as the title of this post says, I don't get the point of Ubuntu. Let me explain.
I just tried Ubuntu on my computer because I really like the philosophy of Linux in general and Ubuntu looks so good. I sometimes get tired of Windows and I won't ever use Mac OS since I believe it is just plain bad.
But the problem is that I don't get WHY I should use Ubuntu over Windows. I don't get the feeling that I'm using something more powerful or productive than Windows. It's certainly not less powerful or productive, but not more it seems. And we all know how, whether you like it or not, Windows has this ''it just works'' philosophy, I mean, you rarely run into hardware or software trouble with Windows. I feel somewhat crippled in Ubuntu because it looks to ME that I don't have all the tools that I have in Windows.
And it looks as if Ubuntu was just there for people that want to look different or for developers, but I don't really want to believe that. I try to tell myself that there must something advantageous in there, but I don't see it.
And believe me, I am really not a Windows fanboy. I believe too in open source software, and diversity. I really WANT to get into Linux for that reason, but just by trying it for an hour or so, clicking on everything to see what it does and how it works, I don't see the advantage of using it. But I LOVE the concept of Linux, believe me.
I am currently studying physics engineering in university and I pass all my time on my computer since all my notes, homeworks and information is on the Internet or in documents. And I believe Windows isn't really good at being productive when you pass all your time on your computer like I do. I heard Linux was more productive but I just CAN'T see why.
Now you guys know where I come from and where I'm going. I'm a science student (my program is more about physics and mathematics than engineering btw) and a complete power user. I tend to multitask a lot and click everywhere quickly and I just can't be (and don't want to be) slowed while working on my things because I get frustrated in the long run (not like banging in the wall lol, but just disappointed a lot).
So my question: is it possible to use Ubuntu as if it was your primary OS and actually be productive with it? Is there anyone who is in a similar situation that can tell me WHY Linux was clearly giving them an advantage over Windows or Mac OS? Are there advantages for a student like me who doesn't have to share a computer with others but isn't a developer either?
Arguments about the way the UI works or the file structure or the applications would be very appreciated. It could convince me that it is possible to power-use this thing and actually be MORE productive.