So close to the masses but massively far
Ubuntu Linux is one of the best opensource solutions that the world has ever seen. Itis a free and powerful operating system thatincludes, by default, most of the tools that peopleneed to get work done on a computer. What toolsit lacks have free and open source alternativesthat, in many of cases, can do equivalent orbetter work than their commercial counterparts. This particular distribution of Linux isunique in that its client version is offered as anoption, at the moment, on some HP and Dellcomputers. It is financially supported byCanonical- a company solely dedicated topromoting open source software.For the purposes of this paper I haveinstalled Ubuntu in a virtual machine. The firstscreen you are presented with when you boot thecomputer off the Ubuntu DVD is the option to“start or install” Ubuntu. This allows the new user to try Ubuntu ontheir system without risking damage to the host system’s hard disk. You can bootUbuntu up and see how it looks and feels,consider its compatibility, and if you choose,install the OS right from the live Ubuntu system. This did not work correctly in the virtual machine. This is not entirely Ubuntu’s fault but is anexample of how it does not support standard VGAdevices correctly. However, it’s true that Ubuntuwould support a wider variety of older systems.If the graphical interface has failed then you can fall back to a text-basedinstaller that has a great deal more complexity. It is not really made for everyone touse but unfortunately there are plenty of people who lack compatible hardware outthere and get forced to use the text-based installer.