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Ubuntu 12.04 vs. Windows 8: Five points of comparison

  1. #11


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    I dual boot Ubuntu 12.04 (Gnome Shell) and Win8. Reasons for me.

    Ubuntu.
    1) Ubuntu worked out of the box and took 20 minutes to fully install, it's fast, safe and small amount of space on HDD used.
    2) With Gnome extensions I can customize to the way I work.
    3) Endless themes and free software which can be browsed and installed in a click.
    4) Many features in Ubuntu are not found in Windows and these I miss when swapping back to Win XP at work or Win8 partition.
    5) No antivrus, endless updates or reboots.

    Win8.

    1) Photoshop.
    2) Picassa.
    3) My HP Printer software.
    2) It's new OS and I enjoy testing.
    3) Battery life is very good.

    So overall I use Win8 for offline work and Ubuntu for online, however if Adobe and other software worked without Wine I would find little reason for using Windows, just because I put in years of learning Linux and now feel more comfortable with it than Windows.

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  2. #12


    I use Pinguy( A more uptodate version of Ubuntu ) and win 8, though Pinguy is a lot better.
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  3. #13


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    I installed Pinguy a little while back - it was suggested by area66.

    Unfortunately, I have hardly had the time to look at it.

    At first glance it seems the kind of thing Linux novices ( like me ) might get along well with.
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  4. #14


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    Well each OS has is ups and downs.
    I'm still used to both and I still be used to both no matter how drastic the GUI changes will be! (just make decent default themes, not too pink please)
    All that purple - orange - brown stuff it's fully customisable so colors don't fully make the OS.

    Ubuntu Unity was somehow hardcoded on the left side of the screen (is it still like that in 12.04??) and users couldn't move that taskbar. Windows is way better on this side of the story.
    There are still some major driver problems on Ubuntu (depending on hardware) so my dv7 laptop's os of choice is Windows 7 or 8.

    I also agree that those 6 months releases of ubuntu are a pain, let's say, under the back as newer program versions are not compatible on older releases and so on.

    Windows 8 has improved compatibility on all levels starting from DOS support and up, I'm now handling metro ui without problems and all goes well.

    Windows 8 CP has proven to be a nr1 os, it shows up in benchmarks, so we all know the rtm it's looking promising.
    I think Windows should include a Aero Dark theme (for night use => just look at MS Expression Blend interface) as a replacement for the classic high contrast (Ubuntu has some decent themes of this type).
    This will also stop those third-party, unsigned theme replacements you always hear about. And we're all good to go.

    And yes a + point for battery life: Win8


    Cheers
    Hopachi
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  5. #15


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    I installed Pinguy a little while back - it was suggested by area66.

    Unfortunately, I have hardly had the time to look at it.

    At first glance it seems the kind of thing Linux novices ( like me ) might get along well with.
    Looks pretty good.

    I use Lubuntu on usb stick but always get crash reports (LXDE).

    Zorin OS does a good job and looks pretty well too looking forward to newer version (current version has also some crashes).
    I just need one linux that is more stable these days. So many distros...but most of them don't like HP dv7 laptops .

    Windows stability is rock solid on my machines. I'm careful what i'm installing.
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by robinbredin View Post
    I use Pinguy( A more uptodate version of Ubuntu ) and win 8, though Pinguy is a lot better.
    It's based on Ubuntu 11.04 so is actually not updated version, as you have had Ubutnu 11.10 and now 12.04 and it's bloated with stuff you can install from the software centre.
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  7. #17


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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Just use the LTS versions


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    I also agree that those 6 months releases of ubuntu are a pain, let's say, under the back as newer program versions are not compatible on older releases and so on.
    I assume that people complaining about the 6 month releases, don't realise that most of them are "experimental".
    Simply install the LTS (Long Term Support) versions (8.04, 10.04, 12.04, etc.).
    They are released every 2 years.

    The Ubuntu install is a pain (I keep forgetting the "tell it where to install /" step).
    It is quick, if you remember to do that though.

    I spent about an hour getting rid of Unity, installing the missing Gnome config tools and customising the desktop.
    At least you are still able to get rid of Unity.
    I can live without the awful Mac-style menus too.

    I'm not going to replace 10.04 LTS with 12.04 LTS.
    I won't be replacing W7 with W8 either.
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  8. #18


    I've use both Ubuntu versions and Windows versions, side-by-side, for over five years now -- and I have to say, each has its strengths and weaknesses -- but in the end, all that really matters is which works best for YOU.

    Some folks make a VERY big deal about how Ubuntu (much like the 300+ other Linux distros) is available for free.

    Other folks would say free Junk is still Junk -- you get what you pay for.

    I'm not taking sides because these tend to become very heated arguments very quickly -- with each side proclaiming in strong terms, how their choice is the best (of course!).

    And, to be fair to both, as lots of folks don't like Metro, lots of folks don't like Unity, either.

    It remains to be seen how well these smart phone/tablet kinds of desktops will catch on down the road.
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  9. #19


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    I also agree that those 6 months releases of ubuntu are a pain, let's say, under the back as newer program versions are not compatible on older releases and so on.
    I assume that people complaining about the 6 month releases, don't realise that most of them are "experimental".
    Simply install the LTS (Long Term Support) versions (8.04, 10.04, 12.04, etc.).
    They are released every 2 years.

    The Ubuntu install is a pain (I keep forgetting the "tell it where to install /" step).
    It is quick, if you remember to do that though.

    I spent about an hour getting rid of Unity, installing the missing Gnome config tools and customising the desktop.
    At least you are still able to get rid of Unity.
    I can live without the awful Mac-style menus too.

    I'm not going to replace 10.04 LTS with 12.04 LTS.
    I won't be replacing W7 with W8 either.
    Yes LTS is recommended. All that experimental stuff is the reason of the most crashes i've seen.

    I'm no fan of Unity either: you are forced to use it in the left side of the screen and moving is not allowed/implemented yet.

    The thing i mean about the 6 months releases is that for example a program that is released after the os release (always happens) can not always be installed on that current os release (packages not compatible): you have to wait for a repository/ppa link and/or build you own binaries or just wait till they release it (maybe) on the next os release in 6 months.

    That's all.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by ilesal View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by robinbredin View Post
    I use Pinguy( A more uptodate version of Ubuntu ) and win 8, though Pinguy is a lot better.
    It's based on Ubuntu 11.04 so is actually not updated version, as you have had Ubutnu 11.10 and now 12.04 and it's bloated with stuff you can install from the software centre.
    You are right, I also should have mentioned that it also based on Mint as well.
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