When I mention switching to Ubuntu (or even just Linux in general) to some of our customers, I get mixed reactions. Some give me a funny look and ask, “What is that?” Others twist up their face and tell me about some supergeek friend they had 15 years ago who ran Linux and there was no way they would ever be able to use it.
For those willing to listen, I try my best to explain the differences between running a Windows system and a Linux based system. I show them that most of the issues they seem to have with Microsoft don't exist with Ubuntu. However, it still boils down to this: People fear what they don't know or understand. I get that. But, in this world where Microsoft has made its users adjust to new operating systems (that are very different from one another) every couple of years, why not take the time to try Ubuntu.
One of main arguments I hear from people about switching to Ubuntu is that they need to use Microsoft Office software in their day-to-day work. My answer: Microsoft's Free Office Online apps.
With these apps, you can sign in with your Microsoft account or a work or student account and get to work without downloading any products. And it is free! All work is saved to your OneDrive and you can save copies locally to your computer.
There are plenty of free templates like resumes and MLA, APA, and Chicago style requirements. The only drawback is that you need to be online to use it but you can access it from any device. Did I mention, it's for free. (Of course, this could change at any time.)
In my opinion, the greatest advantage for switching to Ubuntu is the huge Ubuntu user base. If an issue arises, you can just Google the issue along with your system specs and chances are, there are people that have an answer for you. Linux is populated with users who want Linux to grow so you won't run into confrontational know-it-alls looking to belittle a newcomer.
Another question I hear a lot about switching to Ubuntu is: “How many people really use Ubuntu? I've never heard of it before.” Well, my first answer to that is the one that shocks most....Actually, we don't have any way of knowing just how many Ubuntu users there are in the world. This is because of one simple fact: Canonical, unlike Apple, Microsoft, Red Hat, or Google, does not require users to register their installation of Ubuntu. I like not feeling like I have a number on my back.
As for who uses Ubuntu...here's is a sampling of the list: