Ubuntu may just be one of the most popular distributions that the Linux community has developed over the past five years. What has made this distribution so popular is not only that it’s available for free download but you can also get a free CD mailed to you. This makes it easy for those who do not or don’t know how to burn a CD image of an .iso file. Overall the folks at Ubuntu have made it easy to try their product. It can be run as a live CD and also installed on a hard disk.

But there is more to the Ubuntu community than just free CDs. It also has some of the best Linux forums on the Internet. Since most people who are using Ubuntu are new users, help is available at many of the forums that the Ubuntu community supports. Also there is something else that makes Ubuntu different. The user has a choice of different versions of the Ubuntu product.

Ubuntu – By far the most popular of all of the variants, the classic Ubuntu comes with the Gnome interface. You can take a look here at what it looks like. Ubuntu comes in two flavors: Desktop and Server editions. Ubuntu is also the release that Dell has chosen to use on its Linux boxes.

Kubuntu – My personal favorite that uses the KDE interface. IMO this is the closet lookalike to Windows. You can view available screen shots of what this version looks like from here.

Edubuntu – Designed for younger users and helps them learn basic computer skills. It is a tool designed with the educator in mind. Screen shots here.

Xubuntu – Designed for the older system with limited resources that may have trouble running the Gnome of KDE interface. Screen shots available here.

And then there is the Ubuntu promise:

The Ubuntu Promise

  • Ubuntu will always be free of charge, including enterprise releases and security updates.
  • Ubuntu comes with full commercial support from Canonical and hundreds of companies around the world.
  • Ubuntu includes the very best translations and accessibility infrastructure that the free software community has to offer.
  • Ubuntu CDs contain only free software applications; we encourage you to use free and open source software, improve it and pass it on.

The Ubunutu founder has also stated that it will not be cutting a deal with Microsoft now or anytime in the future. This will only add to Ubuntu’s popularity now and down the road.

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