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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Review: Free But Whats the Catch?

Ubuntu is a desktop based Debian OS with Unity has its desktop environment. It has been in the tech world since 2004, 9 years ago when the original Ubuntu was released. Today we are presenting you our experiences of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Ubuntu and other Linux OSes have the ability of being tested out before you install them. This feature makes them unique unlike Windows which goes directly towards install. Although the functionality is a bit limited but it gives at least a 60-70% percent of what you are going to get if you install this OS.

The installation of the OS is pretty simple and to the point. You can choose whether you want to install updates or not which is just like Windows. The drive partitions differ if you don't choose to keep Windows but you can choose which type of partition you want to make. The installation take about 20-30 minutes even on a low end PC. That being said, it should also be noted that the LTS version is of 700+ MB which can also be downloaded and installed very quickly as well as using less resources.

The overall interface and the desktop is quiet beautiful. The taskbar is aligned on the left side with pre-installed apps such as Firefox and much more. On the upside there is also an additional bar that also acts a title bar for your apps. It shows the time/date etc and Shutdown button. On of the cool things here is the shutdown button is not far from reach unlike Windows 8.1 which takes many clicks.
Accessing apps from the taskbar is a breeze and they also open pretty quickly. Searching for apps is also pretty quick and kinda similar to what Microsoft has on Windows 8.



The boot up of Ubuntu is pretty fast and takes only about seconds to get from the lock screen to full usage. I am talking about an average low end laptop which makes this OS pretty reliable for budget level PCs.
Okay, let me make it very clear here: Ubuntu is not made for an average computer user, you should at least have a little learning about basic areas such as DOS because Ubuntu has similar areas such as the terminal but they will come into use much more often then Windows.

Ubuntu has its own Apps store which houses basic as well as secondary apps that you will need for regular use such as Chromium, Flash for Firefox and Steam. Your best gaming partner in Linux would be steam as it will house almost all the games that are available on Linux.



This is how their apps Store looks. Featuring many apps built from developers and community etc going from various categories and so on. By the looks it is quite crowded but it doesn't have some of the necessary apps that Windows provides. For example the execution of every .exe file requires Vine and so on. And enabling Flash of Chromium is another headache if you get my point. No doubt every free OS will have its limitations but I'll try to point them out for you to make the right choice.

Should you get it? Of course if you understand the risks and are not interested in spending money on Microsoft. In my opinion is the best alternative to Windows among some of the few Linux OSes that I have tried such as Manjaro and Linpus Lite. So my honest suggestion for you is to get this OS if you consider moving out of Windows. It is lightweight, powerful and simple that makes it stand out.

Apart from the point that Linux OSes may never be all that comfy and easy to use as Windows but still they can make your day worthwhile. You can use it for light gaming, as a netbook or entertainment on a low level computer or high level it all works.

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