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Thread: Do I miss something if I only use Ubuntu instead of Windows?

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    Smile Do I miss something if I only use Ubuntu instead of Windows?

    Hello there.
    I just started to using Ubuntu 20.04 for the first time.
    I was wondering if it can cover the windows features for me? because it's easier to use, plus it's very fast.
    Can someone please explain to me how it works?

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    Re: Do I miss something if I only use Ubuntu instead of Windows?

    I stopped using Windows in favour of using Ubuntu 15 years ago. I haven't missed it.
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    Re: Do I miss something if I only use Ubuntu instead of Windows?

    For most people Ubuntu can do everything that can be done with Windows. Most Windows programs have similar programs for Linux/Ubuntu. There are a few people that do need to use specific program that is only available for Windows, They usually use a dual boot system or a virtual program to use that program. You won't be able to use Microsoft programs like Office, but there are many other office programs for Linux that do the same job. Ubuntu has Libreoffice already installed plus other programs so you don't need to search and download them.

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    Re: Do I miss something if I only use Ubuntu instead of Windows?

    Yes, of course there are lots and lots of program which are available for Windows that aren't available for Ubuntu (or any other Linux-Distribution).

    The obvious ones are Adobe's various offerings. While there are tools on Linux which can replace them for a lot of use cases, if you're working in print design the missing (or comparatively weaker) support for CMYK colours is going to be a problem. Also, if you rely on some complex program on Windows for your livelihood, then switching to Ubuntu - even if an adequate alternative application exists - involves a lot of unlearning / relearning how to do things.

    Then there are all the custom applications in use in business - either produced in-house or developed on contract by some external developer. A lot of those might work with wine, but there are limits. And then there's things like Java applications that where coded carelessly and / or use JNI-calls to some obscure .dll ...

    Surprisingly, the situation regarding games - long seen as one of the big problems to adoption of Linux by the average home user - has changed for the better thanks to Steam being available for Linux and offering their own Wine-like system (Proton).

    So whether or not Ubuntu can "cover the windows features" for you depends on what you're using Windows for and how deeply you're invested in any special way of doing things. Linux is not Windows.

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    Re: Do I miss something if I only use Ubuntu instead of Windows?

    For general PC work (internet browsing, spreadsheets, word processing, photo manipulation etc) I've found Ubuntu to have it covered.
    For proprietary device specific applications (in my case just one - software to update my car sat nav) I have to use Windows.

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    Re: Do I miss something if I only use Ubuntu instead of Windows?

    I keep 2 machines dual-booting to cover my butt: like said above, updating a Garmin or similar device. Otherwise, Linux full user full time for over 10 years.

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    Re: Do I miss something if I only use Ubuntu instead of Windows?

    Until recently, rather like Autodave, I was still running a virtual Windows XP in VBox just to update my fairly old TomTom Satnav device for which Windows or Mac is necessary as there is no Linux application to update the maps. I made sure I had a good clean snapshot of that XP install in case it was ever infected, which it wasn't even though it had to be online to update the maps.

    I don't bother with that any more as I have now found that one of the navigation Apps available for my Android phone is just as good as the TomTom satnav device, and mine uses Open-Street-Maps so it all comes free and is more up to date than TomTom ever was, and it can vover just about the whole of the world.

    Everything else is done using Xubuntu without any difficulties at all, though I admit I have no need for any specialised proprietary applications that are available only for Windows.

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    Re: Do I miss something if I only use Ubuntu instead of Windows?

    I haven't needed to use Windows since around 2007. I'm pretty grateful for that. I miss out on nothing and can accomplish all my goals easily (usually more easily) with Linux.

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    Re: Do I miss something if I only use Ubuntu instead of Windows?

    You'll miss the fun of finding and installing antivirus programs which slow you down and nag you to upgrade to premium edition with colourful popups (if it is free)

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    Re: Do I miss something if I only use Ubuntu instead of Windows?

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post

    I don't bother with that any more as I have now found that one of the navigation Apps available for my Android phone is just as good as the TomTom satnav device, and mine uses Open-Street-Maps so it all comes free and is more up to date than TomTom ever was,
    Sorry to hijack - but I'd be interested to hear which android App you use, and if it requires network signal while driving? I've got an old Nexus 7 that I'd quite like to re-purpose as a car satnav.
    Thanks

    Returning to the OPs question, if you've got an old windows machine like mine, you'll also miss the huge monthly updates that take several hours to complete if you swithch to ubuntu.

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