My Ubuntu Rave
What is it? Ubuntu is a FREE and
open source operating system for personal computers and servers.
It can be downloaded from
It is gaining popularity due to the fact
that it is:
- Easy to Use
- Tons of FREE Applications that run on
Why Mention Ubuntu on My Site?
First of all, I am a Microsoft Windows
System Administrator. I have been involved with Microsoft
Products (Desktop Operating Systems and Server Operating
Systems) for over 20 years.
Why not plug Microsoft? Being
a computer professional, I get a LOT of questions from people
regarding their home machines.
- What kind of PC should I buy?
- What software should I buy?
- How do I get on the Internet?
HERE'S WHY! Since the release of
Microsoft Vista, software prices are through the ROOF!
I recently visited a local office supply
store and went to the shelf where the new Microsoft products
were on display.
WHAT A SHOCK!
- Microsoft Vista Ultimate Edition -
- Microsoft Office Ultimate Edition -
I must admit, that Microsoft Products are excellent. And
if you can afford $1,100.00 on software (or if you are running a
business where you can expense your software) it is still an
BUT - If you could find other uses for
$1,100 (like me) you should take a look at Ubuntu
Desktop with Open Office. They are totally free.
OPEN OFFICE? What is it?
1. Word Processor - A decent
word processor. Can open/edit/change/save Microsoft Word
2. Spreadsheet - A decent
spreadsheet. Can open/edit/change/save Microsoft Excel
3. Presentation - Can
open/edit/change/save Microsoft PowerPoint documents.
4. Database - The open office
product currently does not support opening
Microsoft Access databases in their native form. Fortunately,
you can export the data from Microsoft Access into MySQL - the open source
database in Ubuntu (and Open Office).
5. No HTML Editor! - The open
office product currently does not have an HTML editor/Site
Management tool like Microsoft FrontPage. FrontPage only
ships with the Ultimate Version of Office 2007. Prior to
the 2007 release, FrontPage was licensed separately from the
Microsoft Office suite. Fortunately,
there are several free HTML editor alternatives available via Synaptics
DISCLAIMER: NOTE - I have been
using a Linux desktop operating system for less than 2 years (on
and off). I have been around Linux servers for over 10
years and have found them to be stable and usable. You can
consider me a newbie in the Open Source and Linux
Desktop Operating System world. However, with Ubuntu, you
don't have to be a total Linux geek to reap the benefits of Open
Source. It is extremely user friendly.