What is the best Ubuntu for you? This is I believe the most asked question, well aside from “Is linux Really Free from Virus?” if a new user happens to brave and explore the world of Linux, isn’t? But why choose Ubuntu?
Ubuntu has been the best linux distro out there. It can be proved in distrowatch.com. The growing popularity and community behind it is just a true test of why it became the best from the rest. Ubuntu and it’s variant is free of charge and will always be free. No License, No keys.
I know that you came here looking for some answers on what will be the best *buntu for you. Let me tell you, I’m not a Linux expert yet. All the views written here are purely from a perspective of a Linux newbie. However, I will try my very best to explain things about Ubuntu and it’s variant to give you some insights on where to start.
The mother of them all. As described on their website, it means “humanity to others”. Ubuntu is the banner OS of Canonical ltd. It is based on GNOME-a desktop environment, that provides a robust, reliable and stable operating system as compare to Windows or Macintosh. All the basic functionality of an operating system is all built in. Meaning, you have a Word Processor, Spreadsheet and presentation that is brought to you by OpenOffice. Internet is readily available through Mozilla Firefox, the best browser ever. Image Manipulation is powered by GIMP-a photoshop clone. Those softwares are automatically loaded once you installed ubuntu. By default, the taskbar grouped the menus per Application, System and Softwares. So it’s like you’re having three start menus at the same time but can be easily customized to your preferred look. The GNOME Desktop environment tends to favor the color brown.
Kubuntu is part of the Ubuntu Project. It means “towards humanity in Bemba” It is an official derivative of Ubuntu but instead of using GNOME, it uses the K Desktop Environment. To understand much better how these desktop environment differs, here’s one good article for you. You can have the same desktop in Ubuntu by installing KDE packages and removing GNOME from ubuntu archives. The Menu is powered by the well designed and candy-looking K icon. So basically, if you love the color blue and you pay attention to the aesthetics of your desktop then this is for you. I am using Kubuntu right now.
Xubuntu utilizes the Xfce desktop environment tagged as the lightest desktop environment for UNIX. From my understanding, if you have an old nifty computer that was sitting in your closet then xubuntu can bring it back to life without sacrificing the computer’s performance. It can also be used in new computers. Same packages are available upon install.
Edubuntu is a customized version of ubuntu intended for education for use in primary and secondary schools around the world. I haen’t tried this yet but I believe this is the best packaged OS available for kids. This is a great tool for your children to know the basics of computing.
Ubuntu is available for PC, 64-Bit and Mac architectures. At least 256 MB of RAM is required to run the desktop install CD. Install requires at least 4 GB of disk space.