Since we’re talking about Operating Systems, let’s talk about Linux.

To be more specific, Ubuntu.

What is Ubuntu?

In 2004, Mark Shuttleworth gathered a small team of developers from one of the more established Linux projects – Debian – and set out to create an easy-to-use Linux desktop, Ubuntu.

Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’.

Ubuntu is different from the commercial Linux offerings that preceded it because it doesn’t divide its efforts between a high-quality commercial version and a free, ‘community’ version.

The commercial and community teams collaborate to produce a single release, which receives ongoing maintenance for a defined period.

Both the release and ongoing updates are freely available to all users.

Anyway, version 12.0.4 has been released and some of the screenshots (below) from ZDNet look pretty impressive.

Ubuntu 1

Ubuntu 1

Ubuntu 2

Ubuntu 2

Ubuntu 3

Ubuntu 3

Ubuntu 4

Ubuntu 4

Ubuntu 5

Ubuntu 5

Ubuntu 6

Ubuntu 6

I haven’t had the pleasure of using Ubuntu before.

My last experience with Linux many years ago left me with deep PC scars and I haven’t bothered to try again.

These screenshots look pretty impressive however.

Have you guys tried Ubuntu? I’m pretty curious about what your experiences were if you tried.

Use the comments and let us know…

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • CODE

    any distribution of Linux is horrible….

    and what’s the relationship between this and win8?

    • Onuora Amobi

      They’re both Operating Systems and I like to keep my people informed?

    • Rex

      How are you supposed to fully know something if you don’t know the competition?

  • 1stkorean

    i have tried ubuntu over the years and like you was left with a total indifference feeling toward it. recently (about 2 weeks ago) tried 12.0.4 about an hour later had that same cold indifferent feeling and moved on back to my Windows 7 system.

    I was born using a PC have been educated on PC therefore…”I’m A PC” (hum, maybe that should be a commercial) Oh Yeah it was…hehehehehehe even in Korea.

    • Onuora Amobi


      Funny… Greetings to Korea!

  • Andrew_Grush

    As I’ve said before, I dual boot Windows 8 Consumer Preview and run Ubuntu 12.04 as well. I started just a month or so ago with 11.10 and have been impressed with how far it has come, compared to earlier options of Linux. Right away I upgraded to 12.04, it wasn’t much different but there are a few changes from the previous version, though many of which aren’t directly noticeable.

    Is it my primary OS? Yes and no. I stick to Windows 8 for most things, but Ubuntu works very well for some of my business needs as well. Gaming is still a lot to be desired though, even with WINE supporting many popular windows games.

    If you need the best application compatibility though, Windows is still supreme.

  • MS

    for developers, Ubuntu is a very strong OS.

    • Onuora Amobi

      So I hear. Never had the guts to go back in.

  • Rex

    I don’t know why, but when ever I see screenshots of Linux, they always seem to be depressing colors to me.  MS, Apple, and even Android feels way more vibrant.  I have never been able to understand it.  I have been told for years that graphics in Linux are just as good as the mainstream OSes, but I just don’t see it.  It all looks so cheap to me somehow.  I don’t know.

  • Linsux

    Ubuntu is just plain crap

  • Lason1864

    Linux is a much more stable OS than Windows any day! If you want to learn Linux, a good way is to build it from the ground up. will show you how. To see all of the different flavors go to Some good ones are Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, Slakeware, openSuse, Pear, and Commodore. There are ton more.
    Nvidia has now joined the Linux Foundation…