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Windows Vista vs Mac 0SX vs Ubuntu 8.10

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It seems like there are millions of Windows Vs Mac pages debating the topic, and now I have decided to write my own which I hope you will find helpful, though I have decided to add in Ubuntu’s latest release 8.10 to make things interesting.

Firstly, lets start with ever controversial Windows Vista. When I first saw Vista, I must admit, I thought wow, this is much neater. Sadly, that was only the interface, and not much else. One thing that Windows can rely on, is its business tools and the world-wide support, as other than that I cannot understand why so many people like it. Sure, gaming is better supported, but asides from that market, the high demand for Windows can surely not last, unless Windows 7 is a great improvement. The entering of my assurance many a time that installing software will not harm my computer, followed by the delay in the time from plugging in of a USB flash drive to availability of use, are two of my greatest dislikes of the operating system.However, my feeling is, overall that Windows should be used for only two things, gaming, and business…everything else, can be left to Mac/Linux.


Linux is a complicated chapter of modern day computers, with most people not knowing much about it, and some linking it with a Penguin. To help bring some clarity to the Linux world, Ubuntu has come along with its latest release, 8.10.

Now my history with Linux is not an amazing one, it is merely a few weeks old, though during that time I cannot say that it has been all that easy for a first timer wanting to fully install it on a machine. Now talking from scratch knowledge of any Linux software, I downloaded the Ubuntu 8.10-i386.iso from the Ubuntu site. This was all good and well, and once the download of 699MB finished, I burnt it to disk assuming that was the case. Be warned, you need software to burn a disk image to a disk, not just the disk image as a file. Once I corrected my ways, this now worked. I inserted the disk, and just as should happen, the screen displayed the option to install Ubuntu, or try it from disk.

Fair enough I thought. I clicked install and it begun doing its thing. Now baring in mind that most people do not wish to fully install Linux on all of their hardrive, the developers kindly give you the option of using a partition, or fully installing. I begun to think I’ll install Ubuntu on one of the hardrives, I had two in the machine and selected the smaller one. I was then told that this can’t be done for a reason I could make no sense of. Not too reluctantly however, I decided to let Ubuntu own my whole PC.

This installation was done rather effectively and I was beginning to get mightely pleased. Though now, of course, like most people, the first thing you need it an internet connection to be made. After looking a bit, I found a networking configuration option, selected DSL and put in my settings, and nothing happened. This is a huge frustration, especially compared to the ease at which Mac seems to almost figure out the connection for you.

Though admitingly, besides my few, lets say beginner mishaps, I am impressed. Ubuntu, with a few more user friendly improvements, could easily challenge Windows and Apple, and with its free pricetag, I am sure in the not to distant future it will begin to more and more.


Apple of late has only improved its position as a world force in the OS market, as this artical shows. Aggressive advertising campaigns seemed to have worked, as well as moving into new markets that seem only empressed at the new option. Apple has managed to find the balance of fun and productivity and put in a package that is easy to use.

Many of the complaints about the OS is firstly its price (though if one is to compare what you get, you’ll often find it is quite a fair offer), and secondly its compatibility (which is more of a false rumour than fact). I have been a Mac ‘fanboy’ for nearly a year, and am not regretting switching to it at all, as everything I need Windows for, can simply be done by installing Windows on my Apple using the wonderful tool that is BootCamp. Some more praise can head its way in the fact that everything works out the box, it comes with trail software, it is easy to learn about the OS, and the support is incredible.

To simplify matters:

Windows Vista Ubuntu 8.10 Mac OSX
Interface Large improvement on XP. 4 Gnome is attractive. Misses sleekness. 3 Amazing 5
Ease of use Many options. Too technical. 2 Command console is not average user friendly. 1 Simple and logical layout. 5
Gaming 99% supported. 5 Very few “good” games available for purchase. 1 Some games, but not a very wide choice. 2
Upgrading Many options of OS. 4 Easy online upgrade. 5 One package per upgrade. 5
Hardware Support Everything good, except USB’s take long to load. 5 Some drivers need downloading and installing. 2 Quick plug-and-play. Few downloads for plugins needed. 5
Software Support Almost everything is made for Windows. 5 Mostly open-source software like Mozilla, etc. 1 Main ones supported. 4
Business Great choice. 5 Many open-source alternatives. 4 Great choice. 5
Overall 30 16 31

Written by techran

December 17, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Posted in Industry News, Linux, Mac Related

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  1. I think this was extremely biased coming from a self proclaimed mac “fanboy”. I’ve been using ubuntu since 5.10 and i’ve never looked back. [ok maybe once or twice to unlock iphones. but thats it!] whats up with software support? i dare you to name a program that doesn’t have an equal (or better) open source alternative! Word only reads/writes what? Word documents. open office write can open and create any document you can find!
    and what about the fact that linux uses libraries?
    whats that? if two programs need to interface with particular hardware, on windows they’d just both have those files in “program files” cluttering up your hdd. were as on a linux machine, similar interface files are shared between programs to save space.
    open source operating systems are the way of the future my friend. embrace them! [just look at android os for phones. every cell manufacturer is hoping on that train] -dash


    December 18, 2008 at 2:56 pm

  2. hi mate,
    I am in absolute agreement with you saying that open source in the future. And regarding your statement of open office, I am using OO3 (in fact the table was created in OO3 writer)…but will take awhile before I switch OS’s. For the average person however, Ubuntu is complicated if something goes wrong or for some other issues. I am referring to normal users, of which I doubt you are one. Thanks for the comment.


    December 18, 2008 at 9:34 pm

  3. @ dash… to Office’s defense, it can open a variety of formats and save to doc, rtf, txt and a few others (I don’t have it in front of me). I also believe that Word 2007 can open odt files.

    @ tech… i do agree with dash that this article is a little biased as you basically admit that you are indeed a mac “fanboy” (Is there such thing as fangirl?).

    I’ve been a Linux user for about a month (switching between Ubuntu 8.10 and OpenSUSE 11.1) and, while there is indeed a learning curve, I am never more than a forum entry away. Terminal commands are as easy as copy and pasting and I love how when there is a software or system update, Linux takes care of it for me. I don’t have to worry about tracking down updates at various sights, removing one version of software to install its update and rebooting every cotton picking time something installs!

    I am a gamer. (Yes, women game too.) I agree that Windows is better for gaming. I also am a writer and I can safely say that OpenOffice has been nothing but wonderful. It takes some getting used to, but I am using my Linux operating systems with the same use as I did with Windows.

    Is Linux perfect? No. However, both Windows and Mac have their flaws. (Mac and Windows were both born of Unix-based systems btw.) It will be a few more years before Linux becomes a more viable contender. However, the open source world needs help from hardware manufactures. We consumers need to start demanding Linux compatible hardware and supporting those companies that offer it. Then and only then, will Linux get the shot in the arm in needs to become a viable alternative to Windows or Mac.


    December 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm

  4. I’m not going to say anything. You just keep going on in your little dream world that open source is not for average users, and that mac and windows will always be on top.


    January 1, 2009 at 3:45 pm

  5. First I have had Way more trouble using windows and the blue screen of death than from either Mac or Linux.
    My Imac crashed 1 time on espn web page.ig
    I recently bought a dell xps m1530 and it came with vista and it plain sucks.I installed osx leopard and that was a big improvement but not legal. I then installed Ubuntu 8.10 and it installed easily and quickly.All OS’s will need some tinkering to run well,but it takes over 2 hours to install vista and the drivers and dell software. Ubuntu took about 20 minutes and a few more to install the drivers. I have used Linux for a few years and have seen great improvement and ease of install and like any os takes some time to get used to but what impresses me is the almost endless amount of FREE software.Apple has started driving me nuts with always wanting me to spemd more money.
    Right now I have Vista as originally installed and am using a usb 320 hdd for Ubuntu and prefer Ubuntu over anything else.AND ITS FREE.They will even send you a free cd from Europe!And for gamers try Alien Arena,the fps is faster on the same laptop that the windows version. If you want to try Ubuntu you can install it on a usb flash drive and there is a lot of wikis or” how to’s” on how to do it.


    February 21, 2009 at 8:13 pm

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