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I'm thinking of switching to Ubuntu....any pros / cons ???

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Hi, Im getting fed up, probably more bored of Windows.... i have heard nothing but good things about Ubuntu and tried it for a few days before but couldnt get used to it... I have heard a newer … Read More
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
Hi,

Im getting fed up, probably more bored of Windows.... i have heard nothing but good things about Ubuntu and tried it for a few days before but couldnt get used to it...

I have heard a newer version is out so really just wondering how people find it.....
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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1 Like #1
what hardware are you putting it on? I went to the new ubuntu 9.04 last week then after a weekend of tweaking, editing operating system files, rebuilding the kernel and patching it went back to XP as it's very buggy :-(
I recommend some linux knowledge before installing and using it too as it's not as user friendly as xp, especially if you encounter a problem.
#2
SunTzu
what hardware are you putting it on? I went to the new ubuntu 9.04 last week then after a weekend of tweaking, editing operating system files, rebuilding the kernel and patching it went back to XP as it's very buggy :-(
I recommend some linux knowledge before installing and using it too as it's not as user friendly as xp, especially if you encounter a problem.


yeah i had it on my old laptop but only used it for a few days as i was forever looking things up and had no idea what i was doing really... lol

i now have a Medion Netbook (sainsbury's deal) which has XP and i prefer that over vista....
Atom, 1gb RAM, 80gb HDD ...

Was also thinking of putting windows 7 on it but am unsure on its stability... if anyone could help me out
1 Like #3
I upgraded to Ubuntu 9.04 the other day. Pretty good. But I've been using Linux for years. Ubuntu for the last two main releases but before that was Fedora.

Ubuntu is the best for everyday computing of the linux packages available.

http://ubuntuforums.org/ is a good site to get all your questions answered from installing to any technical
google.co.uk/linux is also a good search facility to filter out the linux articles.

It will take time to get used to. I'd say give it a week and if you're still not into it then go back to winblows. However, do keep your windows partition. When you install unbuntu it will give you the option of finding some blank space on your HDD and then installing it on that. Just choose the amount you want. Maybe 50/50 depending on your computer use (I have a 80GB HDD and use 15GB for Windoze and 65GB for Linux). The only thing I use MS for is gaming now although you can get games working on it, just easier using an winblows install.

Good luck, like I say, don't give up and give it chance. Just a more nicer and friendlier interface although it takes time to get use to. When I go to a windows machine now I completely lost touch on how to use it most of the time.
#4
geeadamg
I upgraded to Ubuntu 9.04 the other day. Pretty good. But I've been using Linux for years. Ubuntu for the last two main releases but before that was Fedora.

Ubuntu is the best for everyday computing of the linux packages available.

http://ubuntuforums.org/ is a good site to get all your questions answered from installing to any technical
google.co.uk/linux is also a good search facility to filter out the linux articles.

It will take time to get used to. I'd say give it a week and if you're still not into it then go back to winblows. However, do keep your windows partition. When you install unbuntu it will give you the option of finding some blank space on your HDD and then installing it on that. Just choose the amount you want. Maybe 50/50 depending on your computer use (I have a 80GB HDD and use 15GB for Windoze and 65GB for Linux). The only thing I use MS for is gaming now although you can get games working on it, just easier using an winblows install.

Good luck, like I say, don't give up and give it chance. Just a more nicer and friendlier interface although it takes time to get use to. When I go to a windows machine now I completely lost touch on how to use it most of the time.



Thanks... thats what i did once before, i had dual boot Vista / Ubuntu although not sure which release it was...
The thing is im really handy with a windows machine but not with linux...maybe i didnt give it enough time ???
1 Like #5
It takes some getting used to but I actually prefer ubuntu to xp now. If only iTunes would work (or another 3g iPhone alternative) I'd be happy to do away with xp on my laptop as well.

I'd say give it a few months before you pass judgement :thumbsup:
#6
jtx;5123291
It takes some getting used to but I actually prefer ubuntu to xp now. If only iTunes would work (or another 3g iPhone alternative) I'd be happy to do away with xp on my laptop as well.

I'd say give it a few months before you pass judgement :thumbsup:


I think iTunes works in Wine....:)
#7
yeah itunes works in wine and I'm sure I've seen some rebuilt packages to have similar itunes programs without emulating.

I don't use itunes though so I am no expert.
#8
jtx
It takes some getting used to but I actually prefer ubuntu to xp now. If only iTunes would work (or another 3g iPhone alternative) I'd be happy to do away with xp on my laptop as well.

I'd say give it a few months before you pass judgement :thumbsup:


https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PortableDevices/iPhone<- bit of a read, but.......
#9
thomasc123
Thanks... thats what i did once before, i had dual boot Vista / Ubuntu although not sure which release it was...
The thing is im really handy with a windows machine but not with linux...maybe i didnt give it enough time ???


Give it a go and give it time. There's a big and helpful community built around it and if you get an issue you can be certain it's been solved somewhere already. Linux is quite different to Windows, so it will take a little getting used to.

Windows 7 is worth a try, but I wouldn't go using it as your main OS or anything given the time limitations M$ have set.
1 Like #10
Giving it time is the big point. I think pretty much anybody who tries linux for a few days but gives up because they can't find certain things or a piece of hardware doesn't work out the box will be ultimately dissapointed, but give it a few weeks and you'll be singing its praises (and possibly giving up MS altogether....)

Its a very good OS, and Ubuntu is a regularly updated, very easy to use and widely supported distro so probably the best choice for any new user, but its not Windows and getting used to using a unix-style OS takes a bit of time. And getting into the mindset that there are very sound reasons why it is not exactly like Windows (in things such as directory structure and file permissions etc) is a good idea :)
#11
megalomaniac
Give it a go and give it time. There's a big and helpful community built around it and if you get an issue you can be certain it's been solved somewhere already. Linux is quite different to Windows, so it will take a little getting used to.

Windows 7 is worth a try, but I wouldn't go using it as your main OS or anything given the time limitations M$ have set.


What, June 2010? That's not bad for a trial of an RC of an OS.
#12
dxx;5124315
What, June 2010? That's not bad for a trial of an RC of an OS.


Its not bad, but its still kindof sucky that your OS will 'expire'.... ;-)
#13
i'm using jaunty now, it worked straight 'out of the box' i'd recommend giving it a try for a while longer and seeing how it goes
#14
guerilla
i'm using jaunty now, it worked straight 'out of the box' i'd recommend giving it a try for a while longer and seeing how it goes


is that the verison that came out a few days ago ?
#15
yeah (aka 9.04), i'd tried the two before that but had issues with wireless so gave up in the end. this one though works perfectly,
#16
dxx
What, June 2010? That's not bad for a trial of an RC of an OS.


Would you really recommend someone use an OS with a known expiry such as that as their main system? Try it yeah, it's a big improvement on Vista after all. But never rely on a beta or RC as your main OS, that way madness lies.

Besides June 2010 isn't really the time now is it, that's the absolute final your system will never work again until you completely wipe it and install another OS or legit copy of Windows 7 deadline. It's the bi-hourly automatic shut downs from March that is the actual date is stops being useful, and no doubt M$ will stop updating it long before then anyway. :thumbsup:
banned#17
thomasc123
yeah i had it on my old laptop but only used it for a few days as i was forever looking things up and had no idea what i was doing really... lol

i now have a Medion Netbook (sainsbury's deal) which has XP and i prefer that over vista....
Atom, 1gb RAM, 80gb HDD ...

Was also thinking of putting windows 7 on it but am unsure on its stability... if anyone could help me out

Windows 7 build 7057 runs flawlessly on my medion (sainsburys deal).

Installing RC1 tonight, but no doubt will be even better.

Sod Linux - its ****, go with Windows 7.
banned 1 Like #18
megalomaniac
Would you really recommend someone use an OS with a known expiry such as that as their main system? Try it yeah, it's a big improvement on Vista after all. But never rely on a beta or RC as your main OS, that way madness lies.

Besides June 2010 isn't really the time now is it, that's the absolute final your system will never work again until you completely wipe it and install another OS or legit copy of Windows 7 deadline. It's the bi-hourly automatic shut downs from March that is the actual date is stops being useful, and no doubt M$ will stop updating it long before then anyway. :thumbsup:

Yes. I recommend Windows 7 to everyone - you get 13 months of free OS use, and by that time you will be ready for a reformat anyway.

Windows 7 has broken the whole 'dont use beta' stuff - which I agree with normally - by being LESS buggy than its released predecessor!

You are better off with Windows 7 until April 2010 than you are with Vista. Fact.

Do it!
#19
vibeone
Windows 7 build 7057 runs flawlessly on my medion (sainsburys deal).

Installing RC1 tonight, but no doubt will be even better.

Sod Linux - its ****, go with Windows 7.


thanks for posting..... i grabbed a medion from the deal you posted so thanks for that....

i noticed RC1 but wasnt sure how it would run.... do you use windows 7 as your main OS ??
how well does it run on the medion ??
banned#20
thomasc123
thanks for posting..... i grabbed a medion from the deal you posted so thanks for that....

i noticed RC1 but wasnt sure how it would run.... do you use windows 7 as your main OS ??
how well does it run on the medion ??

Actually the Medion Sainsburys deal wasn't one of mine! It was the catalyst for me roaming the isles day after day though - which reaped the hard disk and tomtom deals!

I use Windows 7 RC1 on all my machines. 2 desktops, 1 ex-top end, 1 very old, 1 work laptop, 1 netbook (the medion - ACTUALLY still on 7057, rc1 tonight).

Runs as good as XP as far as I can tell, with the added benefits of the new features etc. You even get the aero stuff!
#21
vibeone
Actually the Medion Sainsburys deal wasn't one of mine! It was the catalyst for me roaming the isles day after day though - which reaped the hard disk and tomtom deals!

I use Windows 7 RC1 on all my machines. 2 desktops, 1 ex-top end, 1 very old, 1 work laptop, 1 netbook (the medion - ACTUALLY still on 7057, rc1 tonight).

Runs as good as XP as far as I can tell, with the added benefits of the new features etc. You even get the aero stuff!


hmm ok cool.... i hear the RC1 got generally released today?? where can i get it from??
#22
vibeone
Actually the Medion Sainsburys deal wasn't one of mine! It was the catalyst for me roaming the isles day after day though - which reaped the hard disk and tomtom deals!

I use Windows 7 RC1 on all my machines. 2 desktops, 1 ex-top end, 1 very old, 1 work laptop, 1 netbook (the medion - ACTUALLY still on 7057, rc1 tonight).

Runs as good as XP as far as I can tell, with the added benefits of the new features etc. You even get the aero stuff!


also... how did you get windows 7 to install on the medion as there is no disc drive.... USB ???
banned#23
I used my xbox HD-drive. works great.

as for the general release....

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx
#24
vibeone
I used my xbox HD-drive. works great.

as for the general release....

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx


damn, i dont have the hardware... all i have is my netbook and a 2gb pen drive...
any advice ?
banned#25
thomasc123
damn, i dont have the hardware... all i have is my netbook and a 2gb pen drive...
any advice ?

hmm... you can somehow make a bootable usb, but i think you still need a second one. you can pick up a external dvd drive off ebay for next to nothing can't you?
#26
I installed this on my main highly powered PC, my fairly good laptop, my small lesser specced netbook, my sisters old PC and my parents entry level laptop, and it worked fine on all of them out of the box. I did minor tweaking on the netbook just for improved performance, but then that information is available on the Ubuntu community documentation site.

I'm also using Mythbuntu, which is a media center based on Ubuntu, and worked perfectly too.

If you want to play the latest games, you might have problems, unless you check Cedega and Crossover Games to see if they're supported on their software. Old DOS games probably work under DOSBox, Sierra and Lucasarts adventure game (along with quite a few others) work under ScummVM. Amiga games, try euae. Spectrum, try Fuse. Many Windows apps work under wine, especially with the latest improvements.
#27
dark_ixion;5187004
I installed this on my main highly powered PC, my fairly good laptop, my small lesser specced netbook, my sisters old PC and my parents entry level laptop, and it worked fine on all of them out of the box. I did minor tweaking on the netbook just for improved performance, but then that information is available on the Ubuntu community documentation site.

I'm also using Mythbuntu, which is a media center based on Ubuntu, and worked perfectly too.

If you want to play the latest games, you might have problems, unless you check Cedega and Crossover Games to see if they're supported on their software. Old DOS games probably work under DOSBox, Sierra and Lucasarts adventure game (along with quite a few others) work under ScummVM. Amiga games, try euae. Spectrum, try Fuse. Many Windows apps work under wine, especially with the latest improvements.


There is a netbook version of Ubuntu out now - its pretty good, has a desktop UI thats more suited to the smaller display, and its based on 9.04 so everything else is up to date - worth checking out :thumbsup:
banned#28
40% returns on linux netbooks. pmsl.
#29
vibeone
40% returns on linux netbooks. pmsl.


According to Microsoft, who obviously have no vested interest whatsoever in putting down Linux. :whistling:
#30
vibeone;5188175
40% returns on linux netbooks. pmsl.


Largely because of the lack of education (advertising) and the average users unwillingness to learn something new - they buy it expecting a Windows desktop, see it isn't and return it.

But why are you so vehemently anti-linux? Its a vast library of free, unrestricted and powerful software for all sorts of applications, it certainly does everything that a netbook might be expected to do very well, what does Windows actually offer (at a cost) than Ubuntu doesn't?
banned#31
jah128
Largely because of the lack of education (advertising) and the average users unwillingness to learn something new - they buy it expecting a Windows desktop, see it isn't and return it.

But why are you so vehemently anti-linux? Its a vast library of free, unrestricted and powerful software for all sorts of applications, it certainly does everything that a netbook might be expected to do very well, what does Windows actually offer (at a cost) than Ubuntu doesn't?

Why? Because it does everything windows does in a slightly harder and less-thought out way.

I admit I have a slight arm-swinger in that I get Windows free (not illegally.. well a bit, but via MSDN, not a torrent)..

But even so, I'd pay my £50 in a shot. I don't necessarily want free software - I want GOOD software, stable software (yes yes, bring up vista won't ya)... and windows, in the main, provides that.

Its not about education and advertising - if it was made clearer it wasn't windows - sales would probably slow by 40%. Unwillingness? Or just wanting to use their computer with ease?

I'm not anti-linux - I'd love a free version of Windows. But windows, in my opinion gets it right.

Linux is too difficult, too much effort, and people don't want the hassle is really does entail.
#32
MCSE by any chance?
#33
vibeone;5188321
Why? Because it does everything windows does in a slightly harder and less-thought out way.

Less thought out? Maybe a while ago, but the 6-month release schedule of Ubuntu and other distros means a rapid development of the UI. Its so much easier to install Ubuntu and all the software you might want in a fresh install than it is in Windows, for a start.

vibeone;5188321
I admit I have a slight arm-swinger in that I get Windows free (not illegally.. well a bit, but via MSDN, not a torrent)..

Ubuntu is 100% free, legal, and easily available to everyone. As is all the other software you would need for most tasks...


vibeone;5188321
But even so, I'd pay my £50 in a shot. I don't necessarily want free software - I want GOOD software, stable software (yes yes, bring up vista won't ya)... and windows, in the main, provides that.

£50 for the OS alone, then software on top...
Good stable software - yeah, so do most web-hosts.

vibeone;5188321
Its not about education and advertising - if it was made clearer it wasn't windows - sales would probably slow by 40%. Unwillingness? Or just wanting to use their computer with ease?


Unwillingness, 100%. I'd bet 99% of the people who return have only ever used as flavour of Windows as their PC operating system - and I'd bet a reasonable number had no idea what Linux was when they purchased. They probably found they couldn't run some Windows program or open some proprietary file out the box, got frustrated and returned it.

vibeone;5188321
I'm not anti-linux -

???
vibeone;5188321
Sod Linux - its ****, go with Windows 7.

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