Disclaimer: I know that this post will not make dramatic change in anyone’s preference nor will it turn a regular Windows user into a Linux habitant. Most of the articles on the web in similar title are written in a way that pushes readers to leave Windows or even Mac to enter the world of Linux and enjoy openness. To me, openness is meaningless. All that matters is what benefit users are getting. I’m writing this post just to share my thoughts why I changed my primary operating system from Windows to Ubuntu about 3 years later since I first enjoyed the flavor.
Windows vs Mac debate will never end. It’s the same as fighting over which religion offers the most peaceful solution to earthly problems. We can continue arguing all day long. But in the end, we’ll stick to what we like for ourselves. Windows vs Linux is the same. It’s you who decides what’s best for your needs. For my needs, I still get to get into Windows from time to time. But I’ve finally made the bold move of turning Ubuntu from secondary operating system to primary operating system.
So, how did I make the move? Did I delete Windows and installed Ubuntu? No, Ubuntu on my laptop computer is still running on a 15 GB separate partition, way smaller than that of Windows’ C drive. But that doesn’t really matter. We tend to use a whole bunch of unnecessary software on Windows that fill up the space in C drive with their cache and temporary files. With Ubuntu, we rarely install anything that we don’t need. So, I never felt that 15 GB was small.
Anyway, let’s just stop ranting and point out the 5 reasons why I have chosen Ubuntu as my primary operating system leaving Windows to secondary position.
Ubuntu is Fast
In this age of technology, speed matters greatly. I want my machine to be ready to listen to my command as soon as I need it to. Waiting for the operating system to boot up with all those fancy animations don’t convince serious users anymore. In the same way, waiting forever for the computer to shut down isn’t a great thing when you’re working on your laptop on a bus station and suddenly the bus arrives.
In situations like this, Ubuntu is your best bet. It’s unanimously the greatest operating system out there in terms of speed. It loads up fast and shuts down even faster. It’s more like TV. Every one of my friends who don’t know what Linux is have wondered at least once when they saw my computer boot up or shut down. “How come it happened that fast?” was their reaction.
Of course, Windows 8 is here to change the face of PC industry, and I have no words about them. Apparently, Windows 8 looks great. Eventually I’ll be getting Windows 8 as well. But then again, Ubuntu will probably continue to be faster.
Ubuntu is Secured
My elder brother, who happens to be an expert developer and a doctor passed from Dhaka Medical College at the same time, lost his primary Gmail account forever because he downloaded torrent files onto his computer without any anti-virus software. It took us a while to figure out what exactly happened with his computer. One day, he just couldn’t log in. Gmail said that the password was changed. Even the recovery email addresses were inaccessible as whoever got the access changed password to all email addresses. My brother contacted Google and they said they’d ‘see’ what they can do, but they never responded back.
Even with 2-step verification turned on, the hacker was able to change all the password. How? Because the computer was insecure.
I surely don’t blame Windows for that. It’s not wise not to have an anti-virus by default. But he has been using Ubuntu on his netbook since day one. Nothing happened. Since the disaster took place right after that torrent was downloaded, we thought it was something from that torrent. But a deep scan with Avast! Antivirus revealed that the bulk software given by the computer seller company contained malware/key logger. Because my brother was using Ubuntu, those keyloggers couldn’t work. As soon as he walked into the Windows, his credentials were not only hacked but also changed.
Bottom line is, Ubuntu is secure right from the installation. But if you can’t be careful and download unnecessary stuff, you might end up downloading malicious stuff on Linux as well.
Ubuntu Resembles Mac (Kind of)
Hardcore Ubuntu fans may not like what I have to say in this paragraph. But I’m being honest here, and I like all those icons on the top right corner (including the WiFi icon) that looks a lot like Macs. I do wish to get myself a MacBook Pro someday. I just can’t yet afford it. If I happen to buy it, Mac will be my primary operating system pushing Ubuntu down to secondary and Windows kinda out of my way! And this is the same reason I stopped using Linux Mint (which looks a lot like Windows) and started using Ubuntu again.
Ubuntu is Legal
My copy of Windows is not genuine. It has never been. Thanks to a bunch of hackers who released various activators and keygens. I have successfully stopped Microsoft from reminding me the truth. But I know that my copy is not genuine. And it’s illegal.
In a third world country, I know there are little to no chance of getting arrested for using a pirated copy of Windows, but why use a pirated stuff when your job can be done on a free thing? Sure, if you need a lot of Photoshopping or After Effects tasks, Ubuntu will not be your thing. But for the stuff I do, Ubuntu is quite enough. And when necessary, I can boot into Windows to get that particular job done. That’s what makes a secondary operating system. A system into which I won’t boot unless necessary.
Ubuntu is free and it always will be. Although Canonical is trying to monetize Ubuntu by prompting to sell Music and tracks via its Unity Lens (And I’m not a big fan of Unity), the core operating system will always be free. And unlike most other free stuff, Ubuntu is not that bad. In fact, in many aspects, Ubuntu outperforms Windows and even Macs.
Ubuntu is My Peace of Mind
Like I wrote in the very first area of this post, it all comes down to what the user likes and what works best for him. For me, Ubuntu may not work best; but it gets the job done in most cases. And I do love the flavor of Ubuntu. I like its stability, simplicity, speed, customization options, simple yet powerful features, low resource usage minus the Unity launcher on the left.
So, when I feel better and nicer with Ubuntu, why bother logging into Windows and waste a couple of minutes every time I boot up and shut down?
Those are what made me decide to use Ubuntu as my primary operating system from now on. So far, I’m satisfied with it. I’m using Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin which is not the latest version; but it is an LTS version which is intended for professionals and workstation deployment.
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Have you ever enjoyed Ubuntu? Did you know you can just download the 800MB Ubuntu, make a bootable Flash Drive or CD and use Ubuntu without having to install it? If you just heard this, why not go ahead and give Ubuntu a try? Perhaps you’ll feel the simplicity despite feeling lost for the first time.