So apparently I'm going back to high school because I totally messed up my grades :) Last year I had a MBP as a school computer but I sold the mac after I graduated. Now a mac is really good for school, but it's not good for my economy so I'm aiming at a more traditional 500-600$ laptop. Now to my question, is it better if I keep W7 on it or is it safe to use Ubuntu? Bearing in mind I've unfortunately rarely used it but I want to try and learn Linux. There are no specific software we have to use. I only study the basic boring subjects.
If you get windows with your laptop than keep it , if you want to try ubuntu just do "dual boot" , that is my recommendation , cause you don't want to lose "free windows". :)
answered Sep 29 '11 at 07:31
If you're gonna buy a new laptop, just keep windows 7. For school I would personally want a pc that will run. If your laptop has Ubuntu, or any other distro for that matter, and it fails, you are gonna have a problem. Windows is more easy to repair than Ubuntu.
Unless you are absolutely against windows and shiver by the thought of it, go with Linux all you want. I would personally go with a laptop you can rely on. If you do decide to go with ubuntu, make regular back-ups of your data and documents. Things can get ugly when you can't turn in that essay..
answered Sep 29 '11 at 13:29
Depends what programms you use on Windows.
If you want to use Linux then first check that you could theoretically do everything inside linux.
If you use specific paid software such as photoshop (like anyone pays for that...) then try gimp... etc.
There is no specific reason to use windows unless you really like it or you need to know it because you are always trying to fix windows based computers.
Modern operating systems are pretty cross platform because a lot of the software is opensource so you are always going to be able to communicate with a windows or OSX computer. (your open source list here). You won't be outcast using Linux... (only if you bang on about how much you like it)
Blu ray is a bit iffy on Linux at the moment and AMD fusion is not optimally supported yet, (ubuntu) to edit vidoes you need to install a couple of files and don't forget to install the ubuntu-restricted-extras to get all media codecs. Encrypted (normal) DVDs require some fiddling too. I think you need to install some chromium codecs too (if you use apps to run audio via chromium such as last.fm)
You could theoretically buy a cheap used laptop with a dead hard disk and run Linux from USB stick instead. It's not ubr fast, but usable. (although this can be done with windows 7 too) (why?? pop the stick out, super secure if someone steals the laptop, data is in your pocket when not in use).
answered Sep 29 '11 at 18:55
if you wont be gaming and don't mind not getting hardware acceleration for many file formats, then go with ubuntu, for what most people do on the computer, ubuntu will meet all of their needs
and if you need windows and have a old PC laying around that you no longer use then use it's cd key
answered Sep 30 '11 at 11:55