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We all love Windows, right? It’s a great operating system, there’s no doubt about that. However, what if I told you that Ubuntu was better? You may laugh and think that nothing could possibly be better than your beloved Windows, but in this article we’re going to look at 6 reasons why Ubuntu is better than Windows.

Some of you may think that Ubuntu is just for nerds, and that the average user wouldn’t be able to use it. So how on earth could it be better than Windows? Well the truth is that Ubuntu is not that difficult to use 7 Linux Misconceptions Debunked 7 Linux Misconceptions Debunked Not that many people use Linux. True or false? Let's face it, there are so many misconceptions about Linux, it's time to start addressing them. Let's debunk a few, one by one. Read More , in fact, it’s actually just as easy as Windows to use, if not easier in some respects. So then, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why Ubuntu is better than Windows.

1. OS and Software Updates

Imagine the scenario: you sit down to do some work at your Windows PC, and just after getting stuck in to that important document you need to type up, you get a popup asking you to update Windows. Being the dutiful, security conscious user that you are, you decide to update and reboot your machine.

Fast forward another 10 minutes, you’re settling in again and wouldn’t you know it, Apple now pops up and lets you know that there is an update for their software also. Annoying? Yes!

Windows Updates Popups

You see, this is because Windows handles its operating system and application updates separately. So you will receive popups for different applications as and when they need updating. This makes the whole process very frustrating, to the point were many people just turn them off.

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Ubuntu Software Updater

Ubuntu is different. Everything is done via repositories and it uses a dedicated update manager to update both the operating system and all of the applications installed. So you only ever have to manage your updates from one place. This makes the process far slicker and means users tend not to  turn them off — which means you are more secure. Speaking of which…

2. Computer Security

Windows has a number of security features that you can use 7 Windows 10 Security Features & How to Use Them 7 Windows 10 Security Features & How to Use Them Windows 10 is all about security. Microsoft recently instructed its partners that in sales, Windows 10's security features should be the primary focus. How does Windows 10 live up to this promise? Let's find out! Read More to help secure your system, but there’s no getting away from the fact that Ubuntu is more secure than Windows.

User accounts within Ubuntu have far fewer permissions by default than in Windows. This means that if you want to make a change to the system — like installing an application — you need to enter your password to do it. In Windows, you don’t. This makes it much more difficult to execute malware or a virus inside Ubuntu.

Ubuntu is also a lot less popular than Windows. That means that the bad guys who make all the viruses don’t really care about it, so they don’t bother writing much malware for Ubuntu: that’s great news for us users!

Also, a lot of the bad guys use Linux distributions like Ubuntu themselves, so although Ubuntu isn’t impervious to virus’, it’s a lot less likely that you will get infected. It’s unlikely, but not impossible, which is why you should always use anti-virus software in Ubuntu The 4 Best Free Linux Anti-Virus Programs The 4 Best Free Linux Anti-Virus Programs Read More .

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3. Desktop Customization

There isn’t that much you can do with Windows when it comes to customization. Windows 10 gives more customization options 10 Quick Ways to Customize & Personalize Windows 10 10 Quick Ways to Customize & Personalize Windows 10 Not all of Windows 10's default settings will float your boat. We show you all the possible ways to customize Windows 10 in a simple, step-by-step guide. Read More than previous versions, but it’s still nowhere near that of Ubuntu.

You’re pretty much limited to changing your wallpaper and start menu colors in Windows, but in Ubuntu any aspect of the desktop can be easily changed. Want the window buttons on the right? No problem. Don’t like the icons? It’s easily fixed. Maybe the Ubuntu fonts don’t float your boat? Say no more!

The screenshot below is my Ubuntu 16.04 desktop. The changes I have made took around 5 minutes to apply and it looks very different from a stock install.

Ubuntu 16.04 Desktop

4. System Resources

Not everyone can afford an all-singing, all-dancing computer. So for some, the latest version of Windows may be out of their budget. However, the latest version of Ubuntu need not be.

On a test machine, I ran stock Ubuntu and stock Windows 10, and as you can see from the results below Windows 10 used almost double the amount of RAM as Ubuntu. Now that might not seem like a big difference, as this test machine has 8 GB RAM. But if your machine has 2 GB of RAM, that would mean that you have 60% of your RAM utilized in Ubuntu, or 90% utilized in Windows 10 and that’s before you start opening applications.

Windows 10 System Resources

Ubuntu System Resources

If your machine has even less resources than this, then there are lightweight versions of Ubuntu and Linux LXQt: A Lightweight Linux Desktop Environment Built With KDE Technologies LXQt: A Lightweight Linux Desktop Environment Built With KDE Technologies Do you like the look of KDE, but wish it were less resource-hungry? With LXQt, your wish has finally been granted. Read More available that use even less system resources. This means that your computer could last years longer than you thought it would.

5. Live Environment

If you haven’t used Windows before and decide you want to give it a try, you have to commit to installing it on your machine beforehand. That could lead to problems such as data loss, if you later decide you don’t like Windows.

That’s not the case in Ubuntu.

In Ubuntu — and many other Linux distributions — you can burn the image to a CD, or write it to a USB stick and boot it up 5 Best Linux Distros for Installation on a USB Stick 5 Best Linux Distros for Installation on a USB Stick USB drives are great, not just for installing portable versions of Linux but for protecting your computer when things go awry. Here are the 5 most useful Linux distributions for installing on a USB drive. Read More straight from that media. This is a fully working version of the operating system, which means you can try every aspect of Ubuntu without having to commit to installing it on your hard drive.

Don’t like it? No problem: just reboot your machine and you will be back on your previous operating system as if nothing had ever happened.

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6. It’s Free

That’s right, Ubuntu is 100% free. It won’t cost you a penny (although you can make a donation on their download page). I know what you’re going to say: “but Windows 10 is also free.”

Whilst it was offered as a free upgrade until the end of July, that offer is no longer valid (although there are other ways you can still upgrade Missed the Free Windows 10 Upgrade? Psst, Here's a Backdoor! Missed the Free Windows 10 Upgrade? Psst, Here's a Backdoor! The upgrade to Windows 10 remains free for users who depend on assistive technologies. However, Microsoft doesn't check whether you really do. We show you how you can use this backdoor to get Windows 10. Read More ).

If you want to buy Windows 10 it will cost you $119.99 for the Home edition and $199.99 for the Professional edition, that’s a lot of money. So why not save that cash and put it to better use elsewhere? You could download the latest version Ubuntu for free instead.

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Windows vs. Ubuntu: Which Do You Prefer?

Overall, both Windows 10 and Ubuntu are fantastic operating systems, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and it’s great that we have the choice.

Have you tried either of these operating systems? If so, please do tell us about your experiences in the comments section below. If you haven’t tried Ubuntu, what’s stopping you?

  1. chuck
    November 28, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    I simply got tired of cleaning windows so much. Started studying about linux and found that i could dual boot it to try it. since then i have not used microsoft for two years and enjoy it. I now use ubuntu, mint, and zorian os. my favorit one now is zorian. My wife who seldom uses the computer jumped on ubuntu and took off with a blast. she has no issues and no longer complains about being frustrated like she did windows. I reccomend that you simply give it a try. you have nothing to loose and a lot to gain.

  2. hamis
    October 28, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    ubuntu is more perfect than windows
    i love it

  3. rodocop
    October 2, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    I use not Ubuntu but a number of different Puppy variations and derivatives (puplets) alongside with Windows getting the best from 2 worlds.

    I never upgraded to W10 (and even don't use W8) - Win7 or WinXP are still wonderful polished systems with all troubles known and solvable.

    But my Puppies are way more customizable, sexy and non-mainstream things.

    On the other hand I should say they really do suffer from the lack of some software I'm tied to. Windows has real tons of software to choose from. Linux has sufficient pool of apps to get things done but sometimes you need one level of personalization and comfort more.

    • Kev Quirk
      October 3, 2016 at 8:20 am

      I have to agree with you, the software -- on the most part -- the software in Windows is superior to Linux. Personally, I really struggle to find a good video editor, so I'm stuck with a Windows partition for that very reason.

      It's a shame, but both do have their strengths and weaknesses.

  4. Michael
    October 1, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    I haven't used Windows in 346 days. Love my Linux!

    • Kev Quirk
      October 3, 2016 at 8:20 am

      Not that you're counting. ;-)

  5. dragonmouth
    September 26, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    ANY Linux distro, not just Ubuntu, can do these 6 things better than Windows. Let's not make Ubuntu out to be the "Next Best Thing Since Sliced Bread". Non-Ubuntu based distros offer the users much better control over their systems. Ubuntu is the closest Linux distro to being a Windows-like walled garden.

    • Kev Quirk
      October 3, 2016 at 8:22 am

      I disagree, Ubuntu is far from a "Windows-like walled garden". Personally, I don't even think Windows is much of a walled-garden, especially compared to Apple.

      I'm not saying Ubuntu is the next best thing since sliced bread, but it is one of the most polished distributions out there. Plus, Ubuntu is usually the first "Linux" that people hear about. So it's a good way to introduce people to Linux if they're thinking about migrating.

  6. Chester Vidacovich
    September 21, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I changed over to Linux Mint three months ago when I had trouble trying to upgrade to Windows10 and I am totally thrilled with my decision. The only negative is why I waited all these years to do so. Bill Gates and his flawed operating system sucks big time and I hope he goes bankrupt.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 21, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Haha I don't think I'd go that far, as I still really rate Windows. But over all, for my needs, Ubuntu/Linux is far better than Windows.

      Bill Gates will never go bankrupt - he's too rich. But remember, he does donate a massive amount of his wealth to charity, so he's not all bad. :-)

  7. Larry Bradley
    September 21, 2016 at 1:51 am

    6 things fall far short of how ubuntu linux is better than windoze, but that will suffice for now. I take it, i.e. I hope that your "We all love Windows, right?" was sarcastic; regardless, most of the love for Windows, if indeed there truly is any, is the same kind of Stockholm Syndrome affection that most hostages develop for those who are holding them against their will. Hold someone hostage long enough and they not only will forget they are a hostage, they will develop a warped sense of affection for their captors. Fortunately for me, I never developed an ounce of affection for anything Microsoft.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 21, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Actually, it wasn't sarcastic. I think Windows, Linux and OS X are all great operating systems for different reasons. Equally there are also versions of each OS that are horrendous for different reasons - I think what I'm trying to say, is that no OS is perfect, but no OS is completely awful either. IMHO.

      If this list falls shorts, please do elaborate and let us know other ways in which Linux is better than Windows. It's always great to get other people's opinions.

  8. Marco V. Jacquez
    September 20, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I use both (actually the three, including OS X), my favorite Ubuntu, currently using 16:04.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 20, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      It's a fantastic OS. I'm currently playing with Elementary Loki and I'm thinking about changing over to that.

  9. Naman Bansal
    September 19, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Could you please elaborate on how you customised your desktop? Really liked the interface. I'm using Ubuntu 14.04.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 20, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Sure. First you need to install unity tweak so you can easily change themes etc. I'm using the Arc theme. They have a deb which you can download from here - http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/Horst3180/xUbuntu_16.04/all/

      Once that's done, install the Papirus icon theme with these commands:

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:varlesh-l/papirus-pack
      sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install papirus-gtk-icon-theme

      Finally, go in to unity tweak and apply the Arc theme and Papirus icons. I've also changed my fonts from Ubuntu to Open Sans. You can download it from Google fonts. Hope this helps. ?

  10. Naman Bansal
    September 19, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Could you please elaborate on how you customised the desktop? Really like it.

  11. William Worlde
    September 19, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    With Windows 10, I am REALLY considering going to some Linux-variant, likely Ubuntu. It IS a disaster, AFAIC. I was able to successfully roll back both my MS Surface Pro and ASUS X202E laptop the day after(!) upgrading them to W10. Factually, I restored both from their respective images: The built-in W8.1P and my own fully-customized W7P. Unfortunately, I waited *past*10 days to do the same on my (2GB 32-bit, which runs like an old, sick dog now!) 8" tablet and now I'm stuck with it. Do I EVER hate this newest incarnation of the OS!

    I've been using Windows since 3.1, and I'm lumping this in with the Me and Vista versions - but it's much, much worse than those.
    The other thing people don't seem to grasp with this "free" version is it won't always be free, as it's now SaaS, meaning that alike the new Office versions, you'll have to pay to upgrade, likely annually. I don't mind that; a nominal fee - like Apple charges for their OS upgrades - is fine by me, but make the damn thing cohesive!
    And on that note, THE THING THAT GETS ME, is this newest OS is *highly* unfinished. It's a mash-up between previous Windows and this new version, and I don't see that being resolved soon.

    Re: Ubuntu: I did try it on the laptop a while aback and it worked fine. *All* drivers were found and the only thing I think didn't work was the touchscreen. However, I'm heavily invested in the Excel/Word/Outlook environments... STOPPING HERE! I decided to do a little research before I wrote more about these apps' non-support. It seems there's a tool called *playonlinux* that supports them OK to well. I'll check them out and setup Ubuntu to dual boot with W7P (again) on my laptop and see how it goes running my Office 2007.
    If it supports apps I want/need to use well enough, I can actually start using, learning it.

    I may give W10 a try again - in the future, after it's been WELL-ironed out.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 19, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      On my desktop, W10 isn't too bad. But I also have it on a lightweight HP tablet/laptop thingy (where the screens docks away from the keyboard). The performance if horrendous on that machine. I nearly use it, it's that bad.

      There are other productivity suits in Linux apart from LibreOffice. Some act a lot like MS Office. Then there is of course the MS Office web apps that are free to use as part of the MS Cloud. They're extremely good.

      Ubuntu is amazing. If you want something with a little more Polish, check out Elementary OS. It's based on Ubuntu but it's highly polished.

    • William Worlde
      September 19, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Don't know how to reply to you, but here it is:

      Totally forget about the cloud factor. I don't particularly like it when using my W8 8" tablet, but yes, it is an option. I tried LibreOffice quite a while aback and didn't like it, but likely it has improved. I'll look into that and the E OS. Thanks.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 21, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Calligra is another good office suite for Linux. Many people do really like this over LibreOffice as it has a more up-to-date UI. Having said that, the workflow is a little different from what you might be used to. Well worth a try though - https://www.calligra.org

  12. RedJ Leroux
    September 19, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    I have switched to Ubuntu 1 year ago! One thing you forget, over those 6: the feeling of being a part of a (great) community, instead of the slave of a corp...

    • Kev Quirk
      September 19, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Oh yes! That's a great reason for using Ubuntu/Linux!

  13. dragonbite
    September 19, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    You demonstrate the load on a 6-core system with 8 GB of RAM?

    I have 2 systems; one was running Ubuntu (currently running CentOS and Gnome) and the other running Windows 10. Their specs are very similar (core 2 duo, 4 GB RAM)

    I have found the latest Unity and Gnome feel heavy on the device (even with the SSD). Going with CentOS and Gnome 3.14 it runs a lot more reasonable than Unity or 3.20.

    Meanwhile Windows 10 runs somewhere inbetween the laggy Unity 7/Gnome 3.20 and the pretty good Gnome 3.14. And Windows 10 runs noticeably better than 7 on the same device which I think is from the improved memory handling.

    One thing about memory is how it is used. Google Chrome eats up a lot of memory but that is because it loads things so when you call it, it's ready to just pop-up and be used. If the browser does not "pre-fill" like this then when you call for a function you have to wait that little bit more for it to load from (slow) hard drive to RAM. I don't know, but could Windows be trying to do things this way?

    I definitely agree on your other parts; software updates, security, customization (especially with different desktop environments) and live image (use that so often).

    Overall, Linux is better on older hardware but Unity and Gnome really need to go on a diet. Yes, I know I can use Xfce and frequently do but I also like the full-featured desktop environment and considering the similarities of my laptop specs I have the opportunity to compare the systems and like I said... Unity and Gnome need to go on a diet.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 19, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      I'm not sure how Windows 10 is utilizing the RAM to be honest. But I haven't found Ubuntu to be large personally.

      If you want something that's highly polished and lighter than Ubuntu, I'd try either Elementary OS or Solus OS. They're both highly polished, based on Ubuntu, but have their own desktop environments which are lighter than Unity. I'm currently testing them both.

  14. Fred Mitchell
    September 19, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I switched to Linux from Windows back in 2000, and haven't looked back since. I won't develop for Windows anymore. I hate it with a passion.

    Started out with Fedora, back when drivers were an issue. How many times I downloaded, modified, and compiled drivers. Lost count. Even tweaked the Linux kernel.

    But at the end of the day, I need to "get real work done", so I switched to Ubuntu.

    As far as window managers, I started out with KDE, then went to Gnome, and now back with KDE. It's been quite a ride, and a fun one at that.

    But I am a developer. Linux for the "average Joe" has definitely come of age, and I am pleased.

    When I need Windows, I run it in a virtual machine under Linux. VirtualBox is perhaps the easiest VM to install and set up for this purpose. On the VM Windows, I can run pretty much everything except games. A great pity since I no longer "dual boot". But like others have mentioned, Steam and others are supporting Linux more and more.

    Apple Macs have made significant inroads into the developer environment. Most places I've seen lately will run Mac OS for development. I find that annoying, because it's not quite like Linux, and many things don't work as well as the do under the Linux environment, and also Apple loves to dictate to you how to do things. Um, NO.

    I have not ever used Windows 10, nor am I likely to do so in the near future. I really don't see the point. Windows 7 will handle much of what you want to do, and Windows 10 is not to be trusted.

    Just my 2 cents on the situation. YMMV, etc.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 19, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      There are definitely some privacy concerns around W10. But Canonical have also been guilty of this in the past (hello Amazon lens). Like you, I nearly use Windows at home anymore. I much prefer Linux.

  15. Sergei from Siberia (RU)
    September 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Hi!

    At first, I would thank two men: mr. Torvalds and mr. Shuttleworth.
    First one for writing the kernel, latter one for the brilliant idea of Ship-It service, which gave me possibility to start with Linux. (well... the first attempt I made was with Sun Java Desktop, SUSE-based distro, if I'm not wrong. But it was almost useless for me)

    As to drivers. There are some h/w which was built especially to operate under the Windows: so-called winmodems, winscanners, winprinters etc. Some of these still not supported by the kernel, but most of these are obsolete.
    Most h/w is supported pretty well. Real example:

    Old BT-878 AverMedia TV Tuner. It was a pain to install and use it within WXP. OK, I could d/l the installation files, which gave me drivers and a media player. Using it with other apps was almost impossible.
    Under Ubuntu the h/w was detected, appropriate modules were loaded, and then I had to choose: which of numerous TV players to use. Not HOW to use, but WHICH one to use.

    Mustek Snapscan e22 (a.k.a. 1248UB). Under windows I must to d/l multi-disk SFX-archive, which will install tons of useless crap - scanning framework, TWAIN drivers, some graphics processing software etc... And I could not to select the system components to install.
    Under Ubuntu the only thing I needed was the very small (<8KB) firmware file which should be uploaded into the scanner on it's connection to the USB port. After that I can scan with SANE and its "relatives" in GUI mode, or even automate the scanning using CLI.
    (OK, it required some googling for how-tos on this scanner, but now I just copying this f/w file to specific directory and all "installation" is done)

    BTW, Mustek abandoned that scanner years ago, latest Windows drivers are for XP. Unsure if W10 will support it. But the hardware still works just fine, and I see no reason to replace it with something newer. Windows FORCES me to thrash the working peripherals. Linux ALLOWS me to use it.

    What about cellular phones as modems? I could use these without any additional s/w with Ubuntu, and only after kinda shamanism with Windows.

    Many Linux DEs offers multi-desktop (workspaces/workplaces) capability. I had have something similar even on Win3.1 with HP/Starfish Dashboard software (replacement for MS Taskman or what was the name of that ugly shell?). MS introduced such functionality only in W10, 11+ years later after I started with Ubuntu.

    And the most essential for me, as sysadmin, who runs several Linux servers at work. Why for the name of Lord, the server MUST have GUI? Even the Windows Server Core DO HAVE GUI to launch command-line shell. Why file server's h/w must have a video-card with at least 512MB of VRAM? It is just a waste of resources, I think.

    Could anyone get built-in help in WIndows after WXP and 2k3Server? No! You MUST have an internet connection, if you need something more convenient than shortest descriptions of standard commands. It is exciting, when you forgot the syntax of dsget command while tuning-up the 2k8Server at remote location, when no any access to the Internet is available.

    More on resources. Freshly booted Xubuntu with pre-launched Gnome Commander and the terminal occupied about 550 megs of RAM and zero bytes of swap partition. Freshly booted Windows (XP and all newer) will eat about at least 1/2GB in swap file. WHY? What did it put there, when the system have 4-8GB of RAM and no user's apps were launched yet?

    Additional pain in ass (and other parts of boby) is keyboard switching in Windows. Those, who use only one language, especially with Latin-based alphabet, may not encounter it. But multilingual setups will encounter.
    The thing I talking about is the keyboard layout/language switcher. I will not complain on narrow set of keyboard shortcuts possible: LAlt or LCtrl and LShift. (In Ubuntu I prefer to utilize Caps Lock, which gives me "a hardware layout indicator" - the Caps Lock lamp on a keyboard)
    I would say about the strange behavior of Windows keyboard switcher: under no visible reasons it just stops to function, and the selected shortcut does not switch languages anymore. I must to change it (from LAlt to LCtrl or vice versa) to restore the switcher's functionality.

    I'm not the "MS hater". I even have WXP, W7 and W10 installed in the VirtualBox for testing. But since 2008 I see no reason to install Windows.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 19, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      You forgot to thank Mr Stallman for developing GNU. That's an extremely important part of the Linux stack. :)

      Driver support is now superb in Linux. It's a shame that so many people still tar it with that brush. But hey, I'm sure it will lose that stigma eventually.

  16. Debshish
    September 19, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Is there any way i can install newest photoshop cc 2015.5 in Ubuntu thats the main reason which stops me frm switching to ubuntu.
    There are still plenty of important software which we cant use in ubuntu.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 19, 2016 at 7:06 am

      In short, no. You may be able to get it working in WINE, but I have no idea how well it would work. Personally, I use GIMP.

      A workaround could be an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription so you can use Photoshop in the cloud via your web browser.

  17. Some Dude
    September 18, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    What about gaming, how ubuntu will beat windows in that case?

    • Kev Quirk
      September 18, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      As I said in the article, both Windows & Ubuntu have their strengths and weaknesses against one another. Clearly gaming is one of Windows' strengths. Having said that though, Steam are helping that change with their Ubuntu client.

  18. rdrake
    September 17, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Tried many verisons of Linux since it was introduced. They're all frustrating to make any changes on or install new programs, not to mention not having drivers for just about every bit of hardware. Given up every time.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 17, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      People tend to spin this whole "there's no drivers" thing quite a lot. But the fact of the matter is, driver support in Linux is actually extremely good now. I'm yet to install Linux on a machine and it not pick up all the drivers.

      In the past (many years ago) this was the case, but it's not any more. I assume you haven't tried Linux in a while?

      Installing software is completely different to Windows (unless there is a .deb file or similar). I do completely agree that the installation of applications really does need to be simplified if it's ever going to get serious traction with "normal" users.

  19. littlemuch
    September 17, 2016 at 6:32 am

    The security is both good and annoying. UAC in Windows is a more efficient implementation, you just have to allow or deny any changes, rather than typing in password every time.

    Also, Windows 10 is pretty good at scaling memory usage. I've had a PC with 2 GB RAM running Windows 10, and on idle it only consumed around 40-50% of memory.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 17, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      True, Windows does have UAC, but it's nothing more than a popup that can be easily bypassed. The authentication popup in Linux is to authenticate as a "sudoer" so that you can make changes to the system because you're account isn't root (admin). In Windows, your account is admin by default - that's REALLY bad from a security perspective.

  20. 7
    September 17, 2016 at 3:26 am

    nicee

    • Kev Quirk
      September 17, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      Thanks buddy. :-)

  21. David
    September 16, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I absolutely loath Windows updates. It takes so unnecessarily long for it to apply them even on a Solid State Drive. I know it updates the registry in the background, but there is absolutely no excuse for how long it takes with the hardware we have nowadays. They seem to break more stuff now that Microsoft cut their QA team. A few months ago, an update broke my Start menu and no amount of registry edits would fix it. I ended up having to create a new user account on my machine.

    I now dual boot Ubuntu and Windows and now I only boot into Windows to play games or use my University's VPN (they use l2tp/ipsec which lacks support in Ubuntu). I much prefer the smaller notification bar which is half the size of the Windows task bar which frees up more screen real estate and the workspace switcher is awesome.

    @Kev Quirk What desktop icon pack are you using? It looks pretty rad.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 17, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      Windows update are a joke. They're so frustrating, and as you say, it really isn't necessary for them to be so poor.

      I'm using the Papirus icon pack, you can install them with the following commands, then use Unity Tweak to change the icon pack.

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:varlesh-l/papirus-pack
      sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install papirus-gtk-icon-theme

  22. Trevor
    September 16, 2016 at 7:25 am

    I see no reason to use commercial software at all. My current OS is Ubuntu Studio 16.04, for anyone creative, I have not found anything that can match Ubuntu Studio. If you haven't already at least check it out and see what is bundled - all free of course.

    One of the things I think very much needs to change in IT is to force all computer manufacturers to become fully Linux compliant. Even if it's only to ensure that as computers move through their life cycle, they have increased usefulness secondhand.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 16, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Unfortunately, I don't think anyone can force manufacturers to do anything. Like it or not, Linux is still a very small market share (around 2% I believe) so it isn't really worth their time.

      Having said that though, some of the big manufacturers, like Dell and HP do offer Ubuntu based machines. Then there's obviously the manufacturers that are 100% Ubuntu, like System76 & Entroware.

  23. Joe L.
    September 16, 2016 at 6:48 am

    As I truly do love and appreciate what Ubuntu and many other Linux distros have to offer, nothing will beat software compatibility. Certain things that I simply cannot live without such as games and brand specific software are not supported by any Linux distros. As software such as WINE do exist to make Windows software work on linux, they simply are not perfected enough to work as they normally would on a Windows machine. Therefore I use both, I split the primary drive in half with two partitions (Minus the swap) and benefit from both worlds.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 16, 2016 at 8:04 am

      I do exactly the same, Joe. Unfortunately what you're saying is true. There are some applications that do require Windows. Although, I am finding myself booting my Windows partition far less than I used to a few years back. That to me says that Ubuntu really is moving in the right direction.

    • Johan
      September 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Luckely Steam is fixing the lack of games-problem. More and more games are available for Linux, which means in the future you won't need Windows anymore to play games. I myself only use Windows 10 for playing Fifa 2016.

      For home-use most people probably don't need Windows. If all they do is e-mailing, browsing and occasionally edit their photo's and video's, they can use plenty of apps on Linux with the same amount of power and ease of use.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 17, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      Johan, I completely agree on all points, buddy.

  24. Almost a Noob
    September 16, 2016 at 6:33 am

    For me, the test was installing Ubuntu 16.04 on a desktop for my brother, who is not a computer person, the last he owned had Windows XP preinstalled.... after a month I thought he wasn't using it because he hadn't asked me anything at all after the basic run through after I installed it.... wrong, wrong, wrong... he uses it everyday, and cannot for the life of him understand why more people don't

    • Kev Quirk
      September 16, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Couldn't agree with you more. Ironically, Ubuntu us great for a non-technical person. They don't have any preconceived ideas about why it doesn't look like Windows, and everything out of the box works really well.

      I did a similar thing for my mother in law. She kept getting infected on Windows, so I put Ubuntu on her machine. 4 years later and she doesn't miss Windows. :-)

  25. JAK
    September 16, 2016 at 3:20 am

    I have been with Windows since version 3.1 and now Windows 10. I still haven't received the Anniversary Update on my desktop but have on my laptop but the Sept. 13 update has frozen my machine. Over the years, since XP, I have given Linux Red Hat a try by dual booting but didn't see the relevance for it. In the past few years, I have tried 10 distros, based on numerous reviews, and prefer Zorin and Chalet. I have settled on Chalet on a spare desktop and IMHO, it is the best Linux distro. As mentioned in the article, the updating process makes so much sense. It may not be as fast as in Chrome OS, but better than Android and far superior to Windows.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 16, 2016 at 8:00 am

      I haven't heard of Chalet, I'll give that a look - thanks for the tip. I'm actually writing this comment from my Chromebook - had it for nearly 3 years now and it's still as fast as the day I took it out of the box. I can honestly say that it's the best laptop I've ever owned, and the cheapest!

  26. Jojo Avav
    September 16, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Ubuntu with Numix theme looks amazing. Love it compared to Windows.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 16, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Numix is a gorgeous theme. I used to use it a while ago.

  27. Kensta
    September 15, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    I'm a gamer, and I've put both OS to the test when it comes to games. I have a low-end HP laptop that's stuck with Intel HD 4400, yet it's still enough to game on native resolution with lowest graphics settings and keep 60 FPS...

    Here I tested CS:GO on Windows 10 and Ubuntu...
    Windows 10 yielded an average of 50 FPS. No stutters, but framerate really depends on the map.

    Ubuntu showed a dramatic decrease - 35 FPS. Also, when grenades explode and incendiary/molotovs start burning, the FPS decreases drastically and stutters for the duration of the effect.

    For me, I'm sticking to Windows 10 because 1.) I got it for free and 2.) it's better for gaming. Obviously better systems might have negligible to no change in performance between the two OS', but this is my observation.

    Also comes with the perk of being able to play Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD on Windows, which there is no Linux downloadable on Steam.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 16, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Kensta, I completely agree with you buddy. If you're a gamer, my advice would be to stick with Windows. Ubuntu is awesome, and it's getting better when it comes to gaming (with the help of Steam), but it's not as established in the gaming space as Windows is.

  28. Frank
    September 15, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Ditched windows 11 years ago. No regrets . Just about any light weight flavor suits me. Windows makes it far to complicated. Thank you Linus!

    • Kev Quirk
      September 16, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Here here. Linus for president! :-)

    • Doc
      September 19, 2016 at 1:55 am

      Don't forget to thank the GNU team, who wrote all the command-line apps that make up GNU; Linus only wrote the kernel.
      @Kev: It's "hear, hear!"

    • Kev Quirk
      September 19, 2016 at 7:02 am

      Doh! Thanks for the correct, doc.

      Absolutely, it's important to give kudos to all those in the stack. Obviously we wouldn't have "Linux" as we know it today without Stallman & Co.

      I know the FSF insist it be called "GNU/Linux" or "GNU+Linux" but I'm one of those annoying people who just tend to call it "Linux". It's just easier that way, but I can definitely see why it would be frustrating for those involved in GNU.

  29. Michael J. Tobias
    September 15, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    I use Xubuntu and have for nearly a decade. Prior to that, I used Mandrake. I have also dual-booted with Windows for all that time. I'm not a Windows basher or Linux fanboy, but I prefer Linux simply because it's a working OS and Windows is, in the words of my brother who worked for IBM for 30 years, a toy. It's a fun toy, to be sure, but I wouldn't trust doing my work with it. Every time I boot into Windows I'm reminded of how wonderful Linux is.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 16, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Both are brilliant operating systems. I dual boot my main PC with Windows 10, and I'm really impressed by it (apart from the spying). Like you say, I'm not a "fanboy" of either OS, they both have their advantages over the other. For me, Linux is my preferred choice. :-)

  30. Steve
    September 15, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Would an average user find it easier to add a new printer to Ubuntu or Windows ? Likely that there won't be a driver on the CD (if there is a CD) and so you'll need to be online. And what if the average user doesn't happen to live in an English speaking country.

    • Andy Barrow
      September 15, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      The list of drivers available in Linux is very extensive, and if it isn't there, it gets automatically downloaded. Last resort is usually to go on to the web site of the printer manufacturer. Very, very few don't have drivers for Linux.

    • Mike F
      September 15, 2016 at 11:05 pm

      When you connect a printer, Ubuntu will automatically see it, check for compatible drivers (it comes with many pre-installed), in some cases it will automatically download one if necessary, and it's all done. Pretty much the same as with Windows, although I've had that process fail a few times on Windows, where it succeeds with Linux. I've heard some complain of drivers missing for some brands of cutting-edge brand-new just put on the shelves printers. But, Epson and HP both have great official Linux driver support, and every other printer I've tried on mine (including three different copy machines) all work beautifully out of the box. And while Linux generally keeps older drivers active (I can still use my old printer from the early 90's if I want to), often Windows will drop driver support when a new version of Windows is released. So in general, there are more drivers available on Linux than on Windows.

      As for languages, most Linux distributions have really great language support, from what I can tell. I've really never heard of anyone complaining. And since it's open-source, if you do happen to see something translated wrong, you're allowed to fix it yourself, or at least make a bug report so they know and can resolve it, and it'll be all done.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 16, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Hey Steve,

      I echo what the other guys have said here. Personally, I find the process to be a lot more slick in Ubuntu as there's none of the "have disk" options or "search Windows updates for drivers" it's all done automatically.

      I've had a number of printers over the years, all from common manufacturers like HP, Canon, Brother etc and I can honestly say that I've never had a driver issue with Ubuntu. Now you could say I've just been lucky, but if the issue with printing was as bad as so many people make out, surely I would have come across issues before now?

      Printing (and drivers in general) was a bit of a pain in the past on Ubuntu. But driver support now really is excellent.

  31. Andy Barrow
    September 15, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    I started with Linux way back in the mid-90s, using Slackware. A lot of stuff needed to be compiled then, and updating anything was a pain. Still, it worked great. Since then, I've always had Linux available to be used, either as a primary computer, as a server, as a multi-boot environment, or as a USB drive that I carried around. I buy Windows laptops and set them up for dual boot, just so I can stay current on Windows environment.

    I switched from Slackware to Red Hat, and eventually to Debian-based distributions. I went to Ubuntu, first using the CD that they would send you for a free (or a few bucks) and eventually to something I could download. When Unity came out, I just couldn't get used to it, so I switched to Linux Mint and use it to this day.

    Someone asked me "why Linux?" and the first answer that came to mind was, "Because it doesn't get in the way". I find Windows and Apple OSs tend to create an environment that oversimplifies to the point of leaving things out or making them hard to find. I just want to get stuff done, whether it's with a quick shortcut to an application, or the command line. Need to resize all the images in a folder so they can be uploaded to a web server? convert does that very well. Need to quickly save one or more web pages? Thank you wget. Is that video someone sent you unreadable by everyone who needs to see it? ffmpeg, Handbrake or one of the others does just fine. By now, I wouldn't even know where to start doing something like that in Windows, but I suspect it would begin with getting out my credit card.

    Sure, there are a few applications that are only usable from Windows. If I can't make them work in WINE, I dual boot and suffer through Windows until that one particular task is complete. The need to do such a thing is becoming increasingly infrequent.

    I'm sure there are those who can make Windows 10 sing for them, and I wish them well. I prefer Linux.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 16, 2016 at 7:50 am

      Thanks for the comment, Andy. It's always great to see someone who is as passionate about Linux as I am. Unfortunately, I have to use Windows for my day job, so I can only get my Linux fix at home. :-(

  32. William Vasquez
    September 15, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    I dual boot Windows 10 And Ubuntu and love both for what they do best. Windows for gaming; printing; wireless internet. And Ubuntu for unique free software like Pithos (free Pandora player with no ads) and Minitube (free ad-less Youtube player that charges Windows users), and not having to worry about loading anti-virus programs. Ubuntu is far from perfect though, frequent videos freeze up; some annoying error messages; and God help you finding drivers for old printers; bluetooth; wireless internet; or old Nvidia video cards.

    • Kev Quirk
      September 16, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Personally, I would still always run AV inside Ubuntu (or any Linux distro or Mac). No OS is immune to infection. Yes, the chances are slim, but the chances are higher that you could infect your Windows install via Ubuntu. Say an infection gets on there and isn't picked up, you insert a USB pen, which is then infected. If you then use that pen on your Windows install, you may infect it.

      Printing & Wi-Fi seem to be the the biggest problem for a lot of people. However, in my experience (and I've installed Linux on a lot of machines) printing and wi-fi isn't an issue any more. A few years ago, yeah. But not now. I have a self-built PC, a HP ProBook laptop and a Canon printer. All work flawlessly in Ubuntu.

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