12 Reasons to Switch Over to Linux

For someone who is undecided about switching over from windows to a Linux, there are numerous advantages a Linux operating system has over any other.

This article will discuss twelve good reasons why one should opt for a Linux.

1. Price

What better motivation is there than an operating system that rarely crashes and is absolutely free? To get a Linux operating system costs nothing. In contrast to other operating system like windows which will cost $120 for an upgrade, a Linux OS saves you money and still provides you with an excellent operating system.

2. Security:

Viruses, malwares and the likes are a foreign thing in the world of Linux. With the operating system constantly being on the watch by it’s numerous viewers, Linux OS is arguably the most secure.

Windows require an anti-virus to be protected and it has to be a good anti-virus. Even with the presence of an anti-virus, the windows OS is always susceptible to threats.

3. Compatibility:

Hardware constraints might me associated with operating systems like the windows being that a minimum of 1GB of ram is required as running it on lower than that, produces a sluggish system that can be a real pain to work with.

One might even have to get a new PC if the old doesn’t meet the minimum criteria. With the numerous distros available for Linux, hardware constraint is a thing of the past. All you need is the distro that best suits your PC.

4. Easy to Use:

In the 90s, Linux was seen as a complicated operating system to work with and unfortunately that fact, which is now a thing of the past, is hindering many from using the Linux as they believe that it is still that complicated operating system that can only be maneuvered by computer geniuses.

Over the years, Linux has been customized to have all the functionalities that are sought for in windows. They are also run out of the box and have GUI tools too.

5. Drivers:

Linux drivers are supported by the kernel and as such one need not go through the cumbersome task of searching for drivers. All that one needs to do is to plug in the driver and you are good to go. Windows on the other hand doesn’t provide a straightforward way of using drivers and one might have to search for the necessary drivers for use.

6. Desktop Environments

With the range of flavors available for a Linux, one can choose the desktop of choice. It is certainly better looking than the windows desktop.

7. Software Repository:

Most Linux desktop come with their own application store and as such, one needs not go through the tiresome task of googling for desired applications. Most importantly, you are guaranteed that whatever you install would be safe, compatible and also be regularly updated.

8. Better Updating Process:

Updates in Linux are super fast and easy. Each time updates are available, you will be notified and with just a click, your system, applications and security can be updated. In contrast to windows, there is no need to wait for the system to shutdown which is usually time consuming.

9. Gaming:

Currently, Linux has a wide range of games for gamers compared to the past. Windows games are even accessible on Linux on the site “PlayOnLinux”. Native Linux games can also be downloaded on a site called “steam” and “GOG.com”.

10 Libre Office:

Linux comes with a powerful word processing program called LibreOffice which enables free editing in addition to opening and sending Microsoft documents. With this service, funds can be saved as one need not spend to purchase such programs.

11. Availability:

Linux is an operating system that is available for everyone to download and use. The steps involved in acquiring it involve no complications. It’s free and moreover it offers users a variety of distributions to choose from.

12. Community:

The world of Linux is one large community. It provides a sense of security knowing that its numerous viewers are always on alert and this again protects against various threats. Any questions one might have based on a complication or two can easily be fixed because there would always be someone ready to help out.

We hope you found this article helpful, please let us now if you have any comments, questions and/or contributions to this article below.

Modou Sarr is from the Gambia West Africa, he loves to read write and is an avid sportsman. He studied International Development studies and also Law and hopes to one day own a successful eCommerce business.

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4 thoughts on “12 Reasons to Switch Over to Linux”

  1. I will start off saying that I am a Linux user. I do use Windows and unfortunately, occasionally OSX. However, much of the Linux world leans towards what is essentially “fanboyism” and those “fanyboys” love to bash (no pun intended) Windows and OSX. Linux is an excellent operating system for some people. It has some advantages over Windows. Neither operating system is perfect. However, this list is skewed towards the aforementioned “fanboy” love. While I do think Linux is great, it is more important that the truth be told.

    1) Price. Yes, most Linux distributions are absolutely free. However, the gloss over the fact that Windows 10 is also free. Has been since it came out, still is into 2020. Yes, you get charged to purchase it with a new computer, but do some research. You dont have to pay a single cent to get Windows 10 for free from Microsoft.

    2) Security. Im not going to argue about which is more secure, Linux or Windows. However, saying viruses and malware is foreign to Linux is flat out FALSE. There are viruses on Linux. However, traditional viruses are becoming less common overall. Malware exists on Linux and is growing every year. Windows has come with its own antivirus software, which works fine. Plus there are plenty of other free ones as well. I simply use the built in Windows antivirus and it is more than capable. I have never gotten a virus on Windows. Linux has its own security issues, to say the least. All those hacks you hear about in the news are not from Windows servers, they are Linux machines.

    3) Compatibility. Your answer is straddling the line between being true and false. I will start off by saying Windows 10 works flawlessly on machines that were designed for Windows XP. 15+ years ago. Have a machine with less than 1GB of RAM? Windows will struggle, or not work at all. However, the exact same thing applies to Linux. Install a modern distro like Ubuntu or Fedora on that machine and it will work just as poorly. Sure you can go with a light distro, but you cant do much more than basic tasks that you could do faster on your modern smartphone. On that light distro, install a modern web browser and go to most modern websites, or install modern RAM hungry software, that Linux machine will come to its knees.

    4) Ease of use. Linux has definitely improved over the years, but has a long way to go. Linux still lacks some basic functionality that has existed in Windows for decades. And while there are some good innovations in Linux, if they really are good, they make their way to Windows.

    5) Drivers. Driver support in Linux has vastly improved. However, it is not the rosy picture you paint. Nor is Windows this bleak landscape. Drivers in Windows are pretty much perfect. Windows 10 has all the latest drivers for most devices going back decades. Sure, they drop support for old hardware, but its old. No one uses it. Linux has a lot of support for old hardware, but often lacks drivers for new hardware. And even if it is supported, there is no guarantee it will work as well as it would in Windows. And searching for drivers for Windows is not some mysterious, hard to do thing. You go to manufacturers website and download a driver. It literally takes seconds, or at worst a couple of minutes if it the website is poorly designed.

    6) Desktop Environments. Linux has a lot of them and you can customize them. However, I wouldnt agree they look better than Windows. Most of them emulate the Windows desktop. Additionally, much of the customizations you can do to DEs can be done in Windows. However, the reality is no one does as no one wants to.

    7) Software Repositories. First off Windows has a software repository, just like Linux distros. There is NO GUARANTEE that the software will be safe, only that it is compatible with that version of Linux. Additionally, they are only updated as often as the distro maintainers update it. Many apps in the Linux software repositories are never at the latest version. How do you get the latest version? Google for the website and download it, like you falsely say you have to do in Windows. Some Linux application developers warn people not to get their software from the distro repositories, as they are often very out of date.

    8) Better updating process. This answer is flat out false. Linux and Windows will tell you there is an update to the OS the same way. Linux will also tell you if there is an update to an application from the repository. As stated in 7, just because its updated, doesnt mean its up to date. Windows leaves it up to the apps to tell you there is an update. Generally, this means, the apps are ALWAYS up to date, either by self updating or taking you to the website to download the latest version. Additionally, Linux requires reboots as well. People often update their Linux boxes and never reboot. Guess what? The kernel updates never get applied. Also, Windows updates only require a reboot when necessary. Windows machines rarely need a reboot. The last sentence really blows my mind. Rebooting is time consuming? Are you serious? Even on an older machine, with a mechanical hard drive, you are talking a couple minutes once every few months.

    9) Gaming. Gaming on Linux has gotten a lot better. However, it has a long way to go. Wine/Play On Linux/Proton has brought the ability to play some Windows games on Linux, with varying degrees of success. Some Windows games work great in these environments, the vast majority do not. A few companies do make native Linux games here and there. Overall, gaming on Linux leaves a lot to be desired. If you really want to play games, you will need Windows.

    10) Libre Office does not come with all Linux distros. However, you can install it on any distro. Libre Office is great. However, it is not Microsoft Office. It is not 100% compatible, nor does it have all the functionality. While it will work for many people, your mileage will greatly vary. Also, Microsoft offers Office on the web for free, which is 100% compatible, with some limits of functionality. If you are working in a business environment, more than likely, Libre Office will not suffice.

    11) Availability. This is correct. The only one so far.

    12) Community. Generally true. However, there is just as much vitriol between certain Linux and open source software camps, as they have “Fanboy” hate for Windows.

    Again, Linux is a great OS. So is Windows. All I want is for people to be properly informed. Switching to Linux will not make the world sunshine and rainbows. You will still have problems. bugs, incompatibilities, and the like. You are still subject to malware and updates. You will have to replace most, if not all of your software – assuming you can find suitable replacements. The community is much smaller and more fragmented, so finding answers tends to be harder. I have done more Linux installs than I can count and I have never had one work perfectly from install to usage. There has always been something that needs to be fixed, or tweaked.

  2. I’m a big fan of Linux and it has it’s place as do most operating system iOS, Android.
    As for your point’s there are some glaring inaccuracy that scream you have not used windows in the last 15 years.

    Although Linux is free and windows costs the setup times are are hugely different costing you more in personnel time. for Linux than windows

    Bullshit “foreign things in the world of Linux” how are there viruses on Android then…

    your requirements lean more on the software your using than the operating system. E.G i develop for linux servers so i need the power to run LAMP the same as my production servers use.

    The only one that comes close to the simplicity of is Ubuntu all others fail.

    Windows Drivers are installed into the kernel and loads are pre-installed the same as linux the difference is finding drivers not pre-installed is easier on windows that linux

    so what windows can be customised will less work configuring a new desktop engine in Linux is notas simple as install and go

    So does windows.

    Linux does occasionally need restarting for some update to fully work.

    Not even close the the level of windows and emulation or streaming of games is not the same as installing them.

    Libre Office is open source and on windows as well for free just most distro’s include it.

    and windows tends to come pre-installed on most systems making it more available.

    the windows community is bigger i’m afraid to tell you

    • You are really just nitpicking man. Like seriously. You had to spend all that time nitpicking an article? Why not spend that time better and do something productive with it.

      And oh, it seems you also haven’t used Linux in the last 5 years. Ubuntu isn’t the only one that’s easy to use, there’s Linux Mint, Deepin, even Manjaro is there, Elementary OS if you’re coming from MacOS. Linux isn’t only for beginners. It covers the entire spectrum.

      And Android only uses the kernel, not the whole package so that’s basically the same case with Windows when it comes to the issue of malware. If we take what you said into account, it would twist the article into talking about the Linux “kernel” and not Linux based desktop operating systems.

      • Actually, he is mostly correct. I added my own comment to the original article pointing out its fallacies pertaining to both Linux and Windows. If someone wants to use Linux, by all means, go for it. However, it is important that they know all the correct information before making a decision.


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