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How Ubuntu Boosts Developer Desktop Productivity

Oliver Smith

on 29 November 2021

This article was last updated 2 years ago.

Seventeen years after its first release, Ubuntu is firmly established as the Linux developer desktop of choice around the world. From education through to enterprise, Ubuntu delivers the tools developers need to succeed across their careers. In this blog, we will cover the main aspects that contribute to this success.

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Hiring and onboarding

Source: Behind the code – The 2020 HackerEarth Developer Survey
* This graph excludes non-Linux OSs and allowed users to select multiple OSs

Developers start their careers with Ubuntu, and 69% of student developers reported that they prefer Ubuntu as an OS. It’s not surprising. With Ubuntu, they gain access to the best of open source, including AI/ML frameworks, such as Pytorch and TensorFlow, ROS for robotics and LXD and multipass for virtualisation. Open source technology is now a critical part of any enterprise, and familiarity with open source is a key consideration in hiring.

As a result, getting new developers onboarded and productive quickly is easier with Ubuntu. It’s a system they’re familiar with. It’s flexible and customisable. And, as an operating system, it spans both the workstation and the cloud, providing a consistent development experience across your technology stack.

The developer desktop ecosystem

Ubuntu delivers two of the largest repositories of Linux applications available via the snap store and the Ubuntu Archive. Everything developers need to be productive is easily available and up to date. These range from day-to-day productivity and collaboration tools to advanced frameworks and platforms like Kubernetes and Juju

As the technology industry continues to accelerate, more tools are being open-sourced or start their life as open-source projects. In the near future the best and most popular applications will be open source and 85% of enterprises today prefer, explore or mandate use of open source.

Long term support and security

Ubuntu delivers releases on a consistent cadence with new long-term support (LTS) releases every two years. Each LTS release comes with five years of free security patches and updates. And for Ubuntu Advantage customers, extended security maintenance (ESM) delivers an additional five years of maintenance so you can upgrade at the right pace for your organisation.

Ubuntu Advantage is a tiered subscription service that provides comprehensive support across applications and infrastructure. This includes phone support, security patching, audit and compliance reporting via tools like Landscape and Livepatch.

With Ubuntu, your developers are in safe hands.

Enterprise integration

Ubuntu also integrates well in a Windows-centric environment. With support for Microsoft’s Active Directory authentication technology and Windows group policy client, Ubuntu users can securely connect to the network resources they need.

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) lets developers access a full Ubuntu terminal on Windows. This enables the use of Linux editors, shells, containers and development tools with Windows IDE integration.

It’s never been a better time to get your developers up and running with Ubuntu Desktop. To learn more about the topics covered in this post, don’t forget to check out the whitepaper or get in touch with us directly.

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