The King of Open Source Operating Systems: Ubuntu Rocks!

By Sidharth | Features

We have grown up with Linux over the years and seen the best of operating systems come and go. The best of Microsoft’s and Apple’s have given us in-depth entertainment options to choose from and it has certainly been able to live up to their name.

But what about Open Source Operating Systems? Who reigns supreme? Without a doubt, we give it to Ubuntu.

Why Ubuntu Rocks?

Ubuntu has over the years been able to provide us with some of the best features that can put paid OS’s to shame. With HQ imagery and digital advancements made, we rank it as the number one Open Source OS in the market today.

The latest stable release from Ubuntu(download the Ubuntu 10.10 from the official site) Linux has a plethora of features that allows users to tweak with their systems and squeeze the performance out of them. It has the best of applications, distros and more that cannot compared to current available OS’s.

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For those that do not know, Ubuntu is a complete operating system that works up to the standards of Windows 7 and MacOsX and is completely free. It is developed by the unified efforts of thousands of coders around the world that all come together and create a fully fledged operating system capable of offering services on par with iTunes, uTorrent, Windows Media Player and more.

The development of Ubuntu has increased drastically in 2010, so much so that big names in the industry such as Mozilla and Google have already started working on applications for them. Currently, FireFox, Google Chrome and GTalk are the top apps that are available from the Ubuntu Software Center. Additional apps include the likes of Flash, Acrobat and more.

It is not only the apps that have contributed to the success of Ubuntu as there are host of features, each of which outperform each other. In all honesty, we cannot explain the features of Ubuntu in a blog post. If you want to see what it is truly capable of, download and install it. It’s free and it sizes up to just under 700MB.

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!

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LinuxCanuck November 27, 2010

With respect to the Fedora comment: Fedora and Ubuntu are not competitive with each other. Fedora caters to a different user base. It is the development branch for Red Hat and that is all that it pretends to be.

Ubuntu goes after new users and focuses on usability. I have used every version of both distros from the start and the usability gap is widening if anything. What comes pre-installed in Ubuntu would be out of reach for many if they started with Fedora. Just getting proprietary drivers and codecs for example is hard for many newbies in Ubuntu let alone Fedora where you have to jump through hoops.

Both are excellent distributions in their own respect. But we need to keep in perspective that the user bases are entirely different.

Ubuntu rocks, but so do many distributions. It is a matter of finding which one works best for you and the selection itself can be daunting for newbies. Ubuntu is a good starting point for many people but then a whole new world opens up as you become adept in using and configuring desktop Linux. I think choice rocks!

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Sam Wanjere November 27, 2010

Ubuntu IS an OS. “The Linux kernel is an operating system kernel used by the Linux family of Unix-like operating systems. It is one of the most prominent examples of free and open source software.” (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(operating_system)_Linux)

In addition, Wikipedia defines an operating system as: “An operating system (OS) is software, consisting of programs and data, that runs on computers and manages the computer hardware and provides common services for efficient execution of various application software.”

Ubuntu qualifies both ways. It is a distribution, “…The operating system will consist of the Linux kernel and, usually, a set of libraries and utilities from the GNU project, with graphics support from the X Window System (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_distribution).

I might have misunderstood but it seems both Hugo and the blog’s writer are correct. Ubuntu’s being a distro should not detract from it being a complete OS, capable of running a computer system, and also both hosting and making use of compiled softwares residing in it. No contradiction at all.

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Arkadi November 27, 2010

I use Ubuntu for about 4-5 years now (me and my family).
We like using Ubuntu very much.

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StevenEddy November 26, 2010

Ubuntu is probably the greatest collection of mostly free software that has been available to the general public since the beginning of GUI computing as we know it.

Where else can an average person download a complete operating system, install it on a hard drive, wiping out a buggy Windows install, and within the hour be surfing, typing letters and burning CD’s and never feel like they are using anything different than they ever used in the past, and be totally secure in the process?

Ubuntu is great and the masses are starting to see the creature raise it’s head and cry out for life and another user DL’s and installs Ubuntu on their computer.

Whoh – I gotta stop drinking so much and then answering blog posts.

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Sudarshan November 26, 2010

Ubuntu is definitely a good OS, but not probably the best one. Fedora has always been a strong contender to Ubuntu. Ubuntu has a huge support, a very active forum and some cool brains behind it which drives Ubuntu into a fairly the easiest Linux distro.

Just to point it out, there ain’t any GTalk in Ubuntu. Google Chrome isn’t in the software center and Firefox comes built-in.

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    Akshat Jain November 26, 2010

    Chromium is in the software centre.

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    TFCOCS November 28, 2010

    Three points about Ubuntu:

    G Talk uses the Jabber platform. If you have a Jabber-compatible client (ie Pidgin or Kopete) all you have to do is tweak the settings.

    Google Chrome can be installed by using the command line “apt-get install chromium-browser”.

    Firefox may not always be the default browser, especially if you use the KDE interface. I have found that when I install a Kubuntu distribution, I sometimes have to manually install Firefox.

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Queixa November 26, 2010

Hugo, in large type on the first page of ubuntu.com, it says, “Super-fast and great-looking, Ubuntu is a secure, intuitive OPERATING SYSTEM that powers desktops, servers, netbooks and laptops. Ubuntu is, and always will be, absolutely free.” (all-caps mine, added for emphasis.)

If you’re going to get all snippy, bitchy, picky, and insulting, to someone who is working to educate himself and others along the way, try to at least be correct in what you’re getting all bitchy about.

In other words, if this is your best to provide bitchiness on tech writing, please stop commenting! If you want to comment about Ubuntu, at least try to learn about what it is and what Linux is first.

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    Sidharth November 26, 2010

    Thanks for backing me up, Queixa. Hugo’s outrageous comment on my profile is full of hot air. Like you said, I am here for educating myself and share whatever I know.

    I have NEVER claimed myself as an professional writer — or an expert. That said, no matter what, we all go through a learning phase in our life. 🙂

    Feels good to read your comment. Thanks man!

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Hugo November 26, 2010

Ubuntu is not an OS but a distribution.

“I’ve enjoyed my share of success and happiness through blogging and strive my best to provide clear ideas on tech.”

I really don’t know where to start, but if this your best to provide clear ideas on tech, please stop blogging! If you what to write about Ubuntu, at least try to learn about what it is an what Linux is first.

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    Sidharth November 26, 2010

    It is an OS (see wiki), based on Linux and distributed as an open source software.

    If you have anything to say, then feel free to e-mail me at theblogote@gmail.com. Instead of letting me know how much I suck, I would appreciate if you can input your valuable suggestions.

    Btw, this article is NOT written by ME.

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Anon November 25, 2010

Give Pinguy OS 10.10 a try

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