Ubuntu - The first real competitor to Windows
July 22, 2018

Ubuntu - The first real competitor to Windows

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Ubuntu Linux

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.
  • 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
Ubuntu is geared for one real market: Users who are searching for a way to experience Linux, without having to "experience" Linux (i.e. the various package formats, Kernel compiling, etc).
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.