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What is Ubuntu Linux?
Super-fast, easy to use and free, the Ubuntu operating system powers millions of desktops, netbooks and servers around the world.

Ubuntu Linux was previously known as Ubuntu.

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MahdiBahmani
Solution Architect, IT Consultant at Merdasco - Rayan Merdas Data Prosseccing
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Has a simple interface and it's easy to use but it is lacking enterprise features

Pros and Cons

  • "Ubuntu has a good interface, it is easier to use than other distribution such as CentOS or Red Hat. It's suitable for beginners who want to start learning Linux. It has a simple interface and it's easy to use."
  • "Ubuntu should create some specific features, like Red Hat. Red Hat has provided many features for open-source, like FreeIPA."

What is our primary use case?

Some of my customers use Red Hat, some of them use Debian, and some of them use Ubuntu. Ubuntu is popular for ordinary customers and some of our clients use Ubuntu. I have experience with most main distributions, such as SUSE, Ubuntu, Red Hat, CentOS, and Debian. 

How has it helped my organization?

A Majority of my customers would rather be Using CentOS, RHEL, and OLE but also some are looking for easier interface and simplicity. it suitable for newcomers and desktop users. What appeals to me about it is that you wouldn't have trouble with your drivers.

What is most valuable?

Ubuntu has a good interface, it is easier to use than other distribution such as CentOS or Red Hat. It's suitable for beginners who want to start learning Linux. It has a simple interface and it's easy to use. Ubuntu is suitable for someone looking for a desktop Linux.

What needs improvement?

I prefer to use Debian instead of Ubuntu because Debian is the main distributor. Debian is more stable than Ubuntu. In some projects, I have had some problems with Ubuntu Linux. I finally figured out the root cause. It goes back to repositories. On Ubuntu, you can use main repositories and the source of a package that you install from. If you change repositories, you will get trouble and have difficulties with Ubuntu.

Ubuntu should create some specific features, like Red Hat. Red Hat has provided many features for open-source, like FreeIPA. I can centralize the management and policy management. It's very good, like Microsoft. That has an active directory, a special directory service for the customers. 

I'm looking for enterprise features. I'm looking for specific features in the storage area, in the file system area. I'm looking for management solutions, integration solutions, like SUSE and Red Hat.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Linux for more than eighteen years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Because of some cutting edge packages, I think stability is good. Sometimes you need software that is not in the main repositories. Ubuntu tries to involve new software in their repositories.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I think there isn't a difference between Ubuntu and other distributors. If you have enough experience in Linux, you can implement most solutions, and there aren't any specific features between most of the major Linux. 

I have been working with several companies that use Linux in their office but they use Linux servers and most of them use Oracle Linux or CentOS and some of them use Debian. Some employers in these companies use Ubuntu so there are not very many users. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't used Ubuntu's support up until now. In most situations, my colleagues and I can resolve problems based on our experience, internet forums, and many papers that you can find everywhere about Linux.

The problems we would encounter would depend on the service we're working on. I implemented FreeIPA for some of my customers and I had some problems with the installation process. The main Ubuntu documents couldn't help me anymore. I had to look for extra documents on the net. I can resolve it from Red Hat or even Debian documents. It takes a reasonable amount of time to find a solution. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Don't change main repository of Ubuntu otherwise, you will get trouble.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very simple but not as simple as Mint. In the desktop area, Mint Linux is easier than Ubuntu Linux. Statistics show that Mint is more popular than Ubuntu but the setup is not difficult compared with Red Hat or another distributor. 

What about the implementation team?

All of my projects have been done by the internal team. 

What was our ROI?

It is not easy to find out ROI for such a solution but you don't have to pay for buying and most of the time for support.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

All of them are free most of the time if you have good Linux admins.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have been working on many Linux Distro till now. I evaluate the new release of the main distros to find out new features.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a seven out of ten. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
ZS
IT Specialist at a tech services company
Real User
Works well for small systems and has good value

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup is simple."
  • "If I run an application, I need it to show up in Microsoft, so Microsoft can run in Ubuntu. It needs to connect better with Microsoft products."

What is most valuable?

It's a very stable and very popular solution.

What needs improvement?

If I run an application, I need it to show up in Microsoft, so Microsoft can run in Ubuntu. It needs to connect better with Microsoft products.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable. We have 10 users at the moment. We plan to increase usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't have any experience with technical support. I have experience with Linux, so I am okay.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We've only ever used Microsoft products. But Microsoft is very expensive, and the system is complicated.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is simple.

What about the implementation team?

We had a consultant assist in the implementation. We need 15 people for deployment and maintenance.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise using the solution because it's a very stable system and very fast and you are charged no money for using them.

My number one choice, for the work I do, is Red Hat, but it's very expensive. Number two is Ubuntu, which works for small systems and has good value.

I think that Ubuntu offers more than Microsoft. Microsoft is no good. There are lots of versions of Windows, but many errors and there's no stable system.

I would rate this solution 2 out of 10.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Sergio Ferreira
Executive Director at Dynamic Tomorrow
Real User
Enables us to easily install new packages and to have recent packages available

Pros and Cons

  • "There are many features I like about this solution, but one that stands out, is that it allows me to easily install new packages and to have recent packages available."
  • "I am really very satisfied with this solution. However, one thing that I would like to see improve, is to have better support for multiple screens with multiple resolutions. For me, that is the most important feature."

What is most valuable?

There are many features I like about this solution, but one that stands out is that it allows me to easily install new packages and to have recent packages available. 

What needs improvement?

I am really very satisfied with this solution. However, one thing that I would like to see improve, is to have better support for multiple screens with multiple resolutions. For me, that is the most important feature.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using Ubuntu Linux ( /products/ubuntu-linux-reviews ) for about ten years now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Ubuntu Linus has always been very stable for us.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is very scalable on the server with some add-ons like like containers, Docker containers and kubernetes. We are a relatively small development company with only three staff members. But I've installed this for customers with hundreds of users supported by the Ubuntu server. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I've never had to use their technical support, so that just shows how good the product is. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used Debian before, but newer versions and solutions are out there and we've decided to start using Ubuntu Linux instead. 

How was the initial setup?

When I first installed it, it was fairly easy. But when I installed it onto my new laptop, it was rather complex because it involved adding all the drivers. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I use the free version, so I don't have any license fees.

What other advice do I have?

I will give this solution a ten out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Stephen Murcott
System Administrator at j5 Software South Africa
Real User
A stable, user-friendly solution that has good standardization, visualization, and package management

Pros and Cons

  • "I think Ubuntu's main strength, as opposed to using the other Linuxes, has been its ability to encourage user feedback."

    What is our primary use case?

    We're using Ubuntu in a number of different ways and I even have a server for the main controller that's running Ubuntu so that people can authenticate and do various other things internally. I started using Linux a very long time ago and it wasn't Ubuntu. Ubuntu just happened to be the friendliest, nicest solution out there. It is also the easiest to sell to other people. 

    One of the things I like about this solution is that you can leave it without having to boot into a rescue mode at one of your servers. You don't have to change permissions or go through nightmarish scenarios to solve technical issues. 

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable features of this solution are standardization, visualization, and package management. I also like their videos. 

    Ubuntu is following mainline Linux, and what Ubuntu really does well is packaging it well so that you've got a really turnkey desktop or service solution. Their stuff is pretty good as far as it goes. I've enjoyed using the product because of those things. 

    What needs improvement?

    I would love to see more, open documentation and a bigger ecosystem. I think Ubuntu's main strength, as opposed to using the other Linuxes, has been its ability to encourage user feedback. I think that's something that can always be improved. So it's just about keeping that open and increasing the certainty in IT because IT needs to know what we're going to stick with. When you decide to make an architectural change, it may be better to get community feedback first, and maybe then announce it in a different way. I don't think it's very technical and the community feedback route should be looked at or be improved. 
    They might also add additional features, like something to tweak the home desktop a little bit for new users. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using this solution for about thirteen years now, since 2006.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is very stable and the long term support releases have been great. It is always a very good idea to read what's happening and not to switch over too quick. We have products that we put out that we build, so we also have to make sure that all the libraries around that product are going to be working the same before we even start to use it. So the stability is fantastic. We've been very happy about the long term support release and we've hardly had any problems at all.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Ubuntu Linux is built to scale well. We are currently running our entire infrastructure on it. So we've got virtual machine servers, word servers, and version control for code. And I've got an office with at least ten people using the desktop version.

    I'm hoping that our software service will grow and then we will have much more server usage. We are part of a much bigger corporation with more than 20,000 employees in the active directory. So, we used to previously push Ubuntu much harder, but these days we just like to let people choose whether they want to use it. And we buy Ubuntu certified laptops for the people who want to use Ubuntu for enterprise. Linux is still a bit of a second class citizen on enterprise desktop, because of active directory dominance.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Up to now we solved our own technical issues, like normal de-bugging. Other issues I like to solve by using different technologies. But not without having to go through a very diverse ecosystem where there's a lot of solutions in place.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I used Linux a few years back and then I moved from Linux onto Ubuntu in 2006. I liked the way Ubuntu community marketed itself. I like to use friendly solutions, and not solutions where elitist techno people make other people feel inferior.

    What other advice do I have?

    My advice to others would be to know what you really want. Ubuntu can be customized to exactly those functions. Depending on how you want to scale, for example, you might want to look at microservers, architecture, and how to connect it all up. And have your Ubuntu servers as small nodes or even containers. The solution offers many options, so if you're starting with Linux or Ubuntu, I would start with playing around in virtual machine space, seeing how the package management works, write some scripts, getting to know a little Bash. The solution is very secure and there is a lot of documentation available already. 

    I rate this solution an eight out of ten.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    BR
    Unix Admin at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    An impressive user experience with wide support for hardware devices

    Pros and Cons

    • "The most valuable feature is the user interface."
    • "On the gaming side, things are happening but there are some games that should be ported to Ubuntu."

    What is our primary use case?

    I use this solution on my desktop.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature is the user interface. The user experience is really good.

    What needs improvement?

    On the gaming side, things are happening but there are some games that should be ported to Ubuntu. Gamers generally don't adopt Linux, and the choice is normally Windows.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability of this solution is ok. The previous version of this solution had some glitches. When I locked the system, I would come back and it would not unlock. I had to remotely log in and kill something before it would unlock. After the update it was ok.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I haven't used Ubuntu as a server operating system. Obviously, Linux is scalable because we have been using Red Hat and other distributions, but with respect to Ubuntu, I haven't used it on the server side very much.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have never contacted technical support.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We do not use Ubuntu Linux in our production environment. For production, we use Red Hat and similar ones, such as Oracle Enterprise Linux. On the server-side, we haven't introduced Ubuntu yet.

    What other advice do I have?

    With Ubuntu, I think the recent versions have pretty much everything in place. Some other operating systems may not take all of the hardware devices and drivers, but here it picks up most of the things, so I don't see anything wrong in there. The user experience is good, the interface is good. It's all good.

    Being a desktop user, I can say that using this solution on a desktop is a very good choice. Ubuntu also supports a cloud-based installation, so it should be a good choice there as well.

    I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    YZ
    IT Manager at TMSoft ltd
    Real User
    A stable solution with an easy initial implementation

    Pros and Cons

    • "The solution is stable."
    • "The solution could be better integrated with Microsoft."

    What is most valuable?

    I find the stability of the solution the most valuable aspect. It's also easier software than Microsoft Windows.

    What needs improvement?

    The portal for the active directory needs to be improved. I cannot include my work station as I want to the active directory to the Microsoft domain. 

    The solution could be better integrated with Microsoft.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the solution for 2-3 years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is stable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I cannot answer this question. I haven't tried to scale the solution. Directory as a workstation is used by a few hundred, but all servers are for Oracle databases. And that users work on Windows work stations, but with Oracle client issues, databases on the servers. But we don't plan to scale.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We don't deal with technical support. If we need answers, we usually use the internet.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We previously used 3BD and Oracle Linux. We switched because this solution is more user-friendly.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was pretty easy.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We did not evaluate other options.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution at 8 out of 10. 

    For me, its different user interfaces is not a good idea because sometimes it's hard to find the best interface. It's better to have one, but an excellent one. I think the stability is very good.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    HamidShariati
    User
    Real User
    A good open-source solution but it could use a better UI

    Pros and Cons

    • "I find the Linux community very valuable and the fact it is open source. So it's free and I use it without any problems."
    • "They aren't as user-friendly as Microsoft. The solution can use a better UI."

    What is most valuable?

    I find the Linux community very valuable and the fact it is open source. So it's free and I use it without any problems.

    What needs improvement?

    I'd like their updates to be better and some other official programs, as well as the user interface. They aren't as user-friendly as Microsoft. The solution can use a better UI.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the solution for four years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I find the solution stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    For me, the solution is scalable.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I prefer to use the community, rather than technical support. I'm able to solve my problems using the community. It's easy to find answers to my questions.

    What other advice do I have?

    We use Covernity for cloud infrastructure, but for disk management, I use Unbuntu.

    I would advise those thinking about using Ubuntu to be patient and don't switch to Windows.

    I would rate the solution as 7 out of 10, because some platforms aren't as easy for users.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    Somchai Quint
    Owner at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Scalability and expanding capacity are easily done in a short amount of time

    Pros and Cons

    • "If there is a virus going into the network, it has to pass through an Ubuntu server, which can't be infected by the virus. So, there are less viruses on our systems."
    • "An easier to configure firewall would be a good add-on."

    What is our primary use case?

    I used it before on my laptop, and I was quite happy with it. I had to change back to Windows 8 when we got a new product which is not supported by Linux. To show our product to our customers, I had to go back to Windows. 

    I still have an older laptop which is using the Ubuntu version on it. I am still quite happy with it. I have not had so many compatibility problems between Ubuntu and Windows as I have had with Mac.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Our biggest issue is cybersecurity. In 2013, we decided to protect our network with a Linux server. If there is a virus going into the network, it has to pass through an Ubuntu server, which can't be infected by the virus. So, there are less viruses on our systems.

    What is most valuable?

    Linux is more stable than Windows. 

    What needs improvement?

    An easier to configure firewall would be a good add-on. 

    I would like some antiviruses, since what you get on the market is not much. However, if you want to protect your network, there should be an easier way to configure security software since sometimes it can be very difficult.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Three to five years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is very stable. Previously, I never had a problem. 

    Though, I have a problem now. I tried to install Microsoft SQL Server on a new Ubuntu machine, and it is not working at 100 percent. This is following Microsoft's install instructions, not Ubuntu's.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I had a customer who was using NGINX running on Ubuntu servers in three different data centers. After getting more servers behind these NGINX Ubuntu servers, we had to resize everything. This was easily done in a very short amount of time, and we were able to expand the capacity too.

    How is customer service and technical support?

    I have never used the technical support.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is quite straightforward. Sometimes, I have to read a little bit. I have quite a big eBook with how to's, which I wrote myself. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    It is very cheap. It didn't cost anything to download a Ubuntu server version and install it on an already existing Dell server.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Cisco or Juniper.

    What other advice do I have?

    Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: sales support.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    Jorge Barroso
    Consultor at Scitum
    Consultant
    Top 5
    ​Old equipment works for at least two or three years more

    Pros and Cons

    • "Use of the tools for systems and software to test functionalities."
    • "The integration with other applications, like Chrome or Firefox, works excellent for users navigating and test browsing."
    • "Developing more applications for businesses could work better, but that is not part of the OS piece. Let the developers work on other apps, therefore the needs for consuming less memory do not affect the performance of this OS version."

    What is our primary use case?

    • Surprised with the better use of resources for old machines.
    • The GUI is easy and friendly.
    • The environment was a test machine with Intel i586 (recommended).

      How has it helped my organization?

      Improved on the recycling of old computers, but most users ask for a solution for new equipment. 

      What is most valuable?

      Use of the tools for systems and software to test functionalities. The integration with other applications, like Chrome or Firefox, works excellent for users navigating and test browsing.

      What needs improvement?

      Developing more applications for businesses could work better, but that is not part of the OS piece. Let the developers work on other apps, therefore the needs for consuming less memory do not affect the performance of this OS version.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      One to three years.

      What was our ROI?

      Old equipment works for at least two or three years more, which means a significant savings.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      Edward Stryzek
      System Engineer
      Real User
      Provides a cheap, stable server for our DevOps team, using standards we can easily apply

      Pros and Cons

      • "RTO with the use of templating support for VMware for fast deployment of recovery or new systems, with the least amount work needed on custom settings, within application installed from install repositories. Shorter overall time with the vetted packages. Normally install and go."
      • "Stability of our systems has only improved since moving from CentOS to Ubuntu LTS."

        How has it helped my organization?

        With Web services, many DevOps require different configurations that could cause problems with each project's needs. We are able to supply a cheap, stable server that can cover the DevOps team, using standards we can apply very easily.

        RTO with the use of templating support for VMware for fast deployment of recovery or new systems, with the least amount work needed on custom settings, within application installed from install repositories. Shorter overall time with the vetted packages. Normally install and go. Time from Dev to Prod has been reduced from months to weeks in most cases.

        What is most valuable?

        Each server has been installed to serve as a solution for a service needed. LAMP seems to be the most used package over all.

        For how long have I used the solution?

        One to three years.

        What do I think about the stability of the solution?

        Stability of our systems has only improved since moving from CentOS to Ubuntu LTS.

        What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

        Scale would normally be limited to the hardware. As with most Linux distros, HA packages for most apps are available in the repositories and many great support  forums with how-to's.

        How are customer service and technical support?

        With the great support forums available, I have not needed to contact support as of yet.

        Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

        We still have a mix of servers and must support our legacy systems that range from Red Hat, CentOS, and FreeBSD. As time goes, on we require more stable services with updated security, and we replace them with Ubuntu LTS to unify our systems to a standard that is easy to support and deploy.

        How was the initial setup?

        With all the systems our network requires, this was one of easiest deployments thus far.

        Which other solutions did I evaluate?

        Many other Linux distros were selected for testing, but Debian core was very stable. However, the Debian distro itself was very annoying, missing many basic packages, and had little to no support for template deployment in VMware vCenter 5.5 to current.

        What other advice do I have?

        We are a non-profit consumer with a small budget, hence the need for a stable, low-cost server to provide services to our users.

        While I would recommend Ubuntu LTS (stable v16.04.3 at time of this review) try other distros to see how long it takes to deploy, and how much tweaking it will take to implement your project. 

        Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
        ITCS user
        IT Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
        Consultant
        Updates on packages are the main reason that I use this solution

        What is most valuable?

        The Ubuntu LTS server is very stable. I use Ubuntu on most of my servers and I'm very pleased.

        How has it helped my organization?

        Updates on packages are the main reason that I use the Ubuntu server. With this tool, my servers are up-to-date and secured. It is easy to use. The Ubuntu server is good for new admins. We use it for HAProxy load balancers, to database, and web servers with high availability.

        What needs improvement?

        I think it should only be for the desktop. Maybe it is good idea to say goodbye to Unity and say hello again to Gnome.

        For how long have I used the solution?

        I have been using Ubuntu for five or six years. I use it mostly on web servers.

        What do I think about the stability of the solution?

        It is very stable. For all those years, I never had any problems.

        How are customer service and technical support?

        I've never used technical support. I use askubuntu.com which is free and it is great!

        Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

        I used SlackWare, then Debian. My most important servers are still using Debian, but the other ones are Ubuntu servers.

        How was the initial setup?

        The setup was straightforward. It is pretty easy to use for beginners to advanced admins.

        What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

        Use Linux. It is free!

        Which other solutions did I evaluate?

        We did not evaluate other options.

        What other advice do I have?

        Ubuntu is a very stable Linux. I highly recommend it.

        Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
        it_user697008
        Founder and CEO at a tech services company
        Consultant
        I need to upload a large amount of data and they do not charge me for traffic.

        What is most valuable?

        Because they are cheap and they do not charge me for traffic.

        How has it helped my organization?

        I need to upload a very large amount of data do Google Servers and Digital Ocean doesn´t charge me for traffic like Amazon does. This was the best option.

        What needs improvement?

        Compare it to Amazon AWS and you will see how much they can grow. Every company wants to grow as much as possible, or even more than AWS. So compare Digital Ocean with AWS and you will see how much they can grow. I don´t mind using AWS anymore and I think that what Digital Ocean offers me is enough.

        For how long have I used the solution?

        I believe we have been using it for a year.

        What do I think about the stability of the solution?

        There were no stability issues.

        What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

        There were no scalability issues.

        How are customer service and technical support?

        I didn´t have to ask for technical support. Their documentation solved my problems.

        Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

        We used Google Compute Cloud, and we switched because Digital Ocean is cheaper.

        How was the initial setup?

        The initial setup was straightforward. They require very little information in order to start your droplet.

        What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

        If you need a cheap server, this is the way you should go.

        Which other solutions did I evaluate?

        We evaluated Google Cloud Compute and Amazon AWS.

        What other advice do I have?

        It works like the others, but it seems cheaper. If you´re looking for a robust implementation, then go with AWS.

        Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
        ITCS user
        Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
        Consultant
        Do a proof of concept (POC), scaling as large as you can as close to your intended production environment.

        What is most valuable?

        It's a free and open source software-defined storage (SDS) that runs on various platforms such as Ubuntu, CentOS, RHEL, IBM Z, among others.

        It can be used for a bulk object including as an alternative to OpenStack Swift, Swiftstack, and others. Can also be configured for the block as well as the file.

        How has it helped my organization?

        Hmmmm…….Good question.

        What needs improvement?

        Ease of use, ease of management, ease of deployment, ease of troubleshooting, resiliency, automation, and performance.

        For how long have I used the solution?

        I have used various versions of Ceph off and on at different times, going back several years.

        What do I think about the stability of the solution?

        Yes, on the other hand, deploy in a controlled environment, stay within the “box”, and it works well.

        What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

        For my use, I did not scale it very large, as was concerned with doing so and with not having enough hardware to maintain performance.

        In other words, depending on what you are looking to do, while being SDS, Ceph is also hardware dependent, as is all SDS.

        However, it also needs CPU, memory and fast storage for OSDs as you scale activity.

        How are customer service and technical support?

        N/A, relied on various forums and Ceph site (looked at Red Hat site info, however, found ceph and other sites more useful).

        Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

        I have used and do use various others, including services such as AWS S3 /EBS /EFS /EC2 instance, as well as Azure Files/Blobs/etc, GCS.

        Also on-prem software, including Microsoft S2D, VMware vSAN, OpenStack/Swift among others.

        How was the initial setup?

        Depends on your experience, and what you are trying to do, there are some useful scripts floating around, or you can get a turnkey kit solution from vendors such as Fujitsu, SUSE, Red Hat, and many others.

        What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

        Look beyond the initial cost, for example, free if open source version, or price for a kit from Fujitsu, SUSE, RHEL among others.

        Look at ongoing costs for maintenance. This is particularly important if you are going the free route as you will end up paying regarding allocating or using more of your staffs time to support, maintain, upgrade and enhance.

        Which other solutions did I evaluate?

        VMware vSAN (still have), Microsoft Windows Storage Spaces Direct/S2D (still have), Dell EMC ECS/Atmos (still have), OpenStack Swift (still have), AWS S3 (still have), Azure (still have), Datacore (did a trial), and many others.

        Some others to look at and consider include Dell EMC ScaleIO, Elastifile, Hedvig, HDS HCP, NetApp StorageGrid, Nexenta, Noobaa, Rozo, Starwind, Storpool, Virtuozzo, and WekaIO, among others.

        What other advice do I have?

        Do a proof of concept (POC), scaling as large as you can as close to your intended production environment.

        If needed, use Google, AWS, Azure or some other cloud to do the POC in.

        Look for several things in your POC including what are the hardware performance and resource (CPU, memory, I/O, SSD) dependencies, how easy to manage, tune, troubleshoot along with resiliency.

        For example, fail nodes and see how system recovers as well as what you need to do to support the environment. Don’t be scared of Ceph, be prepared and informed, use it where it makes sense and is capable of meeting your needs. Make sure that you can get ceph to work for you, vs. you having to go to work for ceph.

        Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
        Shepherd Nhongo
        Senior Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
        Consultant
        The package manager is easy to use & the OS supports a lot of hardware that enabled us to bring back to life old equipment and do more with less. It's ability to manage thousands of Servers seamlessly

        What is most valuable?

        The package manager is easy to use & the OS supports a lot of hardware that enabled us to bring back to life old equipment and do more with less. Its ability to manage thousands of servers seamlessly using Landscape reduces the TCO by a huge margin.

        How has it helped my organization?

        We have developed an internal Document Management System around Ubuntu and MySQL, which came at no extra cost and our efficiency has improved dramatically. We now scan and save all our documents and correspondence.

        What needs improvement?

        As a product, I can't think of anything much because we are yet to fully utilize the product and it has met all our expectations. The technical training is the one that needs to be updated regularly and also engagement of more technical training partners.

        What do I think about the stability of the solution?

        No.

        What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

        No.

        How are customer service and technical support?

        The Ubuntu paid support is probably second to none because we have never needed it. The community support is so engaging and world class such that we have never really needed any enterprise support.

        Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

        Yes. We had RHEL servers and we took all of them out because of the TCO and the package manager which was a nightmare. A standard Ubuntu server is three times or more faster than RHEL server in booting up.

        How was the initial setup?

        The initial setup was smooth and self explanatory with an option to go through a standard setup or an advanced one.

        What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

        Ubuntu Enterprise solution is the best route to pursue for SME. We recommend the standard SLA for 10*5 phone.

        Which other solutions did I evaluate?

        RHEL and SUSE Linux.

        What other advice do I have?

        If you are going to implement this platform then you must run a new installation rather than upgrade any other distro's. This is to avoid garbage in and garbage out.

        Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
        ITCS user
        Senior Developer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
        Consultant
        The initial setup experience was the best of all other distributions.

        What is most valuable?

        I like it that Ubuntu is actually free and was one of the first with a decent hardware recognition during installation. It is still free, where some other distributions are no longer free and with a large and active community. A large community means that if you run into issues you have a place to find a solution or to help others.

        How has it helped my organization?

        I have used it professionally on some occasions but mainly to maintain the home network. Long Time Support has helped me to prevent regular updates on stable servers.

        What needs improvement?

        The Linux for desktop marketing could be improved but that is not only for Canonical/Ubuntu an issue.

        How could these areas be improved? All parties (commercial, idealogical and non-commercial (I.e. the rest)) together could be a force to rekon with. But I do not think that there is a way to let them join forces. So, it is down to smaller initiatives to make people aware of the alternatives to Windows. Also, the required buying of Windows on each PC does not help. I think this is not helpful for IT as a whole.

        For how long have I used the solution?

        I have used Linux for over 20 years now and Ubuntu for over 10 years.

        What do I think about the stability of the solution?

        It is rocksolid!

        What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

        I did not run into scalability issues.

        How are customer service and technical support?

        I used community support (and Google) for the issues I ran into and solved most within a short time.

        Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

        I used other distributions, such as Slackware, Mandrake, Redhat, Debian and, of all of those, I like the way Ubuntu is setup the best.

        How was the initial setup?

        The initial setup experience was the best of all other distributions and it was a smooth ride :)

        What other advice do I have?

        Go for it if you need al Linux based server. Just start downloading it and using it. It is free.

        Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
        abhinav singh
        Security Expert at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
        Vendor
        I don't have to switch between multiple OS for my work.

        What is most valuable?

        Ubuntu MATE provides me with a complete OS experience, so I don't have to switch between multiple OS for my work; I can do my development, usual browsing and accessing tools on the same machine.

        I mostly use the OS for development purposes by running IDE like PyCharm. I also use the OS to connect to other machines in our development environment.

        How has it helped my organization?

        We moved from Ubuntu 12 to Ubuntu 16 recently, owing to the various new fixes that were shipped with its new version.

        Ubuntu is the standard deviation OS in our environment and we have built our own image that the developers can just download and begin using it.

        What needs improvement?

        Stability is a big issue in my opinion. I have found version 12 to be more stable. I have tried various desktop environments and MATE seemed most stable to me.

        For how long have I used the solution?

        I have been using it for the last four months. Before this, I was using Ubuntu 12.

        What do I think about the stability of the solution?

        We have encountered stability issues. I find it less stable when I am using Ubuntu as a virtual machine.

        What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

        There were no major issues with its scalability.

        How are customer service and technical support?

        We have never used technical support.

        Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

        We were using Ubuntu 12 and we switched to Ubuntu 16, so as to solve the performance issues and version upgrade for development purposes.

        How was the initial setup?

        The setup was straightforward. We found it easy to set up version 16 compared to version 12.

        What other advice do I have?

        MATE Desktop is most suited if you want to run Ubuntu 16 in a virtual environment.

        Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
        ITCS user
        Associate System Administrator at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
        Vendor
        Allows package management and customization.

        What is most valuable?

        Package management Stability Customization

        How has it helped my organization?

        Using LAMP services really improves all of the infrastructure.

        What needs improvement?

        Patch management.

        For how long have I used the solution?

        We have been using this solution for six years.

        What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

        I did not encounter any issues with deployment.

        What do I think about the stability of the solution?

        I did not encounter any issues with scalability.

        What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

        I did not encounter any issues with scalability.

        How are customer service and technical support?

        Customer Service: I have not used customer service. Technical Support: I have not used technical support.

        Which

        What is most valuable?

        • Package management
        • Stability
        • Customization

        How has it helped my organization?

        Using LAMP services really improves all of the infrastructure.

        What needs improvement?

        Patch management.

        For how long have I used the solution?

        We have been using this solution for six years.

        What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

        I did not encounter any issues with deployment.

        What do I think about the stability of the solution?

        I did not encounter any issues with scalability.

        What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

        I did not encounter any issues with scalability.

        How are customer service and technical support?

        Customer Service:

        I have not used customer service.

        Technical Support:

        I have not used technical support.

        Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

        We used FreeBSD. We moved to Ubuntu, because FreeBSD package management is very difficult.

        How was the initial setup?

        I was involved in the setup and it was straightforward.

        What about the implementation team?

        We implemented it on our own.

        What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

        It is free.

        Which other solutions did I evaluate?

        We evaluated other options.

        What other advice do I have?

        Great job, Ubuntu team. Keep it up.

        Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
        ITCS user
        IT Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
        Real User
        Review about Ubuntu Linux

        What is most valuable?

        1. stable 2. easy upgradable 3. secure 4. light

        How has it helped my organization?

        I always use it at home.

        What needs improvement?

        Backoffice tools should be improved: xls and doc files should be edited with light and faster tools.

        For how long have I used the solution?

        15 years

        What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

        No.

        What do I think about the stability of the solution?

        No.

        What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

        No.

        How are customer service and technical support?

        Customer Service: Not applicable. Technical Support: Not applicable.

        Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

        First I used Fedora. I switched for stability reasons.

        How was the initial setup?

        No.

        What about the

        What is most valuable?

        1. stable

        2. easy upgradable

        3. secure

        4. light

        How has it helped my organization?

        I always use it at home.

        What needs improvement?

        Backoffice tools should be improved: xls and doc files should be edited with light and faster tools.

        For how long have I used the solution?

        15 years

        What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

        No.

        What do I think about the stability of the solution?

        No.

        What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

        No.

        How are customer service and technical support?

        Customer Service:

        Not applicable.

        Technical Support:

        Not applicable.

        Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

        First I used Fedora. I switched for stability reasons.

        How was the initial setup?

        No.

        What about the implementation team?

        By myself.

        What was our ROI?

        Not applicable.

        What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

        Not applicable.

        Which other solutions did I evaluate?

        Already answered.

        What other advice do I have?

        No apart my thanks to ubuntu community.

        Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
        ITCS user
        Senior Consultant IT Infrastructure at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
        Consultant
        Since it provides LTS releases with 5 years of support, you can have longer server lifecycles without having to worry about security patches.

        What is most valuable?

        Although Ubuntu is based on Debian Linux, it ships with (more or less) current software. In addition, there a are a lot of community-based repositories which can easily be added.

        Since Ubuntu provides LTS releases with 5 years of support, you can have longer server lifecycles without having to worry about security patches.

        One of the greatest things about Ubuntu is the possibility of upgrading to the newer release on the fly - no reinstallation is needed.

        Other great things/features include: Great AppArmor support, huge official package repository from Canonical and the community, decent hardware support.

        How has it helped my organization?

        Ubuntu powers many servers in most of the companies I worked for. Maintaining them was - in most cases - easy and painless.

        What needs improvement?

        The rpm-based distributions (such as Suse, Red Hat, CentOS, Fedora) ship with support for awesome system management software (Spacewalk, just to name one example). Ubuntu often provides *some* support for these tools, but it is very rarely supported a 100%. Canonical has Landscape and some other stuff; however, this is not sufficient. Canonical clearly should provide more system management tools which integrate into enterprise environments. Red Hat, CentOS and Suse clearly have more advantages here.


        Furthermore, the Unity desktop and the advertisment integration of third parties are horrible.

        For how long have I used the solution?

        I have been working with Ubuntu since 2010.

        What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

        Deployment was always straight-forward; however, upgrading to latest releases (e.g. from 12.04 to 14.04) could mean that you have to adapt your system management tools since some package names can change.

        What do I think about the stability of the solution?

        Not with Ubuntu itself, but some software being packaged by the community for Ubuntu is not built with optimum parameters. E.g. I had many struggles with the libvirt/KVM builds for Ubuntu.

        Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

        Before using Ubuntu, I was used to Debian and their concept of having rock-solid (but also very old) software in their repositories. Ubuntu, however, is not so extreme in this point: It is stable, but the provided software is not thaaaat old. In addition, Ubuntu/Canonical are eager to provide at least some management tools.

        How was the initial setup?

        The initial setup of Ubuntu is very easy.

        Which other solutions did I evaluate?

        I also like Red Hat, CentOS and Fedora; however, upgrading to latest releases without reinstalling the complete OS seems only to be painless with Ubuntu (please correct me if I am wrong, maybe it always went well for you?).

        What other advice do I have?

        Try Ubuntu. Seriously. If you are looking for a good Linux distribution with a large community and lots of packages, Ubuntu is the way to go. However, if you need management tools (e.g. for automated installation, patch management etc.) you might have to invest some time in getting open-source projects involved or by writing your own solutions (if you don't want to use Landscape).

        Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
        ITCS user
        Informatico aziendale at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
        Consultant
        It's a very stable, quality OS, but big changes are in store from the Unity7 environment to Unity8.

        What is most valuable?

        The OS functionalities, stability, security and the freedom to customize it.

        How has it helped my organization?

        I use Ubuntu only at home, so it has not changed how I use the PC.

        What needs improvement?

        Ubuntu is on its way for big changes. The transition from the desktop environment Unity7 to Unity8 is in progress. So, I prefer to wait until Unity8 is released to answer this question.

        For how long have I used the solution?

        I've used it since it was first released in October 2004.

        What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

        With a little attention to the hardware compatibility, all is OK.

        What do I think about the stability of the solution?

        No. Linux in general is a very stable OS. I use only the LTS releases of Ubuntu that are more stable than the others.

        What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

        At home I don't have to scale my system, so no issues.

        How are customer service and technical support?

        Customer Service:

        I don't pay for a customer service, so I can't answer.

        Technical Support:

        I don't pay for a customer service, so I can't answer.

        Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

        I had used Windows, and I switched to Linux out of curiosity at first, and then for the quality of the OS after.

        How was the initial setup?

        For me at least it was straightforward. Ubuntu was from the first release an easy distribution to install and use, with a big support from the community.

        What was our ROI?

        I have a very valuable tool that costs me nothing and that allows me to do all the things I need. So the ROI for me is very high.

        What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

        A Linux system is generally free. The GPL License is very clear and in favor of the collaboration.

        Which other solutions did I evaluate?

        Not really. For me, ten years ago the options were only two; stay with Windows or change to Linux.

        What other advice do I have?

        Don't be afraid. Try it, it's free, you can try it on your PC without installing it, and there is a big community of users for the primary support.

        Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
        ITCS user
        CEO and FOUNDER with 51-200 employees
        Vendor
        ​They need to allow more Windows software to work with Linux, but we save money by avoiding the need for software purchases and upgrades.

        Valuable Features:

        • Security - you don't need to worry about viruses and spyware, as the system is built with security in mind and almost nothing can get in at the OS level
        • Speed - the system boots up faster, and software loads faster when compared to Windows and Apple environments
        • Open Source - There's a lot of software for Ubuntu that is free and without the need of licenses

        Improvements to My Organization:

        We save money by avoiding the need for software purchases and upgrades. We also avoid the overhead costs of buying a system or upgrading the hardware since the system works efficiently with the existing hardware.

        Room for Improvement:

        They need to allow more Windows software to work with Linux, such as 3D games.

        Use of Solution:

        I've used it for seven years.

        Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.