From my experience, If you install both the operating systems on identical hardware, Ubuntu’s performance is significantly higher than that of Windows 7.In fact, if you were to pull out a 7 year old computer from a junkyard, Ubuntu will work flawlessly.It is clear from the screen shots, that installing software in Ubuntu is a lot simpler than it is in windows.
In fact, a common misconception is that Linux is ‘ridiculously complicated’.
While I admit getting used to Linux may take a while for an average windows user, it is definitely easy to use.
This includes the drivers for your webcam, Wi-Fi, Ethernet Card, even your printer or scanner!
We all know drivers is a big pain that comes when completing a fresh install of Windows 7.
You may notice that there are more screenshots of Ubuntu than Windows 7, since I presume that everyone reading this would already be familiar with Windows 7 So lets being the comparison: 1) Look and feel - Here is the home screen of windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 Since the ‘look and feel’ is a personal choice, I leave it up to you to decide which is better.
Personally, I try not to pay attention to the looks of the operating system so much as the functionality and the features.
Ubuntu is bundled with Movie Player, and also requires downloading codecs.
However, in both the operating systems, it is very easy to watch videos by simply installing VLC media player.
However, an argument can be made for computers that don’t have internet access, ease of installing software in Windows outmatches as that of Ubuntu, as it is viewed a very complicated process that includes the terminal (command line interface).