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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 22, 2020

Good all-around server OS with a solid feature set.

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 28, 2020

Ubuntu Linux - Great alternative to RHEL.

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 28, 2020

Ubuntu Linux is the most popular distribution for a reason - it works!

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 16, 2020

An operating system that fulfills all of your needs

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 23, 2019

Ubuntu the first step to an Open Source work space

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 22, 2019

Your Developers Will Love Ubuntu

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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.
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Christian Shaheen | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 05, 2019

Ubuntu Linux, A Great Server OS

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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.
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Leonel Quinteros | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 23, 2019

Your best overall Linux distribution of choice

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Web application servers run Ubuntu Linux in our organization. It's a great operating system and especially a great Linux distribution when you look for stable server setups with modern versions of the software. We use it for web servers running either Apache or Nginx, and VPN servers that are super easy to set up in Ubuntu to help us maintain our data and keep our systems protected while accessing from outside the network. We also use it for any other server appliance like file servers, cache servers (Memcached, Redis) and anything else. Any new server inside the organization will run Ubuntu Linux as well.
  • Availability across cloud vendors is unmatched, you can expect that any cloud or hosting setup will offer a Ubuntu Linux image for you to use.
  • Community support is great. Canonical does a great job supporting the system and the community does its part with forum participation, documentation and email support.
  • Being based on Debian, it offers a more "modern" stable system than the former, with newer versions of most software. If you want the quality and stability from a Debian distribution, but also want modern software, this is the distribution of choice.
  • The desktop environment is one of the bests for end users in the Linux ecosystem.
  • Server setup and configuration is easy with the extended utilities and software from Canonical.
  • It's a standard among Linux distributions, so you can trust that almost any Linux software will be packaged for your Ubuntu distribution.
  • I'd like to see Canonical REALLY betting on desktop Linux and move one step forward with innovation in that area to improve user adoption.
  • Desktop UI decisions have been not-so-happy in the past. The ability to move back and forth with Unity has pushed a lot of users in favor of options. Having REAL desktop environment options is something to improve as well.
  • Improvements in interoperability with other OSes would be very welcome. Sometimes it's just hard to communicate with MacOS or Windows across some protocols. Maybe it's due to the private nature of these protocols, but alternatives are around, we just need to compile and improve them.
Ubuntu Server setups are great for most server solutions. Security is good enough and usability is off the charts compared with other alternatives. You can get a full LAMP setup after a few apt commands. When security or stability is critical though, Ubuntu may not be the best option. Maybe downgrade to the latest Debian stable or go with some BSD solution for these scenarios. For Windows users looking for a Linux Desktop distribution, Ubuntu is the number one option for me.
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Gregory Pecqueur | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 13, 2019

Ubuntu Linux is part of the skeleton of my company

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We use Ubuntu Linux on all digitalAtelier PCs:
  • Developers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Administrative staff.
  • Test servers
  • Prod. servers.

In addition, we use Ubuntu Linux in interactive terminals installed at our customers' premises and on their servers.
  • Open Source so it can be verified by everyone, and is updated faster than proprietary software.
  • It is a very stable and easy administration platform.
  • Ubuntu is easy to learn and has a large and dynamic community.
  • Regular output and support cycle.
  • Much easier to maintain as all deposit programs are automatically updated.
  • Sometimes the drivers to fine-tune the hardware are missing.
  • No accounting software that is currently compliant with French regulations is available.
  • Few preconfigured PC manufacturer offers.
Ubuntu is recommended for any workstation. Especially on a developer and/or graphics workstation. They are easy to maintain, fast and highly customizable. The production servers are easily manageable and very fast.

Unfortunately, in France, it is difficult to use it on an accounting PC.
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Andrew Schell | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 26, 2019

Ubuntu Linux solves many problems

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 18, 2019

Great OS replacement, still needs some tweaking to be perfect

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 19, 2019

Our solution for mid-range desktops , high-performance video editing, on-premise servers, and the cloud.

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 05, 2019

Ubuntu Linux - the best Linux distribution

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 28, 2019

Ubuntu Linux, a Great Way to Extend a Computer's Life.

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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.
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Linda Sasenick | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 10, 2019

Ubuntu Linux - the universe of "open source" (free!) awaits you!

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Ubuntu Linux is an open source (free) operating system for desktops and laptops. It has the same purpose as Windows 10 and Apple's Mac OS. For desktop/laptop applications, Ubuntu Linux, for me offers superior performance to Windows 10 and offers huge cost savings when compared to making the leap into the "everything Apple" world. Apple's proprietary equipment is usually multitudes more expensive than laptops and desktops which are designed to run Windows, and any Windows computer can be re-configured to run Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu Linux add-on application programs are also open source (free) and are at least equally as functional (and often times superior) to their Windows counterparts. Most of the work products generated by Ubuntu Linux software are also fully compatible with Windows 10 or Apple/Mac users.
  • Ubuntu Linux is extremely resource efficient in using a desktop/laptop system's resources, particularly as compared to my experiences with any Windows product. (Its architecture is the foundation for Chromebooks as well as the Android operating system for smartphones). Eliminating the loading and processing hang-ups I commonly experienced with Windows is a huge plus.
  • The "open source" universe is hugely appealing, both because of high quality, free and compatible software, but also because it allows such a high level of customization. Open source systems and software means no "bloatware," no intrusive programs popping up where you don't want them, and the freedom to purchase outside of a particular vendor.
  • The quality of the operating system is truly a "gold standard" to me. It works, and, unlike Windows, doesn't have the "back door" security vulnerabilities Windows is constantly trying to patch.
  • Although it's continually improving, Ubuntu Linux doesn't come preloaded on equipment (generally) and it takes some know how to set it up, configure and function with it.
  • Generally, the open source software which runs on Ubuntu Linux offers really good compatibility with Windows or Mac products, but, sometimes it just doesn't work, and you're on your own to research what's going on. There are a lot of forums for Ubuntu Linux users, but, it can be frustrating.
  • Traditional "support" for Ubuntu Linux is non-existent - because it is open source (and free!), there is no online "team" to chat with or call when you're having a tech meltdown. I think this is an inherent trade-off in the "for profit" and "open source" model - again, there are lots of forums, and users who've been very generous with their time is helping people sort things out, but it is not a system for anyone not willing to invest some time in the learning curve.
The primary investment required to run Ubuntu Linux is some up-front time - there is a learning curve, and the user needs to be comfortable and have a little confidence in their technical abilities. In exchange, you have a new, free, universe of applications and solutions available to you, which you can run on any Windows equipment.

If you have an unlimited budget, little patience, and don't mind being tied to a vendor, buy Apple products.
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Dave Linden | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 17, 2019

Ubuntu Linux, A solution for businesses that needs to be evaluated

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We use Ubuntu Linux for several functions. First and foremost, it is part of a multi-tier, multi-location backup implementation. The Linux system copies critical data from a macOS server to its local raid array on an hourly basis. Then this data is copied/backed up to a remote location. The Linux system is also used as a web server for testing new content before we roll it out to the production web server.
  • Flexibility. It is easy to add and remove services. As our business needs change, so can our Ubuntu Linux system.
  • Software Updates. Very rarely does a software update break Ubuntu. If issues do arise it is fairly easy to back out the changes
  • Third-party applications. The lack of mainstream applications, like MS Office, make it more difficult to deploy any Linux system at the client end.
  • Linux is more of a do it yourself OS. Implementation, support, and use require more technical expertise than other OS's, most notably macOS.
Ubuntu Linux is excellent at offering services on older hardware. It is a way to extend the life of older hardware and solve business challenges at the same time.

Ubuntu Linux is less appropriate for end users with little or no experience with open systems management and use.
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Erick de Leon Ponciano | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 19, 2018

New experiences using Ubuntu

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It is being used by the entire organization since it has several operating services of the corporation, web services, database services, and others.
  • It is a very stable and easy administration platform. It defines roles and profiles for installation, graphic environment and only command. line.
  • In the internal operation is a platform that helps us to support websites for employees. Its integration with web services and its graphic environment make an easy management of the platform.
  • It is very useful to carry out tests and validations in its desktop versions, for the development area it allows having virtual environments and doing many tests before launching a service.
  • Cleaning of packages or incomplete installations in a graphic environment
  • Better documentation and help for the configuration of the firewall, in the graphics mode, and the command line. Not all users are experts in this area and implementing it can be very difficult.
In my opinion, it works very well for internal environments, web pages, and network services. I do not recommend it for very critical environments and environments that are published on the internet.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 23, 2019

Ubuntu Server - A quick and painless OS for Python app development and deployment

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In my current role, I am using Ubuntu to deploy python applications and cron scheduled jobs that relate to telephony platforms. Since the development that I have done doesn't specifically bind us to Windows, it was a far better decision to go with the free and open source OS. As far as I am aware, mine is the only team using Canonical's distribution of Debian Linux, but I am sure there are other test and development environments that employ it.

Ubuntu has provided us with a dependable platform for rapidly deploying telephony integrations, ranging from API based data extraction to full on web apps to allow more granular security access to certain telephony components.
  • The community support is phenomenal. There is a complete wealth of documentation just in forum questions alone if you have the willingness to look for them.
  • The popularity among lower cost hosting services (digital ocean, linode, etc) has led those providers to create very nice administrative documentation for Ubuntu that goes above and beyond the quality typical of the community documentation. All of this being accessible without being subscribed to their services.
  • The cost. I mean, this is kind of a "duh" point, but reducing the OS cost of a server isn't something to scoff at.
  • Ubuntu server receives regular updates and security fixes, sometimes faster than other paid OS.
  • I think that Ubuntu (and Linux in general) have an image problem. There is an appearance that you have to be a Linux proficient admin to set up and administer a server, when the reality is that the command line nature lends to the administration being easier than other GUI based OS. I think they need to work on that some to get further market penetration.
  • Update their pre-installed version of python from 3.5
Ubuntu Linux is well suited to any application that is not OS bound due to its design. Some companies write their applications for the Windows server because of the ubiquity that the platform has, but if they were written for Linux they would be handled just as well. Ubuntu is also a fantastic platform for any Python-based development. It comes pre-loaded (though a tad out of date now with 3.7 released) and there's no shortage of documentation on stack overflow to get you up and running.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 18, 2018

Full Ubuntu Linux Review

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I use Ubuntu Linux in my personal IT work, for computer hard drive diagnosis and also as an alternative to Microsoft Windows. For the computer hard drive diagnosis, I find that Ubuntu accesses a damaged hard drive differently than Microsoft Windows in that I find I have a better percentage of data recovery. I have had hard-drives that Windows would not even see, but once booted in the Ubuntu environment....the hard-drive was accessible and I was able to perform data recovery. As for being an alternative to Windows, I have used it to build streaming boxes and have used it for hosting security surveillance systems.
  • Very easy GUI to maneuver around in.
  • Many choices of compatible applications to use with Ubuntu.
  • There are straight terminal based functions that you do not find in Windows.
  • I have found that Ubuntu has had some hardware compatibility issues, but those issue have disappeared in each evolution of it.
  • There aren't too many areas they can improve with this OS-- they keep up with things available in Windows fairly well.
Ubuntu is a good free, easy-to-use operating system. There is a learning curve for a first timer, but this is the same curve you would find with anyone going from Windows to Mac or visa-versa. Using a computer loaded with Ubuntu for a webpage host with Apache...or using as a web proxy with Squid...or using as a Bitcoin mining machine as I have done in the past year with a terminal based script...Ubuntu has tons of applications. Just using for a straight alternative is also perfect, and learning to use it is fun.
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Christopher Sweets | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 04, 2018

Ubuntu Linux for fast, secure, cost effective hardware.

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Ubuntu Linux is a fast, secure, and cost-effective way to use your current IT infrastructure. Ubuntu offers an alternative to Microsoft operating systems that is intuitive and easy to learn for users of all technical abilities. We use Ubuntu for specialized systems ranging from student testing in high stakes testing environments to our payroll systems in our finance department.
  • Intuitive, easy to learn interface
  • Secure from the bottom up
  • Cost effective, free
  • Default colors are childish, but easily updated
  • Decent, but not great learning curve for new admins and help desk
  • Most business users will want to stick to LTS releases
Ubuntu Linux is recommended for any user or origination who needs a fast, cost-effective, and secure system for desktop or servers. Ubuntu has an excellent knowledge base, and millions of helpful articles to help new users get accustomed to Ubuntu Linux and do what they need to be happy and productive workers.
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Jeff Hanson | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 17, 2018

A great alternative to Windows for light duty processing

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We use Ubuntu Linux to extend the life of older personal computer hardware. I have repurposed personal computers that struggled to run Windows XP by installing Ubuntu Linux which provided a more modern interface and improved responsiveness, continued updates, productivity software, and access to other open source applications.
  • Ubuntu Linux is an efficient operating system and can be used to extend the life of aging hardware and provide essentially free OS software for smaller demands such as word processing, web browsing, software development.
  • Ubuntu provides command line install tools for common open source applications and provides a nice way to consciously update software.
  • Ubuntu is widely used and has a vast support community. I am able to easily gather information about requirements I have through web searches.
  • Linux is open source and has no licensing fees.
  • I currently do not have improvement comments for Ubuntu server in the areas of performance vs. its Linux counterparts.
  • Ubuntu does not support as much software as the Windows OS community. While it supports common productivity software such as Libre Office, many client installed games and applications will not run on Linux.
  • Linux does not support all hardware and peripherals. An embedded wifi adapter that works in Windows may not work with Ubuntu.
It works well with open-source based products and development tools (Eclipse, Arduino IDE, languages like Python). Ubuntu is not appropriate for use in corporate environments where enterprise Microsoft based software rules the organization. Personal computer security integration in corporate environments is difficult as well. Many vendors do not create software for Linux, but instead focus on Windows, and to a slightly lesser extent, Mac.
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Maike Holthuijzen | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 14, 2018

My experience with Ubuntu Linux

Score 9 out of 10
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Ubuntu Linux is used by our research team. We have several remote servers for doing computationally intensive work, and they run Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is free, as are most of the software that can be installed on Linux. This is great for our research team, as we are working from a limited grant. I have not had any issues with Ubuntu yet and seems to be more stable than Windows. Because it is more stable, we are able to focus more on running analyses and doing our research rather than dealing with operating system bugs. Ubuntu is a much more lightweight operating system than Windows, and updating the system has never caused any issues (unlike Windows!).
  • The user interface is sleek, intuitive, and easy to use. I love it! It is also highly customizable.
  • Package installation is very easy. You can either download via the command prompt or search for packages within the Ubuntu software center and download via the GUI.
  • Ubuntu is much more lightweight than Windows, has less bugs, and is more stable.
  • Not all software is compatible with Ubuntu Linux. Many of our collaborators use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), which makes sharing files difficult.
  • Adobe is not available for Ubuntu Linux, and although it is not a huge issue, it is somewhat annoying when working with collaborators who do use Adobe software.
  • Hardware support for Ubuntu operating systems is limited.
Ubuntu is a beginner-friendly Linux distribution, so it is appropriate for many types of users; to those who are just getting starting with Linux, to advanced programmers. Though Microsoft Office applications are not available in Linux, comparable software is available for Linux that has comparable functionality. However, I would not recommend Ubuntu for organizations that rely heavily on Windows software. Ubuntu is great in settings where money is limited, because Ubuntu is free, and most of the software packages are also free.
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Lucas Riggi | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 15, 2018

Review of Ubuntu Linux

Score 8 out of 10
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Ubuntu Linux is being used throughout the entire organization, across several engineering departments. It is being used to write some software for spacecraft design and trade studies analyses and simulation, as well as several applications and services for ground software infrastructure, data handling and telemetry manipulation. I personally use it for spacecraft design, simulation and even controls and estimation applications. Using Linux throughout the company is a good way to have a consistent platform.
  • User Interface
  • Command line terminal
  • Free
  • Security System
  • Logging in all the time
  • Rapid upgrades
Coding and compiling software on the same consistent operating system throughout the entire company. The command line terminal is very easy, user-friendly and intuitive to use in collaboration with a git server for version control of documents, code, software as well as deployment of software application upgrades. All in all the command line makes navigating Ubuntu very easy.
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Chris Putnam | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 17, 2017

A development wonderland

Score 10 out of 10
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In a LAMP focused development environment, Ubuntu is a popular choice. We use it for many scenarios, including internal applications, hosting servers, local development workstations and virtual machines. Ubuntu provides a familiar base for many applications in our development and IT departments for efficient deployment and maintenance of workstations and servers.
  • Community Support
  • Hardware Support
  • Relative Ease of Use
  • Reliability - always more bugs to track down with large hardware base.
  • Documentation - Bridging the gap between first time users and experts. Community support is excellent for this though.
Well-suited for educational or technical environments. Ideally, an expert should be available to support and maintain, especially if using Ubuntu for a server. If you are wanting to get started with Linux, Ubuntu is a great starting point. But, for production implementations, make sure you are well-prepared or have expertise available.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 22, 2018

Ubuntu - The first real competitor to Windows

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I have used Ubuntu Linux in a series of projects, from servers to embedded devices, with the exception of an Ubuntu phone. The primary area that Ubuntu solves is the support for hardware devices that are not normally supported in completely *free* distros of Linux. This is both a feature of Ubuntu and a con, as most Linux developers will not recognize Ubuntu as an authentic distro. However, some hardware makers (i.e. Nvidia) want the Linux community businesses, but they are not willing to release the source code for their video drivers, thus users resort to distros like Ubuntu, who are actively using the non-open drivers, and thus they garner a wider non-developer user audience (i.e gamers, etc.).
  • Usability ( ease of installation)
  • "Store" concept: bringing package management (in Linux this has always been a problem) into the 21st century
  • Flexibility ( there are sub-distros of Ubuntu)
  • Debian-based (so some sanity in package management)
  • Too system-oriented: often contains large libraries to accomplish just one small problem (remind of you another OS?)
  • Requires too many resources to run simple software (i.e. TOO pretty)
  • Unity.
Ubuntu is GREAT for modern hardware, running on client systems. There are some admins who will swear by the Ubuntu Server distro, and that's fine with them, but the ONLY value proposition for me is its user-friendliness.
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About 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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