Impressions after using Ubuntu – is it an ideal free Windows replacement?
I used Ubuntu (14.10 Utopic Unicorn and 15.04 Vivid Vervet) for a long time. I also experimented a bit with its variants, like Lubuntu or Kubuntu. I’m not an expert on Linux, and Ubuntu was my first long use of the Linux system.
In addition, throughout my life I used Windows, so I’m used to Windows solutions. And how did it all work out? Have fun reading 🙂
From my experience, Windows on Ubuntu is terribly slow. For the first time I saw Windows 8.1 it seemed to me that it is fast. However, I changed my mind after a small change on Ubuntu. I have not experienced any slowdowns on Ubuntu (well, sometimes, but these are ultra rare cases) when it comes to the computer. As for my old, decent laptop, I was forced to uninstall Ubuntu and install Lubuntu. Lubuntu is also fast, but if I browse the internet on it, I struggle with its speed. The pages scroll well, but sometimes the page after a long wait time is poorly rendered, and in most cases the long wait browser (Mozilla Firefox in this case) simply stops trying to turn the page. Then I am also sure that the second time I click on the enter address bar or click the link again, the page will turn on. On Windows XP, I did not face this problem. Not only I have this problem, but also some other people. Now, rather, there are not as free laptops as mine, so you probably will not have problems with speed. I always have that, after prolonged use of Windows, this system gets even slower. And attention – I care about my Windows. It has anti-viruses, ad-blocka, virus-free. And it’s getting slow anyway. It’s not like Ubuntu.
Many drivers are already embedded in Linux. It often happens that they are multiplatform, i.e. some can be “changed” from 32 to 64 bits. When we launch Ubuntu for the first time, we should not have any gigantic problems with its operation, because we already have a lot of drivers installed on startup. Unfortunately, there are fewer official drivers on Linux, and often their installation is somewhat difficult (eg you have to install .deb packages in the right order). It is not that there are terribly few of them, as for the medicine, but they are just a bit less than on Windows, because there is slightly less support for Linux. Fortunately, there are unofficial, opensource equivalents of certain drivers. And, one more thing, if someone thinks that he can use a driver from Windows, he is wrong. In this case, even Wine will not help, because drivers adapted to Windows can not work on Linux.
Ubuntu is a pleasant and fast system, but suffers from small support from third parties. I advise against completely switching to Ubuntu and removing Windows, at least for the moment. By removing Windows, we can cut off the ability to use software that is not on Ubuntu. I advise you to do what I do – install Ubuntu next to Windows, because these systems complement each other perfectly. And those who say that this behavior is the “lady of accounting” behavior, let them lose their license and the ability to use programs not available on Ubuntu – nobody defends them.