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Why Ubuntu is Better Than Windows | 8 Things to Love on Ubuntu!

For a long, I’ve been a Windows user primarily. On the second drive, I’ve always kept a copy of the latest-gen Ubuntu (most probably the LTS version). I’ve experienced so much about Ubuntu that it’s the perfect OS for home users. or bloggers who are mostly dependent on Google Docs or other online websites. So here’s why Ubuntu is better than Windows in my opinion.

Why Ubuntu is Better Than Windows - 8 Points to Know!

The below reasons why Ubuntu is better than Windows are my own experience. I love Windows too. In fact, I just wrote an article about why I miss Windows. Do read that one too. It will open in a new tab. So after reading this, feel free to check it out too!

#1 Blessing For Old Hardware Machines

if you have an old computer with an Intel i3 3rd Gen or 4th Gen processor, stop killing it with Windows. Give Ubuntu a try it’s free and legit. Why? Because, next to Windows 10, Ubuntu 20.04 has more features and less system requirements.

E.g. 2 GHz dual-core or better and 4 GB RAM is the primary requirement along with 25 GB of hard drive storage. I am sure you will have many folds more than Ubuntu’s system requirements!

For reference, my computer is running on Intel® Core™ i5-2400 CPU @ 3.10GHz × 4 with 8GB RAM + 256 GB HDD and no additional graphics memory! Even then it’s running a 1080p 60 fps video, Visual Studio Code, and a WordPress tab on a 1080P HD monitor at 75 Hz.

Why Ubuntu is Faster Than Windows

Even then the system didn’t go beyond 40 percent of total utilization. As you can see in the below image, surprisingly just 3 GB of RAM is used out of 8. So there is a lot of breathing room for the old hardware. Just think about what will happen to your “new” computer with more specs!

#2 Free*

Yes, you read it just fine. It’s free! This means you can directly go on Google or Bing and download the latest version from Ubuntu’s official website. You don’t need to worry about activating and waiting for the OS to be ready with the software updates. Just plug in the flash drive and experience Ubuntu without even installing on your hard rive.

Since Ubuntu is based on Linux which is a free and open-source operating system you can freely use it for personal or professional use without any license required. If you upgrade to an LTS version you will get software support and maintenance updates for 5 years. What more can a person ask for?

So you might be thinking if Ubuntu is free how does it pay for the employees? Well, Ubuntu is free for home users whereas Ubuntu’s parent company Canonical provides professional solutions like server-side security, an added layer of protection, and much more for the corporates.

Hence, for the home users, it’s free for 5 years! Then a new LTS version will be available. I am on Ubuntu from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS! So Ubuntu is truly free.

#3 Improving Day by Day

Most people think a free app or software in our case, an OS is not that great without trying. But you would be pleased to know that Ubuntu has more than 50 million users globally. Sure, next to the Windows 1.8 Billon users, it is nowhere close. But this doesn’t mean Ubuntu is bad!

Since I am with Ubuntu version 10.04, I can tell a world of differences happening every day. There was a time when the Ubuntu App Store was not having many options, the UI was not very smooth. Old graphics cards from Nvidia used to crash after installing proprietary drivers and smoothness while using two monitors or general UI was not very fluid and much more!

But now the tables have turned. The overall UI feels responsive and smooth. To make it even smoother, you need a graphic card. or if you don’t have one, a 75 Hz or more refresh rate monitor to feel the smoothness and speed!

#4 Less Buggy

This point is linked to #1 and #3. if the internals are old or in bad shape, Windows OS will show BSOD or Blue Screen of Deaths errors. All the errors have a dedicated name like Watch Dog Exception, etc.

I know this one because personally, it was the top reason for switching from Windows. The problem was that the PC used to get snagged or hanged after leaving it idle for more than 10 minutes. This error usually comes when the hardware is “faulty” as per some experts on Microsoft forums or YouTube videos.

But before taking out my wallet, I switched to Ubuntu, and guess what it was probably not a hardware issue! I still don’t know what caused it! My PC is working trouble-free. It’s strange how a “faulty PC” as per Windows seems to be working fine on Ubuntu is way out of my understanding!

Also note in the past the Ubuntu help was not very helpful! However, now it’s filled with great community members and they try their best to resolve the issue.

#5 Ubuntu Software Support is NO JOKE

Not so long ago, Ubuntu Software Support was not very intuitive. It had very few apps and above all was not very polished. But now the Ubuntu Software Store has tons of variety for different needs. E.g. if you are a developer you will be amazed to see Visual Studio Code, Android Studio, Notepad Plus Plus, Eclipse, etc!

Development Tools On Ubuntu
Development Tools On Ubuntu

For a video editor, you have support for kdenlive, OpenShot, OBS Studio, etc. The point is that Ubuntu Software has tons of apps and software to try. Hence you cannot take it for granted!

#6 Familiarity

If you are a long-time Windows user you will get your hands on Ubuntu quickly. As you would be using the Start button, you will find everything like that on the right bottom represented as 9 dots.

The rest of the things are the same. E.g. the file explorer, copy-paste, and many common Windows commands. Moreover, you can pin a favorite app on the “dock” which is the “taskbar” on Windows.

Pin Apps On Ubuntu Dock

Then in the file explorer, you can also pin your favorite folder for quick access just by dragging and dropping.

How to Add Shortcut Folder in Ubuntu

And just like when you press the Window logo on your keyboard, a universal search opens the same way it’s on Ubuntu. You will find it slightly faster than Windows.

Love using multiple desktops on Windows? Then Ubuntu has more features up its sleeve!

How to Use Multiple Desktops on Ubuntu

By pressing the Window key on the keyboard you will be greeted with one on the right of the display. As soon as the second one gets filled, 3rd one automatically pops up. And you can switch between them by pressing Win + PgUp button on the keyboard.

There are so many similarities between Windows and Ubuntu, that once you will switch you will get used to it very soon.


This can be a hit or miss for you. Since my day goes around working on Google Docs, cms on WordPress, and as a hobby do coding (HTML + CSS) with Visual Studio Code, hence, I frankly don’t miss Windows for that! Therefore, I don’t feel the need for Windows OS.

if your work profile is somewhat like mine, then Ubuntu is the best free alternative to Windows. Other than that, if you need support for MS Word, Filmora for video editing, gaming then Ubuntu is not the one for you.

But for casual use, like watching Netflix, listing to music, or basically, for entertainment, I don’t see any harm in using Ubuntu.

So I would suggest checking out Ubuntu ones by making the Bootable USB for Ubuntu and use it before installing.

#8 Customizability

Usually, when we think of customizations on an Opening System “Android” comes to mind. But on Computer, it’s Windows. In the same way, Ubuntu (thanks to GNOME) it’s not very far behind. You can pretty much tweak everything.

I said a “little behind Windows” because bringing a hanged Windows computer back to life is quite easy than Ubuntu.

But if you know what you doing, then nothing will go wrong. The most popular tweak is to change the UI from Ubuntu to Mac OSX (even I did that). But later staying stock has its own perks and stability is one of them!

Just like on Windows, you can change wallpapers (pun intended!), dock styles, Themes, font animations, and whatnot! But be aware, do read the instructions that came with a mod. it can help you!

So in short, you just don’t need Windows for the sake of customizations.

Should You Upgrade From Windows?

Why Ubuntu is Better Than Windows

So now you know why Ubuntu is better than Windows! I would recommend trying out Ubuntu. Here’s a link to download the latest LTS version. if it’s your first time then it’s even better! You can make a bootable USB drive and try it before installing it on your laptop or computer right away! Here’s a detailed article that you can use for reference.

Does that mean you can get rid of Windows and switch to Ubuntu? Well no! if you like it then why not! It’s a great free OS. Sure there are many things that Windows do much better than Ubuntu. For E.g. you get support for iTunes which is certainly not the case with Ubuntu. so if you have Apple products and want to sync with Ubuntu then sorry you should stick to Windows or can try macOS too!

My main machine is a Macbook Air that I’ve been using for a year now. If you are interested in knowing about my experience then here are the positive and negative sides of macOS after switching from Windows.