Dual-booting is great. You can use multiple operating systems without having to use a different computer. I dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04. However, I rarely log into my Windows 8 partition for many reasons.
Ubuntu Has The Apps I Need
People may say that Windows has more applications available. While that may be true, nearly every app I need is available on Ubuntu. For example, Spotify and Skype both have a Linux version of their application. There are a few programs that don’t have dedicated Linux versions, like Finale. For those apps, I can just install them using WINE. Besides, Windows may have more apps, but not all of them are quality.
Speed Speed Speed
Windows 8 is faster than Windows 7, but it’s not nearly as fast as Ubuntu. Windows uses a lot more resources than Ubuntu. It lags constantly when I’m doing simple tasks like checking emails or browsing Alpha Efficiency (which if you aren’t reading it, you really should!). When I’m using Ubuntu, it’s rare that anything lags because of resources. Also, Ubuntu boots up quicker than Windows.
Windows Isn’t Pretty
This might just be my opinion, but I personally don’t think that windows is that attractive. I’m not a big fan of the metro interface because it isn’t asthetically pleasing. Ubuntu wins out over Windows because it is a lot more customizable when it comes to modifying the interface. If you don’t like how something looks, you can just switch desktop environments or window managers. Windows locks you into a certain set up and only let’s you change the color scheme.
Updates On Windows Are A Hassle
Windows 8 finally gave its users an app store. However, it doesn’t make updates easier. The app store only gives updates to metro apps. It doesn’t provide the system updates, and it doesn’t update non-metro apps. With Ubuntu, there is a Software Updater application that updates all of your apps and system patches. Windows needs to combine the Windows Store and the Windows Update applications. Having a central place for updates simplifies the user experience and makes things easier for everybody.
Ubuntu Provides Free Upgrades For Life
Microsoft may have lowered the price to upgrade to Windows 8 for a period of time, but it doesn’t beat the price of free. With Windows Blue coming around the corner, it seems like Microsoft will make you pay for expensive upgrades every year if you want the latest Windows operating system. Because of Ubuntu’s Linux roots, all upgrades are free for life. You never have to pay to have the latest Ubuntu operating system. Microsoft should either give free upgrades for a few years, or at least give it away at a severely lower price after the initial purchase of Windows.
Ubuntu Is More Secure Than Windows
Over the years, Windows has gotten a lot of crap over viruses and other vulnerabilities. Windows HAS gotten better than before. However, it isn’t nearly as secure as Ubuntu. Ubuntu isn’t virus free, but there are far less viruses made for Ubuntu. There really isn’t any question about it; Ubuntu is a lot more secure than Windows.
Ubuntu is Open Sourced
This isn’t such a big deal to a lot of people, but I prefer open source over closed source any day of the week. I personally think that open source software is superior because it revolves around the people and what they want, not what companies want to give their users. 99% of the time, I will use an open-source program over a closed source program if I have the chance.
Okay, Okay, Windows Isn’t All Bad
Over the years, Windows has improved drastically. There are a good chunk of programs that work well in windows that won’t run on Linux, even with WINE (curse you iTunes!). Also, a lot more places use Windows, so it will be easier for most people to go from one computer to another without having to learn a new operating system. I don’t mind using Windows that much (as long as it is at least 7), I just prefer to use something else.
Of course this is just my opinion about what’s better. It all boils down to the users needs. Not everybody is going to have the same opinion and not everybody is going to agree with me. That’s fine. I’m not trying to force Ubuntu on anybody, I’m just stating what I’ve noticed about it and why I prefer it over Windows.
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