Ubuntu or Windows, what to choose? The pros and cons

Guest Post by Andy Groaning

The debate about which is better, Ubuntu Linux or Windows has existed for a long time. Windows fans hold on to their ground that Windows is the best operating system and that it doesn’t even have competitors. Linux fans keep saying Windows is only for people who don’t understand anything about computers.

To be fair both Operating Systems are good, but each of them has its pros and cons.

Well, let’s start from the beginning, namely the installation.

The installation of Windows 7 runs quite swiftly, especially if you follow the installation wizard. It performs the whole process automatically. With Ubuntu this process is different. You will have to mess around with a CD, ISO files and burning a disc. It’s not difficult at all, it’s just a different kettle of fish and might be unusual for people who are used to Windows and how that works. Ubuntu has its merits too in this case, though. The great feature about Ubuntu is you can try using this OS before completely installing it, you can do it with the Live CD utility. Ubuntu also has the feature where you can install it inside of your Windows OS as a dual boot and it will appear just like an application.

The speeds of both Operating Systems are the same, it’s great, you won’t complain about that.

Media support is pretty much the same however, if want to run a DVD format with Ubuntu you might have to resort to “Restricted” codecs.

The interface of Windows 7 is probably the more familiar for most people although, the Ubuntu’s interface is now very similar to what you’re used to using, so you won’t struggle to manage it either.

Customizing in Ubunta is a highly developed feature, you can easily perform this without any extra software or registries.

In respect of games Windows wins, simply because Ubunta is not suitable for them.

Software…now here we have something to discuss and to consider. Windows 7 provides a huge base of software, it’s definitely a positive feature of this popular OS. The thing is you can find only generic software with basic grounding for free. For something decent you will be charged good money. The second negative is Windows 7 is really prone to thousands of doubtful software and malware programs.
With Ubuntu this problems has been solved and also with the Ubuntu OS you get very easy access to a brilliant array of software. With Linux you may forget about licenses for software, it seems to be a free source.

As for safety, well here Ubuntu is the winner. This is the safest operating system money can buy, there are no viruses, no spyware, no doubtful advertisements. With Windows you can never be 100% safe, there is always a chance to you might catch a virus while you are checking e-mails, surfing on web sites or having adverts running all over your screen and following your mouse pointer.

Costs for these operating systems are not really competitive due to Ubuntu’s price which is zero. No matter how little you pay for Windows, if you pay anything at all then the Linux’s OS will still be cheaper.

Ubuntu community help is a very useful feature, it will help you to find answers on any questions you have, to share your Ubuntu thoughts and feelings or to find out other people’s experiences.

So now you can see from the list above both Operating Systems are good. Choose the one with the features which are important to you or you can even have both of them.

http://www.bravofiles.com/ Drivers and software downloads.