10 reasons to choose Ubuntu 12.10 over Windows 8

Canonical has touted its new OS as a good way to 'avoid the pain of Windows 8.' Here's why you should take up the challenge.

By Katherine Noyes and Dietrich Schmitz, PC World |  Open Source, Canonical, Linux

In Ubuntu repositories, the provided utility is OpenVPN, which uses a custom security protocol based on SSL/TLS for key exchange. Both operating systems offer support for varied protocols, however, depending on site-specific and inter-site needs.

9. User support

Microsoft offers support for Windows 8 Pro users through its TechNet subscription service, which is priced starting at $149 per year.

Canonical offers Ubuntu Advantage service-level agreements starting at about $80 per year at the standard desktop level, including legal coverage and use of the Landscape administrative tool.

10. Price

Last but certainly not least, Ubuntu Linux is free, while Windows 8 Pro will reportedly cost $199 after the current introductory upgrade offer of $39 to $69 expires.

So which operating system is better for small-business users? The answer, of course, is in the eye of the beholder. If one thing is clear, however, it's that any lead Windows may have once had over competing operating systems is shrinking every year. Depending on your needs, Ubuntu Linux 12.10 could provide a compelling alternative. If nothing else, it's almost certainly worth your while to try it online or take it for a free test drive.


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