Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distributions. Here are 10 reasons why you should use Ubuntu.

1. It’s Free!

Yes, It’s Free. Ubuntu is based on Debian Linux which is also free. One of the biggest advantages of Ubuntu is the fact that you don’t need to buy programs and pay for program subscriptions. There are free alternatives for most paid programs. For example, Libre Office, which comes pre-installed, offers a Word Processor, Spreadsheets, Presentation and more.

Ubuntu is also free to download from their website. All you need a storage device such as a flash drive to install it from.

2. It’s user-friendly

If you are new to Linux systems, Ubuntu is a great starting point. In fact, you don’t need to know how to code to use it. The interface is modern and stylish giving a clean feel.

3. Huge community

Ubuntu has a huge community which is usually willing to help you. So if you get stuck with something, just google the issue, there’s bound to be a solution. If not ask on the forums.

4. Loads of flavours available

Sounds tasty right? Ubuntu flavours are versions of Ubuntu, they usually have a different interface. A great flavour to check out is Lubuntu. There’s bound to be one to suit you!

5. It’s secure

Ubuntu is very secure. You can’t say it’s 100% secure because nothing connected to the internet is. If you compare it to Windows which needs antivirus software, it’s more secure. There are tons of users that say “You don’t need an antivirus program on Ubuntu”. I would still recommend a basic scanner such as ClamTk which is a basic on-demand antivirus scanner. Just to be on the safe side, especially when transferring or sending files to Windows users.

6. Customization

Are you a fan of customization? Ubuntu certainly is! In fact, you can customize it as much as you want! if you don’t like how it looks, change it! Customize it to how you like it so that it meets your needs and requirements.

7. Good compatibility

Ubuntu runs very well with hardware. In fact, every time I tried to install Ubuntu on a PC, all the drivers were already there! Unlike in Windows where on some occasions I had to search the internet for hours to find a compatible driver that works properly.

8. Low system requirements

If you have a low-end PC and you find that it struggles to run Windows, Ubuntu is a great choice for a replacement. Not only does it use less storage space compared to Windows, but it’s also less demanding.

If you have an old PC hiding away in the attic you could give it a new life with one of the flavours or even Ubuntu itself. It depends on the specs of course, but if it’s compatible why not?

9. It constantly gets better

Ubuntu is well supported and new versions are released often. In fact, the theme has recently got an overhaul.

10. Loads of free software in the Software centre

You no longer have to search the internet to find programs. Ubuntu Software Centre is packed with loads of cool programs. It just makes life a lot easier for you, especially when you’re looking for a program by genre.

Are you convinced yet?

Check out the guide below to find out how to either test or install Ubuntu…

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