"$9.99?????"on by Vepar_S
Pros Its free, its good. NOT on the same level as Mac or Windows but good.
Cons $9.99??? are you kidding me!?
Summary Okay download the image from one of Linux servers, burn using Nero, IMGburn, or Power iso at a slow speed, place CD in drive, hold esc or f10 and follow the instructions.
Pros It is FREE for one.It is awesome looking and it performs even better. If you want to get into am open source os this is the best one to start,Oh yeah and it's FREE.
Cons In one word compatibility. You aren't going to do as much as you can on windows but most of the time there is a way to fix it.
Summary Amazing would recommend to anyone who wants an open source os.
"Saved my laptop"on by rbeach44
Pros Fairly easy install...solved "glutted hard drive" issues associated with [almost daily] Vista updates. Runs almost all my apps without issue. Much quicker than Windows. File system very intuitive. Like everything about it. Should have done it sooner!
Cons A couple of apps don't run under Ubuntu but on a second machine this is of no consequence.
Summary I stumbled onto this OS when searching for ways to deal with hard drive "glut" on an older laptop. Somebody suggested Ubunto and the rest is history. It took a struggling older lap top and literally turned it into a new machine. Hard drive free space went from 15% to 95% and I lost very little function. Open source "office type" apps will read all your MS Office files. Online storage options like Dropbox are built into the OS software options as is Google Chrome and a generic browser called Chromium. Firefox is also available as are several other browser options.
Pros Initial install worked well
Cons I develop software for a living. Planned to work at home this evening. Tried to boot and Ubuntu hung mid-way. Apparently, cause is my NVidia graphics card. Searched web. Unable to resolve problem. Guess who is now behind schedule?
Summary Not if you have NVIDIA!Please delete. Posted in error.
Updated on Apr 13, 2012
Pros - Free
- Immediately recognizes all hardware components and peripherals. No drivers needed.
- No viruses
- No "security holes" like windows
- Super fast
- Super ultra fast
Cons Not all the applications and programs run on it. Limited support. Some super user knowledge recommended.
Summary Ubuntu is just awesome. If all you need is a word processor, excel-like, powerpoint-like, read emails, and browse the web, Ubuntu is way better than windows. Is much faster, like 500% faster, not sure, it just flies. No virus, thus, no antivirus. Is free. Install Libreoffice or Openoffice, also free, install Thunderbird, also free, install Chrome, free too. After a week or two, you won't want to use WIndows again for home or students. At work is a different story.
In my mind, only MacOS compares to is (is actually a little better maybe). Keep in mind there are many things that won't work on linux, like apps and games and stuff, so keep that in mind. I am loving it.