Ubuntu Discussion thread!

ankush28

Bazinga
Are you still using Windows XP? Do you still keep REFRESHing your desktop? Remember how many time you got frustrated from system hogging anti-viruses! Wake Up! Support for Windows XP has been ended from long time!​

So today I really got frustrated from windows 7 and completely removed it from Dual-Boot making Ubuntu 14.04 the only OS on my Laptop. I was browsing through Digit forums and realize that there is no Thread for leading linux Distro :shock:

Who should choose linux? (In-My-Opinion)
  • General peoples with basic needs like Word processing and Browsing web. (i.e. General "OFFICE" app users)
  • Students (Except those who needs CAD apps - Engineers )
  • Accountants - Who rarely use anything else other than Excel.
  • Programmers (except .NET)
  • Adminstrators
  • Pen Testers :p
  • Web designers
Small example why Ubuntu/Other Linux Distro should be your first choice for day to day tasks:


Why Ubuntu is better than WIndows XP or even 7 and 8.
  1. Easy Installation.
  2. Slick user constrained UI.
  3. Wide community support. (Check links below)
  4. Most softwares are free to use.
  5. Much Faster than Windows.
  6. Supports older hardware.
  7. Enterprise support available.
  8. No need of drivers! Your computer is ready to use after few seconds of installation.
  9. High security! Negligible virus, Malware attacks and no need of system hogging Anti-Viruses.
  10. Continuos security updates and Bug FIxes... and unlike windows they are FREE.
  11. Last but not the least... Its Open Source and FREE


Helpful links.
Ubuntu Forums - Ubuntu Forums
OMG! Ubuntu - OMG! Ubuntu! | Ubuntu Linux News, Apps and Reviews
Ubuntu Wiki - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/
Linux Forums - Ubuntu Linux

Alternatives for Windows apps. - Find them in Ubuntu Software centre
Internet Explorer - Chrome and FireFox (Pre-Installed)
MS Office - LibreOffice (Pre-Installed)
Notepad - Kate
Photoshop - GIMP
WinZip/WInRAR - PeaZIP
uTorrent - Deluge or qBitTorrent.


Wine is runtime which can be used to run *some* windows apps directly from Linux.
GET UBUNTU
Alternative ubuntu based operating systems to consider if you're new to Linux...
Linux Mint || Elementary OS
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Skyh3ck

Cyborg Agent
a well deserve thread, good to see this thread here

i belive, Linux Mint is best for new user, it has everything preinstalled, media codec and more,

i have installed linux on many old PC, and they all are working fine,

(i have some problem with my wifi driver on linux :( )

Also please try to get the couse on eDX.com website, the course was earlier $2500 now its free, its a good way to lear linux and how it works, its free now
 

krishnandu.sarkar

Simply a DIGITian
Staff member
IMHO, Linux Mint is better than Ubuntu for an end user who just wants out of the box codec support.

Let's limit these type of things to http://www.digit.in/forum/open-source/141067-all-distro-should-i-choose-queries-here.html thread

I hope this thread can come to rescue to all people who have already made up their mind to go with Ubuntu and who are already using Ubuntu. And I believe the number is large.

But certainly now we do not expect members to start a Discussion thread for each and every distro.
 

Vyom

The Power of x480
Staff member
Admin
Good thread. I would try to contribute somethings in this thread. Btw, some suggestions:
1. Remove the meme pic in the first post. Doesn't look good for a thread with this ambition. Maybe put that in last with a spoiler.

Yea, only one for now.
 

dashing.sujay

Moving
Staff member
I agree with everything but don't say that Ubuntu is faster than win 7. At least my experience taught me something different. Rather mint is way better.
 

aaruni

The Linux Guy
I agree with everything but don't say that Ubuntu is faster than win 7. At least my experience taught me something different.

Stock win7 maybe similar, or faster than stock ubuntu, but an average joe's windows 7 will be very slow compared to an average joe's ubuntu.
 

Skyh3ck

Cyborg Agent
the only thing which keeps me away from ubuntu/linux is it lack of support for my wifi on my laptop.

I searched a lot for the answer, but could not find any permanent solution, even i raised it on ubuntu forum, the only thing i got there some random guys checking my grammatical and typing error, but no clear answer on how can i get my wifi working on a linux machine, switched back to win 7:(
 

aaruni

The Linux Guy
[MENTION=72751]Skyh3ck[/MENTION] : how far back was that? The newer kernels have support for quite a lot of wireless modules now.
 

icebags

Wise Old Owl
ubuntu on older hardware just sux - tested with my old 1.4ghz centrino laptop, felt too much lag. and lite version lubuntu is buggy.

whereas fedora lite versions just feel real lite and solid.

anyways, ubunu may have lots of resource for people if they have a reasonable configuration.

the only thing which keeps me away from ubuntu/linux is it lack of support for my wifi on my laptop.

I searched a lot for the answer, but could not find any permanent solution, even i raised it on ubuntu forum, the only thing i got there some random guys checking my grammatical and typing error, but no clear answer on how can i get my wifi working on a linux machine, switched back to win 7:(
try fedora or mint ?
 

Dastan

Broken In
I wouldn't vouch for the 'faster than windows' tag but from my experience its been a real pleasure to use , the only problem I've faced was configuring dual gfx of my lappy properly which took a lot of digging .
 

Skyh3ck

Cyborg Agent
[MENTION=134449]aaruni[/MENTION] the newer released kernel has not fixed the wifi issue with broadcom yet, i posted on almost all forum on ubuntu, mint, linux, but everyone is silent on that, i think they dont want to waste their resources on this very RARE hardware, as in most of the cases it works fine, but few hardware has problem, the only linux distro i found that works perfectly is Elementary Os, they have tested all driver themself, (all other distros just include driver and let the community to check and report)
 

aaruni

The Linux Guy
I wouldn't vouch for the 'faster than windows' tag but from my experience its been a real pleasure to use , the only problem I've faced was configuring dual gfx of my lappy properly which took a lot of digging .

in the current kernel (3.13.0-32), there isn't much powerloss due to the AMD dgpu. I am not sure about the performance hit, though.

[MENTION=134449]aaruni[/MENTION] the newer released kernel has not fixed the wifi issue with broadcom yet, i posted on almost all forum on ubuntu, mint, linux, but everyone is silent on that, i think they dont want to waste their resources on this very RARE hardware, as in most of the cases it works fine, but few hardware has problem, the only linux distro i found that works perfectly is Elementary Os, they have tested all driver themself, (all other distros just include driver and let the community to check and report)
[MENTION=72751]Skyh3ck[/MENTION] : which kernel are you on? also, elementary OS is based on Ubuntu, AFAIK. So, stuff that works there should simply work in Ubuntu too.
 

Skyh3ck

Cyborg Agent
thanks but i now i have moved back to windows 7, i just want to work without fixing and reporting things
 

ico

Super Moderator
Staff member
the only thing which keeps me away from ubuntu/linux is it lack of support for my wifi on my laptop.

I searched a lot for the answer, but could not find any permanent solution, even i raised it on ubuntu forum, the only thing i got there some random guys checking my grammatical and typing error, but no clear answer on how can i get my wifi working on a linux machine, switched back to win 7:(

[MENTION=134449]aaruni[/MENTION] the newer released kernel has not fixed the wifi issue with broadcom yet, i posted on almost all forum on ubuntu, mint, linux, but everyone is silent on that, i think they dont want to waste their resources on this very RARE hardware, as in most of the cases it works fine, but few hardware has problem, the only linux distro i found that works perfectly is Elementary Os, they have tested all driver themself, (all other distros just include driver and let the community to check and report)
Ubuntu/Linux doesn't have to support Broadcom. Broadcom has to support Linux. There is a huge difference.

Just don't buy laptops with Broadcom hardware and everybody will be fine.

Realtek, Ralink, Atheros and Intel - all these Wifi work properly because they support Linux. Not because Linux supports them.
 

Skyh3ck

Cyborg Agent
Ubuntu/Linux doesn't have to support Broadcom. Broadcom has to support Linux. There is a huge difference.

Just don't buy laptops with Broadcom hardware and everybody will be fine.

Realtek, Ralink, Atheros and Intel - all these Wifi work properly because they support Linux. Not because Linux supports them.

thanks

i cant change my laptop now, but surely i can chnage the OS, so moving back to windows 7, working ok (but still my hears is with linux)
next time when i buy new hardware i will make sure it has proper support with linux , till then windows 7
 
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ankush28

ankush28

Bazinga
Except Broadcom most wifi cards works with Linux. [MENTION=72751]Skyh3ck[/MENTION] can you tell me exact model no of your wifi card?
type this in terminal... and upload HTML file from your /home
Code:
sudo lshw -html > hardware_info.html

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Oops you already removed mint. :oops:
Still you can opt for dual boot in future. However next time always run OS from live usb/cd/dvd and confirm everything works with your laptop. AFAIK Broadcom is well known for incompatibility with linux. however check wireless.kernel.org if you can find your hardware drivers.
 

Skyh3ck

Cyborg Agent
Except Broadcom most wifi cards works with Linux. @Skyh3ck can you tell me exact model no of your wifi card?
type this in terminal... and upload HTML file from your /home
Code:
sudo lshw -html > hardware_info.html

- - - Updated - - -

Oops you already removed mint. :oops:
Still you can opt for dual boot in future. However next time always run OS from live usb/cd/dvd and confirm everything works with your laptop. AFAIK Broadcom is well known for incompatibility with linux. however check wireless.kernel.org if you can find your hardware drivers.

in live mode everything works fine, no probelm, even after installing it works fine, but after couple of days the wifi stops on linux, it shows connected but no incoming internet connetion, sometime its just keeps connecting without succcess. but no problem with windows, i did my research on this matter and found that my wifi adapter on laptop which is Brodacom BCM4313 (14e4 - 4727) is the rarest of rare which always give problem on linux, hence i moved back to windows, no time to spend on fix
 
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