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Old 24-09-2007, 08:58 AM   #1
Ernie Stye
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Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows XP -- A Review

LINUX VS. XP: A NOVICE'S PERSPECTIVE

About three months ago, I downloaded Ubuntu and gave it a try. Though I
have extensive experience with DOS and Windows, I had no experience with
Linux.

I tried to look at and judge the experience as though I had only novice- or
beginner-level experience with computers. Here is the result of my test.

Ease of install--
I was amazed at the ease of Ubuntu's installation. The only problem was
that Ubuntu didn't have a driver for my video card and the card maker didn't
have a driver for Linux, so I was using a generic driver for it and not
getting maximum performance or resolution.
XP had the same problem (no built-in driver for that card), but whereas a
trip to the card maker's web site resulted in getting the correct driver for
XP, there was nothing there for Linux users. This wasn't Ubuntu's fault,
but it did make the Linux install more difficult.
Result: XP wins this category, but not by much.

Support--
I posted a request for help with the video card driver issue on a Linux
newsgroup and within 24 hours was directed to a web site that had simple,
step-by-step instructions for downloading and installing a driver that gave
me full use of the card. Nice! As I browsed the newsgroups, I discovered
that the Linux groups are crammed with many of the best techs around who are
eager to provide excellent solutions for folks who are new to Linux.
However, the same can be said for Windows groups and message boards
Result: a tie.

Interface--
The interface looked better and was easier to use than Windows XP, and I had
at least ten thousand hours of experience with Windows XP and zero with
Linux! That's one incredibly intuitive interface Ubuntu has.
But there's more! Because Linux is open-source, anyone can write a GUI or
other modifications to it. That means if you don't like the look and feel
of Ubuntu, you can download other distros until you find one you do like.
The result: Ubuntu is far and away the clear winner here.

Built-in software--
Ubuntu came with lots of utilities, applications and simple games.
So does XP, though while I only investigated the relatively few that I
actually use in XP. They were pretty much the same.
Result: tie

Internet access setup--
Ubuntu obliterated Windows XP on ease of internet setup, too. With a fresh
install of XP, I had to download my wireless NIC driver on another computer
that already had internet access, install it on the XP system, then manually
go into my network settings and enter my IP address, default gateway, etc.
On Ubuntu, while I was trying to figure out how to do this, I accidentally
discovered that it was already done. Ubuntu had done it all automatically!
Result: Ubuntu wins by a comfortable margin.

Web browser--
XP comes with Internet Explorer. Ubuntu comes with Firefox. Both are easy
to use and intuitive, but FireFox has thousands of plug-ins available that
let you add virtually any feature you can think of. Internet Explorer
doesn't.
Ubuntu wins this one too.

Software availability:
There is a ton of freeware and shareware available for Windows, as well as
utilities, apps and games available in all price ranges.
Most games and popular apps don't yet have Linux versions, but as Linux
grows in popularity, that will continue to change.
Result: XP wins... for now.

Ease of installing new software--
I was able to download some software for Linux, but there was no obvious,
apparent way to install any of it. With XP, you just double-click on the
downloaded file and follow the instructions. Once I learned how, I'm sure
it would be easy to install stuff into Ubuntu--but it does require that
learning, so...
Result: XP wins

Performance--
Ubuntu ran faster on fewer system resources.
Ubuntu wins.

Price--
Ubuntu is free. Got that? *Free.* There's no charge, no license key, no
online registration, not even any advertisements. It's constantly being
updated with improvements and has automatic security updating built in.
Just download the Ubuntu ISO and burn it to a CD. When the next release
comes out, it will be free, too. The folks who write Ubuntu make their
money providing network server software and support, as I understand it. So
by providing Ubuntu free to end users, they grow their business. Microsoft
operating systems aren't even close to free, and their prices keep going up.
Result: This one isn't even a contest. I'm tempted to give Ubuntu one
point for every dollar it saves me over the cash I'd be shelling out for XP,
but that's not really in the spirit of this test.

SCORES

XP: 3
Ubuntu: 5

CONCLUSION:

Despite Ubuntu's point-lead, the lack of software and driver availability
and lack of ease of installing new software make XP the best choice
currently for the novice or beginner, and for people who want to play
high-end games and use most popular applications.

However, if you're not into high-end gaming and if you're on a budget or
don't mind getting your hands dirty so to speak with learning a little about
installing software and also running the alternative apps available, You
should try Ubuntu.

PREDICTION:

Hundreds of thousands of people are working to improve Linux, and it's
getting better all the time. Once program installation becomes easier, the
rise in popularity of Linux will increase, and with that, software and
driver availability will also increase.

Possibly as early as one year, probably within three years and almost
certainly within five years, Linux will beat or tie Windows in every
category. Once that happens, it's only a matter of time before a critical
mass of users is achieved for Linux and with that, the majority of both
computer manufacturers and end users will make the switch.

If I had any Microsoft stock, I'd sell it now.




 
Old 24-09-2007, 08:58 AM   #2
Mark South
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Re: Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows XP -- A Review

On Mon, 24 Sep 2007 03:41:06 -0500, Ernie Stye wrote:

Hey, nicely toned review. However, I would take issue with this one point:

> Built-in software--
> Ubuntu came with lots of utilities, applications and simple games.
> So does XP, though while I only investigated the relatively few that I
> actually use in XP. They were pretty much the same.
> Result: tie


The Ubuntu base install comes with a complete and functional office suite
(OpenOffice) whereas XP comes with Notepad. Adding
equivalent functionality to XP requires purchasing MS Office at a cost of
beaucoup dollars. So in fact, XP goes down here as hard as the Scottish
rugby team under a pack of All Blacks.
 
Old 24-09-2007, 09:58 AM   #3
brummie
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Re: Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows XP -- A Review

On Mon, 24 Sep 2007 03:41:06 -0500, Ernie Stye wrote:

> LINUX VS. XP: A NOVICE'S PERSPECTIVE


Some quite contradictory and inexperienced review there.
Have another go when you have a bit more experience
 
Old 24-09-2007, 10:59 AM   #4
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Re: Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows XP -- A Review

Mark South wrote:
> On Mon, 24 Sep 2007 03:41:06 -0500, Ernie Stye wrote:
>
> Hey, nicely toned review. However, I would take issue with this one point:
>
>> Built-in software--
>> Ubuntu came with lots of utilities, applications and simple games.
>> So does XP, though while I only investigated the relatively few that I
>> actually use in XP. They were pretty much the same.
>> Result: tie

>
> The Ubuntu base install comes with a complete and functional office suite
> (OpenOffice) whereas XP comes with Notepad. Adding
> equivalent functionality to XP requires purchasing MS Office at a cost of
> beaucoup dollars. So in fact, XP goes down here as hard as the Scottish
> rugby team under a pack of All Blacks.


One could of course also download the win32 version of OO.org ;-)

I don't agree with

"Ease of installing new software--
I was able to download some software for Linux, but there was no obvious,
apparent way to install any of it. With XP, you just double-click on the
downloaded file and follow the instructions. Once I learned how, I'm sure
it would be easy to install stuff into Ubuntu--but it does require that
learning, so...
Result: XP wins"

though. Synaptic/GDebi is so much easier than any windows installer.
 
Old 24-09-2007, 11:58 AM   #5
Hadron
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Re: Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows XP -- A Review

Mark South <mark.south@null.invalid> writes:

> On Mon, 24 Sep 2007 03:41:06 -0500, Ernie Stye wrote:
>
> Hey, nicely toned review. However, I would take issue with this one point:
>
>> Built-in software--
>> Ubuntu came with lots of utilities, applications and simple games.
>> So does XP, though while I only investigated the relatively few that I
>> actually use in XP. They were pretty much the same.
>> Result: tie

>
> The Ubuntu base install comes with a complete and functional office suite
> (OpenOffice) whereas XP comes with Notepad. Adding
> equivalent functionality to XP requires purchasing MS Office at a cost of
> beaucoup dollars. So in fact, XP goes down here as hard as the Scottish
> rugby team under a pack of All Blacks.


Open Office is a download away for XP too I thought?

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Old 24-09-2007, 11:58 AM   #6
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Re: Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows XP -- A Review

Hadron "the true linux advocate" wrote:

> Mark South <mark.south@null.invalid> writes:
>
>> On Mon, 24 Sep 2007 03:41:06 -0500, Ernie Stye wrote:
>>
>> Hey, nicely toned review. However, I would take issue with this one
>> point:
>>
>>> Built-in software--
>>> Ubuntu came with lots of utilities, applications and simple games.
>>> So does XP, though while I only investigated the relatively few that I
>>> actually use in XP. They were pretty much the same.
>>> Result: tie

>>
>> The Ubuntu base install comes with a complete and functional office suite
>> (OpenOffice) whereas XP comes with Notepad. Adding
>> equivalent functionality to XP requires purchasing MS Office at a cost of
>> beaucoup dollars. So in fact, XP goes down here as hard as the Scottish
>> rugby team under a pack of All Blacks.

>
> Open Office is a download away for XP too I thought?
>


What part of "lots of utilities, applications and simple games" was too
difficult for you?
The OO *example* you so quickly dismissed as "available for windows also" is
just one of many already present in Ubuntu (or linux distros in general).
In fact, windows (in all incarnations) is practically naked compared to
linux, you have to buy (or hunt down, download and install) each and every
of those apps and tools seperately. It is extremely time consuming and
simply a hassle to even try to get windows remotely near the functionality
of a typical linux distro.

Your constant advocacy of windows does not change that fact, no matter how
often you try it
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Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine
doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.

 
Old 24-09-2007, 11:58 AM   #7
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Re: Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows XP -- A Review

"TomB" illuminated alt.os.linux.ubuntu by typing:

> I don't agree with
>
> "Ease of installing new software--
> I was able to download some software for Linux, but there was no
> obvious, apparent way to install any of it. With XP, you just
> double-click on the downloaded file and follow the instructions.
> Once I learned how, I'm sure it would be easy to install stuff into
> Ubuntu--but it does require that learning, so...
> Result: XP wins"
>
> though. Synaptic/GDebi is so much easier than any windows installer.


Quite right.

And *even* for the novice "Add/Remove" in the applications menu does
exactly what you would expect. It adds and removes applications.
Unfortunately, anyone with any windows experience looks at "Add/Remove"
as meaning *only* Remove. If you are a true computer virgin, this way
of installation is far more intuitive than going to download.com and
wading through the gubbins.

--
Moog

"Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the
leather straps."
 
Old 24-09-2007, 12:59 PM   #8
Mark South
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Re: Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows XP -- A Review

On Mon, 24 Sep 2007 13:02:55 +0200, Hadron wrote:

>> The Ubuntu base install comes with a complete and functional office suite
>> (OpenOffice) whereas XP comes with Notepad. Adding
>> equivalent functionality to XP requires purchasing MS Office at a cost of
>> beaucoup dollars. So in fact, XP goes down here as hard as the Scottish
>> rugby team under a pack of All Blacks.

>
> Open Office is a download away for XP too I thought?


Yes, it's a download away for XP and already installed in Ubuntu.

See the difference there?
 
Old 24-09-2007, 01:00 PM   #9
Hadron
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Re: Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows XP -- A Review

Mark South <mark.south@null.invalid> writes:

> On Mon, 24 Sep 2007 13:02:55 +0200, Hadron wrote:
>
>>> The Ubuntu base install comes with a complete and functional office suite
>>> (OpenOffice) whereas XP comes with Notepad. Adding
>>> equivalent functionality to XP requires purchasing MS Office at a cost of
>>> beaucoup dollars. So in fact, XP goes down here as hard as the Scottish
>>> rugby team under a pack of All Blacks.

>>
>> Open Office is a download away for XP too I thought?

>
> Yes, it's a download away for XP and already installed in Ubuntu.
>
> See the difference there?


No. My installs downloaded them. For both Ubuntu and Debian. I'm just
pointing out that unless you get a DVD with them on already you can
download it for both platforms.

e.g For debian I did a netinst.

Anyway, the point stands. OO is available easily for XP too. This is not
a slight on Ubuntu.

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É só colocar o dedito na tomadita.
 
Old 24-09-2007, 02:06 PM   #10
Ernie Stye
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Re: Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows XP -- A Review


"Mark South" <mark.south@null.invalid> wrote in message
news:46f77a36$0$90273$14726298@news.sunsite.dk...
> On Mon, 24 Sep 2007 03:41:06 -0500, Ernie Stye wrote:
>
> Hey, nicely toned review. However, I would take issue with this one
> point:
>
>> Built-in software--
>> Ubuntu came with lots of utilities, applications and simple games.
>> So does XP, though while I only investigated the relatively few that I
>> actually use in XP. They were pretty much the same.
>> Result: tie

>
> The Ubuntu base install comes with a complete and functional office suite
> (OpenOffice) whereas XP comes with Notepad.



Apparently, you haven't used XP or any version of Windows since, what,
Windows 95? XP comes with notepad, yes, but it also has Wordpad, which is
similar to MS Word. It also comes with Outlook Express, which has many of
the features of Outlook.


> Adding
> equivalent functionality to XP requires purchasing MS Office at a cost of
> beaucoup dollars.



Wrong again, it costs nothing but a free download and install.
http://www.romow.com/computer-blog/f...-competitions/



> So in fact, XP goes down here as hard as the Scottish
> rugby team under a pack of All Blacks.



You should really try to learn a little something about what you're
commenting on before you post in a public forum. Frankly, I'm embarassed
for you.


 
 

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