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Friday, March 29, 2013

Ubuntu OS-Alternative to Windows

There's no denying that Microsoft's Windows really changed we viewed computing-especially personal computing. It would be safe to say that majority of world's PC users prefer Windows as the OS of their choice. But a generation of PC users might be unaware of the fact that before Windows came into existence, Linux was the OS that powered most of the computers. (Do you know that even Google's Android OS is based on Linux?)


As Windows attained glory, Linux slowly and steadily saw a rapid decline in its user-base to such an extent that it almost got disappeared from the scene. Ever since then, it has been fighting a battle of survival. In the following years, Linux became more or less an OS meant basically to power Servers and it no more remained an option for Personal computing. But, the open source nature of Linux meant that development of Linux was never halted. There are die-hard Linux fans, too (You can't expect everyone to love the same Windows OS, can you?) and they over the years have remained attached to the Linux platform. 

Linux, over all these years has been distributed as various different OS platform developed by different organizations. But, undoubtedly the most popular distribution is Ubuntu. Ubuntu is free, open source, massively popular among the Linux lovers with more than 20 million users world wide. Its fast in operation, secure and feature packed. And the best thing is, since its open source, it gets constant updates and remains free to use and distribute, just like Android.

Ubuntu's features constitute a long list and I might I have to write a series of articles to explain it all (Do you think I should? Let me know by commenting below) so I won't be budging into those in this very article. You can read about Ubuntu, its features, versions, the vision of its developers, etc by going on Ubuntu.com.

Now, it might be appealing to you but you surely wouldn't be convinced to switch bases from Windows to Ubuntu. So, Why don't you try it out? Ubuntu desktop page has also the information and help required to easily try out Ubuntu without actually installing it on your system. Be sure to check it out.

So, once you have tried out Ubuntu, you might actually want to install it on your system. You can do so by dual booting your system with Ubuntu and Windows. By doing so, you can safely have both the OS on your PC, with none of them interfering in other's operation. Every time you boot your PC, you can select whether you want to boot Windows or Ubuntu (Only one at a time, by the way) and you can do so easily. Google for video tutorials explaining the process. It might seem quite a work initially, but its actually easy and worth the efforts.

So what are you waiting for? Go try out Ubuntu. Share your experience us. Comment below to let us know what you liked or disliked about the OS. If you have any doubts regarding the stuff mentioned in the article, I'm as always here to help.





  

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