I just read an article written by Jason Brooks of eWeek on April 24, 2008, where he writes a glowing report of the new release of Ubuntu, a free, open-source Linux OS distribution. I have tried various distros of Ubuntu during the past 2 years and have always been impressed with its ease of use and efficiency. Because it’s Linux-based, you don’t need to worry about virus attacks, and its streamlined operating system allows it to run very fast. It includes all of the tools just about any student would need, and again, I would like to see how it compares to using Windows in a school district. It would be an important study.
The new Ubuntu 8.04 version is ready to download and can be obtained either through an online download or by requesting a free CD. Here’s the website with more info to download the desktop version: http://www.ubuntu.com/news/ubuntu-8.04-lts-desktop
If you want to know more about Ubuntu, you might also check out its FAQ page: http://www.ubuntu.com/aboutus/faq
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. Brooks tested the x86 version of Ubuntu on a Lenovo ThinkPad T60 notebook with 3GB of RAM and an ATI Mobility X1300 graphics adapter and on an Athlon 64-based desktop system with 2GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce 6600 LE graphics adapter. I know that Dell was offering Ubuntu on some of their notebooks, too.
Ubuntu is an African word meaning “Humanity to others,” or “I am what I am because of who we all are.” It is pronounced “oo-BOON-too” and it will grow on you once you start using it.