A lot of times in this space, you’ll find me rambling on about Linux servers and other cool open source stuff that I use. I like typing commands and geeky stuff like that, but I know most people don’t. This post is a pointer for the average user who interacts with a desktop computer and is more comfortable in a graphical (point and click) environment.
Ubuntu is free (available without cost also) distribution of GNU/Linux with the GNOME desktop environment tightly integrated. According to the project home page:
“Ubuntu” is an ancient African word, meaning “humanity to others”. Ubuntu also means “I am what I am because of who we all are”. The Ubuntu Linux distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.
I write to you today from FireFox running under Kubuntu, which is a parallel distribution for those of us who prefer the KDE desktop environment over GNOME. Whichever graphical user interface look and feel you prefer, this distribution also comes with the Open Office 1.1 which does what I need an Office suite to do. (Write letters and make simple spreadsheets with a few financial functions.) FireFox and Thunderbird are available for the platform, the user has those familiar interfaces available to them.
In a related bit of news I recently found out that Citrix now has product offerings in the small business market. I don’t know much about the Citrix product line because I always perceived them as a “Big Servers” kind of product, and not really applicable. I mention this now because one can connect to the small business version of a Citrix terminal server via a Linux client (presumably running Ubuntu or Kubutntu) and run Windows applications on the server. I can use QuickBooks from the server and probably use Linux for everything else.
Choice is good.