Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Ubuntu Linux is one of the best open source solutions that the world has ever seen. It is a free and powerful operating system that includes, by default, most of the tools that people need on a daily basis to get work done on a computer. What tools it lacks have free and open source alternatives that, in many of cases, can do equivalent or better work.
This particular distribution of Linux is unique in that its client version of software is offered as an option, at the moment, on some HP and Dell computers. It is financially supported by Canonical- a company that is solely dedicated to promoting open source software.
For the purposes of this paper I have installed Ubuntu in a virtual machine. The first screen you are presented with when you boot the computer off the Ubuntu DVD is the option to “start or install” Ubuntu.