Re: Thinking of switching from windows to ubuntu, need advice
In my experience, one of the Main advantages of being a user of any Linux distro is that the cost to try it out is essentially nothing -- you can run from CD or DVD to try it out, and to install, all you need to do is make some room on a drive. Unlike with Windows, there are no fees to acquire or use Linux Os's or applications. If Ubuntu doesn't work well for you, there are a host of other Linux distros you can try -- without having to buy anything.
Originally Posted by l0xz
The main downside is that Linux is not designed to be a free version of Windows, that is, many Windows apps will run poorly, if at all, in Linux. So, if you're looking to only change OSs but keep using Windows apps, then the switch to Linux is going to be very disappointing.
There is going to be some learning involved, as even in the cases where there are both Windows and Linux versions of the same app, there are often differences in the screen presentations and features. In other cases, you have to be willing to learn a whole new application to do something you've done for years a different way by using Windows apps.
Whether that effort is worth it, or if that is a better situation -- these are entirely personal decisions, so anything anyone tells you is simply their opinion.
As to if your machine will run better than it did with XP, in my personal experience, the answer is -- probably NOT. Vista was the big "failure" in the Windows world, so practically anything looks better than Vista. Windows 7, not so much. Windows 8 -- in some views, is going back to the Vista days.
Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17; MS Win 8.1.
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