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    I am fed with windows now and can't afford mac, so I'm seriously thinking about shifting to ubuntu/linux. Will it be a good decision, considering the availability of softwares, where ubuntu is very much behind windows? I'm an archaeology student so will need GIS and bunch of other scientific tools. Any suggestions will be helpful...
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    I am unfamiliar with the software requirements for an archaelogy student, however, I personally switched from Windows to Linux and have not looked back ever since. I started off with Ubuntu and ended up with Arch Linux. Ubuntu is very user friendly, you are guided through the installation process, as well as through the installation of various drivers/packages. Ubuntu contains a software centre which allows for easy installation of various software. You will have to do some research beforehand, to ensure that the specific scientific tools that you need will be available.

    Linux will be hard getting used to at first, but Ubuntu will make it easier for you. The community is really helpful for newcomers so I am sure that any question that you will have along the way will be answered promptly in the forums.

    Good luck! and welcome to the Linux family
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    (Original post by Txik)
    I am unfamiliar with the software requirements for an archaelogy student, however, I personally switched from Windows to Linux and have not looked back ever since. I started off with Ubuntu and ended up with Arch Linux. Ubuntu is very user friendly, you are guided through the installation process, as well as through the installation of various drivers/packages. Ubuntu contains a software centre which allows for easy installation of various software. You will have to do some research beforehand, to ensure that the specific scientific tools that you need will be available.

    Linux will be hard getting used to at first, but Ubuntu will make it easier for you. The community is really helpful for newcomers so I am sure that any question that you will have along the way will be answered promptly in the forums.

    Good luck! and welcome to the Linux family
    Thanks. That's what I wanted to hear!

    And I checked the ubuntu software center, GIS is there!! and lots of other scientific apps too... But not sure which one i'll need exactly as my course hasn't started yet. But thanks anyway:yy:
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    Hi,
    I am fed with windows now and can't afford mac, so I'm seriously thinking about shifting to ubuntu/linux. Will it be a good decision, considering the availability of softwares, where ubuntu is very much behind windows? I'm an archaeology student so will need GIS and bunch of other scientific tools. Any suggestions will be helpful...
    Ubuntu should work for you, just be prepared for it to treat you like a child.

    I prefer Debian - or I did, not used it in ages :lol:
 
 
 
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