Canonical recently released its latest version of Ubuntu LTS 14.04 “Trusty Tahr.” Building on the previous release of Ubuntu LTS (Long-Term Support), this alternative desktop/laptop operating system sports a few under-the-hood changes, but nothing ground-breaking. Instead it adds polish, but doesn’t introduce the Unity 8 interface as originally planned. Ubuntu developers seem to be turning their attention to and focusing more effort on Ubuntu Touch development for smartphones and tablets, which means the awaited Unity 8 user interface will have to wait.
Ubuntu remains a leading alternative to Windows for tech-savvy home users and, in some cases, for business servers. For running Linux on older, slower computers, Linux Mint and Slacko Puppy Linux are better options than Ubuntu.
Interested in trying Ubuntu or another distribution of Linux for yourself as an alternative to Windows? It’s worth a look if you want to roll up your sleeves and really dig in, but be warned that Windows software won’t run on Linux without the help of Wine. Wine is a “compatibility layer” that allows some Windows software, but not all, to run in Linux.