What is Ubuntu?
Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need – a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.
- OpenOffice (word processor -compatible with Word-, spreadsheets and presentation-ware);
- Integrated e-mail & calendaring;
- Firefox web browser;
- Photo editing & management;
- Music & video management;
- Plus, all that is available (for free) for Linux.
Ubuntu is available for *all* architectures, including PC, Mac and Sun. And it is free, of licenses and of cost. Download Ubuntu!
Here is the Ubuntu promise:
- Ubuntu will always be free of charge, including enterprise releases and security updates.
- Ubuntu comes with full commercial support from Canonical and hundreds of companies around the world.
- Ubuntu includes the very best translations and accessibility infrastructure that the free software community has to offer.
- Ubuntu CDs contain only free software applications; we encourage
you to use free and open source software, improve it and pass it on.
Ubuntu is an ancient African word, meaning “humanity to others”.
There is a nice article: Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows Vista: The Battle for Your Desktop, from Information Week, which is a little improper, since Ubuntu & Linux are not really into shifting Windows from its leading desktop position. However, it gives detailed information on both systems, pro & cons.