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Welcome To Ubuntu Master

Hello and welcome to Ubuntu Master the blog for Ubuntu enthusiasts and beginners.  I started this blog so I could keep all the useful information I find about Ubuntu in one spot, and share my Ubuntu experience with the world.

When I started this blog a few years back I never knew it could have kicked up such interest within some Microsoft users.

So if your thinking of giving Ubuntu a try, I say don't be scared and jump right in. You will be amazed at what you are missing out on!


What is Ubuntu?
Ubuntu is an operating system based on the Linux kernel. There are many operating systems that use the Linux kernel, and Ubuntu is only one of hundreds of these. I don't recommend Ubuntu to everyone, but here are some things that make Ubuntu unique among Linux distributions:
  • Ubuntu is guaranteed to be cost-free. Other Linux distributions tend to be cost-free as well, but there exists no subscription or member fee that gives you extra in Ubuntu. There is no "enterprise edition." Ubuntu is Ubuntu, and it's free. Not only is the operating system itself free—Canonical will actually ship Ubuntu CDs (worldwide) and pay for the shipping as well. Granted, these freely shipped CDs can take around two months to arrive, but you can't really complain if you're not paying for postage.
  • Ubuntu and the software it includes are free in two ways—they're cost-free and non-proprietary. You won't be bogged down with all sorts of licensing issues, and if you know something about programming, you can take a look at the source code of the applications and modify them as you see fit. On the one hand, this is an advantage, as you won't have limits on how many computers you put Ubuntu on. On the other hand, you may rely (much more than you may be aware of) heavily on proprietary software and wonder why you can't immediately do something you used to be able to do.
  • Ubuntu tries to make the installation of the operating system as simple as possible—one user (at least initially—you can add more users later), one password, one application per task, one CD for the entire operating system.
  • The forums have quick response times, helpful users and staff, and a lot of good customization tips and tricks. It's a friendly, supportive environment, in accordance with Ubuntu's philosophy of being "Linux for Human Beings"—humanity to others. The forums are run entirely by volunteers and fellow users. They are not paid employees of Canonical.

I think a lot of Ubuntu advocates will agree with me when I say you should use the operating system that best suits your needs. Ubuntu may be that, but there are other Linux distributions out there, and you may be better off with a non-Linux operating system (a Windows or Mac operating system, for example).
If you think you might want to try a Linux distribution other than Ubuntu but aren't sure where to begin, you can join up with the Ubuntu Dan Community HERE

Who are you?
I'm just another Ubuntu user. I don't represent Canonical. I'm a regular on the Ubuntu forums, but that doesn't make this page in any way officially associated with Ubuntu.

Why did you make this?
Some of the documentation out there isn't step-by-step enough for new users. I try to make my tutorials what I feel is a good mix between comprehensive and simple.
Other guides and documentation projects also tend to have too much complicated language in their tutorials. I've tried to include only what I consider questions that are asked frequently enough to warrant a special guide or that does not have documentation in other places.

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