Windows and the rest of the OS’s
Windows 7 is a great operating system. We all know that Windows is the undisputed leader of all OS’s closely followed by Mac and Linux. No there
is no close following. There is a huge gap between Windows and its rival operating systems. I am a Windows user all my life and one day the adventurous side of me woke up after a long time and urged me to do something. No, it didn’t ask me to trek through forests or climb mountains, all it told me was the one single word – Linux. My curiosity worked overtime and I really wanted to see how Linux works and so I googled a lot to learn more about it and found that there are different kinds of Linux operating systems (called as Linux distros or distributions). Finally I found that Ubuntu and Fedora are very user-friendly. I chose Ubuntu and installed it alongside Windows so that I could dual-boot the system into any OS that I wish to use.
It is a myth that Linux is for geeks. The Ubuntu OS could be used by anyone who uses a Windows OS. I love the Ubuntu world as much as I love Windows. But still I am yet to explore a lot of things. Haven’t tried my hands yet on things like video editing and DVD ripping.
The Mac world
Today I read an article in a website written by a Mac user which was about how cool his 12 inch 3 year old iBook was and how it aides him in his photography and in running his website. He says that the battery life of a Mac laptop is simply greater than that of a Windows laptop and also says that a Mac doesn’t need maintenance of any sort. It all sounded so cool and since I love exploring I immediately visited the Apple India website only to close it immediately after looking at the prices of the Macbook air. The thought that struck me was that both the Mac and the Linux operating systems are based on the Unix operating system and so maybe Ubuntu is as good as Mac when it comes to laptop battery life and maintenance. Maybe I am wrong or maybe correct. I don’t know that yet. I am planning to buy a laptop soon and if my experiments with Ubuntu succeeds I would be buying a Ubuntu laptop.
Windows Vs Ubuntu
As far as I have experienced Ubuntu in the last few months, Ubuntu is as good as Windows. No hardware compatibility issues which I thought would be there. Ubuntu has detected my 512 MB NVIDIA graphics card and my SoundBlaster audigy sound card without any trouble and gave me an option of updating the drivers which I gladly did on the first day of Ubuntu installation.
Trust me, every Windows user should try Ubuntu. I am not asking you to totally ditch Windows (I still love Windows) but I am asking you to install Ubuntu alongside Windows just like me. You know, it would be a different experience after using Windows all these years.