Why you should get Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Ubuntu’s latest OS, the 16.04 LTS which was announced by the founder of the Operating System Mark Shuttleworth now boasts just over a month in the public’s hands with all but praise. The update comes with minor UI improvements, language runtime and development tool updates and new package management called “Snap,” among other things.

But the question is: how does it fair alongside operating systems like Windows 10 and El Capitan and why should you get it?

  • It’s REALLY fast.

Linux OS’s generally need less muscle to run your machine at optimal levels as opposed to Windows and Mac OS devices. Ubuntu 16.04 only takes 13 seconds to get you from a powered down, black laptop screen to your brightly customised desktop.

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is NOT NEEDY.

Device requirements for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS are unbelievably basic. What I mean by this is: If I want to run and maintain a speedy Windows 10, I’d probably have to make my way to the nearest Alienware store and get something with 12gb RAM and an i7 Core processor. For a speedy Ubuntu 16.04, all I need is a standard 1.8gb RAM laptop with an Intel Pentium (Avg 2ghz) processor and I’ll be good to go. You might also pick up on something cool after about a month of using Ubuntu 16.04 which is the fact that hard disk space availability BARELY affects Ubuntu’s performance.

  • It Looks and Feels Amazing!

Fans of the Workspace Switcher will be glad to know the feature remains uncompromised (rumors of the 3D Workspace Switcher making a come-back surfaced around December, last year). If anything, Canonical has added 6 additional workspaces which can be activated through the Universal Dashboard. The general interface has maintained its smooth, simple and warm-coloured consistency throughout versions 14.04 LTS to the 16.04 LTS which is all that Ubuntu fans like myself could ever ask for (unless they steal and UX designer from Apple because that wouldn’t be so bad either).

I’ve been using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (dual partition alongside Windows 10) for one month now and realised I’ve been running on Windows for only about a week. I use online compilers anyway so I haven’t found the need to run any text editor through bridging programs like Wine…or anything else for that matter.