Top 5 Ubuntu Vs Windows Differences
Ubuntu and Windows are the two of the three powerhouses along with MacOS when it comes to computer operating systems (OS). Most developers prefer Ubuntu, or other Linux-based operating systems because Ubuntu has some useful unique features. If you are a developer working on Windows who has only just heard about Ubuntu and want to give it a shot, you must check out this list of top 5 differences between Ubuntu Vs Windows to help you decide.
1. Ubuntu Vs Windows (Command Prompt or Terminal?)
In my opinion, this is one of the major advantages Ubuntu has over Windows, especially if you are a developer. Ubuntu’s terminal is such a powerful tool compared to Command Prompt of Windows that after using it, you will have a hard time going back to Windows. If you are an end user who just wants to use their computer as a multimedia tool and for note taking, you probably won’t use the terminal at all. However, if you are a developer, Ubuntu’s terminal provides great advantages like ssh, root access and fast debugging or fast fixes (if you ever tinker with the system files) which makes the terminal as useful as the desktop environment. Although, Command Prompt offers similar kinds of features, there are far more restrictions on what a user can do compared to Ubuntu.
2. Hardware Support
This is where Windows takes the advantage over Ubuntu. Windows, because of its popularity, supports a huge variety of hardware such as Bluetooth headphones, keyboards, and more. Windows comes with pre-installed drivers that allows the users to connect any of their devices effortlessly. On the other hand, Ubuntu lacks such wide variety of drivers pre-installed. So, either you have to install drivers by yourself to use your hardware, or you just have to find hardware compatible with Ubuntu, which makes Ubuntu annoying during the setup process.
3. Overall Security and Data Privacy
According to Wikipedia, only 2% of the computers have Linux installed, compared to 78% for Windows. Therefore, this is one of the reasons why many viruses are developed specifically for Windows. This makes Ubuntu and other Linux based operating systems more secure compared to Windows. Also, we can argue that the open-source nature of Ubuntu makes it more secure to malware and hacking because it is always improved thanks to a community dedicated to improving the OS. These reasons make Ubuntu better at security and data privacy.
4. Application Support
This one is also make or break when considering the differences of Ubuntu V’s Windows. When it comes to applications and software available for each operating system, Windows is by far ahead of Ubuntu. Please note, that I am considering all applications that includes games, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, and programming IDE’s and text editors. If you mostly work with Microsoft Office and Photoshop, it is better for you to stick with Windows because Ubuntu does not support these apps. On the other hand, for programming and development, Ubuntu provides more flexibility in terms of software. So, depending on what software you usually use, either OS has an advantage over the other.
In terms of customisation, Ubuntu is by far ahead of Windows. Thanks to its open source nature, you can always tinker with the source code, add or remove parts and make it your own. On the other hand, Windows offers a very strict user experience. Your desktop is pre-determined for you and you cannot change how it looks unless you use third-party applications. And for the other parts, Windows doesn’t even let you access them. However, just for the Ubuntu desktop alone, you can find hundreds or thousands of additional source code files on web communities that allows you to customise your Ubuntu experience. From how the icon looks, to shell customisation you have endless options. Therefore, if you prioritise customisation, Ubuntu is for you.
These are the top 5 differences between Ubuntu and Windows. Each has advantages over the other and both offer great OS experience.
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