Ubuntu 9.10 – How Many Will Make the Free Upgrade?

Microsoft may be working at cross purposes, as it tries to tell everyone that staying with Windows XP is a bad move. Stating that Windows XP is less secure, or simply old, makes many who can’t afford to switch to a Mac, or don’t want to make a move to Windows 7, think about the possible switch to Ubuntu.

In a piece in ITWire, there are many down under who are balking at the price of Windows 7, and are also averse to buying a new PC, for their own variety of reasons. The article asks if Microsoft is pricing itself out of the market.

A piece a few days ago, by Robert X. Cringely, had that author stating the opinion that Microsoft was purposely keeping the upgrade prices high, so as to move more new computer buys by the greater public.

Because so many are having problems with mental, or economic, reservations to the Windows 7 option, and yet getting the barrage from Microsoft about the ‘badness’ of XP, the natural flow is to try out something that has no detractors on the basis of security, and gains more of the look and feel of Windows all the time (much of it because Microsoft insists on copying Unix look and feel, instead of using innovation to move new product).

The various press announces the coming of the latest Ubuntu. From Tech Connect

Right on schedule the Tux-loving Karmic Koala (aka Ubuntu 9.10) has made its debut, as expected in all shapes, sized and flavors. Being free as a bird and like most Linux distros, Ubuntu 9.10 features a redesigned, faster boot and login experience, a revamped audio framework, improved 3G broadband connectivity, a refreshed Software Center, the Ubuntu One online service suite that offers simplified backup, synchronisation and sharing of files, it comes with Firefox 3.5, OpenOffice.org 3.0, the F-Spot phone app, and is translated in 25 languages.

Ubuntu 9.10 is available in three versions – Desktop Edition, Netbook Remix and Server Edition, with derivatives like Kubuntu and Edubuntu also being updated to Koala status. To find out more about Ubuntu see this page, while for a download click here.

and from ZDNet

My budget manager has already told me to be really conservative as I begin the FY11 budgeting process. I have a few sacred cows and some key line items that I know will be funded, but those Windows 7 upgrades I was looking at? Ummm, yeah…I’m not looking at them anymore.

What I am looking at is a web server and a netbook, happily running their upgrades to Ubuntu 9.10. The web server (I just built it yesterday, actually, to run the Joomla! CMS to which I’m porting our distinctly unfriendly district website) was running 9.04. The netbook was running a beta of 9.10. Both cheerfully told me this morning that an upgrade to Version 9.10 was available.

“Would you like to upgrade?” they asked.

“Sure,” I said, as I clicked the upgrade button.

That was it.

While that last one details a Ubuntu to Ubuntu upgrade, it gives the prospective user a good case for going to Linux. All following upgrades will be very simple, and free. The hardest step is the first, and really only involves the mental jump to be made before the physical one.

As much that has changed with Windows 7, the change of the UI from Windows XP to Ubuntu, or Windows 7, is about an equal step into the dark. Again, thanks to the less than canny skills of Microsoft, the underpinnings have never been closer as well. In the end, Ubuntu might be the more logical, simpler, and mentally pleasing choice.


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