I’m currently running on Windows 8 and Windows 7 but I am going to finally make the switch to Ubuntu. Don’t know what os is right for you out of them all? This article will definitely help you make the right choice.
Overall both installations are really easy. The Ubuntu installation has much more options for specific hard drive formats to tons of extra features you would otherwise have to do in after installing in Windows. The Windows GUI looks better. In this area I have to say Windows might win for the average person. However the average person is probably going to be buying a PC with Windows pre-installed. Therefore, anyone who knows how to install an operating system would probably be satisfied with Ubuntu’s more detailed and faster installation. One note though, Windows does have a great Advantage for those who use Ninite since Ninite hosts more apps for Windows(We are starting to have problems with Ninite recently and are starting to drift away from it).
Ubuntu wins installation depth and speed.
Ease Of Use
People might say that the new Windows 8 is much more complex than the previous versions of Windows but that is an opinion. Even if that was the case, Windows still is easier to use than Ubuntu, especially in the long run. Windows is very easy to use and is made for all consumers, professionals and beginners. The buttons on Windows 8 are big and clear and its easy to know what you’re doing. Windows 8 is a little hard to begin with on desktops but might be well worth it with the new claimed “faster boot up” speeds and “less memory usage”.
Windows 8 does win in this category but if you’re a professional on the desktop – check in with Ubuntu and see how that works out since Windows 8 makes you do more things to get the same job done in a desktop.
Lets just say things straight up. Windows has more applications. It is kind of starting over with the new marketplace but you can still use your old applications and the new ones which are hitting the store. Ubuntu’s store has more apps but that is of course because it has already been there for years. Windows 8 will probably get more dedicated Metro-style apps in a couple of months. You can use WINE to run all Windows applications in Ubuntu but It still doesn’t feel the same. Also most of the Ubuntu applications are free of charge while good Windows applications seem to have a pretty big price tag. If you are running the Google Chrome in Ubuntu you can still use the same apps you would use in Windows for that specific browser. Windows Applications also are much better quality wise and are updated more frequently. The update manager itself is better in Ubuntu because it updates almost all your applications instead of running all the programs’ self updates in Windows.
Windows is the clear winner. Even for Developers.
Synchronization, Backups and Updates
Ubuntu has experience in these areas. Ubuntu one provides users with a reliable 5GB of online storage. You can access these files over the internet. Microsoft seems to be following this trend with their SkyDrive integration in Windows 8 which starts off with 7GB of storage. We haven’t played around with the Windows online cloud storage integration, SkyDrive, but we are sure it is solid. Microsoft claims that they are starting to store an addition PetaByte of data almost every month. Updates are great on Ubuntu since there is an update manager and it updates your applications flawlessly. Windows is also grabbing this feature. Store applications can be easily updated. When it comes to Synchronization, we have to say we love the e-mail client on Windows. Its snappy and looks amazing. Sometimes looks do brighten up your day when compared to Ubuntu’s email client, Evolution.
Windows 8 and its SkyDrive is the way to go. Updates also seem to be better since most people are going to get things from the store anyways.
Windows 8 is probably compatible with your stuff out of the box. Most media codecs are installed. You can burn a ISO right from Windows Explorer. Plus, it now comes with your next favorite web browser, Internet Explorer 10. Anyways, its made for the consumer. Ubuntu can go above and beyond the problem is you gotta know how to do it and to do it you might need to do a little research. You can install WINE which will let you install Windows programs in Ubuntu. Problem is, some applications are really buggy.
Windows is the way to go for users who want something standard, time efficient and integrated. Windows also works with several codecs that are not available on Ubuntu.
Windows costs money while Ubuntu is available for free. You can get all the features it has to offer for free. On the other hand, Windows starts at a base price which you have to pay on top of if you want a version with more features.
Ubuntu is a free operating system and doesn’t require really expensive hardware to run therefore making it the obvious winner in this section.
Ubuntu is more secure than Windows. It has less flaws and fewer people use it. Because fewer people use it, there are fewer people targeting it. Windows 8 does come built with “Windows Defender” which is supposed to help out a bit.
Ubuntu 12.10 obviously wins here. Its much more secure out of the box than Windows 8.
What you all have been waiting for. Here are our own homemade speed tests.
Numbers in green are faster while numbers in red are slower. Blue means that the statistics are not available.
|Windows 8||Ubuntu 12.10|
|Boot Up Time (Seconds)||22||26|
|Shutdown Time (Seconds)||8||10|
|Drive Access Time (Milliseconds)||.33||N/A|
|Cached Speed||120.98 MB/sec||6406.73 MB/sec|
|Max Read Speed||186.31 MB/sec||215.63 MB/sec|
|100MB Zip File Extraction (Minutes)||1:52||0:24|
|Installing Fonts (Seconds)||2||1.2|
Ubuntu is the faster operating system hands down. Plus you don’t get the “slow down” feeling after time.
Community support plays a big factor in the overall support online. Chances are that your problem has been already asked or the solution is posted online if you’re using Windows. If you’re using Ubuntu, you’re taking a risk. Some problems are answered especially the minor ones, but with Ubuntu you’re going to find out that most of the people are asking complex questions since Ubuntu’s user base was mostly professionals, which is now changing to everyone thanks to Ubuntu’s easier interface and navigation.
Windows does win here since support is easy to get for normal users and professionals.
Which One Is Right For You
You need to choose! Yup, its your choice. It all comes down to taste because both operating systems have advantages over each other because each one was made for a different type of person. When it all comes down to using your computer, you can probably do the same thing in both operating systems. Remember, it’s your choice. You can test drive both operating systems if you would like. You don’t even have to install Ubuntu because it is available to test out online, here.
?Did you know there are thousands of Linux distros other than Ubuntu out there. You can see them all on DistroWatch.com and that Linux Mint even gets more hits than Ubuntu?
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