Ubuntu and Windows 7 - The speed factor
A lot of updates and new features can be noticed in Ubuntu's 9.10. The upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 was as simple as upgrading Ubuntu from an old version. However upgrading Windows XP to 7 was a much bigger task. Ubuntu scores better in this one with more options and simplicity across all options when it comes to speed. The new Windows 7 is absolutely lighter on hardware than Vista. It was usable on the Athlon desktop, when the Aero visual effects were switched off.
However, the review should ill not digress to speed tests but a feature comparison. There is no point in comparing an Ubuntu running on a nearly decade old laptop to Windows 7 running on a 2.0Ghz dual-core Core Duo MacBook or even an Athlon XP 2400 desktop. However, if one doesn't don't want to or can't afford to buy a new computer, then the Ubuntu deserves a thumbs up. One can be assured that there will be an up-to-date operating system running quite smoothly on an out-of-date computer.
There are several different versions that the Ubuntu comes in. It deploys the Gnome desktop, which has a heady mix of style and speed. Xubuntu uses the lighter-weight XFCE desktop to get the maximum from an old computer. Windows 7 is a better bet than its predecessor when it comes to running smoothly on older hardware. Whereas Ubuntu always has been sturdy on a wide range of hardware.
An old user ofÂ Ubuntu will find it relatively easy to use it. However, like any change that corresponds a move to a new operating system, there is a learning curve, and Linux enthusiasts often wallow in this idea. Ubuntu has already made big developments in its ease of use, but average users will have a tough time.
Also, the option to add new software in order to easily install applications such as Skype or Google Earth will be baffling for most average users. User interface structure for Linux enabled big developments this decade, but it still lags behind software on Mac OS X and Windows 7.
Windows 7 is all set to be a big improvement for XP users. Vista users will not be able to notice much difference apart from a faster, smoother experience and less disturbing pop-ups. Windows still is much simpler to use than Linux for some key tasks. This is a subjective choice totally based on assumptions. Ubuntu is definitely creating a lot of buzz but Microsoft has its own tricks up its sleeves.