Shameless Plug for Ubuntu Desktop

What is it?  Ubuntu is a FREE (open source), easy-to-use, visual operating system that runs on any computer that Microsoft Windows can run on (i.e. not Macs).  It can be downloaded from http://www.ubuntu.com

It is gaining popularity due to the fact that it is:

  • FREE
  • Easy to Use
  • Tons of FREE Applications that run on it


 

Why Mention Ubuntu on My Site?

First of all, I am a Microsoft Windows System Professional.  I have been involved with Microsoft Products (Desktop Operating Systems and Server Operating Systems) for over 25 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?
  • etc.

HERE'S WHY!  Since the release of Microsoft Windows 7, 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!

OUCH!

I must admit, that Microsoft Products are excellent.  And if you can afford $300 the first year and $99 per year thereafter on software (or if you are running a business where you can expense your software) it is still an excellent choice.

BUT - If you could find other uses for $300 (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 documents.

2.  Spreadsheet - A decent spreadsheet.  Can open/edit/change/save Microsoft Excel documents.

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).

With Ubuntu, you don't have to be a total Linux geek to reap the benefits of Open Source.  It is extremely easy to use.  Solutions to most of the issues that you will run into are just a Google search away.

 

 

 

Want to comment about Ubuntu?  Contact Jeff at "kowalke at kc2 dot com"




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