2. A distribution of Linux
2. Ubuntu is a nice distro. I dual boot between Ubuntu and Windows.
Some good points of Ubuntu are:
-It has decent package manager.
-It has very good repositories.
-It is easy to use.
-It comes with good freeware by default.
-It has many sub-distributions to choose from.
-It is easy to install.
-It has some nice utilities.
-It is decently easy to configure.
-It can be loaded from a fully functional Live CD or installed on your hard drive.
-It has lots of packages available to suit your needs that can be downloaded with a few clicks.
Some people think Linux is "copying" Windows, its not.
Some people say Linux is a religion, its not (although there is a large Linux community)
Some people insist that Linux is HARD to use compared to Windows, it isn't, it is just different.
2: Jim installed Kubuntu because he preferred KDE over Gnome.
3: I think people have to come to the realization that there isn't a "best OS", they all have their own good qualities.
Ubuntu is the most viable open source competitor against Windows and Mac OSX to date. Sure, 31337 #4XX0rZ might compile a Linux kernel from scratch or custom configure their own Debian system. A Ubuntu distribution offers a one-stop installation that can be later customized according to user preferences or used as is. Almost everything can be done through the graphical interface rather than through text commands. Ubuntu can be a non-intimidating graphical GUI for casual computer users or a robust Debian-based distribution for computer nerds.
If you're tired of Windows viruses, crashes, and slowdowns, try Ubuntu. It has the same look and feel of Windows, but is more resistant to buggy programs.
-In their first steps, Canonical tried to be subtle. They just repackaged Debian -UNSTABLE (read: buggy, incomplete code) instead of Debian -STABLE, and adopted a 6 month release schedule, to ensure bugs won't get ironed out. The Linux crowd ignored these little details and cheered for them.
-Some time later, they started bundling bleeding edge stuff like PulseAudio, and also made sure that clicking the "upgrade" button will trash your computer. "Have we gone too far and risk of our ploy being exposed?" Shuttleworth (Canonical's CEO) thought. However, the Linux crowd mumbled something about "teething problems" and continued to cheer for Ubuntu and Canonical. Shuttleworth was happy.
-Taking it another step too far, Canonical started to mangle the Gnome UI, and then released the worst interface ever (Unity). Surprisingly, this time 'round, the Linux crowd woke up and abandoned Ubuntu. Instead, they moved to Linux Mint, an Ubuntu-based distro which has all the problems Ubuntu has but lacks the Software Center (for whatever it's worth). You can't make that stuff up.
What about Debian -STABLE? It still exists. If you are smart enough to ignore the Ubuntu/Mint fanboys.
Me: Have you tried Debian? You do know that Ubuntu is based on Debian -UNSTABLE which means buggy and incomplete code?
Ubuntu fanboy: But some guys on the internet told me Ubuntu is da shit!
Guy2: Wow, good luck.
Guy1: Why, it just cost me 500 of my hard earned cash! It must be great.
Guy2: If you use windows, your a slave to microsoft and profit companies.
Guy1: Then what should i use?
Guy1: Uh, ok.