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I am running a laptop with Windows 8 and Ubuntu. I had been running with the dual boot with Ubuntu 12.04, but had a disc failure (unreleated to linux) and have had to start over. I had some problems with a shared NTFS data drive, wherein files I wrote to the drive in Ubuntu would not appear in Windows 8. I was wondering what is currently viewed as the best version of Ubuntu to run alongside Windows 8.


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I was wondering what is currently viewed as the best version of Ubuntu to run alongside Windows 8.

There is no relation between "best version of Ubuntu" and "Windows 8" to run alongside eachother. The 2 are separate entities and GRUB is the software that deals with booting any 2nd or more operating systems present on your system.

Regarding Ubuntu to use...

  • The latest long term support for Ubuntu is 12.04
  • The latest normal release is 13.04.

Either works and both are stable. So does and is any other official derivative and so does and is any older still supported release.

I do not see any problems with any of the releases for Ubuntu to cause trouble with a dual boot setup. The only issues you will face are related to UEFI and Windows. Ubuntu is not an OS that restricts you using the operating system :)

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I have Windows 8 that comes with my laptop and Ubuntu 13.04 and everything works good, by everything I mean:

-Google Chrome
-Mozilla Firefox
-VMware Player
-VLC Player
-Audacious Player
-Ubuntu One
-Official Intel Graphics Driver

But if you want something more stable you can use Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long Term Support).

Advantages of Ubuntu 13.04:

 1) Has better unity performance and use less resources.
 2) Start button's design is better.
 3) Unity crashes less often.

Advantages of Ubuntu 12.04:

 1) It's LTS and will be supported until April/2017.
 2) It's less probably to have some issues with no response or some fix.

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