Why you should switch to Linux

  • Linux is Free

Microsoft will force you to spend around 100$ by forcing to upgrade to Windows 8.1/10 , which means you have to pay just for upgrades. Linux OS, on the other hand, is completely free. If you choose to switch to Linux, you save at least hundred bucks.


  • It’s compatible with lower end hardware

To run Microsoft windows is actually an heavy task on hardware side. Even when your PC have decent specs your system might be running too slow. Consider your system is having 1 GB of RAM and you are running Windows 7/8, it will be real pain to run these operating system smoothly, forget about Windows 10 running on this PC. This is where Linux comes into play. It is for anyone and it does not require a heavyweight computer system. But even if your system is one of those of late 90’s or early 2000’s, there are plenty of lightweight linux distribution. In other words, hardware is no constraint for this OS.


  • Does not require antivirus because it is more secure

In Windows, you cannot live without an antivirus. Even with an antivirus product, your system is continuously at risk of catching virus. If you had a premium antivirus, it would keep on alerting you of a possible threat detection.

In Linux, you don’t need an antivirus. Virus and malware are alien to this world. IT is known for its security features. Switching to Linux will save you some more as you won’t have to buy an antivirus.


  • Repositories

Most of the Linux distribution have their own ‘App store’ or ‘software repository’, from where you can download any kind of application, this makes installing an application on your system lot easier.Moreover, the software thus installed will be safe, compatible with your OS and will be getting automatic updates.


  • Ease of use

The biggest myth about Linux is that it is only for those who are technology geeks and one needs to be computer genius to use It.No, it is not true. It is not late 90’s where it was a complicated operating system. These days desktop Linux OS run out of the box, have GUI tools and have all the functionality that you look for in Windows.


  • Open Source

What is it like when you buy a car, but you cannot see what’s under the hood? Similar is the case with when you use a Windows-powered system. However, in contrast, Linux is completely an open Source project. You can have a look at the source code of a Linux OS, which is a plus.

I know, most people don’t care about this openness of OS, but to me, this is the most important feature of using GNU.


  • It looks Better and fully Customizable

When it comes to looks, desktop Linux rules over Windows. Be it KDE, GNOME, UNITY or even low end desktop environments like Xfce or LXDE, they are much more good looking than the Windows desktop. So if you think Linux desktop to be a plain boring and dull looking, you are definitely wrong. Best of all, you can choose a desktop flavor according to your choice. You can fully customize your desktop according to your need, you will always feel like your home when you will work on it.


  • Better Update

When it comes to updates, windows is real pain. The updates suddenly start in the background and you can not do anything about it. You will be asked to restart your PC and restarting will be so slow that you can cook your food in between. When it comes to updates in Linux they are very smooth and you can choose whether to update or not, also it does not require you to restart your PC to complete update.


  • Linux Community

Probably the best thing about Linux is the Linux community. You will never feel alone in Linux world. Apart from numerous how-to blogs, just drop by any forum for any kind of problem you are facing with your system, someone will always try to help you out. Such is the support of its community.


  • Gaming on Linux

For many they are stuck to windows for the fact that Linux is bad for gaming, but present scenario have changed. Now its developers have started making it more compatible with games. With introduction of distros like steamOS, gamedriftOS, lakka OS and many more gaming on this OS is not a big deal and they give decent performance, you won’t feel like you are missing windows.


Ajay Pratap Singh

Ajay Pratap Singh is currently graduating Bachelors in Technology from Computer Science. He is a tech enthusiast and very much passionate about technology and how technology will change the world.

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