I have been using ubuntu for over a year now, I used to have vista on my machine but ever since I tried ubuntu out of sheer curiosity I've never looked back. In my opinion it's one of the most user friendly Linux distro available. I have recently upgraded to the latest version of ubuntu called gutsy gibbon which has been running smoothly so far. Apart from games, which I don't have time for anymore, I can do everything else that I could do in vista.
Installing software in ubuntu is even easier than in vista, all the software you'll ever need is available through a nice little app called synaptic. Now you can install/uninstall software without ever having to use the "dreaded" command line. You don't even have to worry about finding the right codecs to play your music and videos, ubuntu will automatically find the codecs you need whenever you try to play an unknown media file. This all very neat since the above two reasons are what kept a lot of people away from Linux previously.
I could go on and on about how cool ubuntu is but unfortunately I have to work on my thesis so I'm just going give you a short list of some of the reason why you may want to try ubuntu for yourself:
- You can customize almost everything in ubuntu
- No more worrying about viruses or spyware
- Runs very fast and smooth
- Uses very little resources perfect for older machines
- Compiz fusion makes vista's aero look cheap and bloated
- Very large and active community which means finding solutions to any problems you may face is easy
- Easy software and codec installation
- And its FREE! So what are you waiting for?
When I get some more time I'll post about some of the applications I use in ubuntu but for now enjoy the screenshots.