Thursday, 26 September 2013

Why should you choose Linux Desktop over Windows.



With reference to one of my posts which made quite a hit today.. about the reasons why Linux Desktop is unpopular (Link), here are a few points I would like to make.

The post was about Linux Desktop not the whole Linux industry. I got those points from several articles and personal experience. I work in an IT environment in Malta, a country with no interest whatsoever on  Linux. Those are the reasons why people I meet do not install Linux, and some of which I knew for sure they may be contributing factors to the unpopularity of Linux around the World.

May I also state that I know about "Big Businesses" but they only exist in Servers and 'Super Computers' I also know about the Linux Foundation but it is different from companies like Microsoft and Apple, since Linux is not their bread and butter, whereas Windows is to Microsoft. Here is also a link to why this could be the Linux Year, in my opinion. (Link)

Let's go to the Linux Desktop's pros.

Cost
This is quite obvious. Linux is free and open source, and thus you do not need to worry about buying any license to use it. So are its applications and software. Developers might also want to redevelop applications or the OS itself to meet their needs.

Secure
Linux is much less vulnerable than Windows. Generally you don't need to buy or download any virus protection software, because Viruses or malware are MUCH less common in Linux rather than Windows. One might have to consider that Windows holds the major desktop share, thus most of viruses are coded to work on Windows. Apart from that, if some virus is released, there are thousands of developers working to find a solution rather than a limited number of companies, thus the beauty of it being Open Source.

Usage on Older PCs
One might have a working old PC. There are "lite" versions of Linux desktop which work pretty well with old computers, thus putting your computer back to life, whilst not needing to use an ancient OS such as Windows 98 or Windows 2000.

Alternative Programs
One might need specific problems to carry out their tasks. Linux, offers a great variety of alternative Applications which lets the user carry out the tasks which he was doing before on different OSes.

Hardware Support
You must probably think I'm insane talking about Hardware Support when I've written such a post yesterday. Maybe I have not made myself clear enough. This is different. Drivers on Windows are more easy to find or install, whereas on Linux it may have the best hardware compatibility, but it may need some time however to find the proper drivers. However, the new Linux kernel supports the a very wide range of Hardware.

Specific Choices
Linux comes in different distributions, making some distributions 'specific' or specialized to what a user may want. This also gives the user the chance of change both the appearance and the distribution once in a while. Maybe a user is bored of the same old OS, and want a little bit of change. 

6 comments:

  1. The most important reason you've missed!

    Freedom!

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    1. Thanks GNU/Richard Stallman

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  2. "Usage on Older PCs"

    I STRONGLY disagree with you here. I tinker around with many older systems and the absolute best I could do with a P3 w/512Ram was with Absolute Linux and Q4OS which both leave a measly 26MB Ram free. The original OS that was on this particular Computer (Windows 98) left much more free ram and was snappier.

    Linux has just left older computers behind and regardless of what people say, there just isn't any Distro for them like there use to be with the old 'Floppy' Distros.

    I sort of disagree with you about Hardware Support also. It depends entirely on the Distro. In Ubuntu for instance, installing extra drivers is a breeze with the GUI way they have that Auto-detects and One-click installs. With Windows, first you have to do endless searches to find Drivers, then Download them and run through a series of Wizards while crossing your fingers.

    It's simply better with Linux. Most of the time with peripherals, you simply plug it in and it works. There are no drivers to install, since most are built-in to the Kernel.

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    1. How much RAM is cached? To have only a bit of free RAM isn't that uncommon on Linux. As long as the rest is mostly cached, there's not much to worry.

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  3. I work daily with Windows and its applications and use Linux at home. I don't see any technical problem whose solution might help Linux gain terrain.

    In my opinion, we must have a Linux version for the masses and do what Android did.

    Just yesterday I had to configure my notebook so that my 3-year old could use Tux Paint. It's a lesson in usability, all my preferences are inverted for a toddler -- e.g., full-screen is mandatory.

    I have a work colleague which brags about using the iPhone for everything and no longer touching the computer at home. I find very confusing how one can be proud about something like that. And still, that's the way things are.

    I, for one... as long as I can use KDE, we can keep discussing Linux' share for some years, I hope.

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  4. I tried both, both amuse me. I experienced both computers' issues, they sort of freaked me out. I got an article (here's the link: http://www.primemagazine.net/its-amazing/the-four-common-yet-annoying-pc-issues-of-all-time.html) about common computer issues, and though they are always occurring, they are still annoying, be it Linux or other brands of computers.

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