Just recently Microsoft open sourced its vast portfolio of patents in order to make sure that Linux and other open source projects don’t become a target of IP lawsuits. That was a really nice gesture. However, there’s no denying the fact that Microsoft’s Windows 10 is facing competition from constantly improving Linux-based operating systems.
Talking about Linux, just earlier this week, we witnessed the release of elementary OS 5.0. elementary is known for its beautiful and user-friendly interface and it’s the most ambitious release from its developers. It was soon followed by the latest release of Ubuntu — the most popular desktop open source operating system out there.
It’s a well-established fact that Linux-based operating systems are more secure and private as compared to Windows. There are numerous reasons like extensive telemetry, continuous tracking, etc. — I won’t go into those details for now. The Windows development process has also been facing some challenges recently. Microsoft had to roll-back the major October 2018 update as it was deleting user files.
While Redmond is also continuously working to improve the user experience, Linux-based solutions are also making sure that you don’t end up getting lost after making a switch from Windows. As a bonus, you get the benefit of extra security and peace of mind.
If you tried out the previous Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release, the new Ubuntu 18.10’s default GNOME desktop environment won’t shock you. Many Ubuntu enthusiasts loved this switch to GNOME but fans of Unity didn’t. Well, it’s a matter of choice. Anyway, it’s good to know that 18.10 runs the newest GNOME 3.30 that has been optimized by Canonical and it ships with custom changes for Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 18.10 has also got a new theme named Yaru, which makes a newer, flatter look; the icons have also been updated. Overall, the whole system feels modern and more fluid.
Canonical developers have also worked to include features like fingerprint faster, faster boot time, faster installation, support for newer LZ4 compression, battery life improvements, etc.
What sets Ubuntu apart is the different officially supported flavors like Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Budgie, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, etc. These versions ship with desktop environments other than GNOME and you can give them a try if GNOME isn’t your cup of tea.
It’s worth noting that Ubuntu 18.10 isn’t an LTS release. It means that it’ll be supported only until July 2019. So, if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t hesitate from upgrading his/her system once a year, 18.10 shouldn’t scare you (grab it here). However, if you follow a more orthodox approach and wish to keep running a stable machine for a long time, you can still choose to go for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, which will remain supported till 2023.
In case you’re looking for Linux distribution that suite your specific needs, do check out my Linux distro choosing guide.