Long gone are the days of having to compile your own kernel in order to run the open-source operating system. Ubuntu
, a free Linux distribution from Canonical, provides a Microsoft Windows-like experience for those new to Linux. We're reviewing this particular Linux distro because PC manufacturer Dell now ships some new models
with Ubuntu already installed. But before we extol its many virtues, we should note there are also steep trade-offs when using Ubuntu. For one thing, get ready to use different software applications than what you're used to.