Ubuntu the first step to an Open Source work space
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 23, 2019

Ubuntu the first step to an Open Source work space

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Ubuntu Linux

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 transitioned to Ubuntu to combat the Microsoft TCO, this had great reductions on cost spread over the entire business.
  • A side effect was that people started to lean more to open-source software solutions reducing the total license cost overhead even more.
We compared against Windows 10, Manjaro, and Fedora. Windows 10 lost on cost, and even usability versus Ubuntu. Manjaro and Fedora are both bleeding edge, providing great features but lacking the stability offered by Ubuntu. Ubuntu is the best of both worlds for us, providing us a clean modern interface and still being stable and well tested enough to use as the main driver for the majority of our employees.
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.

Do you think Ubuntu Linux delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Ubuntu Linux's feature set?

Yes

Did Ubuntu Linux live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Ubuntu Linux go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Ubuntu Linux again?

Yes

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.