63 Reasons to Love Ubuntu, Linux, and Unix

Intro: Started as 10,20,30 reasons and would add up to 50. There are just too many great things about Ubuntu / Linux / Unix. Look, I sat down to write 50 and Ubuntu ( and Linux ( and Unix )) are so amazing I couldn’t stop until I got to 63 reasons why it is amazing.

11 Reasons to Love Ubuntu:

  • Ubuntuforums.org
  • Simple website, setup, all around simple
  • Apt-get
  • Apt-get
  • Ubuntu Wiki
  • The Ubuntu community
  • Most programs have a special install for it, or at least have specific instructions for Ubuntu.
  • Wonderful built in software
  • 2 Updates a year
  • LTS updates
  • Ubuntu chartroom is great for instant support

28 Reasons to love Linux:

  • Open Source
  • Open Source
  • Open Source
  • Open Source
  • Great help base (though Ubuntu’s is superior)
  • Anything is possible with the right knowledge
  • Gnome
  • Reliability
  • Free
  • Lash / ffmpeg / lspci / lsusb (amazing, simple commands)
  • Grep
  • Amazing logging (try finding that in windows!)
  • File transfer speeds are shown (MAJOR)
  • Makes the best servers
  • Cron
  • Wget / fdisk / DF –H (so many great command)
  • Wine (the Windows emulator, not the alcoholic beverage)
  • Not graphically weighed down, but still looks good
  • You have a choice of gui ( Gnome, KDE, Xfce, etc. )
  • You can run just about any sort of server on Linux
  • So freaking customizable
  • X
  • X over SSH
  • Great built in support for encryption
  • Really easy to start making your own scripts and customizing it just the way you like it.
  • Best security, anywhere. No config necessary (but you still can)
  • CUPS
  • It can run on anything even a 200 MHz processor

24 Reasons to love Unix:

  • SSH
  • Amazing setup (root /) so much better than C: and D: and E: and F: etc.
  • Great integration with PHP, Python, etc.
  • Bash / SH
  • Mounting is SO easy
  • Terminal is worth knowing (cmd.exe is a joke)
  • Great built in support for compression (more than just windows zip!)
  • Transmission (app)
  • Finder/Nautilus are not the ugly  explorer.exe
  • Mounting more than a hard drive is possible (network and virtuals)
  • You don’t need extras; the basics do it (Ex: ISO making is included in Unix by default)
  • Efficiency
  • Rarely has Apps act up like Windows (You’ll forget what to do when you see a Don’t Send)
  • The Icons look good
  • You finally can break away from the start menu of windows.
  • Directory/File permissions are worth using
  • Directory/File owners are worth using
  • Groups are worth using
  • Customizabilicity. ( Yes, it’s not a word but even when you can customize your boot loader than is pretty amazing )
  • SUDO
  • Terminal can look pretty flashy ( compared to cmd.exe )
  • It doesn’t lie, it throws files away, it doesn’t recycle them ( attack on the Recycle Bin of Windows )
  • It gets along with everyting, Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix always communicates great.
  • There is hope for when you have problems
  • Fahim Mir Anwar

    Thank you Jordan De'loach, you have given me many reasons to like Unix.

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