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Ubuntu Linux Primary Use Case

DG
Technician / Network & Systems Administrator, ITAS Program at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is mainly a LAMP server with Apache, MySQL, PHP, and other things for the students to do their web development stuff. It's all done up with LDAP capabilities of getting into it. The web server side is open to the internet, so they can sit at home, VPN in, and do all their work. They can actually see what the public-facing side ends up looking like. Then we've got our main learning management system because we do our own self-hosted Moodle instance kind of thing. It's all running on a Linux server and doing well. Our DNS servers and things like that are all separate. Two of them are internet-facing, and one of them is internal.

I am very close to its latest version. I try and stick to using the long-term release versions, like every second year when they release the new long-term release one. So, I have some servers that are actually on 20.04, but I've got a web server at home that's on 16.04. I've got Nextcloud and things like that on that server, so I'm afraid to do a full load upgrade on it because I don't want to break anything. That's why I wish I had it set up as a virtual machine that I could take a snapshot of and blow it up and go, "Oh, okay. I'll revert." We can't do that with the hardware box.

In terms of its deployment, at work, I do everything on-premises in VMware vSphere itself. I work with the IT program at the university. It is an Applied Systems one, so it is a two-year diploma program. I've got a whole bunch of different servers set up for them, and it is a mix. Our domain itself is with Active Directory, and everything is Windows, and then just about everything else is running on Linux servers. Our VPN is also Windows because it makes it simpler for users to connect easily. You don't have to download keys and install them and then be able to talk to OpenVPN properly.

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MA
Technical Presales Consultant/ Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees

I don't use Ubuntu very much, but I have been testing it for approximately ten years. 

There are some that are running their data centers off of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Linux can be used for anything. Anything that you can do on Windows, you can do in Ubuntu. For example Microsoft Office, Microsoft is really famous for, their Windows platforms, and Office suite. 

In the past, the open-source community had alternative software such as Open Office or even another project called Libre Office. These open-source solutions provided an office suite similar to Microsoft Office. However, with the new Office 365, you don't need Windows to work on Office these days. Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel are all web-based. You can run Ubuntu and open your Firefox browser and use it.

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CTO at GreenWeb

I use Ubuntu Linux for server administration and to manage network traffic. I set up a Linux server and router with all traffic through ease. I could limit the band rate limits of users in university. These are the main use cases. I also used Ubuntu with ZoneMinder Software. It's open-source software and we use about 700 CCTV cameras, which are IP-based. We deployed this on our servers for use on our own two operating systems. Other use cases include using it with the base cloud. I set up an openness patch on the Ubuntu Operating System. I'm familiar with Bash Scripting, Python Scripting, and the system programming in C and C++, but C and C++ programming languages are not my recent activities. Most of my working system is Linux Scripting or with Python. Actually, I'm recently working with Ansible to automate my jobs and my Linux experiences. Ubuntu provides for all of these activities. I also used it for OpenStack.We are hosting providers and a service company. Half of our services are based on CentOS, but they are going to migrate to Ubuntu as they are using services that Ubuntu provides. We are going to use Ansible to manage Ubuntu servers using the provided automation. We have been deploying OpenStack in an industrial IT company in Iran and now we are going to add special storage as a block device for our private cloud in Iran.

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Founder at Element Flux

I use it for everything. I literally use it for any activity that I would do on a computer. I use it for writing code, browsing the web, shopping, and streaming videos and music. I also use it for graphics editing and testing.

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OP
Senior architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

We mostly use the Ubuntu 14 version, although this varies from one customer to the next. We always utilize the latest stable version when embarking on a new project. 

We use the solution for application development and integration. We employ it as an e-commerce solution or when writing a connector between two systems, such as for website development. 

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MS
Head of Technical Support at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees

We use the solution for our Linux servers. 

We use it for file transfer and remote desktop connections.

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SM
Web Developer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

It's very helpful for development. I'm a software developer. Linux is very easy to install a couple of things from the terminal. We can do most of the things from the terminal. It's very useful, in terms of their application in the cloud server. We can install it in the server, in our community server. If I do something in my local machine in the terminal, I can do the same thing in the cloud server. That's why I'm using Linux Ubuntu.

A few years ago, maybe two years ago, we were affected by some kind of encryption virus, a malware virus. It affected most of the Windows system due to the fact that our system was connected with some LAN connection. However, the Linux-based systems were not affected as it's a different OS. In our office, we just removed the Windows thing and put everything over on the Linux OS. 

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RM
Director, CTO, Co-Founder at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

I have used versions 16, 18 and 20, mainly the first two. 

We mostly use the solution for development purposes and also test it on products before and after their release. 

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KS
Computer Manager at a university with 10,001+ employees

I'm using it for a file server and for MySQL servers. Those are my primary uses.

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Co-Founder- Operation & Digital technology transformation at Cloudtreez

I primarily use it in my day to day work to test my products. There are a lot of open-source tools on the market, and I need this product to have something to deploy them on.

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JW
IT Manager at a comms service provider with 1-10 employees

We use Ubuntu Linux for software development to create a desktop environment for our developers, and we also have some VMs running Ubuntu-based services. 

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LD
Director Lean Infrastructure at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

I'm a customer of Ubuntu Linux and work as director lead infrastructure. 

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IS
Co-Founder at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

My primary use case is for office work and developing software. 

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MH
Solution Architect / Head of DevOps Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Ubuntu is a Linux OS. The solution is primarily used for web servers and web traffic.

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LC
Programma / Project Manager at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We primarily use the solution for data storage. 

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CW
Lead Desktop Support Technician at a educational organization with 10,001+ employees

I'm not doing coding with Ubuntu or the whole shorthand thing. I use the browser and stuff like that. I use it the way it's intended. If I download an ISO or particular distro, I use it, and if I don't like it, I find another one.

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HG
Technical Content Writer at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

We primarily use the solution for running some applications and for various apps or software. It provides integration with operating systems.

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Director & CTO at TechnoInfotech

The solution provides digital use for end users. I'm the director of the company and we are customers of Ubuntu. 

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IT Assistant at Hotel 2 Fevrier

We used this solution to do an integration between one of our PMS, property management systems. We integrated Opera and a cloud-based system. We use it as an interface between the Opera system, which is on a Windows server, and cloud bases system.

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Information Technology System Administrator at a outsourcing company with 201-500 employees

We use the solution as a desktop appliance.

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Sr. System and Storage Administrator at a government with 51-200 employees

We primarily use the solution for web applications.

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Lead DevOps Engineer at Etisalat

We primarily use Ubuntu to run and manage our monitoring solutions and applications. 

This solution is deployed on-premises. 

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RS
Lead Linux Administrator at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

I support a group that works with artificial intelligence. I install the machines for them and they do the customization. Some use Python, some use Java, some use other languages. They install their own IDs, their own products, their own systems and I deal with the operating system and support it. I'm a lead Linux administrator.

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CA
Owner and business consultant at networks srl

I am using it for quite a lot of things. I teach at a university where we use it for radiation protection computations. On the networking side, I use it for both workstations and firewalls. I always use its latest version.

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System Manager at a educational organization with 1,001-5,000 employees

Our primary use case is to have as an operating system, to install some applications.

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PA
Project Manager at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees

There are no specific uses beyond it being an operating system.

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MW
Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We are a solution provider and we recommend this product to our customers. We also use it internally.

Ubuntu provides us with a computer server, allowing us to combine our software code and different projects to produce graphics.

This operating system is suitable for cloud computing.

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System Administrator and DevOps Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

We run our personal applications or non-mission-critical applications on Ubuntu Linux to cut the cost. 

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HF
Researcher (telecommunication networks, smart cities and IoT) at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are at a University and use this solution for teaching and research.

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Director at SafeSquid Labs

We are using this solution in my organization as a software development platform.

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AO
Senior System Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use this solution for our NFS environment. I'm a system administrator and we're customers of Ubuntu Linux. 

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KH
Data Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

Ubuntu is a Linux operating system and one of the applications that it hosts is my SQL database.

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RK
Senior Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

We are primarily using the solution for programming. 

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Solution Architect at KIAN company

I'm responsible for building and providing container environments, and, therefore, I need to install and configure Kubernetes clusters on Linux operating systems. We use Ubuntu as a base operating system for the Kubernetes cluster and container environments.

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Senior Product Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We primarily use the solution as an operating system.

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Lead Technical Instructor at codehub

It can be used to write an application that is for all kinds of users to operate as an independent application.

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NR
Senior Associate Consultant IT Administrator at iLenSys Technologies Private Limited

Ubuntu Linux is primarily used for applications. 

We use phpMyAdmin and an ISO Index, both of which run on Ubuntu Linux.

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TM
Systems Engineer at a educational organization with 11-50 employees

Ubuntu is mainly required for work services, your domain name services, and internet public-facing services.

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JW
Forensic Technology Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

I am using this solution as an operating system.

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HG
Director of Linux Platform Software Institute at a consumer goods company with 51-200 employees

The primary use case for Ubuntu is as a Linux operating system.  

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TL
Head of Security at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

We use the solution for internal application deployment.

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LE
Head, Information Systems and Technology at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We pretty much use it to run everything that we have at the moment.

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JC
Assistant Researcher at CNRS

I primarily used Ubuntu Linux as a DNS server. I was running other types of servers, as well.

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IR
Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I am using it for the desktop system. I have its latest version.

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Data & AI expert at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I use the solution as a hosting system, processing machine for my machine learning model, and for running applications.

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MZ
IT manager at a agriculture with 10,001+ employees

We use the latest version of the solution.

It is useful for running our personal applications. 

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MG
KPMG company at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

I provide products for my customers. There are no limits to this solution.

Customers can use it for almost all applications and they can use it for their own systems.

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KB
Systems Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I have installed Ubuntu Desktop on my personal laptop. 

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JV
Cyber Security Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees

I use this solution for running our personal applications and our day-to-day personal use. We install it on our laptops.

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Manager at global trading

We use this solution for testing virtual servers and kernel-based programming.

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AP
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We use Ubuntu Linux as an operating system for daily use. We use it for many purposes, for example, supporting, developing, configuring, and scripting.

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SM
Director at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees

We use Ubuntu Linux to run applications and host our Oracle databases.

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Computer engineering student at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees

I have been using this solution for personal use and when I was in college to do some assignments. I typically install it on virtual machines.

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HM
Founder at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We use the solution to run our business applications.

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PM
User at a real estate/law firm with 10,001+ employees

The use case for Ubuntu is not the information system production environment for the operating system. It is used to run applications.

We are not utilizing Ubuntu in critical applications.

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DevOps Engineer at Integrity

I utilize the solution for running my personal applications.

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GM
IT Infra Head at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use this solution to install multiple applications in our environment.

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PB
System Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

I use this product on my desktop, it's a basic system for developing applications. Our company is based in the Czech Republic. I'm a systems architect and customer of Ubuntu. 

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FE
Senior System Engineer at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

I used Ubuntu Linux for my desktop and for web servers.

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BK
Associate Director at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

We are using Ubuntu Linux for running applications.

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RM
Senior Director IP led Services (PES) at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use the solution in the company where I work as an operating system. Whenever you are doing some serious development, you deploy this solution on a Unix platform.

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ZB
Executive Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

It is useful for web servers, email servers, and file servers. I am using its latest version.

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CL
Cloud Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We mainly use this solution for application-related uses. We use it as our main Linux platform of choice. 

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DB
MIS Specialist at a agriculture with 201-500 employees

We are using Ubuntu Linux as a file management solution.

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CEO at SoniqSoft JRMM sp. z o.o. s.k.

It is used for everything. We use it for our mail server and cloud solution server. You can also use it as an Active Directory (AD) Server instead of a Windows Server.

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RN
Lead Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

Our primary use case is for implementing anything that's open source, like a network monitoring tool or anything connected to network, security or vulnerability scanning. It can all be done with Linux. 

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Managing Partner at Veribir Ltd

We are using Ubuntu Linux to run applications.

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SB
ITOM Solution Consultant at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

I use Ubuntu mostly for private purposes.

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NU
Vice President SOC Monitoring at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

I am using it for my personal use on my personal laptop.

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MP
Manager at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We are using this solution for one of our projects where it requires an open-source toolchain for web application development.

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Senior System Administrator at Debre Markos University

We are using Ubuntu Linux for many purposes, such as running applications for our server.

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OD
Machine Learning Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Machine learning -- create models with Anaconda

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VK
Software Trainee at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We have 250 to 300 users in our organization working with Ubuntu, including about 50 engineers.

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DK
Information Technology Manager and ISMS Auditor at a consultancy with 51-200 employees

We use the solution for business use and running applications.

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SH
IT Security Specialist & Data Protection Officer at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees

I use Ubuntu for running personal applications.

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Learn what your peers think about Ubuntu Linux. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2022.
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