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SwanSong says

Hi. What are your impressions? As I heard, they say it is better than Windows, and it looks nicer than the Mac? :)

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Pricop says

Hi. What are your impressions? As I heard, they say it is better than Windows, and it looks nicer than the Mac? :)

Since there is no Photoshop for it (unless running it with wine, which is kinda slow sometimes, and only certain version can be run on it – usually old versions of PS) I can’t use it. Also if you are a gamer you will find that 90% of your games won’t work on Ubuntu, however, since Steam ported their platform on Ubuntu, some titles already appeared such us Team Fortress 2 for example.

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Caldazar says

Dual boot, take a look for yourself. Maybe do some distro hopping (Ubuntu really isn’t the best Linux you can get) Learn a thing or two about how it works before you decide on whether it will become your primary OS. It’s different.

Technically, Linux is years ahead of Windows, which isn’t worth much if your use-case doesn’t bring those benefits into effect. Pricop has a point: When you depend on a lot of soft- and hardware manufacturers who treat Linux as the red-headed stepchild, Wine won’t get you that far

And one important thing: Prepare to type your user password real often, some get annoyed by that.

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dtbaker Volunteer moderator says

Yer Linux as a main desktop here for years. Love it. Feel safe. Customisable. Great integration with servers (if you do a lot of web server/linux sysadmin work)

I wouldn’t say stock Ubuntu looks nicer than a mac. The latest versions of ubuntu look kinda crap in my opinion. They seem to be designed for smaller tablets and mobile devices (maybe in the lead up of the ubuntu phone coming soon).

If you want something that has a great desktop feel with lots of fancy features then try “KDE” on Linux (instead of “Gnome” on Linux, which is what Ubuntu uses). Kubuntu is the easy to use Ubuntu but with the pretty “KDE” on it, http://www.kubuntu.org

Grab a download of both anyways, you can burn each to a CD and reboot your computer to test them out (live cd) without installing anything on your computer.

VirtualBox runs excellently on Linux. Having a VirtualBox saved state with particular programs loaded up means you can get a full windows OS running with PhotoShop opened up a few seconds.

Steam is good too. Games run great. Tried out oldschool CSS the other day.

Good luck! Try it out, it’s fun to mess with even if you don’t install it.

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rerror says

Hi. What are your impressions? As I heard, they say it is better than Windows, and it looks nicer than the Mac? :)

Yes you are right…

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s4nji says

I use Ubuntu as my second OS in my PC, for the gorgeous, customized bootloader, and for emergency purposes if Windows somehow fails to load in an emergency situation :)

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sevenspark Volunteer moderator says

+1 to everything dtbaker said

I used Ubuntu for a while and loved it. I eventually switched to a Mac once the cost of buying software was no longer an issue, and I have to say it has saved a lot of headaches (there are often delays in fixing hardware compatibility issues on linux distros for obvious reasons – not having a fully functional touchpad for several years was a huge pain).

My suggestion is that if you need to set up a system on the cheap and you don’t mind getting your hands a bit dirty (and learn a lot in the process!), definitely check out Ubuntu. If you have the cash, a Mac is a great choice for many people – and compatibility with Adobe products is often important for many as well, so that’s a big consideration.

Good luck! :)

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Joost Volunteer moderator says

Running a Linux system is a great way to learn stuff about Unix. I’ve started booting to Ubuntu rather than Windows when working on the faculty computers and I notice I’ve relied on the command line of my Mac quite a lot more ever since. It really does feel powerfull and made me much more efficient. I don’t think I can ever switch back to something that does not have Unix under the hood :P

An operating system is something you shouldn’t choose lightly, though. Try it out to see what you’ve been missing so far, and switch if you’re comfortable. Running a dual-boot for a while is no sin either, and is even necessary for the bit of software that hasn’t been made available for Linux yet (I’m looking at you, Adobe).

Do note that Ubuntu is definitely not the only Linux option out there. There are much more cool operating systems to choose from. Check out Linux Mint, Mageia or Debian as well!

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CarlosViloria says

I am incompatible with linux, I prefer Windows or OS X

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harmonikas996 says

Linux FTW! :)

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