July 29, 2008

THE WONDERS OF UBUNTU

I spent a perfectly good Sunday in the office, not an ideal day, but since a friend of mine was so kind as to leave a frozen 10 year old bottle of Laphroig, it passed by quickly. We are starting the migration from Mac's to Linux's new Ubuntu operating system which to my pleasant surprise has been quite amazing. This system runs practically virus free, comes with all the necessary applications to run a business, and best of all, runs so lean that I've been able to pull some late 90's hardware off the antiquities shelf for a new lease on life. These days I'm not the only one that seems to think highly of Linux. Dell has announced that it would install Ubuntu on more of its desktops, Canonical (Linux distributor) seems to be deftly maneuvering around IP infringement lawsuits, and all of the cheap Taiwanese/Korean computers that started this Linux craze are still, 1 year later, flying off the shelves. In general I think the public has just gotten sick of constantly paying for more advanced software and hardware that does not work right. Even as a die hard mac user, I am finding the quality shortcomings of the new apple machinery hard to ignore,and with the all aluminum notebooks due out soon (you can't build them like you used to and yet your experimenting with new materials??), I feel secure in my decision to switch over to Ubuntu. Bill Gates has built his fortune off licenses and Steve Jobs started the model, lets see how these guys react to Linus Torvalds and his creation!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

does ubuntu make a lot of money without the licensing fees?

Yury said...

Love the post!

Open source software is the future and companies like Firefox, Ubuntu, and Open Office are making huge strives to change the multi-billion dollar software industry.

I cant wait to make the change from windows vistrash.

-YLP

The Jolly Jetsetter said...

Ubuntu is distributed by Canonical, which makes a good deal of its money from service help, repair, consulting, etc. Its a different model but seems to work fine. I do think that will charge in the near future for the Ubuntu OS, for now they are probably keeping it free to break into the market.

Vistrash is exactly right.