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Ubuntu Or Windows?The Best of Both Worlds: I Choose Both!

Updated on August 31, 2011

Microsoft Windows. A name known to everyone that owns a computer or laptop. It is considered to be the world's leading operating system, but that does not make it the best. Linux is a strong competitor to WIndows and keeps it on its toes.

What is Microsoft Windows again?

According to Wikipedia: "Microsoft Windows is a series of software operating systems and graphical user interfaces produced by Microsoft. Microsoft came to dominate the world's personal computer market.."

Now wait just a minute. Dominate the world's personal computer? DOMINATE? It makes the truth seem harsher. In actual fact, Windows is practically forced down the throat of every computer user on the planet, and they say it dominates? It's not as if we have a choice which operating system we want on our technology of choice.

Ubuntu? What is that?

Simply put, Ubuntu is Microsoft's rival. Ubuntu is an operating system which falls into the Linux catagory. Unlike Windows, Ubuntu does not come prepackaged but can be downloaded.. absolutely free with no strings attached.

Windows XP is a fantastic operating system and I would never slander it. But the reason i switched to Ubuntu was because I was sick and tired of constant updates that i saw no point in installing. I tried changing the Windows theme but there was nothing that looked appealing enough to stay. For many years I was a proud owner.. or should I say user of WIndows XP. I heard about Ubuntu a few years ago but I thought I'll never change.

A couple of months ago, I took the plunge and downloaded a copy of the Jaunty Jackalope version. What a smooth installation! Instead of overwriting my WIndows XP, it allowed me to create a new partition for Ubuntu. Within an hour, Ubuntu was set up and ready for use.  The welcome screen was different in both appearance and content. It asked for my username first, so i typed it in and then the appearance changed to ask for a password. Once i put that in, i was greeted by a unique welcome tune of drums. The desktop was spotless. No recycle in sight. After a few minutes of self exploration, I found my way around Ubuntu. It is easy to use and user friendly.

But a word of warning: do not expect WIndows. Do not expect Windows programs to work on Ubuntu either. Now i bet you're sighing and thinking ah why would I want to change now? While it may not support the programs for Windows, WINE does support them and can be installed on Ubuntu. I have no need for WINE as I can just switch back to Windows. There are many free and wonderful applications to use on Ubuntu too. The best of both worlds!

Another good thing about Ubuntu is that the operating system is updated every six months. I am currently using Jaunty Jackalope but from tomorrow forth, I can use the latest update codenamed Karmic Koala. Odd names but a good product.

Overall, i would never use Windows XP home due to a lack of security. I use XP Professional which is the best ever. With Ubuntu combined, i not only have the best operatings systems ever, but truly the best of both worlds.


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      Alex J. Reissig 4 years ago from New Richmond, Ohio

      great hub! I have set up both my desktop and laptops to dual boot both windows and ubuntu. The laptop was windows 7, so dual boot was a snap. The desktop was a bit harder, because windows 8 doesn't play nice. But in the end, it all worked out.

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      Firoz 8 years ago from India

      well...i feel its ubuntu...but i use both...

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      CiscoPixie 8 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all?

      Thank you set's! it happened to me too so now i only have Jaunty but that's alright. Thanks for stopping by

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      Set's All Set 8 years ago from New England

      Great hub! I was dual booting windows and ubuntu until my hard drive crashed. I wanted to dual boot again but you cannot install windows on an external USB. Oh well. I ditched windows and I'm also running jaunty. A must have application is gnome-do. It's so slick.

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      chris 8 years ago

      I find Linux Mint much Better its not So Hard on your System

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      CiscoPixie 8 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all?

      it's a pleasure!

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      Cleanclover 8 years ago from Piece of land!

      I have vista home premium on laptop and Xp pro on my computer. I will download the ubuntu on my computer and maybe use both Xp and ubuntu like you said best of both opertaing systems.

      Thank you so much

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      free ubuntu now 8 years ago from

      Well done. I had XP Pro and kept getting errors, a common wireless blue screen issue with Windows. I switched to Ubuntu full time and love it. The money I'll save in the future instead by not buying Windows Upgrades, I'll buy more Google(GOOG) and Staples(SPLS) stock with it. It's hard to beat free and Ubuntu does everything I need it to do. Look at some Ubuntu programs I use at

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      CiscoPixie 8 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all?

      It's a pleasure cheeky! But don't upgrade to 9.10 yet.. use 9.04

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      Cassandra Mantis 8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Wow, this is interesting, I had a magazine in my hand 2 hours ago and a free version of Ubuntu was on the dvd on the cover. There was some great software with it. It seemed to be a Google magazine that was aimed at Google Linux users. Much appreciated, CiscoPixie. Your timing is impecable!

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      CiscoPixie 8 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all?

      Neither do i Queen. It is rather unfair. I believe users should be able to choose which one they want. if you want to find out more about ubuntu,

      Thanks livingsta :)

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      livingsta 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi CiscoPixie, that was some real good information. Thanks a lot for sharing :)

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      queenbe 8 years ago from NY

      Great info. I don't like that Microsoft has a monopoly on our computers either. II am interested in finding out more about Ubantu. Thanks for the education.