand side are the pre-installed programs, you can open them by clicking on them with your mouse. Ubuntu comes with the LibreOffice package.


Below is an image of the Ubuntu software centre:

To get to the software centre is super easy, you click on this icon    on the left hand side.  


The software centre has lots and lots of cool programs you can install, many of them you can install for free.  This image shows Inkscape, a vector drawing program inequivalent to Adobe Illustrator.  All you have to do to install is click “Install” and if you don’t want it any more click on “Remove”.

Just to reinforce the reliability of free open souce software: free open source software runs 75% of the worlds stock-exchanges including New York and London. It runs our air traffic control systems and nuclear submarines through to the special effects in Avatar. Open Source Software runs the majority of the Internet. Google, Amazon, Facebook, ebay and Twitter all run on the Open source platform Linux. 95% of the worlds supercomputers are Linux. Android is Open Source.

Many people support free and open source software in the business and education setting. There is help if you need it.

But for some reason many people still believe buying proprietary software and paying hefty licensing fees is a good idea – go figure.

  • check out this article on Fedena, a fully customisable open source operating system in India, it’s just been introduced and already seven million students are using Fedena hosted on a cloud.


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2 Responses to What is Ubuntu? – a FREE operating system

  1. Scott Johnson January 2, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Hi Rebecca, sorry to be so slow getting here! This site looks great and especially the idea that someone else is building it:-) For some reason I’ve discovered an adversity to exploring different web platforms. It could be an adult learning thing though it’s more likely having no one at work to share discoveries with makes the process seem pointless. That said, there’s no reason not to share this site with instructors through the college Facebook site and see what happens.

    If there is time I’d like to try Ubantu. Need a platform for an e-portfolio without having to use Mahara which links to Moodle. I’m slowly migrating 100’s of courses from 1.9 to 2.2 on Moodle and may be doing for the rest of my work life and would welcome the variety.

    Like your bio. Sounds like my second daughter’s education journey around the world to “finish” with a Masters in Water Resources at McGill in Montreal. The idea was to qualify for NGO work though the career is currently parked in NE Alberta developing a waste water training program for oil extraction companies which pays off the student loans really fast.

    Will let you know how the Ubantu experiment goes. This is a very cool article on doing what you love–it has totally hijacked my portfolio process just before the portfolio course starts again. Happy New Year!!

  2. bec January 2, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Hi Scott, so pleased you came and had a look around my site. It’s my little baby and I’m gradually building it up and figuring everything out. I get a bit carried away with the stick figures sometimes!

    Ubuntu is great fun, I keep finding different software to play around with – jack of all trades – I think I need to focus on mastering a few.

    Happy New Year to you too, 2013, lucky number. Take care of yourself!

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