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7 Things That Ubuntu Does Better Than Windows

James Frew Updated 24-04-2020

Windows 10 is a great operating system. As the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship product, it is the most popular operating system globally, across home and business users.

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That doesn’t mean it is the best option for you, though. You may have heard about the Linux operating system, Ubuntu. If you haven’t tried it, you may be missing out on some excellent features.

Here are all the things that Ubuntu does better than Windows.

1. Updates

Ubuntu Software Manager

Just as you sit down to work at your Windows PC, you get a popup asking you to update Windows. After the update manager has downloaded the large files required, you must reboot the computer. In previous editions, you were able to choose when to restart your computer.

However, Microsoft decided that Windows 10 will determine for you, randomly rebooting your computer when you least expect it. Just as you’ve got back up and running, you open your favorite software, and another popup appears, asking you to update the software before you can use it.

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This situation occurs because Windows, and macOS, handles operating system and application updates separately. Windows Update focuses primarily on critical infrastructure updates, leaving the apps to request manual updates when needed.

Ubuntu takes a different approach. Installations and updates are managed via repositories. Instead of downloading the application from the developer’s website, the repositories contain the software packaged for your edition of Ubuntu. Using these repositories, the Software Updater can notify you of pending updates.

It’s not just application updates that are handled in this way; operating system updates are bundled into the Software Updater as well. This makes it a single destination to manage all your updates, which is far simpler than the per-app basis found on Windows 10.

2. Computer Security

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If you’ve ever used a Windows PC, you’ll know you need antivirus software. Windows has long been the target of malware, scammers, and viruses. Part of this is due to its ubiquity—it’s much easier to write malicious software for the most popular operating system.

However, this is also due to how Windows 10 handles security. There’s no getting away from the fact that Ubuntu is more secure than Windows. User accounts in Ubuntu have fewer system-wide 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 challenging to execute malware or a virus inside Ubuntu. Microsoft has introduced the User Account Control (UAC), which performs a similar function, though.

Despite these critical differences, Linux isn’t immune to viruses; they are just less likely. You should still browse the web safely, visit reputable sites, and be careful. If you’re after peace of mind, consider installing one of the best free Linux antivirus programs The 6 Best Free Linux Antivirus Programs Think Linux doesn't need antivirus? Think again. These free antivirus tools can ensure your Linux box remains virus-free. Read More .

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3. Customization

Ubuntu desktop

Microsoft restricts the amount of customization you can do its operating system. While Windows 10 is the most customizable edition yet, it’s still nowhere near the levels seen on Ubuntu.

If you’ve used, or at least seen, older versions of Ubuntu, you may be put off by the now-dated appearance. Fortunately, recent releases have brought the system up to modern standards.

Still, if the look of the default Ubuntu set up doesn’t work for you, there are ways to make your Linux desktop look fantastic. And, if you miss the feel of Windows, you can even make Linux look like Windows 10 Make Linux Look Like Windows 10 With These Tips and Tweaks Switching from Windows to Linux is tough, so make it easy on yourself by installing a Windows-style desktop environment for Linux. Read More .

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4. System Resources

RAM on a motherboard

Ubuntu is one of the best options to revive older hardware. If your computer is feeling sluggish, and you don’t want to upgrade to a new machine, installing Linux may be the solution.

Windows 10 is a feature-packed operating system, but you probably don’t need or use all of the functionality baked into the software. However, the capability is still there, and it drains resources from your primary tasks.

Ubuntu isn’t the only lightweight Linux distribution that can give your old PC new life 14 Lightweight Linux Distributions to Give Your Old PC New Life Need a lightweight operating system? These special Linux distros can run on older PCs, some with as little as 100MB of RAM. Read More , but it is among the most popular and stable. During the installation, you can either choose standard or minimal setups, further decreasing the size and resource requirement.

Many background processes are running in Windows, as well, and it isn’t an easy task to control them. This is in contrast to Ubuntu, where the entire operating system is designed for your input. This underpins the Linux mentality that your computer is yours, and it should be up to you to decide how it runs.

5. Live Environment

Ubuntu desktop showing Install Ubuntu disk image

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, you can burn the image to a CD or write it to a USB stick and boot it up 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. This feature isn’t unique to Ubuntu; you can install these Linux distros on a USB stick The 5 Best Linux Distros to Install on a USB Stick USB are great for running portable versions of Linux. Here are the most useful Linux distributions to run from a live USB drive. Read More , too.

6. Software

Ubuntu app drawer

One of the main reasons people give for sticking with Windows is software. Indeed, most Windows programs you use regularly aren’t readily available on Ubuntu, or any Linux distro. So, how does Ubuntu do software better than Windows 10?

The simple answer is that most Linux software is open-source. By switching to Ubuntu, you open up a world of Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS). When you boot up for the first time, you won’t find Microsoft Office, but you will have access to Libre Office instead.

The same is true of most of your favorite software. While some apps are available via the Snap Store or as downloadable DEB packages, you’ll be on the hunt for alternatives. Ubuntu itself even comes preinstalled with stock editions of everyday applications.

Whether you find this a positive very much depends on your outlook overall. However, if you are considering a switch to Ubuntu, you likely are already interested in FOSS and would be open to switching to other alternatives, too.

7. It’s Free

Windows 10 Licenses from Microsoft Store

Unlike Microsoft’s operating system, Ubuntu is entirely free. This not only saves you money on a Windows license but also means you can save money on new hardware, too, by opting to forgo Windows preinstallations. You may, however, object that Windows 10 is also free.

While Microsoft initially offered free downloads of Windows 10, the window of opportunity was limited and has now expired. Yes, there are some ways to get Windows 10 for free or cheap How to Get Windows 10 for Free or Cheap Windows is expensive. Here's how to buy a Windows product key cheaply or get a license for free legally without breaking the bank. Read More , but they are limited. Ubuntu has always been and will always be free. For comparison, the entry-level Windows 10 Home costs $139.

That is a lot of money, especially if you are looking for an operating system to revive older hardware. Ubuntu is the most budget-friendly choice. If you value the software and have a bit to spare, you could always consider donating to the Ubuntu project via their donations website.

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. Windows has always been the default operating system of choice, but there are plenty of reasons to consider a switch to Ubuntu, too.

If you’re backed up and ready to make the change, then it’s time to install Ubuntu on your computer using a USB flash drive Install Ubuntu on Your Computer Using a USB Flash Drive Want to try Linux but don't own a DVD burner? Why not use a USB drive instead? Here's how to install Ubuntu from USB in minutes. Read More .

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  1. mic
    May 31, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    I've decided to dump Win (what-ever) since the last version seems to be nothing more than a fancy form of virus/spyware. And if you want to clean it out and make it semi-secure you have to jump through one of your orifices. So, I'm working out what Linux version I want and how all the plumbing works.

    The only thing I can see that windows does is blue screen, collect malware and bugs me about upgrading, the only downside is office apps and I can live with that until Microsoft dumps all its users to move into the corp./cloud/ whatever market segment. After all that is where the real money is and you have to keep all those stockholders happy. So far Linux is quicker, (doesn't require a mainframe to work), runs on more stuff, is much more customizable and has a larger group of apps and you don't have to join some tracking club to download them.

    OH, and even I can hack windows, so I can see one of the reasons it is such a garbage magnet for malware. There are bugs in windows that have been there since the 6.22 days, you would think they would have enough self-respect to clean up some of these old, old, old bugs.

  2. Brian Boru
    May 8, 2020 at 7:58 am

    This is a welcome counterpoint to the article…
    "80 things Windows does better than Linux"
    …so thank you.

    Is there by any chance an 8th 'thing'? I'd like to have 1 Linux advantage for every 10 Windows' ones.

    • James Frew
      May 9, 2020 at 10:48 pm

      I appreciate your critque. Linux isn't for everyone, and Windows is the most mature operating system available and the most familiar to most people. I do note this at the top of the article. However, we did highlight seven notable areas where Ubuntu surpasses, or at least behaves differently to, Windows.

  3. L de Klerk
    May 6, 2020 at 9:40 am

    My Windows PC died a couple of months ago so I rescued another PC from my garage with Win 7 on it. It did not have a wireless card and when I installed one Windows immediately came up with the accusation that this installation was illegal and I had to reactivate or pay as for a new install, could not reactivate because the wireless card did not work. So I installed Ubuntu 16.04 on the spare disk in the machine and the installation worked perfectly. I can now double boot, have eventually activated the Win7. So a perfect situation to compare the two os/es. Running similar programs I can do everything twice as fast on Ubuntu. Download the same email boxes takes seconds in Ubuntu and minutes in Outlook, both with headers only. Libre Office is superior to Windows Office, easier to use, and also faster. Have installed two new printers, cannot get one of the drivers for Windows but Ubuntu found and installed them without even asking me! I always check the system health on my PCs. After running Windows for 20 minutes the CPU temperature runs constantly at 52 degrees, with Ubuntu it stays at 36! So very happy with Ubuntu.

    • James Frew
      May 9, 2020 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks for sharing your postive experience!

  4. JohnD Lord
    May 6, 2020 at 5:31 am

    James Frew should get some computer qualifications, spend 35 years working with computers before pushing 7 ways of Ubuntu better than Windows.
    Windows is 100,000 ways better than Ubuntu, Ubuntu can be hacked, Ubuntu can not handle everything which Windows can easily handle on a full 2 TB hard drive.
    Ubuntu might be quicker (Not faster, which is the wrong word because Ubuntu does not travel.)
    Fast is the speed of an object, a car, quick is a time factor for how long for the car takes to reach a destination)
    Windows is a quick-time rabbit, Ubuntu is a slow-time snail.

    • James Frew
      May 6, 2020 at 8:56 am

      Hi John, thanks for your comment. I'm unclear which section of the article you don't agree with. For instance, I never state that Ubuntu is faster than Windows. Instead, I note that the Linux OS is a good alternative for older hardware. Likewise, I don't suggest that Ubuntu is unhackable. Still, thanks for reading, although your comment suggests you won't be choosing Ubuntu over Windows anytime soon.

    • Steve
      May 12, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      And I have 40+ years working with computers so what is your point? Been around since IBM dropped CPM and took DOS and the reason why. Yeah I just dated myself. Have been certified in most of what M$ offers and even taught for them. Have dealt with Win 3.0 (yes there was such a thing) and have had to deal with the "evolution" to Win 10. Long story short Win 10 is garbage. It caters to the ma and pa to share pictures, play games, etc. IT IS NOT A SERIOUS turn key data center / Internet backbone system. Unix/Linux run the Internet. M$ isn't not or should I say gives a hoot about being in that arena due to its many vulnerabilities and lack of reliability. After all these years (yes I am slow) I am finally abandoning Windows for Linux. For starters I will save hundreds of dollars on virus, malware, ransomware, etc protection by not having to buy third party vendor products to do what M$ won't or can't. As for your drive size I have multiple 4TB HDD and a 1TB SSD and Ubuntu / Linux does far better than M$. I will end it here and say you are entitled to your opinion but I must be honest and say you sound like a troll marketing for M$.

  5. S. D. Martino
    May 1, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    Ubntu and open soucr distros are default OS for all my computers. Windows and Microsoft are irrelevant.
    End of line

    • Szigya
      August 5, 2020 at 7:32 am

      You are such a hero :D. Linux is still a UX nightmare in 2020. It drains battery by default on many laptops, you need to install separate programs and apply custom settings to make it work normally. Firefox can become invisible from time to time, programs can freeze, windowing system can stop reacting. And this is the newest Ubuntu on a dell xps 15, not a pentium 3. Software center is associated with deb files but cannot install them, which is a joke. What I can give them is the support for 3 monitors, that's fluent now; compared to 5-10 years ago it's a dream.

      On the other hand if someone is not a programmer, or even a programmer who doesn't need kubernetes or bash, windows is a much less time-consuming option. It looks nice, has good driver support by default and it can install programs without any hassle. I bought Windows 10 Pro, and if I weren't using kubernetes, I would even develop on that.

      This is also an end of line. ;)

  6. Juha Talimäki
    April 25, 2020 at 4:54 am

    Ubuntu every day. Especially now that UbuntuDDE is in the making (beta). Ubuntu respin with deepin desktop, the most beautiful DE in the Linux world!

  7. dbuckridge
    April 24, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Ubuntu, Ubuntu, Ubuntu, that's all I hear. It is a distant fourth in popularity on the DistroWatch download list.
    It only works well if used as installed by default. If you try to uninstall any software (like any of its 200+ language packs) 'unbuntu-minimal' package gets uninstalled, making the system inoperable.
    Ubuntu allows you to run Linux applications without teaching you anything about Linux.
    The Software Center is a dysfunctional app. Synaptic, while not looking as pretty as Software Center, is way more functional.
    Ubuntu lightweight? Next joke! There are at least 600 or 700 lighter distros.
    What was that old saying? Ubuntu is Swahili for 'I don't know how to run Debian'

    • James Frew
      April 24, 2020 at 6:10 pm

      DistroWatch's figures are a count of how many people view the respective page on their own website, rather than a measure of common usage. Ubuntu is, however, one of the most well-known and widely-used Linux operating systems.

      As for your other concerns, the exciting part about Linux is that you can switch to whichever distro suits you best. That said, this is an article about the differences between Ubuntu and the world's most-used commercial operating system, Windows.

      • Jim
        April 25, 2020 at 11:29 am

        I use Ubuntu Mate, and Debian on one laptop. I use Ubuntu Mate and Parrot on another. Ubuntu Mate is my main OS though. I have no desire to become a Linux expert, no desire to learn tons of commands that system administrators use, and absolutely no desire to ever use MS Windows again. So Ubuntu Mate is perfect for me. About the only thing I can agree with you on is the Software center, and I have not seen it on 20.04 LTS. I usually install Synaptic and remove the software center. Once learned to use Synaptic with it's information, I had no use for the software center. I could care less it is not "elegant or beautiful" is is the most powerful software tool in Linux in my opinion.

  8. Bonrose37
    February 23, 2019 at 6:44 am

    yes i tried to use ubuntu for several time but the same problem happen to me is sound problem ,video stack ,and playing game .those are problem that are on me when i use ubuntu

    • Jim
      April 29, 2020 at 10:59 am

      I don't play games, so personally I could care less. I have used Ubuntu on about 10 different computers and never had a sound problem.

  9. Jerry
    January 16, 2019 at 2:38 am

    For everyday use Ubuntu is hands down the better system than Windows is. Browsing web, email, banking, shopping, etc. all are faster and more secure than Windows but when it comes to playing games, it's all Windows. There are simply thousands of games for Windows, new and updated all the time. If you're choosing games through basic Ubuntu, they suck. Most of the games look like they're from the 1980's unless you subscribe to s a service like Steam. They have a lot of good games but I've found them to be on the expensive side, more so than some competitors like Bigfish Games.

  10. Aaron
    November 11, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Ubuntu is a bloated piece of crap trying to be a simple, user-friendly OS, but it is anything but simple and user-friendly. Why? Because like Windows it wants to handle every issue for you with this or that automagic GUI tool. Something goes wrong? Well stick your thumb in your ass because Ubuntu doesn't teach you Linux.

  11. Catori
    March 18, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Not a savvy computer person at all, but was so sick of Windows 10. I installed Ubuntu, still not knowing what I was doing, and completely deleted Windows 10 from my computer! Oh no, I thought, now what am I going to do? Well, let me say that I love Ubuntu so far, I figured out how to a couple of things so far with the help of people like you on the internet. I do not miss Windows for a minute and luckily I had saved all my data before it deleted!!

    • Steven
      March 29, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Yes, me too. Windows ten is so very bloated, and Ubuntu is so fast and streamlined and great for getting work done. I also left Windows behind due to having a alternative. And it is helping me be interested in computing languages to help myself and the community.

  12. Chandrakant
    January 17, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    I am using Ubuntu17.04 .I love linux. My pc is dual boot.But I never go for windows.In every respect Ubuntu is much better and easy to use.

    • Naturale
      June 20, 2018 at 9:48 am

      I use dualbot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 10 . Mostly I used my ubuntu , and use Windows for the primary software that not found in Ubuntu

  13. Erik
    December 21, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Although I do feel for The writer’s arguments, I have used Ubuntu for many years as my main os, but have switched back. One thing that has annoyed me is the somewhat blurry look when compared to Windows. You can see it in the screenshots in this article. Windows and Mac have crisp, sharp fonts. And it’s the desktop that I am staring at almost 100% of the time.
    So, I am an even older Ubuntu server user on hardware, kvm and VMware. Even SQL Server 2016 now on an Ubuntu Server. But I maintain those headless servers using a Windows Machine and putty. I also use a MacBook Pro lately when traveling. Wonderful with Linux under the hood, but lacking in professional database client software like toad, sqlyog, etc. and that is the second point: where do I find GUI software that matches all those Windows apps?

    • Zare
      December 22, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      the following text is based on my superficially knowledge of truetype hinting of screen fonts.

      as far as I know, font rasterizing depends on truetype hinting instructions. Some of them are licensed. Opensource truetype rasterizers are not allowed to perform such instructions when rasterizing.

      Truetype font licenses are owned by Apple & Microsoft. A couple years ago some truetype licenses were expired, and AFAIK, Apple did not perform countermeasures against rasterizer companies which rasterizers perform such instructions without Apple's consent.

    • Roderic Jones
      February 21, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Have you installed ubuntu-restricted-extras? this includes the microsoft fonts and they are just as clear on ubuntu and Windows 10.

  14. David
    November 28, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Seems to me you are very kind to Windows. I have developed an unfortunate paranoia about MS and resent their method of operation. Every OS MS have come out with has been full of flaws, updates and high memory usage. You have listed all the major nasties. I guess their prime motive was to create a monopoly and for a while they got away with it. The cost of software is a big problem when I have 4 computers. I use Mint, Ubuntu based, and it is absolutely brilliant. The default software and other free options are magic, DVStyler, Softmaker are great addons and in WINE SiteSpinner is a great WYSIWYG editor. Found a good musical score software Musescore, also opens MIDI files. No complaints about Linux Mint.

  15. Rakshith
    September 6, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I love Ubuntu but don't have practice how to practice using Ubuntu. Please share me Link

  16. Jennifer
    July 7, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Debian. Same compatibilities as Ubuntu without being the most newbie-oriented locked-down Linux distro in the world.

    Ubuntu is a fork of Debian. It's built specifically for user-friendliness in terms of a home desktop system. However, not only is Debian not actually that much less friendly than Ubuntu (especially if you're using KDE Plasma), it also has a large amount of customization features that make it a more interesting system to use.

  17. Jesse
    June 10, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I need some opinions. I don't know anything about Linux, but bought this laptop that comes with win 10. I don't want to use win 10.

    Operating system
    Windows 10 (64bits)
    Display
    10.1" IPS WXGA (1280x800), glossy touchscreen
    Processor
    Intel Quad-Core Atom Z8350 1.44 GHz (Turbo up to 1.92 GHz)
    Graphics
    Intel HD
    Memory
    4GB DDR3 (On Board)
    Storage
    128GB EMMC
    Optical storage
    n/a
    Webcam
    2MP Web Camera
    Keyboard
    Keyboard Dock
    Wireless Data Network
    802.11AC; Bluetooth 4.0
    Side I/O Ports
    - 1x USB 2.0,
    - 1x Micro USB2.0,
    - 1x Headphone-out & Audio-in Combo Jack,
    - 1x micro HDMI,
    - Card Reader
    Card Reader
    SDXC
    Battery
    32WHrs, 1S2P, 2-cell Li-ion Polymer Battery Pack
    Dimensions
    10.2" x 6.7" x 0.5"
    Weight
    1.7lbs

    What version of Linux would you recommend? I don't really play any games. Just use the internet, download music and videos, and use Netflix. So I just need something simple, secure, and fast.

    Any suggestions?

    • Bernardo Leon
      June 17, 2017 at 5:19 am

      You could try with a live cd of lubuntu and see how it works for you. Its a Ubuntu version that uses the lxde desktop environment which is lightweight on resources (since you have 4gb of ram). Hope it helps.

      • Anonymous
        October 22, 2017 at 5:10 pm

        I wouldn’t recommend lubuntu to a first time user (and Jesse has fairly decent specs), I’d go for Ubuntu or a lighter variant such as Ubuntu MATE.

    • Henrik R.
      March 11, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      Try to look for your PC model here on this list: https://certification.ubuntu.com/desktop/

      • David
        May 17, 2018 at 2:33 pm

        Quit using Windows @ Win95, telemetry couldn't be turned off and it was like installing NSA spyware on my PC, (MS copies and transmits every keystroke, 30Mb video if you have cam, email use and content,in their rhetoric to make a better user experience) I tried several Linux distros and settled on Ubuntu, Besides screen door on submarine makes for terrible security, windows is (always has been)buggy and too expensive to maintain.
        The only ones on the list are certified, this does not mean that it will not work, only means it hasn't been tested, Toshiba Satellite works with no changes, the only ones I have ever had trouble with are those specifically designed to work only with Windows Drivers. Printers are another story, the best printers are HP and Lexmark which are specifically designed to work with all OS's whereas Cannon, Epson etc are orphans specifically designed to work only with Windows. Most times the only issue is the NDIS (MS wireless) driver needs to be loaded, after that its off to the races. [Broken URL Removed]

    • Don Graham
      January 1, 2019 at 10:59 pm

      Linux Mint. It's a derivative of Ubuntu and it comes with everything already installed. I suggest the Cinnamon desktop if you come from a windows background. You'll feel right at home.

    • Jim
      May 5, 2020 at 9:09 am

      Try Ubuntu Mate. Classic menu and lacks many of Ubuntu's problems as it is community driven, not corporate driven.

  18. Greg
    June 9, 2017 at 1:29 am

    Love Linux. Modern versions just work out of the box. What more can you ask? A decade ago you might have needed to know how to install specific drivers to help you run software or hardware such as certain brands of printer.....no more. In the unlikely event you need to resolve an issue you can pop onto a forum and ask a question which is often answered by very knowledgeable subject experts who only ask for politeness and thanks. Wouldn't change for anything.

  19. Steven
    June 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I love Ubuntu linux,most of all for its much less suseptability to viruses. This is soooo important to me.

    • David
      May 17, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      Easy install RAID too, fresh install I use Ubuntu Server and install it that way, then drop whatever head I desire on top using "sudo apt-get install (desktop) if one prefers can install MDADM and build a RAID easily in most any Linux Distro. Winders requires a very expensive outlay of cash or a good controller ($600+) for a "REAL" Raid adapter, Linux costs nothing to build with software in repositories. Since RAID is native to the OS, no real tweaking, pulling out of hair or thick wallet is required.

  20. TomF
    June 8, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I have two laptops, one running KDE Neon (An Ubuntu derivative), the other Windows 10. The difference is chalk and cheese. The Ubuntu machine is far more responsive, more logical, and just a better experience all-round. If I was to be left on a deserted island with a choice of either a Windows or Ubuntu device, Ubuntu would be the choice without even a second thought.

  21. Mike Bungalow
    May 21, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I am a Windows user for over 20 years. For the last 7 years, virtually all my laptops and pc at home run on linux Ubuntu. One of my laptop is using Linux Lite lately. Speed, security, reliability, user friendly and cost are the reasons I like about Linux. In time, Microsoft will have the same fate as that of Kokak.

    • Steven
      June 8, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Much agreed.

    • Henrik R.
      March 11, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      I suppose you mean Kodak... :-)

  22. Mark
    May 16, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Have recently moved from Windows to Ubuntu 16.04.
    I am not particularly techie, and am a teacher. Ubuntu does everything I need, has great games for my young kids via steam and my PC is now miles quicker.

  23. Rod
    April 23, 2017 at 8:53 am

    I like Ubuntu and have tried it several times when I had my own PC. Company pc so cannot use it. The only issue I kept having was an issue with wireless connections. I must admit it has been awhile since my last install.

    • Jon
      April 24, 2017 at 3:58 am

      Some wireless network cards need special drivers that have to be manually compiled. Others are already available without special needs to get working. Intel products are examples of products that already have fully compiled and stable drivers for Linux-based operating systems such as Ubuntu. Mileage S may vary from product to product on that.

  24. G. J.
    April 22, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    I've been trying to get to Linux world since Ubuntu 10.4 (Still have a CD with it, I guess it was official double CD, one CD was installer, another LIVE CD), and it's been piece of crap.

    Windows got terrible since 8, and using Win 10 is awful to be honest. It become clumsy piece of crap, non-responsive menus, etc. My computer was rocket fast on Win 7, had to upgrade to Win 10 and it became terrible :D just like Ubuntu.

    Don't get me wrong, its concept is amazing! But besides having 5/6 points here wrong, overall it's implementation is a joke. Windows in the past being a joke implementation of OS X now, for last couple years Ubuntu is a joke implementation of Win 7. No offense for those who use it, I personally use paper a lot too, why should anyone dare to offend me because they prefer a computer?

    Best,
    G. J.

  25. Mark Ackerman
    April 12, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Ubuntu ROCKS - Ubuntu-Gnome IS a Slick/ Fast/Secure/Customizable/... easy to use OS, PERIOD.

  26. John
    April 6, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I give Ubuntu a try every now and again. Actually given the questionable data collection Microsoft is doing now with Windows 10. I have been looking to move past Windows 10 and use a Ubuntu or Mint. My life online is centered around a browser more than a OS so to me giving Linux a try makes a lot of sense. People should know there are options that are pretty good beyond Windows these days.

  27. saurabh negi
    March 3, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Dear friends,
    Definitely Ubuntu is far better than windows 10.
    I had purchased Dell laptop and dealer installed windows 10 in place of ubuntu but there were many problem in operating it like unable to play you tube videos, games,virus corrupted the files. Again I replaced it with ubuntu.

    Regards

  28. 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.

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

    ubuntu is more perfect than windows
    i love it

  30. 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.

      • a person
        November 20, 2017 at 3:33 pm

        Download Lightworks. There is a free version. It's amazing. If you want a simpler video editor, try Kdenlive or Openshot (Openshot crashes alot though).

      • William
        May 14, 2020 at 7:58 pm

        Yes, I would agree with you on that - both are good... Linux is cheaper for sure....
        I like to use all of them... I have Linux Mint and three laptops with W10 and I have an old Mac as
        well... but Macs are way too expensive... that sucks...
        I never really have any problems with viruses on Windows... use AVG or other programs..

  31. 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. ;-)

  32. 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.

      • brendamc
        August 21, 2017 at 6:04 am

        Personally, I love Linux Mint! I set up a dual boot on both my computers (one was Windows 7 and one Windows 8). There are a few programs I have to use in Windows (Google Earth, Quickbooks, etc) but Linux is gaining all the time!

        • David
          November 28, 2017 at 7:31 am

          Google Earth runs perfectly in Linux Mint. Also SiteSpinner will run perfectly if you install a few DLL s for WINE to run it. DVStyler is great too. Linux is far superior to MS in many ways.

  33. 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. :-)

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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. ?

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

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

  38. 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

  39. 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!

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

    • rc primak
      March 26, 2017 at 8:37 am

      With the advent of the new Intel chipsets which only run Windows 10, and other driver issues, Windows isn't looking very hardware friendly anymore either.

  46. 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.

      • rc primak
        March 26, 2017 at 8:40 am

        Not if it's a local account in Limited or Standard User mode.

  47. 7
    September 17, 2016 at 3:26 am

    nicee

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

      Thanks buddy. :-)

  48. 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

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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. :-)

  52. 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!

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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. :-)

  57. 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.

  58. 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. :-(

  59. 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.

      • rc primak
        March 26, 2017 at 8:45 am

        Name me one functioning AV program which actually scans for and safely removes Linux malware from Linux?

        • S. D. Martino
          May 1, 2020 at 1:25 pm

          Sophos, clam av, etc etc