Playing with Ubuntu
Friday, 22 February 2013
A Linux Based Operating System
With more than 20 million users, Ubuntu is the world's most famous free Linux Operating System in the market today. So when I got a laptop that, when trying to wipe clean, refused to boot up with the lovely Windows Vista OS, I decided to pop in the Ubuntu 12.10 OS given to me by my friend and co-worker Ken Button from Evans Toyota.
It did not take long to realize this Operating System is something different. I had of course seen Ubuntu before but this is my first experience installing and using it myself.
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Needless to say, Operating Systems like this are the reason why Microsoft has been forced to reduce the cost of Windows 8. How can you compete with a fulling functioning, visually stunning operating system that is not only free, but faster and more secure than Windows.
Not only that, but Ubuntu is taking big leaps this year by making the operating system compatible on mobile devices and tablets. Some day in the future all your files and software will be in a cloud, and all your devices (laptops, desktops, phones, tablets, televisions) will be able to connect to that one cloud and have access to everything you need.
But I digress, I really just wanted to talk about the functionality of the Operating itself. I recommend anyone interested to try it out. With plenty of open source software to replace most of the proprietary software you are used to, what is holding you back?
- Microsoft Office is replaced with Libre Office
- Adobe Photoshop is replaced with Gimp
- Adobe Illustrator is replaced with Inkscape
- 5gb of Free Ubuntu One cloud storage for backing up your device
- And of course you always have Google and Google Chrome for everything else like email, calendar, contacts, docs, video, etc...
That's all I have to say for now, as I literally just installed Ubuntuo 12.10 last night and have a lot to learn. It is a great OS for developers as it does have aspects that force you to familiarize yourself with Linux. You can also easily set up websites to run locally, which for a web developer means you can present a website mockup without internet connection.
I will post later next month with an update and some screenshots of the amazing Ubuntu OS, once I have had more time to customize it. But below are some screenshots to give you an idea of what it looks like