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:
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.