Help Me Choose: Ubuntu


Your choice of an operating system (OS) is one of the most important decisions you'll make when purchasing a new computer. The OS is the software program that runs all the other applications on your computer. The OS also enables communication between your computer and peripherals such as printers, webcams and external drives.

Dell currently offers a choice of Ubuntu or Microsoft operating systems on the Latitude™ 2100. Generally, if you currently run Microsoft applications on your computer, you will need to run a Microsoft OS to continue using those applications.

On the other hand, Ubuntu is a Linux®-based OS that is highly customizable and sophisticated. Ubuntu is open source, meaning the source code is available for public use and modification. If you’re familiar with open-source programs or plan to use your Latitude 2100 primarily for web access, Ubuntu might be a good option for you.

Which should you choose?

You might prefer Ubuntu if:

  • Your Latitude 2100 will primarily be used for mobile web access or you are an advanced computer user interested in open-source programming.
  • You don't plan on using Microsoft software applications.
  • You are open to learning Ubuntu email, word processing and spreadsheet applications.