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Top reasons to start using Linux as your PC OS


  • 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.

linux

 

  • Its absolutely free

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.

Yes, its 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.  🙂

 

  • Its fast & stable

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.

A Old PC

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.

Linux is Secure

 

  • 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.

Xubuntu Software Center

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

Ubuntu Workspace Switcher

 

  • No fragmentation issues

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.

Ubuntu Forums

Ubuntu Forums

 

  • 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:

  1. Choose a distro
  2. Download the ISO
  3. Install it in the pen drive using Unetbootin
  4. Reboot the PC
  5. Change the boot options in BIOS to boot the pen drive as primary device
  6. Select the “Try without installing” option
  7. Experience the awesomeness of Linux in live mode

 

Ubuntu_10.04LTS_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

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.

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2 responses to “Top reasons to start using Linux as your PC OS

  1. dddux September 13, 2014 at 02:24

    Boot time depends on the hardware, of course. On my Thinkpad T410 laptop from 2010 [300$] Debian Xfce Jessie boots up in less than 10 seconds and the “shutdown now” is almost instant [1-2sec?]. Windows 7 on the same laptop boots up much longer. I usually don’t care about the boot up time as my main computer is on 18/24 and in the morning I don’t notice it, nor care, though. 😉

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