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The 10 Reasons Why I Love Ubuntu

Reasons Why I Love Ubuntu
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Ubuntu was named after a Nguni Bantu term referring to a philosophy that when summed up means “humanity to others“. Given Canonical’s kindness and work ethics, it is no wonder why the Debian-based Linux distro has grown to be the most popular distro in the world today, owning the largest amount of Linux’s market share worldwide.

Ubuntu is this popular because it is efficient and is highly recommended. Today, I’ll be defending my stance on Ubuntu being my favorite distro by telling you the 10 Reasons Why I Love Ubuntu.

1. Easy to Install

Ideally, the difficulty of installing a thing shouldn’t be a factor of how often people use it but in this world, it is. Newbies to the Linux world already probably have a misguided notion of Linux and putting seemingly difficult installation milestones before a task isn’t going to help change that fact.

Nobody likes the idea of having to do a lot of searching and strict tweaking to try out a system, and so it is for this reason that Ubuntu gets a medal.

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After reading this article you decided to use Ubuntu, you will see that installing it will be a breeze. Many distros are only like that these days because they kind of follow a silent but known standard in order to pitch their products to potential users.

To do a fresh Ubuntu installation requires an ISO image, an external drive, and a system. That’s a good start.

Ubuntu Installation Preview

Ubuntu Installation Preview

2. Default Look and Feel

Fresh out of the box Ubuntu looks so pleasing to me and thanks to Canonical‘s very own unity desktop. The icons are organized in sizes neither too big nor too small. Its wallpaper is a nice blend of “Ubuntu-ish” color.

The desktop is empty at the dustbin at the bottom of the left-positioned taskbar is empty. You can either like this look or change it. But many people are comfortable with it. I was at first until I stumbled upon Minimalistic and Material Design after which I decided to spice things up to my taste.

3. Easily Customizable

To customize Ubuntu all you need is the knowledge of where to get the themes from and an installed Unity Tweak Tool or Gnome Tool. The theme I’m presently using is Adapta.

4. Lots of Themes

Ubuntu is not only easily customizable with themes, it has a tons of themes to choose from. Lots of themes mean lots of options. And lots of options mean better personality-fitting setting.

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In this sense, one is able to make his workstation look the way he feels better satisfied while using it and when you use a theme, it works on all the components of the OS’s GUIs, so your experience will be stable and smooth.

5. An Awesome Community

Linux might own only 2% of all market share in the World but that percentage hasn’t stopped its users from getting in contact with themselves.

There are many communities that help people get started with Linux and even train them up to expert level, but Canonical has done a good job of maintaining, arguably, the most appealing.

Ubuntu, in particular, has the most market share of the 2% that Linux holds, so you’re definitely going to have easy access to support from others.

Examples are Ask Ubuntu and Ubuntu forums.

6. Smooth Learning Curve

By this statement I mean Ubuntu is easy to learn. It is easy to install; it has a simple and nice but serious look and feel when you get it running for the first time, and it has a minimalistic-designed dashboard with settings that are intuitive to navigate.

The awesome community also plays a part in this, as it is because it is easy to find effective guides that the learning curve is. usually, a swift sail compared to learning Kali Linux.

7. Ubuntu is a Standard

Many of the commands you will learn in Ubuntu will work on other distros because there is sort of a standard that all the distros follow in one way or the other.

Automatically learning these standards when you use Ubuntu will allow for a smooth transition into learning the other distros which deviate from the standard in a way.

It’s a little like the C programming language. It’s easier to learn a programming language if you have learned C before because of its coding standards and functions. That’s kind of how Ubuntu is – but among Linux distros.

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8. Free Open Source Tools

The same way Ubuntu comes straight out of the box with a nice wallpaper and glossy icons is the same way it comes with a suite of tools for both work and recreation. With apps like Firefox for Browsing, Transmission for Torrents, LibreOffice for word processing, presentations, and data analysis, Banshee for music, document viewer for pdf files, amazon for online marketing, e.t.c.

Ultimately, this means that from the very first moment you boot up Ubuntu, it is ready to do work.

Free Open Source Tools

Free Open Source Tools

9. Ubuntu is Flexible

The ability to customize the Unity desktop deserves to be a reason on its own because it is a bit different from just changing the color and shape of things.

For example, you can set the taskbar’s position to be the left, right, top, or bottom. You also have auto-hide options, animation options, window snap options, and many other options that control how the whole OS operation feels to you. How to display notifications and when to display them.

Users can also install different desktop environments (such as Mate, Cinnamon, XFC, etc) if they want a different experience from Unity.

10. Regular Updates and Support

A Long Feature List, Consistent Updates, and Good Support for Drivers, Printers, e.t.c. See? I even had to combine three points into one. Apart from the major features Ubuntu offers, each release comes with tons of bug fixes that increase performance.

Ubuntu is also known to be compatible with so many devices even as it is a lot less vulnerable to viruses and malware than Windows and Mac (thanks to Linux), and with time Ubuntu gets to receive support for more features and app integrations, making it an ideally versatile workstation.

So, there you have it. The 10 Reasons Why I love Ubuntu. I wonder what yours are? Are there reasons you love Ubuntu that didn’t make it to my list? Feel free to mention them in the comments section below.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Jr. (Dillivine) Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Web designer & developer, technical writer, and programmer.

  • Jesse Afolabi

    Pretty good and detailed read…

  • Romualdo Soler González

    11. High security against viruses and malware (like any other Linux distribution).

  • I love it because IT CRASHES WHEN YOU UPGRADE PACKAGES! I TRULY LOVE THAT!!! WHAT ELSE I COULD DO AT MY PC INSTEAD OF ROLLING BACK MY SYSTEM AND DO DAILY BACKUPS — IN CASE THAT THE CUNT CRUSHES AND HAVE TO ROLL IT BACK! UBUNTUUUUUUU!!! YEEEEYYYYY !!! THUMBS UP FOR UBUNTUUUU!!!! WHOREEEYY!!! SERIOUSLY…. USE DEBIAN IT’S SAFER.

  • Clay Janes

    I thought your points of view pretty valid, I use Kubuntu just because I do not like Unity, but it is still Ubuntu underneath, I just prefer the KDE environment. I hardly ever have anything crash but Chrome, but it doesn’t close, gives me a crash report and I keep doing what I am doing. And I have never had to roll anything back, I have tried several different Linux OS’s in virtual box and they all work very good compared to Win10. I liked Win7 but did the free upgrade because I’m a pc gamer also. Thought it was a good read.

    • Thanks for your feedback Clay.

      I don’t know why Chrome crashes on your system but I haven’t had any issue with mine; although I only tested Kubuntu, so I can’t say I know how Chrome runs on it.
      Windows 10 is a bit tricky for virtual box, I think. The paid programs, VM ware and Parallels do a better job at running Windows in my opinion. Win 7 was alright ( I didn’t use it much because I upgraded to Windows 8 as soon as I could) but Windows 10 is definitely worth the upgrade especially for Gamers 🙂

      I’m glad you enjoyed the read.

  • Hehe, thanks mehn

  • Hahaha Ubuntu has never made me regret using it, but I might just try the next stable Debian release that rolls out so I can see what you’re so enthusiastic about

  • True. But I didn’t put it because it’s not particularly a unique feature of Ubuntu

    • teklife

      well by that logic neither are most of the other reasons. almost all distros come with free updates, bundled software, support for themes and icons, customizations, easy to install, community, etc.

      -ubuntu unity user and advocate

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