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There will always be a debate as to which is the best Operating System. We certainly don’t wish to influence you from choosing your favorite. Both the Operating systems have their own pros and cons thus making it a personal choice for the users to decide. In this article, we will try to familiarise users who wish to swap their operating systems, understand the hurdles or unknown issues when it comes to moving over from one Operating System to another.
The latest Windows 10 comes with some great new features, the start menu option is back. You can also run the Linux BASH commands without having to use Linux in Virtual Machine. On the other hand, Ubuntu 18 comes loaded with Apps, productivity software, and more. As we proceed further we will understand much better the differences between them, which makes deciding the best amongst the two a bit difficult.
Which Is Best Operating System – Ubuntu Or Windows
Price is always a deciding factor when it comes to making a decision to buy a product. Though there are other factors as well we need to consider, but if we are to make a decision based on price then Ubuntu is an outright winner. Ubuntu is can be downloaded free of cost whereas you will end up paying a few dollars to own a copy of your Windows 10 operating system.
Windows 10 comes with a Live Tiles Feature which displays apps in a visual form making them pleasing and easy to use, though we think it’s poorly designed. With the return of the Start menu features the Live Tile feature looks even more ridiculous, as you won’t waste your time staring at the tile, instead you can easily head over to the start menu and get going with your choice of application. Ubuntu on the other hand comes with its clean traditional icons and does not come with a Start menu which you are familiar with in Windows 10. Instead, you can add all your desired apps to the Favourites tab docked permanently to the screen.
Windows is known to have issues as far as the privacy of its users is concerned, especially as it comes with various sharings which come with a user opt-in but there is not opt-out. Especially when you choose Express Settings during the installation this portion is a bit dim and somehow you tend to miss the point.
On the other hand, Ubuntu also can’t be spared when it comes to your privacy concerns. Ubuntu sends your search queries to Amazon in an attempt to show relative shopping data. While doing this, if you were to search for SSN or password in a document it will send that to Amazon as well.
Windows 10 is highly inconsistent as it comes with, especially as it comes two locations for the setting. You can find one set of setting in the new settings menu and the other in the traditional Control Panel. This makes it confusing in the first place for users to know where they need to go to. Another confusing aspect of Windows 10 is it comes with two browsers Edge and the traditional Internet Explorer, both of these can’t be uninstalled.
Ubuntu, on the other hand, comes with a single set menu and generally, most of its programs follow the design of Unity. Ubuntu offers you a more cohesive and consistent experience. The options and menus are less confusing and Users should rarely find themselves getting confused and shocked by the design principles.
Windows is prone to malware attacks, along with the Internet Explorer browser and installation of ActiveX components puts many users at risk. Most of the software installed on windows doesn’t need passwords or permissions making it easy to launch a malware attack. Windows needs a number of browser tools to maintain the smooth functioning of its browser.
Though nothing is 100% secure, Ubuntu comes with a number of restrictions where you need a password to install any new app. This saves you from any potential malware attack and hence it is secure which means you don’t need to install anti-virus, anti-malware, or CCleaner. Though Windows 10 is much better than its predecessors, it is nowhere near Ubuntu when it comes to security.
Both the operating systems come out with regular system updates. Windows is more aggressive when it comes to updates compared to Ubuntu. Things have changed a lot for windows ever since it has updated from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Windows 10 offers unconditional updates for its operating system, which many users don’t require and this makes them move back to windows 7. In the case of Ubuntu, each version released comes with 5-year unconditional updates related to the version even if the user does not choose to update to another version released. This version update which comes out every year is unconditional and only if you wish to update.
Every new release of the Windows operating system comes with backward compatibility, this means all the errors which were present in the older version of Windows will be there in the new release as well. So when you head over to the Windows 10 support forums and are not able to find a solution for a particular error it will be worth trying to find a solution for the same in the older Windows forum.
Ubuntu on the other hand has many forums designed to help users fix various issues related to Ubuntu. This also comes with a number of chat rooms that help people learn and understand Linux and Ubuntu.
Though officially Windows claims it can run on a low-end computer with basic configurations, but in reality, these claims would fail. Most Windows machines are preferred for playing games and such gaming consoles need higher configurations. The basic configuration which Ubuntu suggests is much more realistic.
Windows 10 Basic Requirement: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC Processor, 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit of RAM, 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS- HDD, DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver Graphic card and 800×600 display.
Ubuntu Basic Requirement: 2 GHz dual-core processor or better Processor, 2 GB system memory, 25 GB of free HDD space, Either a DVD drive or a USB port for installing the OS, and an Internet connection would be helpful.
Windows 10 is a clear winner when it comes to the Users Interface. Windows 10 comes with a very user-friendly user interface and is self-explanatory. The return of the Start menu to Windows 10 adds another advantage to the operating system.
Ubuntu comes with a neat User Interface that is simple and clear. Ubuntu allows you to get a different User Interface by running the following commands.
- Ubuntu Gnome (Official flavor) installation: sudo apt install ubuntu-gnome-desktop
- Gnome Classic (old): sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
- Openbox installation: sudo apt-get install openbox.
- Gnome 3 installation: sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
- KDE Kubuntu installation: sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop
- XFCE installation: sudo apt-get install xfce4
- LXDE installation: sudo apt-get install lxde
The Window 10 image file is around 4 GB, whereas the Ubuntu image file is around 2GB. Naturally given the facts Ubuntu with a smaller file size can be downloaded quickly compared to Windows 10. Also, there are some other lighter versions of Ubuntu which come around 600 MB and the Kernel of Ubuntu OS is just 8MB.
Windows has an upper edge when it comes to offering a wide range of Application Softwares. As the windows user base is huge, there is a tendency amongst application developers to build applications around Windows operating system. Windows seems to offer software every user needs, also it provides flagship Softwares for windows like Microsoft Office and Visual Studio. Adobe Media Manipulation software is also amongst the leading software to work on Microsoft Windows. With Windows 10 offering support for legacy Windows applications and added support for UWP applications and more, developers have more options to develop application software for windows than ever before.
Ubuntu on the other hand comes with a large number of free application software. Ubuntu has an answer to each of the software that runs on Windows. Some of the popular applications running on Ubuntu are Telegram, Chromium, Thunderbird, Dropbox, Libre Office, Twitter, VLC player, Gimp, Firefox, and many more.
Windows has a tendency to lag as it is continuously processing a number of tasks in the background. You can monitor these tasks in the Windows Task Manager. As you continue to install more and more applications these tasks seem to increase resulting in the system slowing down. This can be avoided to a certain extent by installing minimal software. On the other hand, Ubuntu does not run any such tasks in the background, as a result of which the system performs much better. Also, Ubuntu runs better on inferior hardware compared to Windows. On the basis of performance, Ubuntu is a clear winner.
When it comes to customizing the Ubuntu OS it is highly versatile as it allows you to customize its look, feed, and performance. Whereas on the other hand Windows 10 is limited to a certain extent and these customizations are not as powerful as Ubuntu.