- Linux is 100% free and open source software
Linux is distributed as a FOSS which means the source code is available for the public. Its “free software license” grants the users to view the source code, edit it, improve it and also redistribute it.
The best thing about Linux is that its 100% free. You don’t need to pay anything to use it. You can just download it and start using it. Since its being developed, maintained and upgraded by open source enthusiasts all over the world, Linux is & always will be free.
And if you’re one of the users using a pirated copy of any other proprietary operating system, its about time you switch to Linux and abandon the pirate ship. 🙂
Linux is really fast & stable compared to other proprietary operating systems. It just can’t be explained with words. You have to try it to see its performance.
In Linux, there are no anti-virus, anti-spy ware etc. software’s running in the background clogging up the hardware resources of your PC.
Most of the Linux distros has a boot time of less than a minute and shut down time of less than 15 seconds.
Ubuntu 12.10 boot speed
- It runs even on old hardware
The hardware requirements to run a Linux distro is very less. A PC with 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM & 5GB HDD is enough to run a Linux distro.
Make good use of such old hardware
- No worries about virus, spyware, malware etc.
Linux is totally secure when its comes to virus, spyware, malware etc. Viruses in Linux are extremely rare and hence there is no need to worry about virus, spyware or malware affecting the operating system.
So there are no more headaches about maintaining, updating & keeping an eye on those anti-virus, anti-spy ware and other such software’s.
- You can download almost all applications using the built-in software manager
Yes, you don’t need to hunt for software in the internet, download them & then install them. With Linux, you just open the built-in software manager, download & install software’s with just a few clicks.
You can also view ratings & read users reviews of the software’s in the software manager itself.
Ubuntu Software Center
- A single update manager to update everything
With Linux, you can update each & every software installed in your machine with just one update manager that comes with the operating system.
When an update or a new version of a software is released, its updated in the servers by the admins and then the update manager pops up to let you know that new software has been released.
Hence you don’t need to keep track of the versions of each & every software installed in your machine.
- You can use multiple workspace
Tired of juggling with multiple windows in the same workspace?
In Linux, workspace switcher comes to your rescue.
With workspace switcher, you can use multiple workspace and organize the windows as per your requirement & use them efficiently without getting mad.
Ubuntu Workspace Switcher
Linux doesn’t need de-fragmentation. The operating system & the file system takes care of it automatically.
The ext4 file system (used as default by majority of distros) allocates files in intelligent way. If fragmentation does occur, the ext4 file system automatically moves the files around the HDD, thus reducing fragmentation.
If you do face fragmentation problems with Linux, you probably have to upgrade the HDD in your PC to a larger sized hard disk.
- Excellent community support
Being a free and open source software, Linux has an excellent community support. You can get support from forums, mailing lists, IRC channels etc.
If you need help with an issue or a problem in Linux, all you have to do is ask the community and the community users will provide solutions to your problems related to Linux.
- Plenty of distros/desktop environments to choose from
There are plenty of Linux distros to choose from. You can visit distrowatch to check all the available distros.
Ubuntu, Linux mint & Fedora are some of the top distros that have a vast user base.
Linux offers many desktop alternatives. Common desktop environments include KDE, GNOME, Xfce, LXDE, Cinnamon and Unity.
You also get the option to choose either a 32bit or 64bit operating system.
- You can try a Linux distro without even installing it
Yes, you can try Linux distro without even installing it. Its called as live mode. All you need is a 1GB pen drive.
Steps to try a Linux distro in Live mode:
- Choose a distro
- Download the ISO
- Install it in the pen drive using Unetbootin
- Reboot the PC
- Change the boot options in BIOS to boot the pen drive as primary device
- Select the “Try without installing” option
- Experience the awesomeness of Linux in live mode
Ubuntu 10.04LTS Live Mode
- You can install & use it side by side without your other operating systems
You can install & use a Linux distro without modifying the other operating systems already installed in your PC.
First you have to create a new partition for the Linux distro using GParted or any other partitioning software, then proceed with the installation.
All Linux distros comes with GRUB boot loader which takes care of all the operating systems installed in your PC and then lists them during booting so that you can switch between Linux and other operating systems.
Ubuntu GRUB boot loader
If you are new to Linux, I would recommend you to try Ubuntu over any other distro. You can read more about installing and using Ubuntu along with windows in the Ubuntu community wiki. The following video shows you a step by step process of installing Ubuntu alongside Windows.