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As of 2018, Ubuntu's installer will collect data about user devices. This has caused outrage amongst Linux users.

Firstly, it's opt-out, rather than opt-in.

Secondly, it shouldn't even be there.

Thirdly, Canonical (Ubuntu's creators) have a very poor record on privacy, including harvesting local searches to drive Amazon sales and hostility to critics or their privacy practices.

Try Linux Mint or Manjaro instead. Linux Mint is completely compatible with Ubuntu, but comes with added features that make it even more user-friendly, especially for beginners. Manjaro is not based on Ubuntu; it's based on Arch. Although Arch has a daunting reputation as a difficult-to-use distro, Manjaro has been completely sorted out by its creators for user-friendliness. It supports both its own and the AUR (Arch User Repository), which means access to tens and tens of thousands of apps. If you don't know which to go for, consider also: Mint will be as stable as Ubuntu, Manjaro is a semi-rolling distro, which means it gets very regular system updates. Both are available with different desktops, and both are very much better than Ubuntu. I use Manjaro and would never use Ubuntu.

[Edited by JohnFastman, May 27]

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Not as good as before

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I don't like running Ubuntu, not for a while now. It has a lot of other crap I do not want either. But there are good Ubuntu alternatives.

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With every release, Canonical's Ubuntu wavers further from its slogan "Linux to human beings."

I've been an avid Ubuntu user for close to 6 years. I was loyal, avoiding distro hoping and being patient about some bad moves on Canonincal's part. A couple of weeks ago, I moved to Manjaro, an Arch-based Linux distribution.

In few words, and to the average user, I'll explain a few reasons why:

  1. With every release, Ubuntu gets more and more bloated. It comes filled with software you don't need/want, and the software you DO want is oftentimes lagging behind and outdated, requiring you to constantly fiddle with PPAs.

  2. Unity is awful and I hate it (change my mind) and the latest releases have seen the addition of ads in the desktop itself.

  3. Privacy and security have been a bit shady as of late. For example, Canonical's anonymous data collection is opt-out, not opt-in. Although it's great to have the option to share the info or not, I dislike the fact that it's opt-out.

  4. Finally, Canonical has announced recently that it will be dropping 32-bit app support, which is ludicrous. If you're using Ubuntu for gaming, for example, you got the short end of the stick from this statement: Valve will, in turn, drop Ubuntu support from 19.10 onward.

Canonical's recent moves have been riddled with bad decisions and I can no longer recommend Ubuntu. If you still want to move to Linux -- as you should! -- please consider one of the following instead:

These are just pointers. There are many more distros around and I strongly recommend testing and hopping a bit to see what suits you best!

[Edited by coralinecastell, June 25]

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I just deleted Windows today and installed Ubuntu on my desktop. Ubuntu is very easy to learn I had it up and running on a 9-year-old desktop that I received for free

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Why does everyone who first install Linux talk about this to the community?

Because for years we ( Windows users) were under the impression that Linux was so complicated and that Windows was going to be the only OS that we would ever use. BTW I like Windows 10. I just hate the fact that Microsoft basically owns your PC after agreeing to the TOS

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Linux is popular, best supported, Easy at first (Ubuntu), easier later, private, secure, reliable (Processes), light, open and free. It has free app stores, all free software, best uptime, many great look and feels (desktop environments) with rapid frequent lightweight updates (Packages) and almost all drivers. Ubuntu can auto find all drivers online.

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Amazing open source OS that is not only powerful on it's own, but is also great for breathing new life into computers that have been discontinued by their original manufacturers. As a developer, Ubuntu has a vast source of tools that help me get my work done.

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Though not a fan of some of Canonical's background activities, and the rate at which they both create and drop certain products (ie. Ubuntu Touch, Unity, Ubuntu One, etc), Ubuntu has been able to bring a lot of people to Linux over the years, and has done a good job of being user-friendly, customizable and stable. It is based on a rock-solid core, (and in my opinion, better distro) Debian, and has in turn been the basis for many other distributions.

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There are 2 kinds of Linux users: the Ubuntu lovers and the Ubuntu haters. like it or not, Ubuntu made an revolution on Linux world(Unity, Snap...). It's the most popular distro, easy to use, good hardware detection, great community you can find all the softwares you need or alternatives to. The Ubuntu lovers don't leave Ubuntu, because of the positive points and the haters(the most part) are jealous becauae of the Ubuntu's popularity.

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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - Definitely Worth It

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I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a laptop that I was getting ready to sell on eBay just to test out everything in it and make sure that Ubuntu was compatible with my laptop. The installation was easy; I didn't have to manually install the partitions, the program does all of that for you. After installing, I restarted the computer (which took less than 30 seconds to restart) and I noticed the Unity interface. It seems a bit cluttered, but it is definitely better than it used to be. The bar on the side that essentially has your most-used programs on it clutters up the screen a little bit, but you can change the sizes of it and the sizes of the icons on it, or you could just install a different desktop environment, such as KDE, LXDE, Xfce, etc.

Everything that was installed on my laptop was easily recognized by Ubuntu 12.04 and everything worked from the initial installation. The only thing I had to do was install a program to actually use my webcam with, but other than that, everything worked great.

I really think that Ubuntu might become a serious competitor to Windows in the next 3-5 years, because the usability of it is very easy-to-learn for newcomers to the Linux scene and for experienced Linux users. And the Ubuntu Software Centre gives it an "App Store" type feel to installing applications and repositories.

I thoroughly enjoyed using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS as it was very stable and was compatible with every bit of the hardware in my laptop. To anyone who has considered using Linux at all and never had the strength to try it, this would be a great start.

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The best operating system alternative to Windows. I recommend !

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I use Debian for servers. But, Ubuntu is the basis for all the easy to use desktops now.

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Well packaged Linux distribution. Easy to install. Easy to configure. Very feature complete.

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Free with amazing community,updated regularly , in short just amazing.

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Good OS

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Ubuntu is a excellent Linux distribution. It's fast, open-source and has a nice UI. Ubuntu will replace Windows one day.

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