It’s been a long time I am using Linux and It’s amazing, once you get a hold of it, its the best operating system you can find. But yeah its true a lot of people will always prefer Windows/Mac because of ease of use, easily understandable. But who told you Linux is hard to understand and only the one who understands coding can use it?
Its history, Linux has a long history according to which in the very earlier stage of Linux there was only command line interface. which needed some technical knowledge to operate. But soon enough GNOME was introduced as a desktop environment, which served the purpose of giving a graphical user interface. Then there were a lot of updates to the GNOME desktop environment. And this is GNOME today.
Do you know that macOS and Linux both shares the same base- UNIX
Enough with history lets dig into why one should use Linux. There are a lot of reasons lets discuss some significant ones.
1. It’s Free
Yes, Linux is completely free and so is it’s all the necessary software. Unlike windows, you don’t have to spend a single penny to get your system up and running. As its free, IT companies, education institutes could reduce there IT cost drastically.
It’s even best for the student community as dozens of education software are available under Linux. Even the equivalent of paid software is available for free may it be photo editing, sound editing or video editing, etc.
2. Software Installation Simpler Than Ever
At the very early stage of Linux, installing a software was Hell. First, download the package, open up the terminal, run the appropriate command, grant permission then if somehow it fails due to incorrect package do this all over again. It was a pain. In Ubuntu (a Linux distribution), we have something called software center, it contains ample programs across a wide range of categories (news, productivity, graphic design, audio, and video editing, etc). To install one, just click install and it will start downloading the package first, and later on, the program shall be installed within a few minutes considering the package size, Pretty Simple. Uninstalling the software goes the same as this.
3. High Security
Ever wondered what if some harmful viruses or malware gets into your system, what harm they can do to your system. Well, Linux developers knew what a virus can do, and that’s why it was taken into consideration. Once Linux has installed into your system the system itself takes care of any incoming virus or threat.
However, to build another security layer, it is advised to install ClamAV antivirus software to the Linux platform where it will be helpful to maintain high-security standards.
One more important aspect of Linux is that it is totally open-source, so any backdoor or loopholes are already reported in the Linux Community. So it is getting more secure day by day, way secure than the Windows platform.
4. Linux Community
If you are using Linux and you face some random issue and you can’t get it through, there are a lot of people online available to help you out. The Linux community has grown so strong that every possible issue has the solution listed in the community, you just need to go online and search for your issue, and if you don’t find any issue which was listed earlier then you can post new issue and ask people around and contribute to the community that’s how it grows strong.
5. System Performance
I have used both Windows (Windows 10) and Linux (Ubuntu 20.04) on the same machine with the same configuration. The performance I got in Ubuntu is significantly higher than the Windows. The reasons behind that are Windows has a lot of unnecessary services running in the background to which continuously utilizes the CPU, resulting in slowing down the foreground process. Also, Windows have a lot of bloatware utilizing the disc space and sometimes CPU. On the other hand, Linux is free from bloatware and it gives full control over services and background processes, which for me is a tremendous opportunity to configure my system according to my use.
Linux gives users full flexibility in customizing their system. Users can use different Linux distributions to customize the look and feel. Alternatively, there are half-a-dozen desktop environments to choose from, like GNOME, KDE, etc.
Right from the wallpaper to changing system sound, system theme, behavior everything can be customized using tweak tools provided by desktop environments.
So these are some of the most significant reasons I use Linux. I am a big fan of Ubuntu distribution as they have the largest community and unlimited customizations available. The intention of this article was not to depreciate Windows or any other OS but to tell you guys how awesome Linux is.
Till the next 2 AM blog.
PS: I have started a Discord server(Discord servers are organized into topic-based channels where you can collaborate, share, and just talk about your day without clogging up a group chat.) related to technical stuff. So all the developers out there lets jump in and ask a question, share your knowledge, talk about something that you recently learned, or have started learning. This is a great opportunity to increase our technical skills. Hope to see you guys there.