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My Experience with Ubuntu

I started using Ubuntu recently. After using Windows for such a long time, it was a bit difficult to get used to Linux, as I had never ever worked on Linux before.

Why Linux?
Out of curiosity… Yes, I had heard a lot about Linux as I was surrounded by people who use only Linux. I just wanted to see what Linux is all about. At the same time one of my friend switched from Windows to Linux. We had some discussion on the issues he faced and experience with Linux and then I decided to give a try!

What I liked in Linux?

After using it for a while (just for 2 months),
1. The very first thing I liked is it’s UI. I found it too cool. : I have heard from many people complaining about Linux UI but I really liked it, may be because I used Ubuntu 10.4 Lucid Linux directly!  It has got style, easiness and very importantly they have followed very logical structure. If a user clicks on menus, he will know whether he should go there or not. For examle, if I want to use Skype then, It’s a Application-> in Internet category. It seems most logical, isn’t it?

2. It is free: The most important factor! If I want try it, I need not to pay anything, it is completely free.  I can adopt that anytime.

3. Lots of information is available on forums/ Linux community: I found the overall help on Linux issues is really wide. There are many forums,active mailing lists, solutions are available. I mean, if you are stuck somewhere then yes, you can easily find solutions, which is great. I believe, adopting Linux need some learning part which is made easy because of this widely available information.

4. Open source: Yes, I can see how it is built. I can see Kernal code. This is the biggest advantage for Embedded people, even software developers. They can really see the in and outs of Linux.

5. Terminal/ Command Prompt: You would be surprised, why Command prompt (Terminal) is a separate point? But, I really liked two things about it.
a. It keeps record of all the commands you used, till date. You can always use these commands, no need to type them all the time or by heart them.
b. Transparent: Yes, this also helped to me a lot, I always need to see which command to give as per tutorials. So either I need to adjust those two windows or if background of tutorial is White then simply could see through the command prompt.

6. Never see any problem of Virus/ No Dll issues : This is big relief. No need of anti-virus, no problems of dlls. You can really concentrate on what you are doing. If you are a Windows user, you can really feel the difference.

7. Loads fast: The system get loaded so fast that really no time requires for booting.

Things I didn’t like in Linux

1. No Installers: (Softwares/Drivers): I really miss UI based installers in Linux. It gives big relief to user. User should need to worry about the packages needed to install, repositories and all. So, the installation of any hardware/software is a bit scary specially for non-techie users. That has to be very simple.

2. Every time password is required: Actually, this is good considering security but if a user is from Windows environment then it is irritating to enter password all the time.

But, I really liked Ubuntu Linux!
As a programming perspective, it gives tremendous flexibility. There are many things available free and you can try them. Web applications, mobile applications all the frameworks are free. You can easily use them and learn a lot. The support for forums is great. You really have great scope learning it.

I will also write about Linux- programming perspective, tools available etc in coming posts!


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9 Responses

  1. vikram says:

    I have been using Ubuntu for around 2+ years, and it evolved really well from edition 8.04 couple of years ago.

    One point I want to place is, There are UI based installers for Ubuntu, it comes with installation file .DEB (Debian Installer). Not all softwares are available with .DEB, few like Skype, do offer this option.

    For me the negative side for Ubuntu is the update size. You also need a startup manager if you are using Dualboot with Windows.

    Overall its good review, I hope you have tried Compiz.

    • pallavikelkar says:

      @ Vikram : Thanks for the comment! I somehow forgot to mention about Debian Installer.. thanks for adding that!
      Compiz – haven’t tried, will try.

      • Compiz is a desktop environment… There are others too like Metacity, Openbox etc… There is everything for every need on FOSS platform… Keep tuned w/ Ubuntu, which is most updated and very popular flavor of powered by Canonical Ltd. amongst people around worldwide… And moreover you’re using a version of Ubuntu, which is 10.04 (codenamed as Lucid Lynx) is having Long Term Support (LTS) for 3 years w/ daily essential security updates and s/w upgrades!

        Glad to see you on Ubuntu… 🙂

  2. A.Y. Siu says:

    No Installers: (Softwares/Drivers): I really miss UI based installers in Linux. It gives big relief to user. User should need to worry about the packages needed to install, repositories and all. So, the installation of any hardware/software is a bit scary specially for non-techie users. That has to be very simple.

    It actually is UI-based.

    But instead of worrying about what packages to install and what repositories, just go to System > Administration > Software Sources and check all the boxes (more repositories means more software available).

    Then go to Applications > Ubuntu Software Center and you can install away to your heart’s content. It’s like the Android Market or iTunes App Store.

    If you can’t find it in the Software Center, look for a .deb to download and then double-click it.

  3. sudhanwa says:

    Welcome to the world of FOSS!!

    You may start off using linux because it is free (No money 🙂 ) but remember that getting it free (no money) is a byproduct of being FREE (as in freedom)

    I hope you will shift to the FOSS world very soon.

  4. Shubham says:

    nicely written
    well you can avoid password problem by creating new user

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