For The Love of Free (My Ubuntu Story)
Ooo. Boon. Too.
That’s how you officially pronounce what has to be the turning point in my hardcore dislike for anything that wasn’t Windows. I know, I know… how shallow minded of me. I mean, I’ve worked for a company that over the last decade has installed various Linux distributions on everything and anything, and yet I just couldn’t come around to ever really appreciating it. I’ve always looked at it as a server operating system and nothing more.
Granted, I’ve heard the stories about this wonderful distribution called Ubuntu before. It’s been around for many years (released late 2004). And as a tech guy, I have had my share of “extra” systems lying around the house too that could have been wiped and reused for testing Ubuntu and seeing what all the early buzz was about… but I never did. Until now.
I was re-imaging a very old laptop of mine that had gotten to the point where it was really dragging. I mean slow, slow, SLOW. Normally when it gets to this point, I just wipe it and re-install Windows. But this time around, I couldn’t find an old version of Windows that I could install on it. So, I stopped and figured once I found it I would just install it then. The next day, I was chatting about my weekend with one of my coworkers only to be reminded about Ubuntu. Immediately I thought, “Ugh, here we go again”. The following weekend, the laptop was staring at me again, so I decided to look into Ubuntu. What was the harm, right?
OMG! OMG! OMG! Let me move right past the fact that it was one of the easiest operating systems to install… EVER! Once completed, I started the laptop to see what it was going to be like. I was greeted with an awesome looking GUI (Graphical User Interface) and thought, “Hey, look at this, a GUI”. From there, I can tell you that I started to feel like a kid in a candy store. I was so stinkin’ giddy at how awesome it was.
As I kept diving in deeper, I realized that Ubuntu made a fantastic FREE operating system. It’s fast, secure, and gives you a clean and streamlined experience that you can make your own. I was in “hog heaven” as they say.
Then it hit me… all my programs are in Windows. What am I going to do about that? Well, Ubuntu comes with this really cool software center that lets you search and install programs similar to how you download apps for your phone. And the reality is that I found apps for everything I needed. Office apps, browsers, social, email, music, photos, videos, games, etc… and they were all FREE. FREE, I tell ya! Ubuntu even offers a personal cloud service as well.
So, here’s the deal. If you’ve had experience with Ubuntu and understand just how awesome it is, then you’re cooler than I ever was. However, if you haven’t, I encourage you to grab one of those old systems of yours (I know you have a couple of them) and download the latest version of Ubuntu and give it a shot.
You’ll be glad you did.
P.S. – There is so much more to Ubuntu as well that I haven’t even covered yet (another blog post maybe). They have eight different versions for servers, desktops, mobile devices, tablets and more. Dive in an look around their site.