You already know Linux is an open-source operating system — it’s the biggest OS in the world because of its global community of developers.
These developers collaborate among each other as well as develop several different distribution types — or flavors — of Linux. They’re all shared and distributed free of charge. This is all done under the code of the GNU license, which allows that. And anyone can manipulate the code to their liking.
But if you think Linux is just for geeks, think again. And if you haven’t yet, meet Ubuntu Linux. A popular Linux flavor, Ubuntu might be ideal for some of your friends and family, too.
Let’s look at Ubuntu as a potential desktop operating system for consumers. It’ll be new to a lot of your less geeky friends but, luckily. Ubuntu offers the ability to test it out. You just download it and run it from a disc.
Ubuntu hardware requirements are modest. Even on older hardware system that has trouble with other operating systems will run Ubuntu pretty well. Amazingly well, in some cases.
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About five years ago, I made the plunge into the Linux world. I wasn’t geeking out so much back then. But I was curious. More importantly, I couldn’t afford to upgrade my old computer. My computer back then was an elderly a Dell Dimensions 4600 system.
It was taking a beating from Windows XP hardware requirements. Try as I might, my computer was running extremely slowly — even after a fresh install of Windows XP.
After installing Linux, though, that old PC ran smoother and faster than I could have ever imagined. Linux has a tiny kernel. And with Linux, you don’t have to worry about additional license fees and costs. It’s totally free to download and install. Nor do you have to have a high powered computer. Linux even runs well on Netbooks.
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I love that it’s possible to manipulate the interface for Ubuntu Linux to your liking. See my desktop view, above. It’s really easy to do. Even with my mild geekery in setting up my desktop, I had to consider how my family would adjust to the new operating system.
My young children gracefully jumped into it and found the browser without a hitch. That’s all they cared about – the browser. I even heard, “Daddy is this a new computer? It’s faster.”
Below, that’s my 9-year-old son assisting me in setting up a music server catalog on Ubuntu.
Besides assisting with this particular project, my family is like most. The main use of the family computer is to access social media, email, play games and so on. Ubuntu Linux allows for all of this.
The default web browser is Firefox. The operating system comes prepackaged with several social media clients for Facebook, Twitter, and instant messaging services. Just put in your username and password and you’re all set. Games for children are easily accessible as well as easy to download and install. Tons of other great software is available, too. It’s all done through the application store for free.
Why not give Linux — specifically, Ubuntu — a try? Tell your friends and family not to be afraid. This operating system isn’t just for geeks. It’s for anyone who wants a great computing experience — for free — and without new hardware.
Be sure to check out more information about the Linux creator, Linus Torvalds here on aNewDomain as well.