Before I used Ubuntu; I was stuck using your typical Windows OS. I liked Windows for a long time because I was told to by ad campaigns and through anti-Linux articles posted on the Internet which in time would peak my interest to why so many people didn't like Linux and what was Linux?
Upon using Linux the first time (Ubuntu 8.10) I was fairly okay with it; although this was during the phase when Ubuntu's networking on Acer laptops didn't do very well at all. I waited for the new release to become available and finally; I experienced the best setup and it worked really well with my laptop.
Currently using the latest version of Ubuntu; I use it as my daily computing OS and to record; mix; edit; and re-sample music that I work on here at home. It has become the official OS for me and I've recommended it to numerous friends, family, and colleagues within my area.
Linux and Ubuntu opened my eyes to possibilities I never imagined were possible and at best; FREE.
Since I've used Linux, I feel like I've become stronger in the use of my computer; my computer is personal again.
With Windows, you have to worry about things like Licenses, Performance, Compatibility, and the most sensitive one for me is Security.
I didn't want to spend hours configuring Anti-virus and Firewalls to get the security to block out hackers and viruses. With Ubuntu; It's already in the core of it's OS. Security comes first and I really admired that in Linux.
Using Audacity and a few other programs on Ubuntu; I was able to build and record my first song within minutes. Sound quality is very well done on Ubuntu. On Windows; my microphone would pick up sensitive sound such as air from a fan or voices on the TV but with Ubuntu; my microphone recorded almost perfectly with a studio feel to it. I really love that about Ubuntu; It truly incorporates a better quality in many of it's features and setups.
Overall, Ubuntu is my favorite OS and will be the OS on all of my computers for years to come. If it weren't for Ubuntu; I wouldn't be living in a world of freedom as I do today; without Ubuntu, I wouldn't enjoy computer technology and would have most likely thrown out my computer at some point.
Ubuntu helped restore a 10 year old computer we had to a nice crisp machine that I can use at home. Meanwhile giving us a modern OS with a simple and elegant touch that definitely peaked my interest since Ubuntu 9.04
With this OS I've been able to develop as a musician, restore an old computer, and even repair computers that I needed to use. I love that with Linux; it's easier than ever before to completely repair broken computers and get them up and running again.
The fact that I have the freedom to install, modify, distribute, and share what I want to with this OS is quite the gift. Ubuntu is the best thing to happen to computing. I'm thankful that such a great development turned into something that for me was completely life changing.
Thank you Ubuntu for all your hard work at giving me peace of mind and a perfect solution to coming back to the personal computing that I missed in Windows.
Even now with the release of Windows 7; Ubuntu just can't beat it and I am amazed at how far I've come in my learning with Linux systems and the amazingly great things you can do with these systems.
Linux is truly freedom and peace of mind. If you're a beginner; it's a great place for learning and developing in your technology. Linux is perfect for schools and colleges and I urge anyone and everyone whom is attending college or attending a local school to tell people about Ubuntu/Linux. It will truly take the world of computing to a beautifully new level.
By the way; Sorry if this sounded like a campaign or an advertisement but truly, I don't know of any other way to word my feelings on such a fantastic system.