Few things that make Ubuntu 12.04 better than Windows.
Recently a friend suggested me to try Ubuntu OS and he had all praises for it. And I am an all time Windows user but decided to give it a try. And fortunately it did not disappoint me, in-fact I made up my mind to stick on to it.
Here are a few of my findings that make Ubuntu better that Windows.
- Its Free.
Unlike Windows 7, for which you have to squander upto $220 for the ultimate edition, the Ubuntu is absolutely free. All you have to do is download it directly from the website, burn it to a CD or copy to USB drive, and boot it. You can also use it alongside Windows or Mac OS.
- Its Fast.
This is one of the most impressive features of Ubuntu. It is superfast, you don’t have to wait for your applications to load-up or close. And even after using it for hours, it stays as fast. Especially if you are not fortunate enough to afford a powerful PC and tired of using the sluggish Windows, then Ubuntu is your solution.
- Its Secure.
Being a Linux based OS, there are hardly any viruses or trojans that one can find, especially when compared to Windows which being the widely used OS, the viruses, trojans, worms are written specifically to it. Also there is a built-in firewall and virus protection software in Ubuntu, which runs in its background and is updated regularly.
- Highly Customizable.
Almost all aspect of the OS can be customized. There are a few basic settings available by default, but applications like Ubuntu Tweak opens a wide variety of settings that are not available by default. Also if you have programming knowledge then there is no limit to customizing Ubuntu. And if you encounter a bug, you can take a look at the system logs and find the solution yourself from various forums online, unlike Windows where you have to wait for Microsoft to resolve it.
- Ease of use.
With its latest feature called HUD (Heads-up-display), Ubuntu has gone a step ahead of other OSs. It is the most fresh and unique feature of Ubuntu. With HUD, you no more have to struggle finding menus or tools inside applications. By hitting alt key, the HUD opens up, type in the name of the menu you are looking for and it displays the list of the appropriate menus.
- Well Documented.
Official Ubuntu documentation provides easy to understand help and other information for Ubuntu. And if you cannot find what you are looking for in there, few other Ubuntu forums like Ubuntuforums.org and AskUbuntu.com goes a long way in helping you with the problem.
- Ubuntu Software Centre.
The Ubuntu’s official software centre gives access to thousands of applications similar to Apple’s app store. You have an option to turn on recommendations which offers personalized software recommendations.
The main reason why Windows user drop the idea of switching to Ubuntu is the unavailability of various software they use in Windows. In most instances there is an alternative software available in the software centre. Also there is an open source application called Wine, which can be used to run Windows based applications on Ubuntu.
- Regular Updates.
Ubuntu is updated every six months with new features and every other day you have a new update available for the library, scripts and the installed applications.
The Ubuntu 12.04 has certainly come a long way in every aspect. It delivers everything I expect it to without disappointment. I believe that everyone should give it a try.