With Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (code name Precise Pangolin) around the corner, you just might want to give open source OS a try if you haven’t already . Right now, its in Beta 2 to get a final realease by the end of April.
Why should you give it a try you might ask? Well for starters, its free as in without charge, FOC, and whatever other synonym you can come up with.
Secondly, it’s fully functional. Once you install it, you have a fully funtional PC; word processor, browser, media player, photo editor, desktop publisher…the whole works. (you won’t have to buy pirated sofware from you-know-where)
Also, its easy to use. In the past Linux used to be the preserve of geeks and egg heads but Ubuntu has been bringing Linux to the the massses since version 4.04 (Warty Warthog) You don’t need an IT certification to run it, just pop in the CD and run its that’s simple, no memorising of command lines (its still there for those who like to tinker)
You also have the option of running a Live session which is a fancy way of saying you can have a look at how the OS looks and works without making a single change to your PC once you select “Try Ubuntu” and it will run from the CD …now Windows or OSX don’t offer that!
Also, for the speed demon in you, its fast!!!
You can either install it as a normal program from within Windows (XP, Vista or 7) or on a new partition of your hard drive. Should you choose the latter option, you’ll have to edit your BIOS settings to enable you boot from your optical drive.
You are probably thinking to yourself there has to be catch, some string attached somewhere. Sincerely, there isn’t. The only time you have to part with cash should you decide to, is for technical support. This proves to be useful if you intend to run Ubuntu as an organization which is no different from what the …Soft or Fruit company does. Even at that, there’s a vibrant community that’s more than ready to help should you run into any difficulties.
Shortcomings? Well, online access might be a challenge if you have to use a USB dongle as most service providers have very little support for Linux. Right now, its just Visafone. However, if you’ll be connecting wirelessly such as through a mi-fi device or a wireless router or ethernet, then you have no problem.
You might also get the occasional “it’s not like Windows” but that’s the whole point. Its not a Windows clone, its Ubuntu 😉
Now, if you can’t wait till the end of April, you can point here to download the Beta 2 or the most current stable version 11.10 (Oneric Ocelot)…you’ve probably guessed they like animal names.
You’ll have to download then burn the ISO image to disc. Download preferably as a torrent since that’s much faster.
Oh, and when you’re done, you can share, duplicate, make more copies…..you get the idea and its all legal.