The price for any Ubuntu distribution will always be free. This has been made possible by the thousands of people who give up their free time to develop this operating system. You may ask yourself even though the operating system is made by a big public community it doesn’t mean to say that the software that it has been distributed with the OS, has also been made by public communities of their own. An answer to this will be that yes they have, all the software Ubuntu uses like itself have all been developed from developers within a community giving up their free time. All software within Ubuntu contains an open source licence this allows the software to be redistributed, and for the source code that it is programmed from to be changed. This is how the Ubuntu community selects its software that is going to be released in the upcoming version of the Ubuntu operating system.
This is one of the biggest worries for Windows users as most viruses can be deadly and apocalyptic to your computer system if not quarantined or removed. The reason why Ubuntu users do not need to worry about viruses is that most creators of viruses see no point in writing viruses for Linux rather that Windows, because Linux is only the third most popular operating system behind Mac and Windows. By joining the millions of users today who are using Ubuntu you are doing good deeds for your computer, this is because you are preventing it from being damaged by spyware and other viruses.
Ubuntu is the right choice for you as many of the software that you use that have Mac and Windows releases will most likely have a Ubuntu release, this may also be known as a Linux Release. The other advantage of Ubuntu is its very quick and handy software centre allows the quick and easy download of thousands of applications that are all free. There are many different packages categorised into different groups such as games, Developer tools, Office software, internet and many more.
Windows software can be made compatible by installing software such as VMware or Virtual Box and creating virtual Windows machines and putting all your windows only programs on without harming your Ubuntu Operating System. But if you’re using a net book or small hard drive it would be ideal for you to install a software package called wine this would be the ideal less storage space equivalent to Virtual box this allows exe and msi files to run on ubuntu. But if you are using a desktop computer I would suggest using Virtual Box as it would be much more efficient.
5. Community Support
Ubuntu has two types of support for the user these are the community support and the professional support. This professional support is only aimed at users who request this and other businesses who are interested in incorporating Ubuntu into their businesses. These services are provided Canonical Ltd, Owned by Mark Shuttleworth the leading developer of Ubuntu. The difference with Ubuntu and Windows is that in Ubuntu because the operating system has been developed by the community, if you have a problem you can very quickly and easily talk to the person who developed that part of the system via IM Chat and ask them if they can think of a solution. I don’t see normal people who use windows often ending up talking to Bill Gates about their problems.
I suggest that for anyone looking at this and using Windows that you should change your operating system to Ubuntu. If you cannot change I will suggest using the feature of Ubuntu which allows you to install the operating system inside windows. I have done this many times and recommend it to anyone using windows who does not wish to uninstall windows.