Ubuntu – A platform for software development

By Software Levi

What is Ubuntu?

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution based on Debian. It is an open-source operating system that you can get for free. It is popularly used for cloud-computing and OpenStack. The OS was developed by Canonical Ltd. You can use it for both desktop and server purposes.

You can download Ubuntu from here.

Why do you need Ubuntu for software development?

The first reason why you need to Ubuntu is that it supports a lot of IDEs and text editors, most of which are free like Eclipse, NetBeans, Geany, and Atom. Text editors and IDEs are the primary tools that you need for developing software and Ubuntu is the platform where you can run them.

Then there are also tons of other reasons like it is lightweight and therefore you can run it on other OS easily through Virtual Machine (VM). Moreover, since the main purpose of the OS is software development unlike other OS such as Windows, it has many tools and utilities for it built-in. Furthermore, its open-source feature gives you more control over the OS and therefore it gives you more customizability.

Ubuntu GUI

The main features of Ubuntu are:

  • It is secure. Ubuntu is more secure and less prone to viruses and hacking than most other OS.
  • It is simple and easy to use. Unlike some other Linux based software, it is user-friendly.
  • It is fast. Since it is lightweight you can run it on older hardware. Moreover, it utilizes less RAM, therefore, it runs faster and doesn’t lag.
  • The OS is updated regularly. Not as often as Windows, which is really frustrating sometimes but new updates for it are released every six months.
  • It comes pre-installed with Python, Perl, and Ruby programming languages. You can also download other language packages.
  • It comes pre-installed with many drivers.

These are the reasons why you need Ubuntu. It is a great platform for developing software as it provides you with all the features necessary and more. Be sure to try it.