Why I Use Ubuntu Linux

The bulk of what appears below was written by ChatGPT. Good reasons, all. But, that's not really the reason I use Ubuntu Linux.

Years ago when Windows 8 appeared, I considered it to be a disaster. Microsoft had gone off the deep end with their concept of a user interface. Things that used to be simple got complicated. I was very tired of having to reinstall Windows after some period of time; Windows got slower and slower; malware was a constant threat. While I learned to troubleshoot Windows pretty well, fixing it was never that easy.

I had used the IIS webserver for several years, and I had a pretty good handle on using it. I had started using Joomla as my CMS having migrated from the dreaded FrontPage software I used to write HTML4 static pages. Joomla works far better on Apache servers. I was already playing with Linux based on the recommendations of my son who had become a Linux expert. It wasn't a big problem because I had used Unix System V years before. Linux now had a graphical user interface that was at least as good as Windows 2000 had. I discovered a powerful support group for any sort of problem that I might encounter with Linux--much better than what I had experienced with Windows. And, I didn't have to pay for support!

About that same time my wife's computer had to be replaced. She purely hated Windows 8. She said, "Do something!" So, she got switched to Ubuntu. Maybe a couple of times she had some problems--like setting up a printer. Otherwise, she was mostly support free. I set up my computer for a dual boot thinking that I would have to use Windows for a few things. I didn't. I removed Windows and never looked back. Now, Ubuntu has improved and I've tried more than a few distros--different user interfaces running the same core Ubuntu files which run the same core files as any Linux.

Linux doesn't crash. I leave my desktop computer in my office running. It's always ready to go unless there has been a power outage. It's as fast as ever.

The computer I'm using now is a 10 year old Mac Mini that I converted. It's dual boot for now. I'm actually using the Mac side now, but it irritates me with useless restrictions and unwanted steps to do simple things. The Linux side of the Mac brings new life to an old computer. It just works better.

Ubuntu Linux is a powerful operating system that offers numerous benefits for website development. Here are some of the key advantages:

1. Stability and Reliability: Ubuntu Linux is known for its stability and reliability, making it an excellent choice for website development. It has a robust architecture and a solid foundation, minimizing the chances of crashes or system failures.

2. Open-Source Nature: Ubuntu Linux is an open-source operating system, which means it is free to use and modify. This allows developers to customize the system according to their specific needs, resulting in a more efficient and tailored development environment.

3. Wide Range of Software: Ubuntu Linux provides a vast selection of software and development tools that are readily available for installation. It includes popular web development frameworks, programming languages, and content management systems, allowing developers to easily set up their development environment.

4. Enhanced Security: Security is of utmost importance in website development. Ubuntu Linux offers robust security features and regular updates, ensuring a secure development environment. It also provides advanced security measures like built-in firewalls and encryption options, minimizing the risk of cyber threats.

5. Community Support: Ubuntu Linux has a large and active community of developers who provide support, share knowledge, and contribute to the operating system's improvement. This community-driven approach fosters collaboration and enables developers to find solutions to their queries or issues quickly.

6. Compatibility: Ubuntu Linux is highly compatible with various web development technologies and platforms. It supports popular web servers like Apache and Nginx, databases such as MySQL and PostgreSQL, and programming languages like PHP, Python, and JavaScript. This compatibility ensures seamless integration and efficient development.

In conclusion, Ubuntu Linux offers numerous benefits for website development, including stability, open-source nature, a wide range of software, enhanced security, community support, and compatibility. By choosing Ubuntu Linux, developers can create robust and secure websites efficiently.