It seems like only yesterday I was installing Slackware 7 for the first time back in 1999 and my Linux journey began. Onward from there, I went through the usual suspects. You name it and I probably had it installed at one point. I thought it was great to have totally free software with the source available for those wishing to tweak it. I couldn’t at this point honestly recommend it to users. Installs were hard, drivers were always missing, and getting X to work was a chore.
Fast forward to today! It’s an exciting time for Linux and open source as a whole. Firefox is having great success as well as a handful of other apps. Now is the time where I can let myself recommend using Linux to the non-techie crowd. The “Windows” crowd or the “OS X” crowd even. I’ve put together a list of the major advantages to using Linux and in particular, Ubuntu.
- Installs are almost mindless
- A few quick scripts can get systems up to old working order in a hurry upon reinstalls
- Need for rebuilding is far less than that of Windows
- Applications are free
- The interface is clean and concise with organized menus
- The updating application not only updates the core operating system, but all applications as well
I suppose I should link to this site as a more complete list, but I wanted to point out what gets me.