Ubuntu is user friendly

by Volker Weber

Ravi writes:

Ubuntu is fast on its way to becoming a peoples OS. I have always wondered what is it that makes people embrace Ubuntu over other Linux distributions. After some pondering, it struck me that the USP (Unique Selling Point) of Ubuntu is its user friendliness. Ubuntu is a distribution targeted at the non-techie crowd - those that want to get their job done and not spend time tinkering with the OS. And consequently, the developers at Ubuntu have bundled simple easy to use GUI front end tools to achieve common system administration tasks. Here I have put together 10 things in Ubuntu that make a new user's life that much simple. I used Ubuntu 5.10 to aid my observation.

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Ubuntu is developer-friendly, as well. Three of my fellow coders and I switched to Ubuntu on our office desktop computers some time ago and we really like it a lot.

Hanno Müller, 2005-11-28

It would appear that Ubuntu is even certified for IBM DB2...

Jan-Piet Mens, 2005-11-28

I love Ubuntu, warts and all. It's light years ahead of Windows, very useable, stable and fun.

Justin Freeman, 2005-11-28

I will give Ubuntu a try and check it in the next few days.

However, I was really open to Linux about two years ago, decided to give it a try and became really disappointed. I bought a commercial software package of SUSE Linux that allows installing Linux parallel to Windows on the same PC. Well, it did not work as it should, and the quality of the SUSE support for this quite expensive SW was a shame. It took me a few months to find the appropriate driver for my graphic card. Until now, about two years later, I haven’t found the appropriate driver for my LAN card. It seems like there is none. So there is no Internet for me when using Linux.

I am not a nerd (at least I hope so) and I don’t have endless time for configuring my computer. Until the present day from my point of view, Linux is an OS that does not work for me. But I will be more than happy once I find a solution that works to have a valid alternative to MS Windows.

Stephan Meyer, 2005-11-28

I have been with Ubuntu since it's early beginning.
That was real easy as I was used to Debian and the apt-get concept.

A tremendous effort has been made to make this distro real user friendly for the newbie or the less experienced Linux user:
It does however, hold all the power of Linux with less of it's complexity thanks to the well designed, single CD, installer. In particular the automatic hardware detection is real excellent.
All free of charge and extremely well supported with forums and wiki's.

At the other end, I still wonder what makes SuSE (which is expensive) so popular among professionals.

I couldn't really get a proper answer to this question.
Some times it feels pretty much the same as when the mac came out in 1984.

It was considered not much more than a toy among professionals just because it was so easy to use.

Pieter Lansbergen, 2005-11-29

I loaded Ubuntu 5.10 on an old PIII 700Mghz with 384 Mb RAM and a Voodoo3 video card. It's a little slow, but not bad. The only problem I have is that it doesn't like my old video card, so I can't get above 640X480 60 Hz resolution.

Don't really want to throw any money in to that old box... but I might have to spend $40 on a mid level ATI card. Wonder if I can still get memory for that thing.

Jeff Picco, 2005-11-29

I tried Ubuntu this morning. It looks nice and it even recognized my graphic card. That seems to be a progress compared to SUSE. However, it still did not recognize my LAN card. As far as I understand the documentation, there is also no way to solve this problem. So, again, Linux currently is not yet a solution for me. Let’s hope for better times.

Stephan Meyer, 2005-11-29

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