Yesterday evening i had to reinstall my Ubuntu Jaunty after PclinuxOS messed up my partitions pretty bad.I had installed it the previous night with the intention of dual booting with ubuntu just to get a feel of it.But after installing it(PClinux),it just hijacked my Ubuntu installation.I could not boot into ubuntu again.I tried to reinstall GRUB,that did not help either.So i decided to backup and do a clean reinstall of ubuntu.That was wheni realized how far advanced ubuntu was as compared to other linux distros.
My love for ubuntu can be summarized in the following points.
EASE OF USE
Ubuntu is,in my view the only linux distro that is so easy to master.I started using it without any experience whatsoever,but after about two months,i can say though i am not a linux geek,i can confidently tweak my system somewhat.It is in so many ways like Windows albeit it has a long way to go to catch up.Also the installation process is so easy and simple that even a newb to computers can do it.Again,its ability to recognize other OS is a big plus.
READY TO GO
Just after installation,i was ready to use my system even though i had to install some codecs to play multimedia.That is not a problem for me since Ubuntu prides itself on being a completely free and open source software and thus does not come with any proprietary software installed.I had my office suite ready which i needed to do some work.
JUST WORKS OUT OF THE BOX
My wireless,touchpad,bluetooth and all my other hardware just worked after installation.I did not have to look for any wireless drivers or any thing else.I mean it just worked out of the box.
Ubuntuforums.org is in my view the best software community in the world.The speed at which my questions have been answered is so heart warming.And anytime i have an issue with the OS,i just search for it and find that it has already been addressed.Also if you dont find what you want on the forunms,then you can turn to the big G for help-just google it.
In my opinion,Ubuntu’s biggest advantage over other distros and almighty windows is their shipit service,where they send you a free ubuntu cd anywhere you are in the world.And by free i mean free,as in free beer or lunch.To me that is the killer function of Canonical that has worked so much in making it so popular.It so of so much benefit to those of us who do not have high speed internet to download large iso files.It also makes it easy to convince others to try it using the cd you receive it from shipit since a friend is likely to try a professional looking cd than one that i make on my own.
There are countless other reasons why ubuntu is set to be the next windows and why i love the distro so much.But these are what make me tick and give a thumbs up for the worlds most popular linux distro.
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