Ubuntu 11.10 Review: Benchmarked Against Windows 7

Ubuntu Software Center

New Look

The Ubuntu Software Center, underwent the most drastic interface change since its inception in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala (see our review here).

Like much of Ubuntu, the Software Center continues to evolve toward a Mac OS X-like clone.

While we don't necessarily disapprove of the OS X mimicry that has gone on in Ubuntu, this is one area we don't understand. FOSS projects like Ubuntu are often playing catch-up to the proprietary solutions like Windows and OS X. However, the Software Center is one area where Ubuntu was actually first.

New Options

Ubuntu 11.10 now has the ability to sync installed applications amongst multiple computers. This essentially lets you reinstall previously purchased software and previously installed free applications.

New Content

The Ubuntu 11.10 Software Center puts high-quality applications front and enter. At the time of release, a massive banner for the award-winning arcade platformer Braid was displayed on the home screen. There is also a box for Top Rated software, which contains VLC, Blender, FileZilla, 7-Zip, and Hedgewars, among others.

The list of For Purchase software has also increased. It now includes a number of games, such as the aforementioned Braid, Crossover (which allows you to run certain Windows titles on Linux), and even OilRush (the newly-released naval RTS/tower defense game powered by the Unigine engine).

Also new to the Software Center are digital magazines. Ubuntu User, Linux Pro, Linux Magazine, and ADMIN are now available in digital form.

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  • Anonymous
    Perhaps we can now put to bed that tired old meme about AMD/ATI graphics cards and drivers being unsuitable for Linux?
  • will_chellam
    ah, but does it run crysis (and i mean properly, like more than the 1fps most people will get with WINE)....

    the answer is that natively, no, it does not, and this is the main problem most people stuck on windows have got - the lack of native support for games, and yes you can argue that linux is free, so if you have windows for games, it costs nothing to have linux aswell, but most people cant be bothered installing a second OS for the relatively limited benefits.
  • Gonemad
    I was wondering how you would pull benchmarks off, exactly because new stuff (games) won't run in Linux. I expected some tool that would simulate Office use (OpenOffice, mind you) or others chores that can be duplicated on both OSes, like, for instance, Browsers.

    Rendering speed for browsers, memory usage, are they affected in any way by the OS running behind them? In this regard, at least the browsers would be up to date, like Chrome, Firefox...

    If Ubuntu won't run Photoshop, can Windows run GIMP? That could prove interesting too. Or am I too far off the point here, been under a rock or something?
  • nigelren
    I liked the - 'which is faster' theory of the article - which comes out to be Ubuntu. Which is then instantly dismissed as - well it can't run A or B so why bother?!
    I build my own computers and run all sorts of clustering & private cloud stuff - which if I had to pay Windows licenses for I could not afford to. To say that a free operating system performs faster than something which costs a not insignificant amount of money is a thank you and a BIG thumbs up to the Ubuntu mob!
  • nixnet
    Great article! I'm personally dissapointed only in the linux gaming area...
    Besides that, 7 years after realeasing Ubuntu 2005.05, the latest ubuntu UI still feels laggy vs 3 year old Windows' 7... or am i the only one with that feeling?
    That plus the daily updates of the software/bloatware i almost never use or see in action AND the subconscious feeling that there is no one common goal in the thousand app devs' minds, is what still keeps me close to the good old glassy hole in my wall...

    PS. My Ubuntu server yesterday kicked tha bucket. /boot was full (of old kernels), did the !important! _security_ update... and spend few hours rummaging through the web with a handful of quirky error messages... For humans, thay said...
  • Ryan-Hutchings
    I personally enjoy using This version, I use it on a 64bit intel dual core desktop and the live cd version on my REALLYYYYYYY old laptop with 512mb DDR ram. Windows 7 Requires at least 1 GB 32 bit and is very resource hungry - Win7 will simply will not work on it. That said i do feel the same as a lot of people that hardly any type of linux is able to run .exe's easily/properly. I found that using a virtualisation product like virtualbox enables you to run windows on ubuntu and run Win programs that way. The handy unity (Windows integrated interface NOT ubuntu interface referred to in article) means you will hardly notice that the programs are actuyally running in virtual machine. Main reason i use this for is Itunes.

    Sorry i went on quite a bit lol.