Ubuntu Linux Overview
What is Ubuntu Linux?Super-fast, easy to use and free, the Ubuntu operating system powers millions of desktops, netbooks and servers around the world.
Ubuntu Linux is also known as Ubuntu.
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Ubuntu Linux CustomersSamsung, eBay, AT&T, Walmart, Cisco, Time Warner Cable, Bloomberg, Best Buy, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Ericsson, Orange, Wells Fargo
What users are saying about Ubuntu Linux pricing:
- "It is open source, so it is free. There is no licensing fee."
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Provides flexibility and freedom to do whatever you need to do and is highly stable and resilient
What is our primary use case?I use it for everything. I literally use it for any activity that I would do on a computer. I use it for writing code, browsing the web, shopping, and streaming videos and music. I also use it for graphics editing and testing.
Pros and Cons
- "There is a lot of freedom and flexibility to install it really quickly. It is just very powerful in the sense that it doesn't take up as many resources to run as some of the other operating systems. It is open source, so it is free. There is no licensing fee. There is flexibility and freedom to do whatever you need to do. If you are familiar with the command line, you can jump on the command line and configure almost any part of the operating system that you want. If you are not comfortable with the command line, the graphical user interface has really improved ever since I started using Linux back in high school. It is really very simple to manage your settings and other things. You can also try out multiple desktop environments. As a matter of fact, on one of my laptops, I have installed five different desktop environments, and I can switch between them. If you don't like one, you can easily just install another one with a few commands, and you have got a whole new desktop right there, whereas, in Microsoft Windows or a Mac, you are just stuck with whatever they give you, and you have to wait until they sell you something else."
- "Like most Linux systems, they can just keep increasing support in Ubuntu for hardware systems. They can increase the number of drivers so that Ubuntu can work on more hardware. They have been improving greatly, but they can definitely keep doing that."
What other advice do I have?I would recommend this solution if you want a good resilient system, flexibility, and control over your operating system. You can upgrade without having to pay or even turning off the computer. You don't need to shut it down and install upgrades. You can literally upgrade to a newer distribution while using the computer for the most part. I would rate Ubuntu Linux a nine out of ten because there is always room for growth.
System Administrator at j5 Software South Africa
A stable, user-friendly solution that has good standardization, visualization, and package management
What is our primary use case?We're using Ubuntu in a number of different ways and I even have a server for the main controller that's running Ubuntu so that people can authenticate and do various other things internally. I started using Linux a very long time ago and it wasn't Ubuntu. Ubuntu just happened to be the friendliest, nicest solution out there. It is also the easiest to sell to other people. One of the things I like about this solution is that you can leave it without having to boot into a rescue mode at one of your servers. You don't have to change permissions or go through nightmarish scenarios to solve… more »
Pros and Cons
- "I think Ubuntu's main strength, as opposed to using the other Linuxes, has been its ability to encourage user feedback."
What other advice do I have?My advice to others would be to know what you really want. Ubuntu can be customized to exactly those functions. Depending on how you want to scale, for example, you might want to look at microservers, architecture, and how to connect it all up. And have your Ubuntu servers as small nodes or even containers. The solution offers many options, so if you're starting with Linux or Ubuntu, I would start with playing around in virtual machine space, seeing how the package management works, write some scripts, getting to know a little Bash. The solution is very secure and there is a lot of…
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Solution Architect, IT Consultant at Merdasco - Rayan Merdas Data Prosseccing
Has a simple interface and it's easy to use but it is lacking enterprise features
What is our primary use case?Some of my customers use Red Hat, some of them use Debian, and some of them use Ubuntu. Ubuntu is popular for ordinary customers and some of our clients use Ubuntu. I have experience with most main distributions, such as SUSE, Ubuntu, Red Hat, CentOS, and Debian.
Pros and Cons
- "Ubuntu has a good interface, it is easier to use than other distribution such as CentOS or Red Hat. It's suitable for beginners who want to start learning Linux. It has a simple interface and it's easy to use."
- "Ubuntu should create some specific features, like Red Hat. Red Hat has provided many features for open-source, like FreeIPA."
What other advice do I have?I would rate it a seven out of ten.
Co-Founder- Operation & Digital technology transformation at Cloudtreez
Good interface and pretty stable but the initial setup can be difficult
What is our primary use case?I primarily use it in my day to day work to test my products. There are a lot of open-source tools on the market, and I need this product to have something to deploy them on.
Pros and Cons
- "They have provided a new interface, which is great."
- "You need a lot of bandwidth during the initial setup in order to pull from the repository. Without good bandwidth, you'll get cut off and the implementation will fail."
What other advice do I have?I highly recommend the solution. It's very popular among developers. It's worked quite well for us. Of course, solutions like Red Hat and CentOS also have good capabilities. For us, however, Unbuntu is the best. Overall, I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. It offers me basically everything I need and has worked well for our team.
Director Lean Infrastructure at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Easy installation without too much configuration; lacking support for graphic drivers
What is our primary use case?I'm a customer of Ubuntu Linux and work as director lead infrastructure.
Pros and Cons
- "Doesn't require significant manual configuration."
- "Could be better support for graphic drivers and support from the hardware lenders."
What other advice do I have?I recommend Ubuntu for any user looking to try Linux for the first time. And I believe that most of the things they need would be just working out of the box. I would rate this solution a seven out of 10.
Operations Manager at a retailer with 201-500 employees
Dec 11, 2020
Good user interface and a straightforward setup but have not used it long enough to really gauge its usefulness
Pros and Cons
- "The solution has a very good graphical user interface."
- "After only a week of using the solution, we haven't really found any limitations or missing features."
What other advice do I have?We've just installed Ubuntu very recently. I'm just trying to see how it is right now. We have it installed on Windows 10 Pro. While we use the on-premises version, we're very interested in exploring the cloud. I'm not sure just yet if I would recommend the product to others simply due to the fact that I've basically just started using it. I need at least a month of working on it in order to be able to tell if it works how we hope it will and if I would recommend it to others. Right now, I would recommend the solution at a six out of ten. I need more time to really analyze it properly.
Easy to use and comes with many available packages
Pros and Cons
- "The feature that I most like in Ubuntu is that it is really easy to use. Ubuntu is very easy to use and comes with many available packages. I think that Ubuntu is a good solution for the small business or a small lab."
- "I would recommend they improve the network security, because it can be very difficult. I mentioned that when you upgrade Ubuntu, the network cut is always deactivated, so you have to restart the service to reactivate the network. It is important to improve this ability."
What other advice do I have?What I can advise is that Ubuntu is a good solution for different environments, such as one server, but it will be important for them to estimate their scalability solution. If there are many people with access to the server, we know there will be load implementation of the server and you can use Ubuntu here. Ubuntu is easy to use and has a big community for the back-end that can help with the deployment of the solution. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Ubuntu Linux a nine.
Great auto upgrade operating system with very good hardware performance
What is our primary use case?The solution provides digital use for end users. I'm the director of the company and we are customers of Ubuntu.
Pros and Cons
- "The auto upgrade operating system feature."
- "Lack of integration with other operating systems."
What other advice do I have?I would recommend Ubuntu in preference to Red Hat which has shifted to a very advanced engineering team. Ubuntu is for anyone who wants to start out. It's best to use it on the desktop and server. It's one of the reasons providers like Google and Amazon are giving reviews based on Ubuntu. I would rate this solution a nine out of 10.
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