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Ubuntu Linux

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9 out of 10
May 12, 2021
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10 out of 10
May 10, 2021
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What is Ubuntu Linux?

Ubuntu Linux is a Linux-based operating system for personal computers, tablets and smartphones. There is also a Server version which is used on physical or virtual servers in the data center.


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January 02, 2022

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Andjelko Borisavljevic | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Possible alternative for CentOS Distribution.
  • Virtualization
  • Stability
  • Support
  • Patch Management
  • Upgrade Experience
  • User Desktop Experience
  • Cloud Services
Well suited in Web Services, FTP, Virtualization...Less appropriate in Graphic User Experience.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We are using it specifically for test automation of front and backend systems. I'm using it by harnessing an AWS AMI to spin up EC2 instances dynamically for test running. So, Ubuntu [Linux] is just a headless way for me to deploy dependencies to the image and then execute the automated tests.
  • Fast
  • Lightweight
  • Easy
  • Great Support
  • File management is clunky
  • Side dock is odd
  • Launcher is a weird combination of functionalities
Ubuntu Linux works great for a lightweight, easy-to-learn and stand up distro of Linux. You really can't go wrong, and Canonical really supports this distro well with two channels: LTS (long-term support) and the more recent channel if you are more daring. I recommend LTS for all scenarios as it has been much more thoroughly tested for compatibility.
Score 9 out of 10
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We need a Linux based OS for our Machine Learning Engineering needs and Ubuntu is one of the most mature ones out there. Also, it is supported by our IT, hence we use that. For our organization, it is important that the OS has wide community support. Ubuntu supports almost all of the Machine Learning packages that we may need and is therefore the perfect OS for us.
  • Intuitive GUI.
  • Good community support.
  • Free and Open Source.
  • App store search barely works.
  • Popular middleware such as cPanel not supported.
  • There is no support for using wireless headphones with microphone i.e. either the headphone or the microphone works at a time.
When suited:

  • When you need a Linux based OS that respects your privacy.
  • For ML engineers.
  • For an easy to use interface.

When not suited:
  • For non power users go for windows e.g. for Business Analysts, Managers, etc.
  • If you extensively use Microsoft office go for Windows.
  • If you are a gamer, go for Windows.
Score 9 out of 10
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In most of our virtual machines and servers we generally use Ubuntu Linux to address specific system requirements for clouds as well to carry out various POCs running in the organization. Various clients associated with our company prefer Ubuntu as their OS to work on. Our own organisation's cloud based applications are deployed on Ubuntu servers as well.
  • Ease of use and flexibility.
  • Safe to work with.
  • Ease of availability of Debian packages to support its functionality.
  • Community support.
  • GUI not supportive as Windows.
  • No dedicated support to contact through if any client needs it.
  • Not much suitable for beginners to use.
Best cases I see for Ubuntu is to manage cloud applications with its architecture. It is easy to implement on Linux based systems and is more safe and reliable in case of process management and virus attacks.
On the contrary it is not suitable to use for beginners who are familiar to work in a good GUI environment.
May 10, 2021

Power User OS

Score 10 out of 10
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Ubuntu Linux is used by employees in the organization who have elected to use it over the standard issue Macbooks. It allows us to have a more diverse fleet of devices for different use cases, which is especially useful when testing different platforms to isolate bugs. Users may also have a personal preference for the features provided by Ubuntu over MacOS.
  • It's amazingly customizable, from the skin to low-level utilites.
  • Ubuntu provides long term support for the OS, allowing a device to be more stable long term.
  • Ubuntu isn't as locked down as a basic consumer-level OS.
  • Driver support for some specialized hardware can be spotty.
  • Some default UI choices are clunky
  • Doesn't support certain apps well, even with emulation
If you're a power user and feel like the OS is too often in the way of your workflows, then Ubuntu Linux is a good choice, especially if you are constrained by locked down user environments and walled gardens. If all you need is a browser, then something simpler will suffice.
Score 9 out of 10
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The whole engineering team at my organization uses Ubuntu Linux. We use it for automated deployments of our applications. All our client apps are currently live on Ubuntu machines.
It addresses many problems that come with a windows machine. Ubuntu Linux comes with many inline software and thus saves time to install everything.
  • First and foremost Ubuntu is free. It's perfect for small startups like the company I work for where software cost is limited
  • It is completely customizable meaning each Ubuntu environment can have its own set of installs with any configuration that can be easily personalized
  • Ubuntu is developer friendly. We use Python and virtual environment, nothing needs to be installed. It has in-built support for most programming languages and any additional software update or install is also very simple.
  • Ubuntu is very secure and doesn't need any antivirus software
  • Ubuntu doesn't have good support for new games. It's graphic quality is not that great.
  • Ubuntu needs to be installed manually. One needs to have good knowledge of how to run installs and basic Linux commands to install Ubuntu. It doesn't come pre installed in existing PCs and laptops
  • There's no driver support and you can't play Mp3 audio files as it is on Ubuntu. You need to install additional software
Ubuntu is well suited for development and it's open source. It doesn't have any install cost and most of the programming languages have support in Ubuntu which makes it ideal for development.
It's lack of support for drivers makes it less suited
Priyank Soni | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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For software development, we use Ubuntu Linux, which helps us create new features, solve bugs, etc.
  • Very fast when you need to do experiments
  • Lightweight
  • User friendly when you have little knowledge of how to use the terminal
  • Open source
  • It crashes sometimes, so it could be made more robust
  • Sometime difficult while installing software
  • Brightness problem in Ubuntu Linux 20.10
If you have knowledge of how to use terminal, then you can complete work very very fast. Sometime the user may feel like they need a better UI. That is a problem because that new user might hesitate to start using Ubuntu Linux. But every good thing has a learning curve, so learning and using it is worth your time.
Gaurav Masand | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Ubuntu Linux serves the following purposes for us:
  • It is used on our deployment servers and the severs are used as OSS in multiple departments for deployment.
  • It is used by employees on an individual level for development of applications, as it speeds up the process.
  • It is also used as distro for WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) on individual workstations in case the VM option is not suitable.
  • Process in Ubuntu Linux can be controlled, customized, and monitored so it's easy for expert developers.
  • It is fast and easily scalable if used in conjunction with Docker, so applications that are deployed run fast and are easily scalable.
  • It is open source, so errors are easily addressed and resolved quickly by a huge community of developers.
  • Lots of customization brings complexity with it, so it is hard to ramp up with it. A built-in starter kit should be available for the users when installed.
  • Not as much support for apps as Windows, so its reach should be widened.
  • Debian Linux is better than Ubuntu Linux in terms of stability.
Cases where Ubuntu Linux is best suited:
  • When you want easy deployment of applications
  • When you want customizable systems to work on
  • When you don't like Windows in particular--it is the alternative
  • When you want to be a part of large community of developers using Ubuntu Linux and want a steep learning curve
April 13, 2021

Ubuntu as a developer

Balázs Kiss | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Ubuntu Linux is our promoted OS within our company for developers. Although there are some exceptions, most of our work collaboration tools, IDE-s, and extensions are used on Linux, and due to our client's environments we advice our employees to know at least some fundamental Linux basics to be able to provide support when needed. Linux is the most used OS therefore, and my choice of OS as a personal preference as well as professional work environment.
  • Lightweight OS
  • Wide support from the community
  • Excellent control over my platform
  • Best monolithic kernel for programming
  • Updates between LTS versions could be better
  • Newcomers might find learning curve a bit steep
If somebody whishes to be an IT professional, learning the basics of Linux is amust. Ubuntu [Linux] is one of the most beginner-friendly, widely supported, easy-to-use-relative-to-the-fact-that-its-still-linux OS on the market. As somebody who learned the basics of UNIX/LINUX on Ubuntu, it was a very good experience. It is customizable, has a lot of improvements over the years, and live up to be a viable alternative to any modern OS in 2021 as well.
Score 10 out of 10
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Ubuntu [Linux] runs a number of servers we use, though it isn't used directly by my department. However, I have been using Ubuntu at home exclusively since I got sick of formatting my Windows XP laptop every few months to keep it performing well. I have never looked back. Contrary to somewhat popular belief, once installed, it's just as easy to use as Windows. And by that I mean it's easier to use than Windows.
  • PACKAGE MANAGEMENT. You can update everything - OS installed software, you name it with either a few clicks in a GUI or a single command.
  • No bloatware.
  • No need for antivirus software.
  • Certainly the price is right.
  • My 83 year old grandmother has been using it - and because of this I rarely need to provide tech support. But I still visit my grandmother.
  • You can choose from a variety of user interfaces or rock it in the terminal.
  • Generally speaking, Ubuntu is as polished an OS as any you might pay for.
  • I'm not a fan of GNOME, and I realize that this is highly subjective. Unity was much more polished than GNOME. If you want / need to customize GNOME at all it relies on third party extensions, many of which are poorly maintained and/or break whenever GNOME updates. Ditch GNOME and bring back UNITY please.
For a regular not tech savvy user, Ubuntu [Linux] is a piece of cake once installed, and for the tech savvy, super simple to install. And even for the not as tech savvy it is easy.

Server specs don't need to be great, it'll run on anything, though what cpu/memory you'll need depends on your use case.
Mauricio E Gleizer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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The Ubuntu Linux I use is actually its variant with KDE, Kubuntu. I use it in the company for any job, but mainly in geoprocessing and consulting on Web Apps. The main problem that Ubuntu [Linux] solves in my organization is financial - the fact that I can use an operating system of excellent quality, solidity and security without paying for it.
  • Ease of updating the system and the applications installed on it.
  • Variety of high quality applications available, mostly open source and free software.
  • Great security, which allows tranquility in the use of professional projects, even the most sensitive ones.
  • Thousands of sites on the Internet with tutorials, problem solving (even the most unusual and specific) and technical analysis that turn intensive use into a truly fluid and pleasurable experience.
  • More agreements with large companies and governments to publicize the system.
  • More hardware options (mainly notebooks and smartphones) with the system pre-installed at the factory.
  • Greater support for anti-software piracy laws.
Scenario 1 well suited: Companies that need to save on software expenses, especially micro and small.
Scenario 2 well suited: Companies that are more concerned with security in Information Technology, with large amounts of sensitive data.
Scenario 3 well suited: Beginners in software development / programming, who want a steeper and more demanding learning curve.

Less appropriate scenario 1: Gamers, especially professionals, who need to run the most modern and most demanding games with graphics cards.

Score 7 out of 10
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My organization uses Ubuntu Linux for three distinct purposes:
  1. as a reliable, affordable alternative to other operating systems for users' computers.
  2. as a server for running the principal software package used in the business.
  3. as part of a strategy to extend the service life of computers we use.
We work mainly in a not-for-profit sector and have small budgets, so we continually look for lower-cost alternatives to commonly used software, such as operating systems, servers, and the like, to avoid license fees. Ubuntu Linux serves well for this purpose. Ubuntu Linux also is relatively easy for Windows users to switch to.
We also need server software that is both easy to set up and maintain and that is, above all, reliable. Many forms of Linux serve here, but using Ubuntu for both front-facing software and server software cuts down on maintenance time and training.
Because we mostly operating in environments with tight budgets, including volunteer organizations, we tend to buy used computers, most of which are a few generations behind the latest models. Linux generally allows us to use computers that could not handle Windows installations necessary for the job. In a few cases, albeit not with Ubuntu Linux, we are running machines that were designed for Windows XP.
  • Ubuntu Linux allows interfaces on desktop machines that are relatively easy for former Windows users to adapt to.
  • Ubuntu allows smooth updates, usually with little down time.
  • The user base for Ubuntu is large, which means help is easy to find.
  • The repository system could be a little better, as some of the software needed is not easily available there.
  • Ubuntu sometimes does not play nicely or easily with some modern firmwares.
  • Some people report slow responses with newer versions of Ubuntu, although we have not experienced any.
I usually recommend Ubuntu desktop software for people who are just beginning with Linux and have hardware that can handle it, as learning how the user interface works is relatively easy. I recommend Ubuntu server simply because we are experienced with it and are able to advise on setup and maintenance. I recommend Ubuntu also because it has a large user base that is active on the Internet, which means that help is usually available for even obscure-seeming problems.
However, for reviving older hardware, I often do not recommend Ubuntu because:
(a) later versions are exclusively 64-bit and (b) among Linux distributions, Ubuntu is usually heavy.
For people using older hardware, I usually recommend Puppy Linux versions that have been adapted from Ubuntu. I am perfectly happy to recommend Ubuntu for any people or organizations that primarily work on the Internet, however.
In many cases, Ubuntu is unsuitable simple because it does not run particular pieces of software designed for other operating systems (Windows, in particular). This is an special problem in many commercial enterprises that use proprietary or branded software. There are even some excellent open-source software packages that are available for Windows that are not for any form of Linux.
Score 10 out of 10
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We utilize Ubuntu [Linux] daily for management of our local and cloud infrastructure. We deploy Ubuntu into cloud instances from multiple providers, and use it run our networks, applications, and services for our clients. We also frequently deploy an Ubuntu Server virtual machine for our clients to use as an on premises backup target.
  • Deep development community ensuring maximum compatibility.
  • Abundant user community that provides excellent support.
  • Best implementation of Debian-based Linux that we've used.
  • Frequently breaking changes are introduced with major revisions of the OS. We stick with the LTS branch to mitigate that.
  • Managing multiple servers can become cumbersome without paid solutions.
Ubuntu [Linux], just like many Linux distributions runs on a variety of systems, supports deployment on to many different types of hardware, and is scalable. It has a rich package management system that is well developed and maintained which ensures compatibility with upgrades. It's low memory and disk footprint makes it our preferred choice for Linux distro.
Score 8 out of 10
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We used Ubuntu as the primary operating system for all our servers. We deployed approximately 50 Virtual Machines across our virtualization strategy and used about 95% Ubuntu virtual machines. It was fairly light weight but also very well supported across the server community. Furthermore, all those in charge with administering the servers were fairly well versed in Ubuntu or Ubuntu-similar distributions.
  • Lightweight for server contexts
  • Frequent updates
  • Long Term Support reduces administrative overhead
  • Image files can be a bit large
  • Desktop UI is quite ugly
  • Has a bit of bloat, not a minimal distribution
For an all purpose server, Ubuntu works quite well and includes all the common packages out of the gate. It is easy to set up and most system administrators are already knowledgable on how to use it. However, it's not a "lightweight" OS by any definition, with a large amount of packages going unused on the majority of VM's. If you're looking for a very lightweight, resource-nimble OS, look elsewhere.
We did not use the managed commercial support, but instead relied on community forums and official documentation. Ubuntu is very well documented across both instructional documentation from the developers themselves as well as informal support forums [ServerFault, YCombinator, Reddit]. It's easy enough to find an answer to any question you may have.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use a couple of Ubuntu Linux servers where I work. The main reason we have these is to serve basic network functionality, and the second is my security audit machine. We have a DHCP server running on one of the machines, as well as some basic IT shares for file storage. It also runs DNS for our guest networks. The security audit machine runs software; I use for password audits, security vulnerability scans, and when anything needs to be tested in isolation. All in all - great value for money (it is free after all). Some essential LAMP runs too, but that is for IT to play with.
  • The OS is rock solid and only gets restarted when Kernel patches are needed.
  • It has LTS version, which for me is a key. This was the main reason we started using it.
  • Ubuntu Linux shell can be inherently user un-friendly, but you get used to it.
  • Some software is hard to install.
Ubuntu Linux is excellent if you need to run a LAMP server. It is also outstanding in serving vital network services, such as DHCP and DNS. It is very versatile, as a lot of free and open-source software requires some flavor of Ubuntu Linux to run on, and having a properly configured LAMP makes deployment a breeze.
One downside is that if you are not familiar with Ubuntu Linux, it can be very confusing; however, once you have a grasp of the concepts and fundamentals, it is a breeze to manage.
I have not used the paid-for Canonical support option; however, there are a plethora of free resources available online. A simple google search fixes almost anything that may go wrong or is not behaving :) It is excellent; however, it requires plenty of time to research the issue and pinpoint a solution. I guess paying Canonical makes it easier, but we have never run into a problem we couldn't fix in-house and for about 20-30 minutes. All in all - community support is unparalleled.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Ubuntu Linux in our organization for webservers, database servers, and various other servers.
It is our Linux distribution of choice. It helps us provide unix-like services with business support available. We are able to be confident that any packages we need will be available in repositories, and installing software is truly simple using the apt system. Online help is easy to find as it is such a popular distribution as well.
  • Updating is really easy and straightforward, especially for LTS releases.
  • Package availability is second to none.
  • Unified patch management still is a challenge. Landscape is just not as polished as we would like.
  • Not every appliance is built upon Ubuntu, so we have some variance in our OS environment.
I would say that Ubuntu Linux is a well rounded distribution for server and desktop needs. If you are looking for bleeding edge performance or packages you may want to look at a distribution that does rolling releases, but this is usually not needed in a business setting outside of HPC in my experience. The large selection of window managers allows for great customization when used in a desktop setting. We prefer to leave our servers without a GUI, obviously, for performance and resource reasons.
Support has been serviceable, occasionally we would like a response sooner, but we have had no high importance cases thus far. Knock on wood! I would lump this in with 'good enough' support. It won't blow you away or be especially proactive as other companies may be. You do get access to knowledgeable support engineers, however.
Score 9 out of 10
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All of the thousands of systems (that include dockers, virtual machines and bare-metal servers) that we have in the company currently are powered by Ubuntu OS. This is just our department. If you scale the same to our organization that includes easily a couple of thousands of server machines. A million Ubuntu dockers are spawned every single day. So the business problem that is addressed is that Ubuntu is in the casual market, unlike other Linux distributions. You can easily customize it to meet your needs. It is extremely lightweight and super fast.
  • Super fast!
  • Open-source.
  • It is heavily funded by Amazon, hence Amazon tends to have all user information.
  • Desktop optimizations are required.
You can definitely use Ubuntu in the enterprise environment as long as your stuff is open-source, however if you are working on super private stuff then it is definitely not the logical choice to make. If you are planning to use Linux as your desktop environment then there is just no better alternative in terms of speed to Ubuntu in the stable Linux market. So regardless of who you are, it is always a good option.
It has huge community support. So basically any error that you get just can search it on Ubuntu Forums and there is definitely someone who has had that error as well. If not, you can always create a ticket there and Reddit has a lot of forums related to the same.
Score 9 out of 10
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We are using Ubuntu Linux as our main driver for our desktops. We moved away from Windows machines and generally moved to the Open Source space. It is a stable platform with a strong community supporting it. We managed to keep laptops in use that otherwise would have been deemed not fit for purpose.
  • The Community support is great, we rarely get into a problem we can't resolve with a quick internet search.
  • Ubuntu has great driver support helping with the performance of the devices used.
  • If you are still using Microsoft product you can struggle as they do not run natively, there are plenty of alternatives.
  • Adobe doesn't provide native support for Linux either, alternatives are a must.
We use Ubuntu for 75% of our workstations, 100% of our devs are running Ubuntu and this greatly improved their efficiency. Easily using Docker and Vagrant, for local environments to test their software. Departments that were heavily relying on Microsoft Office had a little bit harder transition. There is no way to run Excel Macro on Linux without at least losing a little bit of the functionality. There are alternatives, for example, Google Sheets can do similar things with javascript. Power users that navigated using key combinations had to relearn as well.
Ubuntu has a very big user base and great community support, it is rare that you don't find a resolution to a problem in the first 10 minutes you are looking for it. Furthermore, if you want an additional safety net, you can purchase support online as well. The platform brings the best of both worlds, with a strong community and the potential to purchase enterprise support as well.
Score 10 out of 10
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As we seek to shift our development environment from Windows to Linux, we sought to find a Linux distribution that offered a strong user base, accessibility for new users to Linux, easy package management, and long term support releases. We found all of the above in Ubuntu, and we were able to move to our .net Core development to Linux.
  • Ubuntu has an active user base around its distribution, making it easy to find support for issues without ever needed to contact formal support.
  • Ubuntu package management makes it easy to keep packages up to date even across a large number of dependencies. Rarely do I encounter issues in updating packages.
  • Ubuntu offers an accessible user interface that provides some interface familiarity for users coming from other operating systems. Users feel comfortable navigating the interface with similar experiences to what they are familiar with.
  • Ubuntu offers several flavors of desktop management - Gnome, XFCE, and KDE. While this offering of choice is probably a benefit, it makes it difficult to standardize amongst developers who all have strong opinions as to which deployment is "the best."
  • Like other Linux distributions, graphics support for bleeding-edge graphics cards can be a challenge, with support not always offered for the latest and greatest cards. Often this support is rectified over time, but that can be a challenge in rolling out to machines with varying hardware configurations.
  • Earlier, I talked about how Ubuntu offers many analog operations to other operating systems to promote ease of learning for those migrating. However, as of 19.04, Ubuntu didn't offer native drag and drop operations on the Gnome desktop. This was frustrating for some users trying to learn the new interface. I'm hoping the recently released 19.10 release will address this.
Ubuntu Linux has such a strong user community that it is easy to justify using it as your chosen development platform. Any issues that you may encounter in migrating to Ubuntu have likely already been addressed by the community. In addition, developers will love the easy package management, making it trivial to leverage existing packages to make development quicker and easier. The package management helps users deal with dependencies without spending substantial time figuring out an endless chain of requirements just to get the package they want working. In short, Ubuntu Linux makes it faster and easier for developers to be productive.
This rating is not for Canonical's Enterprise-level support (though I am sure it is fine.). Instead, it is a rating of the superb user base that Ubuntu Linux enjoys. There are so many users of Ubuntu and its various flavors that if your users encounter a problem, it is likely that you'll be able to find an applicable solution from the many forums and discussion groups out on the internet. These forums practically eliminate the need for enterprise-level support.
Score 9 out of 10
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Ubuntu is being rolled out in our organization as the go-to development environment due to the ease of use of the APT package manager and the stability of the LTS releases. We find that it constantly gets updates and that support is widely available on the internet for all of the applications that we use to produce our products.
  • Great package support.
  • Stable.
  • Support for the OS is easy to find online.
  • Proprietary drivers can be troublesome at times.
  • The APT repository is not always up to date with the latest packages.
  • Packages are sometimes hard to find in the APT repos.
Ubuntu is definitely one of the friendliest Linux distros out there and can be a good OS replacement for computers both new and old. Older hardware benefits from a slight boost in performance when compared to Windows. There are plenty of applications that are free or low-cost available via Ubuntu's built-in software store that works very similarly to Microsoft's equivalent software and file formats are compatible.

One caveat is that these equivalent applications will perform most of the functionality the same but they are not an exact copy of Microsoft's software and some features may be unavailable. If you absolutely require a Microsoft product like Access, Microsoft SQL Server, Visio or Project, you'd best look elsewhere as there are currently no versions available for Linux. While you may be able to use Wine or PlayOnLinux to get the applications to run, your mileage may vary and a lot of time, research and tweaking will be required to make things work as expected.
Christian Shaheen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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We use Ubuntu for a number of tasks. Currently, we used it to run BIND DNS servers, Unified controllers, network monitoring, and our web file-box system. Previously we have also used it for wikis, hosting websites, and VPN servers. Since it is a well established and maintained distro of Linux, there doesn't seem to be an end to the services that could be run on top of it. It is based on Debian which is my preferred sub-system.
  • Package management
  • Compatibility
  • Customization
  • Quality of updates
  • Ease of use
  • Learning curve
Ubuntu Linux is well suited for any set-and-forget systems. It is easy to update (given a snapshot option) and has lots of good information/documentation online. I go straight to Ubuntu for just about any server application it has a package for. I still use and recommend Windows for file servers and desktops/general purpose machines. Ubuntu is also great in a budget situation. Since Ubuntu is based on Linux and is open sourced, the team maintain it doesn't charge licensing fees.
Score 10 out of 10
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Ubuntu Linux fills many needs for us. In the Amazon cloud, it is our web server OS. On our corporate network, we run many virtualized Ubuntu Server instances to provide shared file storage, DHCP, DNS, and the internal intranet web server. Our multimedia room runs on Ubuntu Desktop to manage our library of AV materials, handle streaming video, and record over-the-air television. We have several workstations that run Ubuntu Desktop. In some cases, we dual-boot Ubuntu on older MacBook Pros because it runs faster. We have some video-editing workstations that use open-source software, and we find those applications perform much better under Ubuntu than Windows or MacOS.
  • Widespread support among vendors. It's one of the most widely used Linux distributions.
  • Hardware drivers are available for the majority of our devices.
  • Multiple supported desktop flavors are available: Gnome, XFCE, KDE, etc.
  • We find it extremely reliable as a desktop and server OS. We seldom need to reboot.
  • Older NVidia cards have poor hardware support.
  • Older Broadcom Wi-Fi drivers are unreliable.
  • High DPI monitor support is improving but needs more work.
  • Font rendering can be improved, particularly sub-pixel hinting on LCD displays
If you are using low-horsepower hardware and open-source software will satisfy your business needs, Ubuntu is a great platform. If you are working with web-based applications, there's probably no reason Ubuntu won't work fine for you. For many server applications, the Ubuntu Server LTS (Long Term Support) distribution is excellent. However, if you are in an Apple-centric ecosystem, or are heavily invested in a Microsoft Office workflow, you may not find Ubuntu a good fit. It's notable that even on my Windows development machines I always have an Ubuntu virtual machine (or one running under Windows Subsystem for Linux) that I keep handy for web development tasks or other online work that may be awkward under Windows Powershell.
Score 10 out of 10
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For any situation where a Linux solution is appropriate we use Ubuntu Linux. This includes many open source solutions, the Apache web server, security purposes such as IDS (Intrusion Detection System), and many other uses where we find Ubuntu Linux to be a perfect fit.
  • Ubuntu Linux is one of the most user-friendly, and admin friendly Linux distributions available. Most things can be done form the provided GUI tools without needing to use the command line. It works well for those more familiar with Windows too.
  • For things that Linux traditionally does well, such as Web Servers, PHP, firewalls, etc., Ubuntu Linux is a perfect choice. It is easy to set up and secure by default.
  • There are several distributions of Ubuntu Linux that are specialized for specific tasks, so you can choose the version that is most suited. For example, There is the standard Ubuntu Desktop release, Ubuntu Server (without the x-windows gui) for server tasks. There are at least two "lite" releases, Lubuntu and Xubuntu which are lite on system resources for older PC's. There are releases that use different desktop software for a different look and feel. There is even a release tailored toward multi-media creation (Ubuntu Studio). All of these still use the same Ubuntu base and share many of the same tools and utilities.
  • There is a bit of a learning curve (although not severe) for those who are more familiar with Windows. While Ubuntu Linux does provide many admin programs and utilities, there are still things that need to be done from a command line, and by editing configuration files. You will find however that this is actually a very efficient way to get things done.
  • You can integrate into a Windows-based network, and be able to access shared folders and Windows Network drives. There is some set up required, however.
The most common use for Ubuntu Linux is probably for web-based applications. It is fairly simple to install the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) which is used by many open source web-based applications. The Apache web server is one of the most commonly used web servers and is fast and stable.
Andrew Schell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use it as an inexpensive yet nearly indescribably helpful tool. It’s rock solid which is something that I’ve never heard someone say about Windows Server. Ubuntu Linux is practically the default setting for data science projects that are web app deployed.
  • Secure.
  • Stable.
  • Ubiquitous.
  • Free.
  • Not sure they can improve.
  • Hire developers to make more.
  • Ubuntu Linux as a virus to take over and delete Windows Server and have it be replaced with Ubuntu Linux.
Well suited for web applications, and client or server-facing applications.
Score 8 out of 10
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I began using Ubuntu Linux as a personal user; however, I began using the operating system at work as well. I found that Ubuntu Linux was much faster than Windows on my Lenovo Laptop. In the event that I needed to use Windows for work or personal use, I utilized Windows as a virtual machine.
  • Ubuntu Linux appears to be more efficient than Windows, at least on some machines.
  • Ubuntu Linux is very secure and typically requires no antivirus software.
  • Ubuntu Linux utilizes an update system that stays out of the way of the user.
  • Ubuntu Linux is probably the least intimidating of all the different Linux distributions; however, in some cases, the user may still run into problems with certain hardware drivers.
  • The software center that comes with Ubuntu Linux has historically been very buggy. The software center is also supposed to serve as the package manager for the operating system. I believe that Ubuntu could choose a better package manager for the operating system.
  • Generally, Ubuntu Linux allows users to avoid having to use the terminal for interacting with the operating system; however, sometimes it seems that using the terminal is unavoidable. I think that Ubuntu Linux should have a built-in tutorial for all new users to learn at least the basics of the Linux terminal commands.
Ubuntu Linux is perfect for older machines that are starting to slow down with other operating systems. In the event that an individual or a company desires to lengthen the duration of use for their machines, Ubuntu Linux may be a viable option to do so. Ubuntu Linux is also very secure in its default configuration. Any individual or company that desires a very secure operating system that does not require expensive security software should look into Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu Linux does not run many commonly used applications in its default configuration. For example, Microsoft Office does not natively run on Linux; however, there are now web-based versions that may fill this need. Additionally, Windows can be run as a virtual machine within Ubuntu Linux, which would allow the user to run any required Windows application.