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What is Ubuntu?

written by: YvetteDavis•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 2/6/2010

According to DistroWatch, Ubuntu is the most popular Linux Distribution out there. Ubuntu boasts full functionality out of the box, frequent security updates, and ease of use. Find out why so many Linux users love Ubuntu

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    Why Ubuntu?

    Ubuntu is a relative newcomer in the realm of Linux Distributions. It was first released in October 2004, by Canonical, LTD. Developed by Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu is an open source operating system based on Debian Linux.

    Ubuntu is available by download, or you can order the CD. Either way, you'll find your new operating system is easy to install, and requires little set up. If you're familiar with other, more complicated Linux distros, you'll be surprised know Ubuntu just works. Out-of-the-box, all the Ubuntu flavors include everything you need for work, communication, and play.

    If you find you need an application that isn't included, finding, downloading, and installing what you need takes only a few minutes and is simple. Since Ubuntu, and Linux, in general is open source and community developed, there are thousands of quality applications available. Most are free and non-proprietary.

    With all the choices, sometimes it's difficult to decide which applications will best meet your needs. That's where the extensive user support system comes in handy. There are many forums tailored to the new Ubuntu user. These forums offer advice, suggestions and technical support as you learn the ins and outs of Ubuntu.

    Ubuntu programmers release security updates as needed, and a new version of the operating system is available every six months. If you'd rather not update your OS every six months, you can opt for the Long Term Support edition instead. The LTS version of Ubuntu gives you support and security updates for at least 18 months. This way, you don't have to worry about updating if you don't want to.

    Ubuntu offers more than five flavors, so there is a release customized for every possible need. Plus, since software is easy to find and easy to obtain, there's no reason you can't further customize your system if you need to.

    It's no wonder so many people use and love Ubuntu.

    For more information:

    DistroWatch

    Ubuntu