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How Ubuntu Linux transformed my digital life since 2009

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In the ever-evolving landscape of operating systems, Linux has carved out a special place for itself as a versatile and powerful choice for both beginners and seasoned users. Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux distributions, has been my operating system of choice since 2009. Over the years, it has not only been a reliable companion but has significantly improved my digital life. In this article, I will show some ways in which Ubuntu Linux has made my life better.

Stability and Reliability

One of the standout features of Ubuntu Linux is its stability and reliability. Unlike some other operating systems that tend to slow down or become less responsive over time, Ubuntu remains consistent in performance. It rarely crashes, even when running resource-intensive applications, which is crucial for productivity and peace of mind.


Security is a great concern in today's digital age, and Ubuntu Linux has consistently proven itself to be a secure and robust platform. With regular updates and a strong community focus on security, Ubuntu provides a secure environment for my digital activities. The inherent design of Linux, which separates user privileges from system processes, makes it inherently more secure than some other operating systems.

Open Source Philosophy

The open-source nature of Ubuntu Linux is a significant reason for its appeal. Unlike proprietary operating systems, Ubuntu is built on a foundation of collaboration, transparency, and community-driven development. This not only promotes innovation but also ensures that I have full control over my system. I can customize, modify, and even contribute to the operating system and its software, fostering a sense of ownership and empowerment.

Wide Range of Software

Ubuntu Linux comes with a vast and ever-expanding repository of software available at my fingertips. The Software Center makes it easy to discover, install, and update applications with just a few clicks. Whether it's productivity tools like LibreOffice, creative software like GIMP, multimedia players like VLC, and an IDE for development task like VS Code, Ubuntu has a diverse ecosystem of software that caters to my needs without the need for expensive licenses.

Privacy and Tracking

Ubuntu Linux prioritizes user privacy and minimizes tracking. Unlike some proprietary operating systems, Ubuntu doesn't engage in intrusive data collection or serve targeted ads. This focus on user privacy ensures that my personal data remains confidential, and I have greater control over the information I share while using the operating system. Additionally, Ubuntu allows me to use privacy-focused web browsers and add-ons to further enhance my online privacy, giving me peace of mind in an increasingly data-driven world.

Resource Efficiency

One of the remarkable aspects of Ubuntu Linux is its ability to run efficiently on a wide range of hardware, from older machines to modern powerhouses. This resource efficiency ensures that I can make the most of my hardware investment, extending the lifespan of older computers and saving money in the long run.

Customization and Personalization

Ubuntu Linux offers a high degree of customization and personalization. I can choose from a variety of desktop environments like GNOME, KDE, XFCE, and more, tailoring the look and feel of my desktop to suit my preferences. This flexibility extends to themes, icons, and even system fonts, allowing me to create a computing environment that feels uniquely mine.

Regular Updates

The Ubuntu development cycle includes frequent updates, ensuring that I always have access to the latest features and improvements. These updates also include security patches, keeping my system protected from vulnerabilities. The LTS (Long Term Support) releases, in particular, offer stability and security over an extended period, making them ideal for production environments.

Extensive Community Support

Ubuntu Linux boasts a passionate and active user community. Online forums, mailing lists, and support channels are readily available to help troubleshoot issues, seek advice, or share knowledge. This sense of community has been invaluable over the years, as I've been able to learn from others and give back by assisting fellow users.


Ubuntu Linux's compatibility with various file formats and protocols, including Microsoft Office documents, PDFs, and multimedia codecs, has been crucial in my work and personal life. The ability to seamlessly interact with files from different platforms ensures that I can collaborate with colleagues, friends, and family without any friction.

Free and Open Source

Perhaps one of the most profound reasons why using Ubuntu Linux since 2009 has made my life better is its commitment to being free and open source. This means I am not locked into a proprietary ecosystem, and I don't have to worry about licensing costs or restrictions. Ubuntu's open source philosophy aligns with my values of transparency and accessibility, making it an ethical choice for my digital life.


Choosing Ubuntu Linux as my operating system in 2009 was a decision that has greatly enhanced my digital life. Its stability, security, open-source philosophy, and extensive software ecosystem have made it a reliable and flexible platform for both work and leisure. Moreover, the sense of community and the ability to customize my computing environment have created a deeply satisfying and empowering experience.

As I continue my journey with Ubuntu, I look forward to the ongoing improvements and innovations that will further enrich my digital life.

About Marcel Bootsman

Marcel discovered the web in 1995. Since then he has paid attention to and worked with lots of technologies and founded his own WordPress oriented business in 2009.

Currently Marcel is Business Development Manager Dutch & DACH Markets at Kinsta where he helps Kinsta's client base grow with Managed WordPress, Application, Database and Static site hosting.

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