Can you use Ubuntu Linux for daily use?

Ubuntu is a famous operating system based on Debian Linux that is free and open-source. The initial release was in the year 2004 and now after more than 15 years, it is a mature OS with multiple editions for desktop, server and internet of things, which is called Ubuntu Core.

Few years ago, despite having some enthusiastic and interested users and a good fan base, the software selection of Ubuntu Desktop was not as diverse as Windows or Mac. Ubuntu was and still is a very good and mainstream choice for servers, but you had to rely on other operating systems for your desktop and certain tasks.

The years have passed and the community is even bigger now. There are more open-source software and solutions available in the market and it rises and old question; can you count on Ubuntu for day to day usage now?

If you are curious about what has changed and whether Ubuntu is a good match for you and your daily needs, you are in the right tech debate!

Ubuntu Desktop

Imagine you have an Android OS on your smartphone without any app store or 3rd party apps for messaging, news, shopping and games. Will you continue using it?

Android is a very popular Linux based operating system for mobile phones, but it’s the apps and games that drive this OS. So, I guess it’s better to review the available apps for Ubuntu Desktop first.

Default Software

Browsers & Email Clients:

You can use Thunderbird or Geary E-mail Client to read, write and send emails.

Productivity:

You also have LibreOffice and OpenOffice to work with word files, spreadsheets and PowerPoints, although these days a lot of users prefer online solutions like Google Docs and Zoho.

Messaging:

If you use the popular Telegram messaging service on your smartphone, you can install the official Telegram Desktop app too. The cross-platform client has a user-friendly layout, encrypted chats, and enhanced privacy. All the messages you send, read, and receive are perfectly synced with your mobile, too. If you use it for a while, you will realize how limited the competitors like Whatsapp are, in terms of features.

You can also use Ramme to browse Instagram on your PC. It even lets you upload pictures!

Image Editor:

Video Editor:

You can also use Lightworks, OpenShot, Shotcut or the famous DaVinci Resolve which is a very professional video editing software.

Audio Editor:

Players:

Lollypop is a feature-packed music player and an alternative to Rhythmbox, which is Ubuntu’s default music app.

Shortwave is an internet radio app that makes it easy to find and listen to internet radio stations. You can also use Spotify to access your favorite albums and podcasts for sure.

Ebook Reader:

Image writer:

Programming:

Gedit, Atom, Sublime Text, Notepad++ and also VSCode are the available code editors.

You can create programs in almost every language and enjoy the robustness and speed of Ubuntu. Android Studio users know what I am talking about. Sometime even a simple C++ compiling can be way faster in Linux.

If you are a web developer, you can use Git, Node.js and NPM, Python, PHP and have access to databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL and MongoDB.

Virtualization:

3D Graphics:

CAD:

Screenshot and recording:

Remote Desktop:

Gaming:

By installing Steam, which is the de-facto games distribution platform for Windows, macOS and Linux, you have access to thousands of games, ranging from indie hits and retro flavoured favourites through to blockbuster and AAA titles like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, DiRT 4, and the various Warhammer entries.

You can also try Steam Play. It utilizes a compatibility layer to directly run a Windows-specific game on Linux. By enabling Steam Play, you can play the whitelisted Steam Games that only recently were only available on Windows.

Security

You don’t need a conventional Antivirus software like windows if your distro is updated. Ubuntu also supports full disk encryption as well as encryption of the home and Private directories. You can also use its firewall, UFW.

Hardware Requirements:

Most PC OEMs install Ubuntu Desktop on their PCs and Laptops by default, mostly because it can showcase the hardware features, very easily and most importantly because it is free.

Ubuntu is released every six months, with long-term support releases that are called LTS, every two years. The LTS versions are usually supported for 5 years and receive updates for bug fixes, security patches and new hardware.

Conclusion

Some apps are still not available in Ubuntu, or the alternatives don’t have all the features, but you can definitely use Ubuntu for day to day usage like internet browsing, office productivity, video production, programming and even some gaming! There are a lot of use-cases where Linux is better than Windows or even Mac.

if you haven’t used a Linux distro, you’re missing out on a lot of good things. Linux already powers all the top 500 fastest supercomputers worldwide, It’s free, more secure, compatible with old and low-end hardware and it’s not that complicated to use. Drivers gets installed automatically and you can customize it as much as you like.

Probably the best thing about Linux is the community of users itself. You can interact with people to get help on numerous forums.

You should definitely give Ubuntu a shot, install it and try these apps for a while to see how they handle your needs or if you like the experience or not.

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