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I am wondering about this "Ubuntu" Operating system. I have had windows 7 64 for so long that I just want to switch to something else. I am bored. Now here is the thing I dont like paying for windows so I refuse to by windows 8 or even 8.1.

 

I am wondering for anyone that has this info how is Ubuntu over windows 7 64. Faster? more stable? more customizable? better for gaming? I looked online but did not find much

 

since ubuntu is linux based how many steam games are available on linux to play?


Edited by 4LC4PON3 - 10/19/13 at 7:41pm
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Its a lot different to 7, although its been a while since I used it. It's much more customisable (as is any Linux distro) than Windows, and I found it faster, although I didn't have as nearly as quick a PC as I do now. I find it solid as a rock.

Now, its not a gaming platform like windows. There is Steam on Linux, but not all games are supported. Only other way to run them is through WINE or another Windows emulator.

Other than that, there's open source versions of all the software you'd need included and there's plenty of options if you dont like the ones included. IMO, Ubuntu is closer to OSX than Windows in terms of its layout. I like it, but I wouldn't have in as my main OS on a gaming PC.
    
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Linuxes tend to be more stable, faster, and far more customizable than Windows. Gaming is a difficult question to answer; if a game has a native Linux version, it usually runs at least as well as Windows, and often better. Some games that don't have a port can be run through Wine, though a lot of games (including DX10+) don't work well or at all. Also, right now, AMD's Linux drivers aren't as good as nVidia's; they'll work, but probably not as nicely as you're used to from the Windows versions.

You can see what games Steam has for Linux by going to the Linux tab and pressing the "Show all games" (or something along those lines) button. It's mostly Indie and Valve games right now, but more is on the way.

My advise is: install the distro of your choice along-side Windows, rather than replacing it, and see if it it meets your needs. If not, you can switch back to Win7.

Also, I personally recommend Mint rather than Ubuntu; just as easy to use, but a better experience, IMO.


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...Only other way to run them is through WINE or another Windows emulator...

Wine Is Not an Emulator. It's a compatibility layer; it doesn't emulate anything.
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Wine Is Not an Emulator. It's a compatibility layer; it doesn't emulate anything.

My bad, posting at 3:50AM is probably not the best idea ! I stand corrected redface.gif
    
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I haven't used Ubuntu for a long, long time, but I do know that they keep getting better and better with every release.

That said, Linux can be a very hands-on operating system. When things break (and I've always had things break on me; despite what many say, in my experience Linux has always had more hitches compared to windows or OSX), finding a solution can require a lot of work. Linux is for people who aren't afraid of computers, bottom line. Luckily, though, there is a big community out there to help.

Is it faster? I don't know. It really depends on what's running.

Is it more stable? That also depends, but I often find little problems with this or that taskbar widget and whatnot. However, I think the kernel, by and large, is solid as a rock.

Is it more customizable? It depends what you call "customizable." If you mean on the level of changing wallpapers and the locations of your task bars, they're about the same. If you mean being able to mess around with open source software and command line utilities, then yes, it is much more customizable than windows.

Is it better for gaming? No. But only because games are written for windows and not Linux.
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Is it more customizable? It depends what you call "customizable." If you mean on the level of changing wallpapers and the locations of your task bars, they're about the same. If you mean being able to mess around with open source software and command line utilities, then yes, it is much more customizable than windows.

That depends to some degree on your desktop environment.

For instance, in KDE, I have much more control over the desktop "picture" than in Windows: I can, for instance, use a realtime weather display, an interactive globe, a progressively growing "virus", an animation (which Vista Ultimate had, but I think MS removed from 7 on?), or an interactive Mandelbrot fractal viewer; not just a image or slideshow.

Also, I don't even have a taskbar in the traditional sense. Instead, the notification area/system tray is a box on the right of my screen, and the task manager is a plasmoid (KDE widget, essentially) in the corner. There is no Start or application launcher button, that is handled by middle-clicking anywhere on the desktop.

I've not used the other popular DEs (Gnome, Cinnamon, Unity, LXDE, et al.) enough to compare, but KDE is incredibly easy to change drastically:

This was done without any command-line or non-default software use as well, other than a small plasmoid to remove the 'cashew' menu.


As you alluded to, the interface is far from the only customizable aspect of Linux, as well; the user can change a great deal about what the system does and how it does it, especially if using a more advanced distro like Arch or Gentoo.
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Good point. I guess I didn't consider all of that because I mostly use close-to-stock setups when it comes to themes and such haha.
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Yeah, I generally don't go crazy like that either. After I saw the Ghost decoration theme, though, I just couldn't help myself biggrin.gif
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