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Re: Questions from a Newbie - 02-27-2009, 07:30 PM
Hi James, welcome to the forums!
As you probably know, Linux comes in a lot of different "distros" or flavors. Ubuntu is one of the most popular because it is easy to use and has a very "graphical" user interface (many new Linux users are intimidated by the terminal/command line). On the downside, it is one of the slowest, because those usability features require more ram and cpu power. Fortunately, there are a lot of different tips and tricks to speed up Ubuntu. I highly recommend joining http://www.ubuntuforums.org where you will find tons of great advice. Depending on how "techie" you are, you can speed things up quite a bit. For example, I use LXDE instead of the default Gnome environment. LXDE is not as pretty, but it is less demanding on system resources.
The bottom line is this, though: Windows XP is almost 10 years old, and was designed to run well on computers that would seem underpowered today. Ubuntu 8.04 is less than 1 year old and was designed with user-friendliness, not speed, as its #1 goal. XP is just plain faster. If you want Linux to out-perform XP, you'll need to either disable a lot of Ubuntu's features, or go with a different Linux distro that is designed for speed.
But, in your father's case, I would definitely recommend Ubuntu, since it sounds like screaming fast performance is not the #1 goal.
Just my opinion.
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