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Ubuntu is a complete desktop Linux operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. The Ubuntu community, backed by Canonical, is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customise and alter their software in whatever way they see fit. "Ubuntu" is an ancient African word, meaning "humanity to others". The Ubuntu distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is the current long term support version, released in April 2012, codenamed Precise Pangolin. Take an online tour: http://www.ubuntu.com/tour/en/
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by, May 24, 2009
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Ubuntu is a very excellent distro to start using as a beginner. Installation was a breeze and what comes with it will suit most people from the beginning. Even if you do need to download and install something, it is very easy to do. Would recommend this distribution to anyone.
bycayphed, November 8, 2009
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Ubuntu is EXCELLENT!!!!!!

It's slowly changing the shape on how linux users can get a copy without having to use an internet connection.
byDarkRage4, May 29, 2010
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Ubuntu is an amazing linux distro. Its fully complete with everything you need, has one of the largest if not the largest community of users, so if you need help you have no doubt in getting it fast and I find it has a nice layout in 10.04 and the Me Menu putting all your social things in one place is awesome. Its a fast OS in general but the boot and shutdown speed is amazing. A lot of people say they got tired or had to many problems and went onto other distros, but truthful if its that bad, then why is there so many other distros based off of Ubuntu itself? Ubuntu is good for beginners and experts. I would recommend this to anyone starting out or even to people who have been on linux forever. Def my fav linux distro which I give 10/10
byShaneH57, December 20, 2009
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I love Ubuntu. It is a great distro and great place for people who want to learn Linux to start.
byl33tmyst, May 9, 2009
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Ubuntu's a great, easy to use and easy to setup distribution for the new user. Pretty much everything can be done via a graphical tool, although Debian might be better for the more advanced user.
byjabirali, May 6, 2010
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I would recommend Ubuntu to everyone starting out with Linux, and even to many intermediate and advanced users.

For new users, Ubuntu offers a great way to familiarize yourself with GNU/Linux distributions. There is a point-and-click installation with few technical questions, the system comes with a sane choice of default applications (one application per task) and most of the configuration is either done automatically, or available through graphical utilities. Ubuntu has probably the largest user base among Linux distributions as of today, so any issues you might experience will probably be solved very quickly if you mention them at e.g. the ubuntu forums.

For the intermediate and advanced users, the system should not "get in the way" since you can still configure the system manually through files in /etc and handle package management through apt-get and apt-cache. There is also an extensive number of binary packages available in the default repositories, which should cover everything from your favorite applications to support for obscure programming languages.

If I have to mention something negative with Ubuntu, they would mainly concern advanced users. The first thing is that the system comes in releases twice a year (compared to rolling release distributions), and upgrading between these releases can sometimes be a hassle. The second is that if you want to compile a lot of software from source, it might start getting in the way. You have to get used to installing extra "-dev"-packages before compilation, since the regular library packages don't contain the header files needed during compilation. Another thing is that the only easy way to create your own packages is to use "checkinstall" - which is a great tool, but some people might find ABS, Portage, etc more flexible. Finally, minimalistic users might prefer using a system that installs only the bare minimum and lets you build from there - although you could argue the server-edition of Ubuntu should fit this purpose.

I would rate this distribution "excellent" as an operative system for the desktop. I recommend it whether you're a new user that wants to try Linux for the first time, or an advanced user that wants something that "just works".
bymfillpot, May 22, 2009
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The Canonical Team (Ubuntu's Developers) have worked very hard to make this easy to use distribution that appeals to general computer users. The Graphical configuration options, smart network monitor, simple application installation and default security functions make this very user friendly.
Additionally with the release of Ubuntu 9.04 I found that it is very easy to setup EVDO, or mobile broadband cards to work, once you plug them in they are detected, you only need to select to use that network connection.

I have been working on Linux based operating systems for many years now and have grown used to fine tooth control via text files, so the GUI configuration annoys me a little. But for users that are converting to or trying Linux is is very friendly because of the Graphical configuration options.

If you are a seasoned user then this distribution may not fit your needs, but if you are new or a casual computer user then Ubuntu may be your calling.
byCSRedRat, July 28, 2014
Very nice OS, use in Russia. 14.04.1 is cool :)
bybmarcika, April 17, 2013
yes , Ubuntu is very good, but i have a problem 1 BIG problem
1 can't install anytyhing, vithout trial and error, it took 1 and a half hours, to install google chorme, and there is a lot, what i still cant install i'm going to try our zorin, and look, mavbe that works...
bypdxfixit, September 13, 2012
I love Ubuntu, because it makes Linux easy to transition from Windows.
byJIQY235, June 5, 2012
For the new users Ubuntu 12.04 might be good, especially those coming from windows. However, for those that have used Linux or Unix for years might not care for the new interface finding it award to use. For me I felt I was having to work around the interface rather than using it. The install went without any problems and as with Linux in general stability was not an issue at all.
bytheguru1114, March 27, 2012
My first try at linux. Still my favorite.
Ubuntu is completely free, and can be booted from a disk (.iso file) making it usable on VMs. I recommend Ubuntu all the way.
Ive used this Distro.. for little over a year. Never really had problems with it, until now.

I switched to Linux, because Windows was moving in the wrong direction with their operating systems.

Ubuntu was PERFECT, until 11.04 (the latest release) mainly because of the Unity Desktop.

yes i realize that you can go back to gnome 2 very easily, but, i don't wanna have to sit here, with Gnome 2, and know that Gnome 3 is out, and running very well on other distributions of Linux.

But other than all that, Ubuntu is the easiest Linux OS I've used.
I don't like the new interface of Ubuntu 11.04 the interface of Ubuntu 10.10 is better.
byPwnzor, June 20, 2010
When i first started using Ubuntu, I was amazed. So I thought about trying other Distro's such as Opensuse, etc. and Ubuntu seems to be the best.

It comes with all the Apps you need, its fast (starts 20 seconds or more faster than my windows 7 and XP)

And it's easy to install, and with Wubi it's a breeze.

Can't wait for Maverick ^_^
If your new to Linux in general, Ubuntu is a very good starting point. The GUI interface makes it easy for users to navigate, and self explanatory features/buttons make it easy to learn. Would definitely be a starting point for the migration from windows.
bygroovydaddy, December 1, 2009
Ubuntu is the first Linux OS that I ever tried. One of my classmates at ITT Tech gave me a Wubi CD that allowed me to install Ubuntu within Windows and run it on a dual boot. Prior to this, I had never even heard of Linux. Anyway, I booted it up, and I liked the different feel of the Gnome environment right away. Because it was so new, I didn't really mess with it a lot because I wasn't sure exactly what I was doing. :) I ended up uninstalling Ubuntu from my Windows laptop and experimenting with other distros to find out what I liked and didn't like. I went through Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Fedora, Mint, PuppyLinux, and Kuki (which introduced me to Xfce, which I liked a lot!). I finally landed on Xubuntu, the Xfce varient of Ubuntu.

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