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Getting to Linux

After years of reading about Linux and wanting to try it, I finally plunged in with Ubuntu.  Wow.  It's a great operating system. I can do just about everything I can do using Windows, plus a lot that I couldn't (or couldn't afford to) with Windows.

The Ubuntu community makes it easy to use the OS.  They develop, maintain and upgrade the system -- and offer it to anyone who wants it for free.  Then there's the extended Ubuntu and Linux community that adds everything from additional help to free software.

At first I dual booted my computer and kept using Windows for work.  After a couple of months I preferred Ubuntu and found Linux software to do everything I need, at home and at work.  

Now I have Ubuntu on my desktop and my laptop and don't use
Windows at all.  And I don't miss it.

What's with the name?

By the way, "ubuntu" is an African word.  Here's how the Ubuntu community defines it:

"Humanity to others", or "I am what I am because of who we all are." The Ubuntu distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.

Why this site?

If Ubuntu is so easy, why create this site?  

First to help people starting from scratch ease into it by passing along some of the tips that helped me.  

Second because I want to contribute something to Ubuntu and Linux and  this is about the limit of my ability.

If you want to try Ubuntu Linux, move on to step one: the safe, simple way to start.