I have been a long time Linux user. All my personal desktops and servers run Linux.
Why Use Linux
When I tell people all of my personal computers run on Ubuntu Linux, some of them ask me, "Why? Aren't the other existing systems any good?" Well, the truth is, they are good. In some ways, they are very good. However, in this article, I will try to show you that why Linux is better and give you my 10 reasons for using it on all my personal computers.
1. Ubuntu Linux Is Free
Not only is Ubuntu Linux offered for download free of charge, but more importantly, the licenses the software is distributed by makes sure that the software will always remain free for everyone to use and share. This means no one or no company can build upon the software and corner an essential piece of the product/market.
2. It Is Opensource
The source code of almost all the software is available publicly. This means that everyone, with enough skills, can see what a piece of software is actually doing. This means that peer review of software is constantly happening. It also means that anyone can take the software and improve on it as they see fit. Both of these points also mean that it is difficult to make money on software by just selling it under a usage license. Many products are given for free, but additional services are offered by companies that have expertise with the software. This means that these companies are super customer focused and will not just push some unwanted software on you.
3. It Has Great Support
There is a lot of free community support available, but if you are an organization and you need professional support, then this is also available through Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Brand. There are many local consultancy agencies that can help and support your organization.
Here are some examples of great free support sites:
Professional Support and Training
For professional support and training, the following sites are a good starting point:
4. It Looks Great
Ubuntu always made it a point to look great. I believe Ubuntu is delivered with a beautiful interface and graphics. Everything looks consistent as you would expect for any respectable operating system.
5. It Is User-Friendly
Ubuntu is sometimes bashed by the Linux community for hiding many of the implementations of the system. I believe Ubuntu was the first Linux distribution that by default did not set up a root user but instead would only allow administrator tasks to be performed by using the 'sudo' ('do superuser') command. I have always found this to be very convenient. I do not need a root user on my workstation, nor does any other user, that just wants to do daily tasks.
6. It Is Fast
Linux is known for the fact that the system can be optimized to run fast on any given hardware. However, my experience is that the off the shelf non-optimized versions of Ubuntu always gave new life to my older machines that had not been running Ubuntu Linux. So, it is fair to say that you can get the same results running Ubuntu while it uses fewer hardware resources.
7. It Can Be Customized
In the spirit of openness, Ubuntu is very tweakable. There are many alternative desktop environments that can be installed to give the system any look and feel that you might want. There are even people that make their system look like XP when they switched over to Lubuntu (a light version of Ubuntu).
8. It Can Do Whatever You Want
You can do anything imaginable with Ubuntu. You can edit documents, work with spreadsheets, work with photos and videos, log in to remote (Windows) machines. The only thing that limits your use of the system is your knowledge. And that is why I write these articles, to help you get the knowledge to do whatever you want.
9. It Is Secure
Linux is very secure by the inherent design of the system. Of course, if you put your password on a post-it next to your computer, then nothing can help you. But overall, Ubuntu Linux is not (yet) troubled by things like viruses and malware to the extent that we see this in other operating systems. This means less maintenance is needed and fewer resources are needed for these maintenance tasks.
10. It Is Fun
Ubuntu Linux puts you in control again. This may be scary, but it sure as hell is a lot of fun.
Where to Go From Here
If you want to test out Ubuntu Linux on your computer, or maybe even install it, then this how-to article will guide you:
Give it a try and have fun!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2018 Dave Tromp
Barry G Carpenter from Mindanao, Philippines on February 06, 2019:
Very informative and completing.