The popular open source news site LXer recently published a detailed article on the advantages of Linux, with the aim of dispelling unfair cynicism.
Whether you are a home user or a business owner, Linux is a great choice for an operating system. I entered the Linux world pretty recently, after spending a long time with various Microsoft Windows versions. Now, there’s no looking back!
I’ve identified the top 5 reasons to consider turning to Linux:
1) Cost of operating your computer.
Microsoft Windows offers various paid license plans to run your computer, or install copies on several machines in a network. When you turn to Linux, software that runs your computers is completely free!
This is a great advantage for both home users and businesses who are seeking to cut costs.
2) The spirit of sharing.
Linux is based on sharing and caring. Linux is often the force behind social initiatives that bring computing power to less privileged children and people in war ravaged areas.
When you adopt Linux, you are automatically enrolled into community service – pure material aims take a backseat.
3) Vibrant support communities.
There are extremely active support communities that help users of various distros troubleshoot their problems. The AskUbuntu forums which I've used for my Ubuntu system is just one of countless examples. Experienced users will patiently help you run your computer flawlessly, without asking even a cent for it.
If you're new to Linux, you surely won't feel lost.
Paid support is also available from companies specializing in it, especially at the enterprise level.
Linux provides the harshest environment for viruses to live. Open source software is collaboratively scrutinized by developers from around the world, which means that viruses will be busted well before they make it to your computers.
You do need anti-viruses on a Linux box, at times. These are chiefly meant for scanning Windows drives, or viruses that execute themselves with Wine!
5) Linux encourages you to be tech savvy.
What is more gratifying than knowing the what, where, when, how and why of the software that powers your computer?
If you’re an Apple user, you’ll typically head straight to the nearest Mac genius for help in times of distress. As a Windows user, you’ll probably hesitate to venture beyond the basic troubleshooting methods.
Linux users set a very different example. They try to get to the bottom of every problem themselves (if they ever come), get help from worldwide networks of users if they’re stuck, and ensure that they’ve straightened out issues with their operating systems.
Linux has retained the way the classical Unix operating system works. Most servers today run Unix-like operating systems – if you're technically inclined and get accustomed to using Linux, you're getting to know how operating systems worked in their original design.
Choose from an array of distros, and get ready to go the Linux way!
What has been the most compelling reason for you to adopt Linux and stay with it? Are you skeptical about using Linux? Use the comment form below and speak your mind!