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Windows or Linux?

SamhamSamham Member Posts: 4 New User
I'm wondering how many, like me have ditched Windows and moved to Linux. I have an 11.6" Acer Aspire One, and the netbooks performance is greatly improved. Installing does take a few minor alterations in BIOS, but is well worth doing. A simpler, vastly more efficient OS over the unnecessarily bloated Windows10! The low onboard 32G storage is ideally suited to an OS like Linux Mint which has a lower demand on resources.

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    I use both windows 10 and ubuntu 20.04 in dual boot. Unfortunately, manufacturers still provide adequate support for Linux.
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  • SamhamSamham Member Posts: 4 New User
    Unfortunately many folks appear to believe that Windows is the only OS. Linux has been around a VERY long time in various forms. These days, most are based on Ubuntu which is far easier to install and use than you might imagine. NO experience needed with office programs being compatible with Microsoft Office formats. Whatever Acer netbook or laptop you are currently using, they will run more efficiently with Linux. Try running a live version (Like Linux Mint) on a bootable usb stick if you want to try it out. Use this link = http://www.bernaerts-nicolas.fr/linux/74-ubuntu/340-ubuntu-install-acer-aspire-cloudbook-431  before considering permanently installing a Ubuntu based OS, as it will answer any queries you may have regarding any bios issues.   
  • aphanicaphanic Member Posts: 252 Practitioner
    Samham said:
    Unfortunately many folks appear to believe that Windows is the only OS. Linux has been around a VERY long time in various forms. These days, most are based on Ubuntu which is far easier to install and use than you might imagine. NO experience needed with office programs being compatible with Microsoft Office formats. Whatever Acer netbook or laptop you are currently using, they will run more efficiently with Linux. Try running a live version (Like Linux Mint) on a bootable usb stick if you want to try it out. Use this link = http://www.bernaerts-nicolas.fr/linux/74-ubuntu/340-ubuntu-install-acer-aspire-cloudbook-431  before considering permanently installing a Ubuntu based OS, as it will answer any queries you may have regarding any bios issues.   
    Careful throwing the word efficiency around, there are certainly issues with some hardware. For example, laptops with dual graphics may run into performance problems with the secondary graphics card depending on what they use to handle Optimus or newer machines that don't always work out of the box to name a couple; but it is however an excellent choice for older hardware.

    Memory requirements can be very low and many of the apps that are available for Windows are also present in most Linux distributions. It has its quirks (just like any other OS), but it's perfectly viable for everyday tasks and running a live version from any major distribution gets you a feel for what you can get without modifying whatever the machine is running.

    Office compatibility may be a thing though, but LibreOffice keeps getting better with each release (if only they prioritized the UX as well...), besides, there's always Office Online or Wine for those that need a modicum of the real thing.
  • rich1974rich1974 Member Posts: 62 Devotee
    edited June 30
    I wont be so enthusiast about linux. you see, i am an amd fan and i can tell you that video driver is less optimized in linux. as a consequence, the battery will drain more rapidly. 
    so, first, if you want to see power consumption, check both windows and linux. use batteryinfoview on windows and powerstat on ubuntu.  as a general rule, intel with integrated gpu are better optimized than other configurations. 
  • SamhamSamham Member Posts: 4 New User
    Unfortunately many folks appear to believe that Windows is the only OS. Linux has been around a VERY long time in various forms. These days, most are based on Ubuntu which is far easier to install and use than you might imagine. NO experience needed with office programs being compatible with Microsoft Office formats. Whatever Acer netbook or laptop you are currently using, they will run more efficiently with Linux. Try running a live version (Like Linux Mint) on a bootable usb stick if you want to try it out. Use this link = http://www.bernaerts-nicolas.fr/linux/74-ubuntu/340-ubuntu-install-acer-aspire-cloudbook-431  before considering permanently installing a Ubuntu based OS, as it will answer any queries you may have regarding any bios issues  
  • SamhamSamham Member Posts: 4 New User
    Thanks for those, including rich1974 , who took the time to comment on my posting. I was devoted to Windows up to XP. I had tried a few Linux distributions but they were not that user-friendly. Ubuntu was OK, but when other Linux distro's based on Ubuntu started to grow in popularity, I wiped my hard-drive and installed Mint. It has to be the simplest distribution to download, install and use, largely down to having all the required 3rd party add-on's for media etc built it. I have had little trouble with hardware recognition which used to be a problem with Linux a few years ago. Regarding power useage, Mint XFCE or Lubuntu are less demanding. I run Mint on my Acer Netbook, very old Toshiba Satellite Pro laptop and a tower system with an AMD processor. Other family members are running Windows 8 and 10. Both are using "Classic Shell" to adapt to a preferred older style desktop. Their biggest complaint is long boot-up times, and Windows updates which seem to take forever! The big plus for me, is not only the speed, but the housekeeping which makes it so easy to remove unwanted or redundant files. Windows tends to love to collect clutter to fill up your storage medium. In the end it's really up to individual choice. I choose not to give Microsoft any of my hard-earned cash! Unsurprisingly. companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Samsung, IBM, Dell, Panasonic and Android phones run Linux. US Dept of Defense, US Navy Nuclear Submarine Fleet, The FFA and US Postal Service Too. 
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