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Do You Ubuntu? - Your YouTube Moment of the Day
Sunday, May 13 2007 @ 08:33 AM EDT

We've started putting up useful or fun YouTube videos, one a day, to demonstrate the significant noninfringing use of the service. Also because we're having fun.

At first, I was putting them in News Picks, but this one is too great not to put right here. It's a librarian in Vermont, USA, who installs Ubuntu on two rickety old donated computers in less than an hour and then shows Ubuntu off. The computers didn't come with valid licenses to any operating system, so she tried Ubuntu. As you will see, she is impressed at all the applications that come with it, including OpenOffice, and she shows you how to save an OpenOffice document as Microsoft Word format. Here's the Ogg version of her video.

If you would like to do the same, and she does make it look fun, here are some instructions she posted afterwards, but as you will see in the video, Ubuntu does the ubuntuing without much input from you. You can even ask and they'll send you a free CD in the mail of Ubuntu, Edubuntu, or Kubuntu, if you don't want to burn your own. I use Kubuntu myself. Edubuntu is for schools. If you are a business, this page about applications tested to run on Ubuntu and where support is available will interest you. But Ubuntu, as they say, is and always be free of charge:

Ubuntu is and always will be free of charge. You do not pay any licensing fees. You can download, use and share Ubuntu with your friends, family, school or business for absolutely nothing.

We issue a new desktop and server release every six months. That means you'll always have the the latest and greatest applications that the open source world has to offer.

That's what makes it perfect for librarians to put on donated computers in a little library in Vermont. She installed the desktop, but there is a server edition too, and if you're thinking of Linux because of security concerns, here's a handy page with things you will find useful, like setting up a firewall. Yes, it comes with Ubuntu. And if you are on a really old computer, you might be interested in Xubuntu. There are lots of other variations too, in various languages as well. Enjoy.


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