Vista sucks. Ubuntu or Mac OS X?

Just google “Vista sucks” and you get 2.5 million results. It is now unanimous: Vista is slow, unstable and annoying. Apart from my Commodore 64 and the OS/2 Warp of my days in IBM I have always used Windows: 3.11, 95, 98, 2000, XP and now Vista. So if I divorce now from Microsoft, where can I go? and will I be able to survive without Windows?

For consumers that use the computer for Internet browsing, email, watching movies, listening to music (and Sync iPod), video-conference with the family, store and slide-show pictures, and produce video clips of the kids, is there a reason not to switch to Mac? A Mac can do all that, and probably far better than Windows. On top of that, a Mac is stylish. Whether an iMac or Mac mini in the living room, or a Macbook at Starbucks, you will be the envy of your friends (specially of those do not dare to get free from Windows).

Ubuntu is the other option. Open Source. You belong to a community with a cause: freedom and putting innovation at the service of the society. Let others build on top of what you have done. If you are a developer, master Unix, and love the share philosophy, there is no other option than Linux. Less fashion than Mac, but higher ideals. If you are not a geek but can not afford a Mac,  probably you can survive with Ubuntu for a basic use: Web, email, movies, music and pictures. For a more advanced use, you will need some Unix training first. Matt Assay’s post, Ubuntu, it’s time now, might convince you though.

4 thoughts on “Vista sucks. Ubuntu or Mac OS X?

  1. mini_g

    Just keep in mind that either way that you decide to go (That is, except the upgrading back to XP), expect to take about 3-6 months (or longer) to adjust to the point that you are comportable with the system that you land upon.

    “For consumers that use the computer for Internet browsing, email, watching movies, listening to music (and Sync iPod), video-conference with the family, store and slide-show pictures, and produce video clips of the kids, is there a reason not to switch to Mac?
    Or in Ubuntu. You can do all of that and more for free (but with more work involved, as OS X is made to _just_ work. Trust me on this, I’ve done some normally loop hole-filled things (in both Ubuntu and Windows) on OS X and it is a weird thing to experience.) in addition to the FOSS support base. Also, in 8.04, you can download it for free and install it within Windows. Not to mention, it looks much better than previous versions.

    As a side benefit, if you happen to like some Windows-only programs, there is the possible option of running them within WINE under Ubunutu http://www.winehq.org
    The searchable database of applications is here: http://appdb.winehq.org

  2. Garith

    You say in your post that Ubuntu should be okay if all you’re going to use your computer for is basic stuff, but you kind of miss the point that while Ubuntu is very easy for new users, it is by no means a stripped down version of Liunx.

    To get a basic idea of how far beyond basic computing Ubuntu can be taken, have a look at the short film “Elephant’s Dream”. You can download and watch it for free at elephantsdream.org. It was done entirely with open source software, and the Linux distribution that held it all together was Ubuntu.

  3. Jose Miguel Cansado Post author

    Garith, don’t get me wrong, Linux (Ubuntu or other distro) is more powerful and enables you to do more things than other OS’s. The thing is, if you want to do more than the basics (web, email, media), you’d better have good knowledge of Unix (shell commands and file structure at least). Else you may end up configuring your system by blindly copying commands and scripts from Linux forums.

    In other words, for advance use of Ubuntu, you need to learn Unix.

    For basic use, even grandma can go for Ubuntu.

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