Why did I dump Windows for Ubuntu? (Part 2)

In the previous part, I have discussed how my relationship with computers started. Even though I have tried Linux based operating systems from time to time, the terminal commands scared me and I have always gone back to Windows.

But when I started learning about how the Internet and websites work, I have started building websites and I have always preferred Linux based Shared web hosting because they had CPanel to manage your web hosting, which is easy to use compared to Windows-based control panels and Linux hosting is cheaper than Windows hosting. So, when I started using VPS servers, I have preferred Linux based VPS only.


While researching a reliable, low-cost VPS for a project, I came across DigitalOcean droplets and they were dead cheap but was used by many companies across the world. But the thing is, I had to do everything from scratch to configure the server according to my needs, so I signed up for free VPS Server from DigitalOcean for 2 months, with internet research and help from Digital ocean community articles, I have managed to setup my server successfully and found out it’s quite simple and convenient. Also, I can clearly see the security features of Linux first hand and realized it’s way better than Windows. So, no prize for guessing that I went with Ubuntu when I started my own Web hosting company.

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But still, my primary laptop remained with Windows but the final push came from Microsoft. Yes, Microsoft pushed me towards Ubuntu. When Windows 8 developer preview got released, I used it and the only feature I liked is its boot speed. I hated everything else about Windows 8. Especially, I didn’t like the Metro UI (later renamed as Microsoft Design language), though I told myself that it is good and will get used to it, I couldn’t. My new laptop came with OEM Windows 8 and when the Windows 10 free upgrade offer came, I have upgraded to Windows 10.

Even with Windows 10, I was not satisfied, it had started pushing windows updates, which I didn’t like and the whole OS kind of felt buggy. Windows Store was worse and also I didn’t like the Windows store apps. For example, I use VLC to watch Videos, I installed VLC from Windows store and the UI was different and the performance is not that good, but when Installed the normal (.exe ) file from VLC website, it worked fine but there were 2 versions of VLC installed (One from the downloaded setup file and another from Windows store app). I couldn’t even understand the concept of how the windows store is supposed to work.

Over time I became uncomfortable with Windows 10 and installed Ubuntu alongside as dual boot. But Windows boot manager didn’t show Ubuntu, it directly booted windows 10, either I had to replace the bootloader or follow a complex process after I logged in to Windows 10 to boot into Ubuntu. This was the final nail in the coffin, I couldn’t digest the fact that Windows refuses to allow me to log in to Ubuntu easily, So I decided to remove Windows entirely and install only Ubuntu on my computer.


The only hesitation I had was that equivalent Windows tools for Ubuntu but I have braced myself and determined to learn the new tools. So far everything is going good, the only problem is that I’m yet to find a good and easy to use video editing tool. I have installed Kdenlive but yet to watch the tutorials on how to use it.

As you can see from my journey, I have got used to Windows and was afraid to come out of my comfort zone and as they say, necessity is the mother of all inventions, I have embraced Linux when it was required. Linux and the command line may look scary initially, but I assure you it’s easy to learn, quite efficient and fast too, I’m still a beginner but the prospects are looking good. You should try it too.

Raghu Chinnannan

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