Ubuntu

Ubuntu (Xenial Xerus) 16.04

The best free operating system out there

Ubuntu is a free and open source operating system for your PC. It is powered by Linux, whose robust technology operates millions of servers worldwide. But, of all of the versions of Linux on the market, Ubuntu is the most important thanks to its ease of use and the number of applications available for it. View full description

PROS

  • Completely free operating system
  • Very quick and easy to use
  • Easy Windows installer
  • Ubuntu One syncs with mobile devices

CONS

  • Can be difficult to install external components
  • Tricky to get used to after using Windows

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Ubuntu is a free and open source operating system for your PC. It is powered by Linux, whose robust technology operates millions of servers worldwide. But, of all of the versions of Linux on the market, Ubuntu is the most important thanks to its ease of use and the number of applications available for it.

The result of all this power, flexibility, and usability? Ubuntu is the best alternative out there to Windows.

Rivaling Windows

Comparing Windows and Ubuntu is hard to avoid: both systems aspire to be your PC’s desktop and to provide you with a safe, stable, and rich work environment. But while Windows will cost you money, Ubuntu is free. Not only that, but its code is available to any and everyone who wants to create derivative systems.

To see how seriously Ubuntu has taken this duel with Windows you just have to look at its application “store” - the Ubuntu Software Center - from where you can download and install hundreds of free applications and games, as well as upgrade to newer versions. This range is thanks to the ten years of development behind Ubuntu, which has seen the number of available apps grow tremendously.

The standard installation of Ubuntu includes all of the applications and accessories needed to get started, exceeding Windows’ offering. The office suite LibreOffice, for example, has word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation functions, while the Firefox browser, optimized for Ubuntu, lets you surf the internet faster and safer.

From the side menu of Ubuntu, you can start searching your hard drive and favorite sites, while the file browser helps you move freely through folders and files. And from the Ubuntu panel settings you can configure all aspects of the system, from user accounts to wallpapers.

Compatible with most devices

The focus of many Linux systems is the console (or terminal), where you input commands. In Ubuntu, however, the console is a less prominent feature: you can open it from the Finder, but you can use Ubuntu and do most tasks without having to type commands – removing the need to understand the deeper technology or read technical documents.

Ubuntu’s easy to use desktop environment is the reason behind much of its popularity, with its sidebar icons and windows familiar to even novice PC users. Ubuntu is a pleasure to use, with many of its interface elements reminiscent of a Mac. The similarities between the two systems in terms of appearance and usability are considerable, but Ubuntu allows for more customization.

Above all, Ubuntu is a stable Linux system. It isn’t the lightest or the fastest (other Linux OS take this crown), but it does make sure that all your hardware works immediately after installation. It has excellent built in support for graphics cards, WiFi adapters, printers, keyboards, and other devices – ensuring fantastic performance.

It could be your next operating system

Ubuntu offers everything you need from a PC operating system: it is not only well designed with an abundance of applications, but also has an incredibly active and willing to help community for beginners. And if you are put off by its lack of programs and games, don’t worry: Wine (an open source software application) can help you run an ever increasing number of Windows programs.

Ubuntu is a community developed operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work Ubuntu contains all the applications you'll ever need, from word processing and email applications, to web server software and programming tools.

Ubuntu is and always will be free of charge. You do not pay any licensing fees. You can download, use and share Ubuntu with your friends, family, school or business for absolutely nothing. There's a new desktop and server release every six months so you'll always have the the latest and greatest applications that the open source world has to offer.

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— User reviews — about Ubuntu

  • babarrao

    by babarrao

    "Its a better complament"

    Its the very interesting and inoclupedia OS for many our programmings is too much fastess than over left... but there is... More.

    reviewed on August 7, 2015

  • Anish kadam

    by Anish kadam

    "great os for pc"

    it's great operating system. it works very fast . More.

    reviewed on July 4, 2013

  • frankiewizard

    by frankiewizard

    "Beautifull"

    One of the best O/s's you can find on the market it's free and works stright out the box. More.

    reviewed on March 21, 2013

  • frankiewizard

    by frankiewizard

    "Côôl and sexy O/S"

    The best system in the world. Should be installed on every computer in sold in shops. More.

    reviewed on March 21, 2013

  • gernish

    by gernish

    "Ubuntu 10.04"

    Micky, I like it! I was was able to configure my HL-2240 Brother printer, and my old HP scanner was immediately recogniz... More.

    reviewed on November 9, 2011

  • adowwolf

    by adowwolf

    "Greatest Linux Operating System based on Debian"

    I used the Windows Ubuntu Installer (WUBI) to install my 5gb installation of Ubuntu 10.10 (I was running low on space, O... More.

    reviewed on August 24, 2011