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https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/or/S2/BNC1QP0Q6C6V.pngUbuntu - The first real competitor to WindowsI 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.,5,Time in deployment: rather than spending 10s of hours unpacking and building packages, just pop the USB into the slot and boot. Development: Ubuntu works with Windows, software via Wine, and it is packaged natively in Ubuntu, so having that functionality out of the box is very helpful. The terminal is very sexy in Ubuntu.,Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and CentOS,BMC Remedy Asset ManagementMy experience with Ubuntu LinuxUbuntu 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.,9,Most of the work in our research team is conducted on a Linux server running Ubuntu. Thus, our research progress relies heavily on the proper functioning of the Ubuntu operating system. Interfacing with the remote server via Ubuntu is intuitive and simple and has allowed us to complete code development and run large analyses. There have been a few issues with software not running properly on Ubuntu, and I had to use a Windows computer to do some other work I would have preferred to do on the Linux server. I attempted to remedy the issues, but I was not able to do so. When this happened I lost several hours of time I could have devoted to more productive activities. The best thing about Ubuntu is that it is free! Since I work in a research organization that is somewhat limited in funding, this helps my organization save money.,Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL),GitHub, ArcGIS, BoxUbuntu Linux for fast, secure, cost effective hardware.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,10,Small learning curve for end users Official support is paid Some users are resistant to change,Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Windows Server,MySQL, Sakai, MoodleA great alternative to Windows for light duty processingWe 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.,9,We have been able to repurpose old hardware and make it useful for other use cases such as sandboxing, or running light-weight OS's that don't tax the computer processer and memory the way Windows continues grow over time. We have been able to rely in Ubuntu based PCs to provide development tools for more employees at a lower cost We have been able to familiarize ourselves with Linux on a PC basis and strengthen our ability to perform similar tasks in a server environment, which we also operate in.,windows 10 and windows xp,MySQL, Apache Tomcat, Apache Web ServerReview of Ubuntu LinuxUbuntu 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,8,It is free Great collaboration within teams and across departments A lot of time gained on software version control,Microsoft Windows and MacOS,MATLAB, Oracle VM VirtualBox, Atlassian Confluence, Gitlab
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July 22, 2018

Ubuntu Linux Review: "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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July 14, 2018

User Review: "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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May 04, 2018

Review: "Ubuntu Linux for fast, secure, cost effective hardware."

Score 10 out of 10
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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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April 17, 2018

Ubuntu Linux Review: "A great alternative to Windows for light duty processing"

Score 9 out of 10
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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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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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February 15, 2018

Ubuntu Linux Review: "Best for the Developer"

Score 10 out of 10
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Ubuntu is one of the best platforms for the developer. It is free and it has all the features which a developer wants. Ubuntu is being used in our organization as a development. We develop the website in Ubuntu Operating System. There is no charge. It is free. You can easily install any repo there.
  • Free
  • Good for the development Purpose
  • Any Repo you can add
  • Support needs to be improved
  • User interface for beginners
  • Installation process
It is well suited in the development area. Apart from that, we are using Ubuntu as a server. we host our client website on the Ubuntu server in AWS.
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July 17, 2017

Ubuntu Linux Review: "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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November 08, 2017

Ubuntu Linux Review: "Ubuntu makes your developers happy!"

Score 10 out of 10
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Ubuntu is very developer friendly and we are able to deploy on premises, or in the cloud with ease.
  • Efficient & fast
  • Installation of software packages
  • Automatic security updates
  • Up to date libraries
  • Authentication with AD
  • Security certification
Ubuntu is excellent for hosting web apps, OS for your data analysis pipeline, IoT devices, etc.

What makes it really shine is on a developer's workstation. It's pure ease setting up your environment, while keeping setup similar to what is in production.

The fault is weak integration with some third party vendors and some Enterprise apps. But these days even Microsoft is on the Linux bandwagon.
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November 13, 2017

Ubuntu Linux Review: "Ubuntu- it’s getting there"

Score 8 out of 10
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At present, by myself as my daily desktop and on a few servers.
  • Easy install
  • Support for almost all hardware
  • Easy install of new software via apptitude
  • Better dock
  • Further or easier support for integration into a Windows Server environment. Unfortunately a lot of companies have Active Directory as their backbone
  • Better support for extended monitors
  • More customizable docks
Use as a daily desktop for new and experienced users. However with this in mind, it would be great if it was a little more “stupid proof” like Windows.
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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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