With other popular operating system vendors you need to buy new hardware almost every time you upgrade operating system to a newer version. With Linux, when you upgrade your system, you should expect that it will be working even faster then previous version on the same hardware. Imagine that you can use newest Linux systems even on machines as slow as Pentium 100MhZ. The user experience is of course lower on older computers, but it works!
If you have a look at hardware requirements for software/games that are simultaneously released on Linux and Microsoft Windows, you will see that Linux versions always need less resources to run the same applications.
Linux is secure enough not to need virus scanners running in background. It is an important difference, as antivirus software often consumes lots of machine's resources and slows it down.Oh, and you should be prepared not to see blue screen ever again.
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Your name Robert Schlueter, Retired
I used Windows going back to 3.1. I was never really happy with Windows, I was never really proud of my computer. Sure it had a lot of power but it was what is was. I got to point that I got pissed off within seconds of booting Windows. I started to search for an alterative. I ran the live CD's and settled on Ubuntu. Now I kick myself for putting up with Windows all those years not to mention what all those upgrades cost me. It didn't take log to get to the point of getting rid of Windows completely. I just love my system now and I make better everyday.
After years and years of pirating Windows and all the software necessary to make my computer useful, my conscience and God finally began to nag at me to stop the theft, however necessary.
I had tried Linux years ago (Red Hat, I believe) but found it couldn't do much of anything that I needed my computer to do. So I had stuck with Windows.
When my brother in-law told me about Ubuntu, I downloaded Dapper 6.06 and again was disappointed. But since Edgy 7.04 was also out at this time, I gave that a shot and was blown away.
I went through probably 4 months of pure hell and frustration while I learned about this entirely new form of computing; I had grown up using DOS, Windows 3.1, and so forth, but Linux was a beast I had never learned about.
Looking back, I am actually grateful that I came to Ubuntu in its relative infancy because the bugs and lack of intuitiveness forced me to really delve into the belly of Linux and learn how it works from the inside out.
I'm still quite far from an expert and there are very common *nix subjects that I have yet to find interest in (ssh, bash, developing, etc), but I'm now very much at home with Ubuntu. My mother, my sister, my girlfriend and her two kids all use Ubuntu at home now and no one has missed Windows one bit!
Thank you for letting me share this story :)
I like the flexibility of Ubuntu. I can point and click, or I delve deeper as I see fit. I have been using Ubuntu since Dapper, and I see nothing out there that can pull me away from it.
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