Linux is one of the most-renowned examples of open source systems. Ubuntu is an operating system that is completely based on the Linux kernel, thus there is no need to say that it is completely open source. In point of fact, Ubuntu is based on the Debian Linux operating system.
However I believe that each proprietary operating system has got its own significance and when we consider the benefits of this OS, I think you have to give a try on this. Thus, this post is completely on the reasons to use Ubuntu Linux over windows.
Before I begin, let me share screen view of home screen desktop on Ubuntu OS.
Top 7 reasons why you can use Ubuntu over Windows
It’s open source and totally free
Ubuntu is an open source operating system. By this, it means that the source code of this OS is freely available online. You can contribute to Ubuntu as a developer or you can modify the same and publish it under your name. Ubuntu is based on the GNU GPL License which makes it easy for others to access and modify its code.
All the office tools in your hands
Formerly, Ubuntu used to come pre-equipped with an Office Toolset called Open Office. Back then, it was one of the most powerful and widely adapted alternatives to Microsoft Office, also keeping in mind, it came as a free yet open source package.
Now Open Office has been replaced by LibreOffice, a more powerful package that provides all the office tools like Word processor, spreadsheets and much more. Even windows users can now download and install Libreoffice with a few clicks! In the case of Ubuntu, you don’t have to worry a bit since it comes Preinstalled with Libre Office suite.
Installation of Libre office may take some time as the file size is bit large 215 MB.
Being open source and free doesn’t mean that Ubuntu is not updated often. Whenever bugs are reported, the community comes in action with an update. You can check for updates on Ubuntu using the ‘update manager’ tool.
Now on various platforms
If you thought Ubuntu is only meant for PCs then it’s time to rethink. Ubuntu is now available for phones as well as tablets. Although Ubuntu is planning to release a new smartphone soon, as of this writing, it is not yet out. However you can test it on some of the Nexus devices including the Nexus S.In future, we can expect Ubuntu to make its survival on Smart TVs as well.
A delight for developers and enterprises
It is hard to think of the expenses in meeting server software requirements, when you run a business. The good news is, Ubuntu is available in server editions as well. Many cloud computing vendors use Ubuntu as their default operating system. You can easily run web server software like Apache or Nginx on Ubuntu for your enterprise or small business. Thus you don’t need to pay a penny for the software segment. If it was the other way, you will be having to pay hundreds of dollars on server software alone.
Ubuntu also supports a variety of development tools like Eclipse and NetBeans. You can even install an ADT (Android Development Tools) plugin to Eclipse and start developing Android applications on the fly.
High performance with amazing power management
The Linux kernel is powerful enough to efficiently manage system resources and there are many utilities available to enhance power management. However, I still love the simple power management utility that comes along with Ubuntu by default.
Comes pre-equipped with drivers and utilities.
One of the hassles when I install Windows on a fresh PC is that I have to go in pursuit of different driver software’s for the same. In the case of Ubuntu, chances are that a majority of drivers are preinstalled. Although it is impossible to have all the drivers for each and every piece of hardware in the market, the existing list of drivers available on Ubuntu is highly appreciable.
Where can you get Ubuntu Linux?
Ubuntu can be freely downloaded from here. If you are running a 64 bit machine, then choose the 64 bit variant of the OS for better performance.
Does it come with strings attached?
For the features that you get, Ubuntu, or any Linux operating system is a delight. However, there are still some areas where there is lackluster. One is that many vendors design software specifically for windows platforms. Thus, there comes a need to switch back to windows. Although you can run some windows applications using a utility called Wine, not all sophisticated windows applications can run on it.
There are many reasons to use Ubuntu Linux over windows. If you need to use some serious applications on windows, then I would suggest you to use it alongside the windows operating system. Else, it is an OS that is worth trying and adapting to.
It’s just a matter of time, that users start demanding support for Linux ( especially Ubuntu) from hardware vendors, that’s when PC manufacturers will stop pushing windows as a default Operating system.
Suggestive readings for user Review of Ubuntu
- This is the distro you are looking for : By Lunduke.com
- Reasons to choose Ubuntu : By PCworld.com
- 50 places linux is running you might not expect : By Comparebusinessproducts.com
- Things to do after installing ubuntu : By howtoubuntu.org