Why you need to use Linux

Linux

Ah, good old Windows, the OS we all know and have grown to love. It’s no wonder it’s so popular with its incredible security, privacy features, bug-free nature, great customer support and all round good value for money – Right?

Hang on, wait that doesn’t sound quite right…

Enter Linux.

Chances are you’ve probably heard of the operating system but for one reason or another you’re still using your boring old Windows.

Perhaps you’re still unconvinced or just not yet ready to take the plunge? Allow me to convince you.

#1 – Linux is Free and Easy to Install

Linux is Free, no matter how many computers you have or how many upgrades you download. It is, and always will be free. This makes it great for quickly installing if you have new hardware you want to use but no software.

Plus, it’s no longer the 90s, Linux is just as easy to install as any other operating system with a few simple clicks through an installation screen and wham – you’re ready to go. Secondly, Linux isn’t closely linked to hardware specs like Windows and Mac, Linux can run smoothly on hardware new and old alike.

#2 Stability and Updatability

Unlike Windows which constantly requires reboots and updates to continue functioning Linux is incredibly stable and rarely requires restarting with some systems running for years without shutting down (If the below uptime doesn’t impress you, then I don’t know what will)

Linux Uptime

As it is constantly being developed by a community of dedicated volunteers as an open-source project updates are smooth transitions without major changes and bugs such as Windows and when it is time to upgrade, it is a smooth transition with a quick click.

The open-source nature also ensures the program is constantly being checked for any errors by many eyes from around the world, which allows for improvements to be quickly suggested and implemented. You can even view the source code and suggest your own improvements if you wish.

#3 Performance

Linux is an extremely well optimized system and is usually less intensive on both RAM and CPU than other operating systems. It also comes loaded with less crapware (the useless pre-installed programs you never use) which helps speed up your experience and also usually achieves a faster boot speed than its competitors.

Linux is Faster

#4 Security

One of the strongest selling points of Linux is its high security which is superior to that of both Mac and Windows. This is partly thanks to its open source community who keep the system up-to-speed but also the way the OS works, with users being given less high-level permissions automatically like they are on Windows which helps prevents users, accidentally or otherwise from launching an attack.

You can also wave goodbye to Anti-Virus software as barely any malware is written for the platform as there are less security holes to exploit and its incredibly difficult for them to function within a Linux environment.

#5 Improve your Computer Knowledge

Linux really allows you to poke around ‘under-the-hood’ and get to know the system much better than other operating systems where large parts of its functionality are simply closed away from the user.On Linux The Terminal is a much more powerful tool with the ability to learn Linux commands being an incredibly useful skill to learn as it will allow you to perform tasks far faster than you can using your mouse.

Linux Terminal Commands

You can also utilise bash script which will improve your productivity helping you automate tasks (Such as combining multiple commands into one script which is then run x times a day) and further educate you in the Linux world.

General knowledge of Linux is also highly valued professionally with companies and even most of the internet being run from Linux servers.

#6 Support

If it really does all go wrong the Linux support is amazing. No more waiting on call centres for standard responses form bored employees. With Linux if you have a problem you can simply ask the community, there are thousands of committed members actively participating on forums that are happy to stop and offer their help should you need it.

#7 Customization

If you’re not really too into computers but just like pretty things, maybe the customization will convince you.

Sure, you can change you’re desktop wallpaper on other systems but that’s about it. On Linux you can choose from entirely different desktop environments depending on your preference from functional to the beautifully aesthetic. You can even choose a more Windows or Mac inspired environment if you’d prefer some familiarity. Here are a few of the many examples you could use.

Why use Linux DesktopLinux DesktopUnity Linux Desktop


You don’t have to completely ditch your current OS, especially if you need it for certain programs. If this is the case you can simply have a dual-boot setup where you install multiple operating systems and simply select which one you want to boot into once you switch your machine on. Alternatively if you do just want to try it out you can download Ubuntu onto USB which will allow you to boot into and run it without the need to install it onto your hard drive.

 

Anyway, so there you have it, 7 pretty damn good reasons you should try out Linux.Anything else I should’ve added? Why not post some abuse in the comments below?

12 comments for “Why you need to use Linux”

  1. Michael says:

    My only sticking point is using Linux on my convertible laptop (Fujitsu). I’m pretty sure I will lose most of the functionality of the built in Wacom pad, and potentially many of the screen orientation controls. Well someday maybe a different, simpler machine…

    1. Jeff says:

      Several distros now include Wacom drivers. In any case they are out there. These no harm in trying a live version.

      1. a liinux user says:

        Try a live distribution that won’t change anything inside your laptop.

  2. Marc C David says:

    Nice write-up. I’ve been experimenting myself and find Linux to be of great value. Especially for older laptops that don’t work under Windows very well but scream on Linux.

    What is the 2nd version in your screen shot examples? That is beautiful.

    1. Thanks, yeah the 2nd one is rather stunning. It’s a custom setup I found on Lifehacker

  3. Malin says:

    Do you speak of Linux in general or a specific distro because I found your reasons rather broad and untrue for a basic user.
    If we’re talking about someone with some IT background then these reasons are already known.

    1. Yeah it isn’t intended to be an in-depth review of their technologies just why I’m a fan of Linux in general.

      Why do you think it’s untrue for a basic user though?

  4. neko.py says:

    I feel like looking at the uptime of a Cisco switch isn’t really comparable to a Linux user experience…

  5. I have been using Linux for over 10 years now and has it come a long ways since I started.

    Although I like it better than Windows, some of your points are debatable and not always the case. Stability and performance are one case. These can be many times hardware related due to not 100% supported or optimized hardware.

    It is also impossible to say that it is more secure. Yes, there are less viruses and known security threats than Windows, but it is also the smallest desktop platform. Although, I’m with you that I believe its structure allows for better protection than Windows, it has still been shown to have vulnerabilities and still heavily relies on the user to not install anything or accept something to make it less secure.

    Honestly, I don’t know why I love Linux so much over Windows. Maybe it is just more how simple everything seems, like file structure, program data location and ease for setting up the environment for Java development with a good console out of the box compared to Windows.

    Good article. I enjoyed it.

  6. Gide0n Raven0r says:

    I’ve been using Linux since the days of Mandrake 9.2. My current favourite distro is Kubuntu which I have used for about 7 years now. I do admit to using Windoze (for games, Train Simulator and the WH40K games) but Linux is by miles my favourite OS. I also have a Rasperry Pi running Linux, my NAS server runs Linux and so do my desktop and laptop. I’m learning Python coding and Linux is my platform of choice for that. I don’t think I couldn’t live without Linux to be honest. Its just brilliant. Give it a bash (no pun intended)!

  7. Peter says:

    The biggest issue I see here is that it is a bit of a broad stroke to call Linux in an operating system in the traditional sense of Windows or MacOS, which is presumably the demographic you are preaching to here. While it could be argued that a distro is equivalent to the layman’s “version” of Windows, Microsoft’s operating systems largely follow a fairly linear progression with less diversity than the universe of Linux. Some bear no resemblance to something a would-be Linux user is looking for to move across, serving very specific purposes, or are cut down to have zero gui. There are thousands of distros out there but probably only a handful which would really serve as a Microsoft/apple replacement out of the box for a beginner It would have been good if this list suggested a few to give a try after whetting their appetite.

  8. Reza says:

    I tried Ubuntu, fedora, Debian, and arch. The main problem why I’m don’t using gnu/linux distro anymore, it lacks gpu driver, and its capabilities to play video files, its laggy and choppy. Yet when an error appears, it take extra time to resolved the error. Linux make my US$1200 notebook like a cheap one.

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