I’ve been an Ubuntu user for about a year now. Before that, I played around with SuSE, RedHat, and a couple other Linux distros. However, Ubuntu is the first one that I use on a day to day basis. Installing applications is easy. Getting and installing updates is easy. Everything just works. It is the first Linux distro that I would recommend to non tech savvy users. It runs my web, Subversion, FTP, and and other servers at home, and I run it on my laptop. It is very easy to use, the community is very helpful, and I’ve never had a major issue with it. It, and a whole bunch of applications that are one click away from installation, are completely free. Who says you get what you pay for!
Previously, if you wanted to try out Ubuntu, you needed to boot into it using the Live CD, which loaded the OS into memory, and greatly limited what you could do. However, with Hardy Heron, you can now install Ubuntu right on your Windows box, without disturbing your Windows installation or your system’s boot record. Since Ubuntu lives on your file system, and not just in memory, you can now give it a real test run to see how you like it. And, if you decide not to stick with it, all you have to do is uninstall it like any other Windows program.
So, go download it and give it a shot.