Alternative to Windows – Linux !

AVOID the PAIN of WINDOWS 8 !

Tired of Windows Operating System?  Fed up of getting Viruses & Malware or has Windows 8 just confused you?…read on…

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft ceased support of Windows XP, but many people are not making the transition to Windows 8 / Windows 8.1. Indeed, according to an Internet survey, enterprise or coporate Windows XP users are especially reluctant to migrate to Windows 8, so what are you going to use for your desktop operating system in 2014? Well, Linux, and in particular Linux Ubuntu, is now a very good operating system in it’s own right.  After using every version of Windows over the years, I believe the time has come to move over to a Linux operating system, such as Linux Ubuntu.

So what is wrong with Microsoft Windows?

Before I reveal what is good about Linux Ubuntu, I want to cover what is wrong with Microsoft Windows.  Although it looks nice, after a while the beauty does wears out, and you’re left with a very slow. sluggish and unstable Operating System, many broken dependencies and registry entries, errors and freezes that occur almost at random, terrible security, and that dreaded blue screen of death. Linux Ubuntu, on the other hand, can run continuously for several years without ever needing a reboot, is super customizable, and is virtually immune to malware / viruses.

Why Linux Ubuntu?

  • Ubuntu is free, yes, Free !
  • It is very fast on up to date hardware, lightening fast in fact
  • Installation process is very easy to follow
  • Can run very efficiently on older, slower hardware – breath new life into your old Windows XP PC!
  • Will detect and install virtually all of your existing devices, e.g. wireless card, Printers etc – No driver discs needed !
  • Very secure, more secure than Microsoft Windows 8.
  • Virtually immune to malware / viruses

Everything You Can Do In Microsoft Windows You Can Do In Linux Ubuntu….And More!

What do most people use a computer for?  Surfing the Internet, emails, gaming, Word Processing ?  Everything i have mentioned here, you can do in Ubuntu – and more!

With that said, the main obstacle you will have when you switch from Microsoft Windows to Linux Ubuntu is software.  In Windows you will be used to certain types of software, such as Microsoft Office and Photoshop so are there equivalent software in Linux Ubuntu? I have devised a list below which shows the common applications used by Windows and the equivalent in Ubuntu:-

WINDOWS PROGRAM UBUNTU EQUIVALENT
Micosoft Office LibreOffice (Installed)
Internet Explorer. Firefox or Chrome Firefox (Installed) or Chromium
Outlook or Outlook Express Thunderbird (Installed)
Paint xPaint
Photoshop Gimp
Picasa Shotwell Photo Manager (Installed) or F-Spot
Windows Media Player (Music) Rhythmbox (Installed) or Banshee
Windows Media Player (Video) VLC
Windows Media Centre XBMC
Audacity Audacity
Nero Burning ROM Brasero (Installed) or K3b
Notepad Text Editor (installed)
Dropbox Dropbox
Skype Skype

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Alternative to Windows – Linux !

  1. This sounds great and like something I need to explore further. I do have a few questions.

    Can this be used on a MacBook Pro?

    What happens to all the documents from Microsoft Office? Can they easily be transferred to the new operating system?

    Do the LibreOffice programs work similar to those in Microsoft Office?

    Can a non-techie get through the conversion process without getting into trouble?

    Thanks for your help.

    1. Hello Ginger…answers to your questions:–

      Q Can this be used on a MacBook Pro?
      A Yes it can

      Q What happens to all the documents from Microsoft Office? Can they easily be transferred to the new operating system?
      A Yes – this will be covered in the tutorial video i will be posting to this site soon.

      Q Do the LibreOffice programs work similar to those in Microsoft Office?
      A Yes, there is not much difference really between the two. If you can use MS Office, you will be able to figure out Libre Office too.

      Q Can a non-techie get through the conversion process without getting into trouble?
      A Yes, the migration process is straight forward. The migration processs will be covered in the tutorial video i will be adding soon.

      Hope this has helped answer your questions
      Regards,
      Tim

  2. You should also mention Linux Mint, which is a fork of Ubuntu and is available in several desktop managers like KDE, XFCE,Cinamon, and Mate.
    KDE, although resource hungry (compared to the others) is in my opinion the closest DE (Desktop Enviornment) to windows but without the viruses and crashes.

  3. In the previous comment, I should mention that the posted time is not correct.. It should read 12:26 instead of 7:26…I am running a live version of Linux Mint XFCE 32 bit, and I did not change the locale settings to pacific coast time, this post will show early morning, I am actually posting at midnight thirty or so.

    There is something you just cannot do in windows, and that is run the OS from the DVD drive and surf the net like I’m doing now, and Most Linux distributions come with a live setup and will let you do stuff like surf the net, do your webmail and even manipulate files on the hard disk.
    And for modern computers, you can burn the OS to a USB thumb drive, and boot from that, freeing up your dvd burner for other tasks than just booting the OS

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