A couple of months ago, Microsoft released a ‘Windows Vs Linux’ slideshow, which is now being used by sales people of shops selling Windows OS. There were some pointers on the slideshow which are so far from the truth that it seemed like a cheapshot, and knowing you are now in the ‘Newbies’ section, it is about time we set the record straight on what is true and what is not in Windows Vs Linux, or more accurate to my blog: “Windows Vs Ubuntu”.
Please note that every explanation I give is from an Ubuntu point of view and does not reflect all Linux distributions.

Linux is too difficult to use for an average user
Okay, if you had told me this ‘fact’ about 5 years ago, I would have most definately agreed with you. And for some Linux variants this is very true. But for Ubuntu, this is not true at all.
Let’s first look at what is meant by difficult for the average user.
Do we mean average user, or average Windows user?
Of course it’s different, but diffult? No.
We pride ourselves in being different than Windows, we have our main bar at the top of our screen and not the bottom, we can customise our computer without the need for 3rd party software. Most of our software is free and not needed to be downloaded from a website, clicking ‘next’ 100x and fear it maybe a virus. Viruses are rare, our systems are by default far safer against hackers than Windows.
But is it harder to use? Well, it is different in the beginning but I even dare to say that it is EASIER than Windows!

There is no support for DVD, MP3, and Ipods on Linux
You know, this is actually quite true, but also far from the truth.
How you ask?
Well by default (at least in older Ubuntu releases), there wasn’t support for DVD and MP3 by default.
The reason behind that is that in many countries this would have broken the law if it was included, but luckily enough the good people at Medibuntu allow it to be added. The problem is that by my experience this isn’t easy for a new Ubuntu user. Well I have taken the initiative to provide an easy install for the people needing it and will add a bash script soon which makes it so easy that even a baby can install it. So what it comes down to is that it’s not installed by default but definately is there.
As for Ipods, well this isn’t true either. Older Ipods are recognised by Ubuntu without problems and looking through the software channels of Ubuntu there is software which allows you to easily add and remove music from there.
But the reason why it isn’t that easy with newer Ipods is because of 2 main reasons.
All mp3 and mp4 players before and many after the coming of the latest generations of Ipods were using the device as a storage device which meant dragging music to and from the device. But the newer Ipods require you to have ‘ITunes’, which there isn’t a version for Ubuntu for. Many times has this been altered by the Ubuntu community but as soon as it was changed, Apple made people update their Ipod and Iphone so it was no longer possible to work without iTunes. But at this time of writing, it should work without iTunes on Ubuntu, so this fact is also fiction.

There are no games for Linux
I don’t even need to explain that this is false, take a look for yourself. We have many linux games available, old Windows games ported to run natively on Linux and many latest games for Windows work through either Wine, PlayonLinux, Crossover Games, or Cedega.
Not all games work, this is true, but it’s ironic. The people that make this a bad point for Linux are the same people responsible for why those games don’t work.
Linux uses graphics called OpenGL. Windows games today tend to use DirectX. What does that mean?
Well Microsoft owns DirectX and will not release the code to Linux to make it work here. This means that DirectX games will not in most cases work on Linux. Should Microsoft use OpenGL instead, then the chances it would work on Linux is far far faaaaar greater. Some argue that OpenGL is weak compared to DirectX but this is left up to you to decide. In my opinion, it’s untrue.
But this does not mean you can’t play great titles on Linux.
Some of the best working titles (that work better on Linux than Windows) are ‘World of Warcraft’ and personally I love playing ‘Guild Wars’.

Want to check if a title you have works on your system?
Check out the Wine Database here

Linux is buggy
Sorry but why that ever gets mentioned is beyond me. If you left your computer on for a month and worked on it everyday, you wouldn’t notice much difference in performance, try that on Windows.

Linux software is unprofessional
So our software is mostly free, what are you saying, that makes it worse than yours?
OpenOffice.org for office applications are the biggest rival to Microsoft Office applications.
Firefox for Internet
Skype for VoIP
GIMP for imaging, is a virtual replica of Photoshop without the pricetag.

Do I need to go on?

Well I hope I proved Ubuntu is a farcry from bad, please ask for more comparisons, or arguments.
It’s all about speaking the truth

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