8 reasons to use Linux instead of Windows

Linux is a free and open-source operating system developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991. Linux powers most of the cloud servers in the world. It is also behind the popular mobile OS “Android”. Here are some reasons why you may want to use it as your desktop OS instead of windows.

1. Lightweight

Linux can be installed in almost every device. Smartwatches, car system, mobile phones, old computers you name it. Linux supports many system architectures thus you can setup suitable Linux distribution matching your machine specs.

In Windows case, however, there are specific minimum hardware requirements to install it. Windows 10 alone uses almost 2 GB of memory itself. Along with various utility and security programs that run in the background, user-installed software gets little to no memory to run on. This results in very slow and laggy performance especially on old pcs or low spec devices.

This difference is because of robust resource management and architectural design in Linux. Even on modern PC setups, the performance boost is significantly noticeable when switching from Windows to Linux.

2. Open Source

Being open-source is a great advantage for Linux. Every year thousands of developers contribute to Linux. This makes it very secure and trustworthy. Big companies like Google, Intel, Amazon, IBM and even Microsoft use Linux on servers and contribute to the Linux source.

This environment also has influenced most of the programs in Linux to be opensource and free. They accept contributions from many people, are ad-free and respect privacy. For most applications you use on windows there are free and open-source equivalents in Linux. Like Open Office for MS Office, Gimp for Photoshop, Blender for Autodesk MAYA, Natron for Adobe After Effects and so on.

3. Customizability

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Due to its open nature, users can tweak the functionality of Linux. You can make your desktop style to look and feel like Windows, Mac or your custom one. Linux never installs any bloatware (unwanted applications) along with it. You can remove almost every software and only keep the ones you need.

Windows OS locks your control not only in software but also at the hardware level. Linux, however, gives you full control from software to the hardware level. You can make use of hardware components as much as you like. This fine-grained control allows Linux to be customized on a whole different level.

4. Flavours

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If you don’t want to invest your time in customizing Linux, don’t worry. You can choose and install customizations made by others. Linux has 100s of flavours knowns as “Distros” (short for distributions). You can use suitable kinds of distributions matching with your use case and PC specs.

Some popular distros are:

  • Debian, Ubuntu, Mint: Very Stable
    Suitable for: Production servers, Non-technical people like parents
  • Centos, Manjaro, Fedora: More frequent updates, less stable
    Suitable for people familiar with technology
  • Mx Linux, Xubuntu: Lightweight version of Debian and Ubuntu
    Suitable for very old pcs with low specs.
  • Arch, Gentoo, Kali Linux:
    Suitable for people in Cybersecurity, power users, Linux enthusiast, very technical people

5. Security And Privacy

Unlike windows, you don’t need to worry much about computer viruses or security in general. Linux is rarely targeted by virus and it is very secure by design. This eliminates the need for antivirus and third party security programs on Linux. This saves your precious computer resources as well as subscription fees to antivirus software.

Similarly, Windows OS has built-in tracking and telemetry. It continuously collects data about you. Many programs in windows also do the same. Linux is an open software that discourages these practices and provides users with the best privacy. Most software in Linux also follows the same open-source philosophy so they are ad-free and tracking free.

6. Developer Friendly

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If you are interested in computers or work in a computer-related field, you will love Linux. It is a pleasure to work with Linux for networking, testing, cyber-security, software development, and so on. Linux was made possible by networks of people working in these areas, so the ecosystem is rich with tools and programs needed for such works.

Linux allowing fine-grain control over hardware enables people to test and change various parts to suit their needs. Fiddling with Linux will make you more knowledgeable about how computers work and operate in general. On Windows, however, you have to constantly fight with tools and OS itself. Many compatibility issues may arise and the OS locks the hardware access to the users limiting its potential use cases.

7. Reliability

Unlike Windows, Linux is a very well designed system. Windows users have to constantly deal with instabilities like the infamous “Blue Screen Of Death” or BSOD. Similarly, Windows forces updates upon its users. Sure, there are options to delay the updates for some time but you can not disable them. Eventually, you will be locked out of your machine while you wait hours for windows to finish installing updates.

On top of that, windows update are notorious for inviting a myriad of problems like forced driver reinstalls, wiping out disk partitions, corrupting users data and so on. Linux never forces updates. You can work while updating in the background and updates rarely breaks existing settings and system configurations.

The resource management for programs in windows is also very poor. You cannot modify a file that is currently opened in some other program. Sometimes, program not responding requires multiple killing in task manager. On the contrary, every program in Linux is self-contained which can easily be killed using programs like Xkill. The overall system architecture is just much more superior to that of windows.

8. Support

Linux is open-source and favourite OS for people working in computer-related fields. There are a lot of people who know how it works inside out. You can find help online from people very easily. However, in the case of windows, only specially trained support people can help you on Microsoft support forums and often it’s a slow process.

Similarly, on Linux, if any special security problem arises, anyone can come up with a software patch which on verification will be available to all users instantly. Somebody can just write you a patch if some bug arises on your pc setup. In windows case, you have to wait for the official team to address each issue and bug which is relatively slow.

So these were the 8 reasons to use Linux instead of Windows. Are you planning to switch to Linux or have switched already? Click the link (Click here) to download Linux for free. Also, feel free to write your thoughts in the comments below.

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