Ubuntu is one of the most powerful Linux operating system which is popular for its security. Recently, the 12.x version of Ubuntu operating system was launched that provides better user friendliness good user experience as compared to other operating systems. IT does not require too much of technical skills to work on it as the previous versions of Linux OS. Ubuntu can be easily installed with some other operating system too. Let’s have a close look on specifications, advantages and disadvantages of Ubuntu OS.


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Disadvantages of Ubuntu

Though the operating system is powerful and had improved the user experience, but stills it carry strong lags that must be taken into consideration before installing Ubuntu OS.

  1. Ubuntu is very conventional to new technologies. You can instead go for Fedora Distro.
  2. It is very perceptive to faults in hardware which makes it less steady as compared to other operating systems.
  3.  There is a little hardware support for Ubuntu OS. Some of the users complain that it becomes difficult to configure modem to start work on internet.
  4.  It is not possible to play the modern games in Ubuntu OS. It shows the poor graphics quality and ne have to use emulators to do so that harms the graphics quality.
  5. Though Linux (Ubuntu) has number of free applications and software available on net, but most of the applications are not found for Linux use.
  6. Ubuntu is not capable of playing MP3 files by default.
  7. The forum support for Ubuntu is really very poor. It takes weeks and even months to get our query solved.
  8. The installation of Ubuntu is one of the major problems. It does not come installed in modern PCs. One needs to install it by himself.
  9. The drivers support is also absent in most of the cases as compared other operating system.
  10. And finally one more major drawback of Ubuntu is that a user switching from Windows or MAC will not like user experience on Ubuntu and will have difficulty in operating the OS.

Advantages of using Ubuntu OS

We discussed about some major drawbacks of using Ubuntu OS but now let’s have a look over some advantages of this powerful operating system that will force you to install it on your system.

  1. Ubuntu is one of the most secured operating system and defines the highest level of security as compared other operating system.
  2. Ubuntu is an open source OS.
  3. Ubuntu is most popular Linux operating system.
  4. Most of the soft-wares in Ubuntu are pre-installed to enhance user experience.
  5. It is available free of cost.
  6. 1 GHz x 86 processor (Above Pentium 4)
  7. 512 MB Ram
  8. 5 GB space must be free on hard drive
  9. Graphic card with 800 x 600 resolution
  10. USB port or DVD drive for media installation

System Requirements for Installing Ubuntu


Ubuntu is most secured OS known till date. But I will personally prefer to go with Windows OS because of its user friendliness and great support. Also Windows is the widely used OS all over the world and can be made secured with the help of antivirus software.


  1. Please do not misguide people. Most of the points you mention in disadvantages are not valid.
    Point 3: For most popular computers (Dell, HP etc) networks are hardly a problem. Ubuntu supports ethernet LAN by default and during installation, one can check the option to install wifi drivers. Wifi runs fine especially with Broadcom wireless hardware, which are quite popular.
    Point 5: Ubuntu (and other Debian-based OSs) have LOTS of software available. It would be hard to find an area for which software are NOT available in linux.
    Point 6: Again, all you need to do is check a box during installation to have codecs for most audio/video formats, including mp3.
    Point 7: Perhaps they’ll take time to answer an new question. But Ubuntu has been in use for long enough that most of your concers will already have been answered. All you need to do is a google search.
    Point 8: Ubuntu installation is VERY EASY. In fact, according to many people it’s easier than installing Windows. I, for one, just booted from an Ubuntu disc and installed it without needing to ask anyone anything, even the first time.
    Point 9: Decently good drivers are available for most graphics and audio devices. Specialized hardware, and some printers may have problems, that’s all.
    Point 10: (a) The default Ubuntu user interface (Unity) is actually quite intuitive to those who have not seen the earlier interface (Gnome 2). (b) If you really don’t like it, you can just change the interface and install any of the others (Gnome 3, Mate, KDE, Cinnamon…)

    You are only right about games, to some extent. There are a few good games for Linux systems (also known as GNU/Linux systems) as well.

  2. I’ll mention some disadvantages that I’ve noticed:
    1. Computers tend to run hotter on Ubuntu, though usually not unusably so. Also, battery life for laptops tends to be lower on Ubuntu (compared to Windows). But there are programs you can install for power management etc.
    2. Occasionally, the terminal (command line interface) may have to be used to enter a few commands to get some things to work. But there are usually plenty of step-by-step instructions on the web (askubuntu.com, ubuntuforums.com etc).
    3. Doing apparently simple things like installing a new desktop interface from the official repositories can “bork” the system, ie, render it unusable.

  3. i’ve installed Ubuntu and Win7 on the same machine just a couple of days ago. I found Ubuntu to be definitely the easier installation. (and i’m not saying that the Win7 install is hard).
    i really like the interface better than windows and also better than Mac.
    i’ve tried a couple games, but only free ones. I don’t see that there a a shortage of games, or other programs, looking through the list. using a different OS means getting used to a few different ways of doing things and achieving a goal via different programs.
    i absolutely would recommend UBUNTU as a replacement for windows as far as i’ve tried it. Just the fact that it is open source and free makes me feel that i get the real deal.
    I feel that i’m not fed a bunch of BS to make me fall into some money grabbing traps, that i feel i have daily with Windows or Mac.
    Ubuntu might still have some bugs, but so does Windows and Mac.


    well, I recommend that we don’t condemn widows 8