Because this is a blog that deals also with networks I would like to say a few words to explain my vision on Ubuntu as an alternative OS. Ubuntu as most open source software is the result of abrilliant initial idea from a creative person that is developed and built by a network of voluntaries. This is one of the miracles of the Internet: to make easy and feasible that people from different parts of the world find other people with the same interests and share their ideas for a positive purpose. Sometimes, the purpose may also be negative, or even criminal. But this happens also in our every day’s life.
What’s the difference than of an open source OS like Ubuntu and Windows. As Shuttelworth, his creator said yesterday in Valencia (Spain), the stability, the safety and the economy (it’s free). On the other hand Ubuntu has to improve on the available drivers, and the integration with some games. For the rest, you can do fairly the same things than with Windows. Installing programs is now with Ubuntu fairly so easy as with Windows, but with Ubuntu you have more control on the process of installing the program and you can decide how to organize the folders of your system.
In my opinion, Ubuntu has also the advantage of consuming less energy of your computer than Windows Vista, because your processor has no need to work so intensively. Windows gets on my nerves all the time when organizing my computer, even if I don’t need that or if I have not asked to do so. With Windows you have to activate the update program to be up to date with your computer, so do you have to do with Ubuntu. The important difference is that with Ubuntu you don’t have to restart the PC every time you update the sw, while with Windows you have to. This bothers me as a user, because I have to interrupt my work every time. For some technical information read this article: Ubuntu Linux Vs. Windows Vista: The Battle For Your Desktop
Becoming a world leader makes companies arrogant and ready to think that they know better than the users what their interests and needs are. When Bill Gates started, he was a user himself and felt somehow as a user. Now he feels like “God”. His 25.000 workers want to please God and forget really how simple do users want to deal with computers. Open source means something done by users (and experts of course) who deal everyday with common problems of users. This is, in my opinion, what makes Ubuntu more innovative. The idea is great, because it is handled and managed as a commercial product, but produced and maintained as free code one.
So if you had in mind to try Linux, I would like to encourage you to explore the web searching for information. There are plenty of forums and other web sites (even Wikipedia) that will help you to introduce you in this new philosophy of IT: becoming free of Windows.