What does Ubuntu mean to me?

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I first tried Ubuntu when it was 7.04, it was good but sound didn’t work so I switched back to Windows. I tried 8.04 and it worked but for various reasons I still needed Windows to co-exist with it. It’s been three months since I last saw Windows on my laptop. Time flies.  So today I decide to write about what Ubuntu means to me, or why I choose to support FOSS in general and Ubuntu in particular, in response to Jono’s reminder of the Ubuntu Ethos.

I learnt about FOSS and GNU/Linux when I was in grade 11, six years ago. I immediately fell in love with the idea and started reading tons of stuffs relating to the FOSS philosophy. There’re distinct differences between Free Software and Open Source Software but it’s beyond the scope of this short entry. So I’ll get started, as an unordered list:

  • It’s free. Free as in Freedom/free beer. Not just financial freedom.
  • It’s a better way for developing countries like Vietnam to develop its IT sector without paying Microsoft big bucks.
  • It’s a better way for children to learn about technology, without the prospect of becoming technology slaves.
  • It’s an intimate community where people contribute to the welfare of others and help out the folks in need. It’s the only projects that thousands of developers spend their free time working on voluntarily.
  • It teaches me a lot of things that if I use Windows, I won’t learn about.
  • It keeps getting better everyday.
  • It means “passion”. It’s not like your everyday computer any longer..
  • It’s a constant curiosity to explore and try new things, because you can’t seem to master every trade.
  • I’m a happy Ubuntu user :-)

That’s what I think. How about you?

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