10 Reasons to Use Linux Instead of Windows
GNU/Linux, or as most people call it Linux, is an operating system that was born in 1991. This post lists 10 reasons why you should use Linux instead of Windows. If you don’t like the direction Window is going, you should definitely give Linux a try.
#10 Linux is Free
If you do a clean install, then Windows 10 Home edition costs $119.99. Windows 10 Pro version will be around $199. And why upgrading from Home to Pro costs $99?
In comparison, Linux is totally free of charge. It’s free to download, free to install and free to use. You can install Linux on as many computers as you want. You don’t need to pay a single dime and never have to worry about license or copyright, that kind of stuff. You are actually encouraged to share your OS with other people.
Not only the OS is free, most applications written for Linux is also for free. For instance, you can use the free LibreOffice to edit Word documents, spreadsheet and presentation files. You can use GIMP, which is also free, to edit photos instead of using the expensive Photoshop. What cost a fortune on Windows is absolutely free on Linux.
#9 Linux is Secure
Most Linux users don’t install anti-virus software since the OS is very secure out of the box. To this day, there’s no virus that is known to pose a threat to Linux. All that trojan horse virus, worm etc that targets Windows system have no effect to Linux.
Some Linux user do install anti-virus on Linux, but that’s mostly used for checking viruses on Windows partition or USB drive.
#8 Linux is Lightweight and Fast
The minimum hardware requirements of Windows 10 is as follows:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
- 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
- 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
Now let’s look at the hardware requirements of Ubuntu, which is probably the most heavyweight Linux distribution out there.
- 700 MHz processor
- 512 MiB RAM (system memory)
- 5 GB of hard-drive space
You can see that Ubuntu can run on low-end hardware, not to mention that there’s so many Linux distributions that are more lightweight than Ubuntu. Don’t throw away your old computer, bring it to life with Linux! You can run your computer with Linux for 5 years and it will be just as fast as when it was first installed.
#7 Linux is Efficient and Robust
Many people say you get what you pay for. But that’s clearly not true when it comes to Linux.
99% of the time, Linux doesn’t require you to reboot computer to update software, edit system settings or something like that. In comparison, every time you install updates on Windows or edit registry table or install device drivers, you have to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
The Linux command line is a very efficient tool once you get the hang of it and it’s not that hard to learn command line. You can do things very quickly in the terminal window. For example, enter
lscpu command will output many useful information about your CPU. The
sudo apt upgrade command will update all software for you. You can install a bunch of software with just a simple line of command.
Linux is a robust operating system. It can run continuously for many years and doesn’t have a problem. You can install Linux on a hard drive of your computer, then move the hard drive to another computer and boot it without problem. Linux is a true multi-user operating system which means you can have many users logged into Linux and use it at the same time.
#6 Linux is Open Source
This is the beauty of Linux. Open source means every one can download the source code, have a look at it or modify it. This also means you have full control of Linux and there’s no backdoor or spying software on Linux. There’s no mandatory updates in Linux. You update your software when you want to. When you are using a Microsoft product, you are not in control of you computer and you don’t how many spyware are in your OS.
#5 Linux is Very Customizable
You can customize Linux to do whatever you want to do and let it behave however you want it to behave. If you don’t like a desktop environment, you can always install another one. If you don’t like a Linux distribution, you can always install another distribution. There’s more than 300 actively maintained Linux distributions to choose from such as Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS.
It’s fun and cool to tweak it to your liking. You can even legally build your own version of Linux and distribute it to the world.
#4 Linux is Clean and Clutter-free
On Linux, you don’t see advertisement pop out. software on Linux isn’t adware. When you install software on Linux, you don’t have to worry about installing third-party toolbar, plugin or that kind of stuff.
Linux desktop environments such as Unity, Gnome, KDE are designed in a clean way.
#3 Linux is Easier than You Think
You may think that Window is easy to use and Linux is hard to use. But that’s a misconception. Because Windows is widely used and people are already familiar with it, so they think it’s easy and they don’t want to change the status quo by trying a new operating system.
Study have found that many people who have never used a computer before think Ubuntu, which is a user-friendly Linux distribution, is easier than Windows after they are provided with a Ubuntu computer and a Windows computer.
#2 Linux Enables Booting from USB Even if BIOS doesn’t Support it.
Some old computer may only be booted from CD drive or hard drive but doesn’t support booting from USB. In this situation, you can download plop Linux, burn it into a CD, then boot your computer from the CD, and finally plop Linux can enable your computer to boot from USB drive.
#1 The Linux Community Provides Plenty of Support
Linux is a community-driven project. When you don’t understand something, you can always go online, ask question in forums, or search your question in Google. Most of the time, your question has already asked by other people and got an answer.
Try Linux today!