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My office is going to buy a bulk number of desktop PCs (for developmental purposes).

I encouraged them to buy PCs without a pre-installed OS and then install Linux. My colleagues agree with me but they are not regular users of any Linux-based OS, so they want to choose a Linux OS which is best for our purposes and user-friendly and I suggested Ubuntu.

Now I want some data to support my position, what's so good about Linux and specifically Ubuntu?

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one reason u will have "THE BEST HELP PLATFORM" { "ASK Ubuntu" } –  One Zero Jan 31 '12 at 5:08
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This question is overly-broad to be discussed as a question here at AskUbuntu. –  nitstorm Jan 31 '12 at 6:03
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Nah, he or she asked an honest question. Why should his/her buisness switch to Ubuntu? I listed why. –  William Jan 31 '12 at 6:06
    
I just doubt you'll have to choose OS for developers. And yet they are Windows developers and liked very much your idea of using Linux. It doesn't make sense to me –  zetah Jan 31 '12 at 6:36
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paru38: this question is more suited for ubuntuforums.org –  Rinzwind Jan 31 '12 at 8:41

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1. Linux is free.

This is a huge factor. Linux is free to install. When an update comes along, it's free too. The majority of the software is free. Not having to pay for the OS and updates to the OS can be a huge long term cost savings for your buisness. When you buy a computer with Windows on it, you are paying the "Windows tax." Part of the money you paid for that computer goes to Microsoft. If you decide you don't want Windows on it and you call up the manufactuer and you tell them that, in many cases they will refund you a portion of the cost of the computer.

2. Linux is Reliable

There are computers and servers out there running Linux that have uptimes of years. Why? Linux takes the user into consideration and tries to make restarts few and far between.

3. Linux is Secure

Every year, millions of dollars worth of important data is lost in virus and malware attacks. Don't let your buisness be a target. The number of viruses written for Linux operating systems is a fraction of that of Windows and Mac OSs. Why? Because Linux is a lot harder target then Windows and Mac. Linux patches security vulnerabilities as soon as they are discovered, with many people poring over the code, looking for code that might cause problems. All software in the Ubuntu Software Center is virus-scanned. In Linux, no user has too much power. In order to perform any administrative action, you need to re-enter your password. This stop many malware attacks in their tracks.

4. Linux is user-friendly

Linux has may features that set it aside from the other OSs that make the everyday user experience enjoyable. Things like the Software Center. Having all sodtware in a central repository in which other people can review and provide feedback on the app helps the users decide whether or not they want to download the app and the developers to fix any problems that users might be having.

5. Linux is Customizable

Your Linux is your Linux. Feel free to change things you don't like and add things you do, and share those changes with the community. Easy to use graphical tools let you tweak your Linux experience to just the way you like it.

Why Ubuntu?

After all of this, you are probably thinking to yourself "Man, this Linux thing sounds cool, but what makes Ubuntu so special?" It's simple. Ubuntu was designed from the ground up with the user in mind. Super user friendly and with a community of users willing to help just a few mouse clicks away, Ubuntu is Linux for Human Beings.

Conclusion

That's why you should use Ubuntu. Don't believe me? Ask anyone on this site, they'll be glad to tell you thier experiences. Still wondering is a different Linux distro might be better? Go ahead, try it out, there's nothing stopping you. Linux is all about freedom. Still want more info? Check out http://whylinuxisbetter.net . There you'll find all the reasons I've listed and more, with proof to back them up.

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thanx william for your support it helps me a lot. –  paru38 Jan 31 '12 at 9:51
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Your'e welcome. Feel free to use anything in this answer in your presentation. That's what the copy and paste buttons are for. –  William Jan 31 '12 at 15:02

I think that what are you looking is here: http://www.ubuntu.com/business

Good luck!

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Christopher Kyle Horton Jan 31 '12 at 8:15
    
Also, this link on that page may be particularly useful: ubuntu.com/business/services/free-assessment –  Christopher Kyle Horton Jan 31 '12 at 8:22

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