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Ubuntu 12.04 vs. Windows 8: Five points of comparison

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    Ubuntu 12.04 vs. Windows 8: Five points of comparison


    Ubuntu 12.04 vs. Windows 8: Five points of comparison


    By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    May 7, 2012, 9:28am PDT


    Summary: The leading Linux desktop and the number one desktop of all, Windows, are both undergoing radical transformations, but which will be the better for it?




    Windows 8 Metro vs. Ubuntu 12.04 Unity



    2012 has already seen a major update of what’s arguably the most important Linux desktop: Ubuntu 12.04 and we’re also seeing the most radical update of Windows with Windows 8 Metro coming since Windows 95 replaced Windows 3.1. So, which will end up the better for its change?
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    Interesting comparison.

    I think we might have to wait until Q1 of 2013 of the total consensus of consumer reaction to Windows 8.

    I personally like the metro interface. I can overcome the change and I don't see the Start Screen as being something I'm not accustom to. I can click on a Desktop app or the Desktop tile itself. Start Screen is just a better....behind the "stage" way of navigating through my files and software.
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    It's interesting to see how the popularity of Ununtu has declined, following the introduction of Unity...
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    The other Debian based distro Linux Mint on the other hand has grown in popularity in contrast. The LM Debian release for that never needs a newer version since you simply update all the apps it comes with options for unlike the 12.04 to be followed by the 12.10 to be followed by the 13.04 to be followed by... blah blah blah endless precession with ubuntu!

    With 8 however it's not going to be just the take away of the Start orb and menu that makes going back and forth trips to look at or open something else up for the repeat trips through the Start screen each time where everything is now going to be an exploration voyage but what MS is doing with the other things like Media Center and WMP for example. How much else will be stripped away or changed to make 8 awkward and less desirable as an OS?

    The 3rd party add-ons like Start menu 7 get you right past the Metro in an instant showing that won't be any stopping block there for something like those wanting Hyper-V which will be supported in 8. What the article here is pointing at however is the various changes to the Windows OS across the board which takes away from a desktop OS to make a mobile orientated one.

    As for the Unity factor in ubuntu I could see where that would be a turnoff for the other OS there easy enough. That has been the distro of choice for a long time as an alternate OS. But due to 7 being a large success and to be supported for some time I think this is where MS got the idea that now was the time to take risks with drastic OS changes to grab a foot hold in the other markets.
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    Five points of comparison:

    1. Ubuntu is all orangey-browny-purpley, Win 8 looks waaaay better.

    2. Unity is tolerable, but Win 8 Metro is easier to use. Press the Win key, click (or tap) on desired application, done.

    3. Ubuntu is all orangey-browny-purpley, Win 8 looks waaaay better.

    4. Win 8 gives me better battery life than Ubuntu 12.04.

    5. Win 8 loads the correct driver for my WiFi, giving me "N" speeds, Ubuntu stalls at "G" speeds.

    6. Ubuntu is all orangey-browny-purpley, Win 8 looks waaaay better.

    Oops, that's six points...:-)
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    Well, it is free.

    It also doesn't try to force you into the MS clouds and an ongoing expense forever.

    I don't know much about The Linux users - but I would guess the enthusiasts don't like Unity.

    However, if it is very simple to use - maybe Joe public would like it. Trouble is, Joe public will never get to use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Well, it is free.

    It also doesn't try to force you into the MS clouds and an ongoing expense forever.

    I don't know much about The Linux users - but I would guess the enthusiasts don't like Unity.

    However, if it is very simple to use - maybe Joe public would like it. Trouble is, Joe public will never get to use it.
    Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Linux-hater. I like to experiment with various flavors of it, and I must admit, Ubuntu and other versions give the user a great deal of value for free. I hope Ubuntu, etc. will continue to innovate and keep Microsoft (and Apple) on their toes. I just get a bit annoyed by articles like the one referenced in the thread title. The author seems a bit blinded by what seems to be a reflexive anti-Windows bias.

    Of course, that could be just my own bias showing itself...

    Edit: Oh, groovy, man! I just noticed the "VIP Member" badge showing up under my avatar. Must have done something right...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WiFi Ed View Post
    Five points of comparison:

    1. Ubuntu is all orangey-browny-purpley, Win 8 looks waaaay better.

    2. Unity is tolerable, but Win 8 Metro is easier to use. Press the Win key, click (or tap) on desired application, done.

    3. Ubuntu is all orangey-browny-purpley, Win 8 looks waaaay better.

    4. Win 8 gives me better battery life than Ubuntu 12.04.

    5. Win 8 loads the correct driver for my WiFi, giving me "N" speeds, Ubuntu stalls at "G" speeds.

    6. Ubuntu is all orangey-browny-purpley, Win 8 looks waaaay better.

    Oops, that's six points...:-)
    1st and 6th point is same!

    Good thing about Ubuntu is its free to try, however after RTM release of Windows 8, we have to pay for it

    But obviously Windows 8 overrides over Ubuntu 12.04 .
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    Why obviously?

    Some people will prefer Ubuntu and Linux offerings.
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    You mean all three points 1, 3, and 6 by WiFi Ed are the same!

    Note that the one things the author fails to point is that people change themes in ubuntu as well as with Windows. Any article of course will only show one for each OS simply for illustration purposes. The default desktop for Unity will see a few other themes as well as that one to choose from.

    In Windows not seen too much with Linux since MS and the fruit company as well deal with preinstalled OSs on portables namely notebooks, "I(bm) Think" Pads, Tablet PC, laptops, and whatever to come the software companies as well as hardware manufacturers realize they have to work things out together as far as power consumption problems with anything that runs by battery.

    When an OEM like Dell offers the choice of OS when ordering a new pc desktop or laptop they may toss the open source OS on by customer request in order to sell the new pc while the open source OS developers are not usually as involved as much with the OEMs as you would see with a large company like MS or the other guys. Plus for the most part Linux is still running on the UNIX platform despite the continual surfaces changes. Gnome and KDE desktops as well as the apps.

    For the most what comes preinstalled on any new machine? Not an open source OS most will install themselves depending on which "flavor of the month" or distro while one of the two big companies are seeing their own OS preinstalled. As for businesses that run servers you then see the retail versions of the Red Hat distributions like Mandriva, Fedora, or other while the small ones that you often boot from live disk are ubuntu, Knoppix, Puppy, Linux Mint, Suse, etc. without any hardware commitment where you run at your own risk as far what each one will offer.

    Since Linux is free there's no paid professionals on staff unlike the retail paid for OSs. While Linux has a support base this would be strictly voluntary over support requests a business might submit to MS for a fee.

    As we all know most pc games are simply out for Linux where you still will need a version of Windows as well as having the need for Windows for the XBox being another MS product series. As for Direct X on 8 you're stuck there with whatever comes included unlike 7 where you can still install DX 9c along with DX 11 being included where it simply will raise the "not compatible with this version of Windows" when trying to install on 8. If your game requires DX 9 even included in the game installer as an option you're going to be out of luck as far as 8 goes for many old game titles!

    All this simply goes to show that there is more then just a few points to look at when going to make comparisons between different versions or flavors of just one OS alone let alone the battle of OS vs OS competition.
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