9 reasons why Linux worth your time
In 2018 around 78 % of computers (excluding smart devices) are working under Windows. Despite the critical changes in business model between Windows 8 and 10, Microsoft managed to keep their thigh grip on this market. Probably they will in the near future.
Yet Linux has evolved from sectarian OS for bunch of nerds and hackers into user friendly, power house, including support and above all privacy and flexibility. If software is not open and you are not paying for it…you are the product.
However very few users recognize the daily influence of the software and their computer habits on their behavior. Years of experience with certain structures and UI, functions and programs shapes human mind and mentality. Starting from the hunger for social recognition in social medias, exposure of once private life to the consumer practices in virtual and real life.
This article begin as 9 reasons why Linux worth the learning curve and switch to it. Yet it is not appeal to converse to the “true, right” OS, but more of a seductive whisper about other possibilities. With no further a due – 9 reasons, why Linux worth your time and efforts:
1. The Privacy – my motive to give 3rd chance to Linux was Windows 10 – with Win 8 Microsoft at least were pretending, that your data is not collected. Today they don’t give you any option, so Microsoft users have to pay about product, which shapes their data in product to 3rd party…this is a bad deal. Some Linux distributions asks for gathering your data in order to make their product better, yet if you chose not to participate, your data won’t be collected at all. Not to mention that if distribution disappoints you, there are plenty of different flavors.
2. The Ability to choose – the mere fact you have your options, opens your mentality and allows you to weight possibilities. In Linux you could choose between UI and visible environment, the way to interact with the system – by terminal (command line program) or clicking on buttons and panels. Most applications has versions and clones for all main distributions, so for example you can choose between many office suites, not being stuck with just Microsoft Office. Possibilities are endless and open code programs are rivaling about your attention, not the other way around.
3. Change anything – even the distribution of use – don’t fancy particular software or design of some element? You could start reading and gain knowledge and change it – for free, as long as you invest time and efforts for researching.
4. Security – there are viruses and threads aiming Linux, yet they are so few and getting infected is quite difficult, due to permission structure in Linux, that most Linux users are not using anti virus software. Linux OS requires access privileges for almost all changes in the OS itself and installation of new software, meaning harmful software should obtain such access in order to influence your system. Which is not the case with its Microsoft counterparts.
5. Peace – Linux won’t bring notification, asking you to recommend it to your colleagues, it won’t either advertise Cortana or any other services. Sometimes Windows 10 acts as spoiled pet, hungry for attention. Linux is more of a cat – you see it once or twice a day, purring delighted in your ear.
6. Costs – As mentioned in point one, Linux is free, as Richard Stallman explain it – free as freedom. Yet it is free of charge in almost all cases (excluding 2-3 distributions). There is no additional or hidden costs as well as Linux is not stealing your private life away from you.
7. Dynamic – Being open source Linux is evolving constantly by contribution of its users – which are fixing bugs in the code. Most distributions has stable versions, which means 5 years of support. Updates are not mandatory, and could be customized according user preferences.
8. Switching to Linux is about change of mental model – it requires time investment and efforts to change harmful, windows habits. Such conversion deactivates impatience, which is so common along mass users, and which is the core of consumer practices, not limited to the virtual world, but extending to pollution and social problems, created from our behavior. In world of consumer addictions, breaking relationship and forgotten friends even our virtual presence could make a difference in our mental model and structures. It is not that Linux will make you a better person, but it is a tool, that will allow you to enhance your positive influence in the World.
9. Increase in efficiency – once you get acquaint with Linux and organize your environment, Linux user often became more efficient and productive. Among many IT groups Linux is OS of choice.
Conclusion: Switching to Linux might be bumpy road, and requires efforts, myself I tried my first distro (Ubuntu) 3 times, yet the most difficult part was to diminish my bad habits. Today Linux is user friendly, packed with variety of software and thriving community willing to help and change the environment for good.
Linux / Linux OS – GNU Linux is Unix like operating system, which is open source.
UI / User interface – the visual elements, which user use to interact with OS and applications. This is what common users call OS and Windows.
Distro / Distribution – is an operating system made from a software collection in this case different flavors of Linux OS.
OS – operating system