Ubuntu is the modern man’s operating system. It comes free, it’s easy to install and has a lot of programs that can be used for entertainment and productivity right out of the box. It’s one of the few operating systems that has good default programs.
When talking about entertainment Ubuntu is packed with programs that can run all sorts of media files for you personal pleasure. You can watch movies, listen to music, see your family albums and even play some games to pass the time.
When it comes to listening to music Ubuntu’s got you covered with a lot of programs to choose from to manage your songs, software like: Xnoise, Banshee and Rhythmbox. These media players enhance your listening experience but Rhythmbox is by far the best media player for this operating system.
You can even install Winamp on it or iTunes if you like. It’s very easy and it can be done in minutes. First you install a piece of software called Wine and then this allows you to get the Windows based media player you prefer.
Watching movies on the computer can be better then going to the cinema if you have the right software to play the movie with. From my perspective VLC Media Player does the job nicely giving you all sorts of features that you can use to make your experience pleasurable.
As like with media players, you can watch movies on software made for Windows simply by having Wine installed on your Ubuntu computer. This can be helpful if you don’t want to get used to another program to watch videos with.
Photos of friends and family can be viewed and managed through an application like Fotowall for Ubuntu but the default photo manager runs pretty good as well. Seeing photos of your loved ones can be as simple as 1, 2, 3.
The number of games you can play on this system is very high but this branch of Ubuntu needs some work. Sadly the lack of titles, such as EA’s Need For Speed series, drives gamers away from the Linux environment.
Wine is good for games only in part because some games might not work on Ubuntu even if you have Wine installed and ready to go. It’s a good thing that specialized sites are around to help you with information on what game works with Wine and what doesn’t.
Design and Navigation
Its fairly easy to move around Ubuntu. If you are a former Windows user the advantage is on your side because Ubuntu uses a similar user interface. Mac users can use the system with ease to because it features a menu bar just like in Mac OS and has a search engine built in similar to spotlight.
Design is very important for the developers of Ubuntu and this is seen throughout the system. The menus are embedded well and the overall system looks and feels good. Ubuntu is slowly but surely getting an identity of its own.
Updates are done frequently so that all software is up to date with the latest and greatest features that Ubuntu and its developers can come up with. The update center is very easy to use and it’s similar to other operating systems.
Text editing can be done as well in Ubuntu and it uses the Libre suit which is the best alternative to Microsoft’s Office suite. Libre can basically do everything Office does: Word, PowerPoint, Excel and even Access have alternatives in Libre.
If you can’t get used to working in Libre you can install Microsoft’s Office and start using it as your main office suite but don’t expect it to run like it does on Windows based systems because it simply would not.
If you want you can install Wine and run everything through it as I mentioned above. But what’s the use of switching if you are still using the same software on Ubuntu as you were on Windows. Forthermore the quality of Windows programs running on Wine in Ubuntu is low compered to running on their own native system.
Advice for users who want to make the switch
If you are a Windows user that is planning on switching to Ubuntu you may want to take it easy and think this through. Although the two systems are fairly similar they have some differences that might set you back if say you’re a hardcore gamer or an Office power user.
If you’re an iTunes user and simply like buying music you’re in luck because Ubuntu has and application much like iTunes that enables you to buy all your favorite songs from the internet.
This system is especially good for engineers who want a custom system all together. You can customize and tweak it to suit your needs.
All in all the Ubuntu operating system is good enough to be your mainstream desktop on which you perform your daily tasks and can even be forced to get even more performance out of it with the help of certain programs such as Wine.