So, you’re a brand, or rather moderate, Linux user who wants to learn what Linux’s true advantages over Windows are? Unix has some benefits, and of course several drawbacks when it comes to using the Unix operating system. This article covers 5 benefits of using Linux over Windows, and also lists a few drawbacks. Check out Linux vs. Windows: Why Linux is The Clear Winner.
Linux Advantages: Price-The most obvious benefit of using Linux is that it is free to use, whereas Microsoft products are available at a high and often ongoing cost. Usually, Windows licenses can only be installed on a single computer, while a Linux version can be installed on any number of computers, without costing a single dime.
Safety-The security feature of Linux is far better than that of Windows according to the cost. How do you need to pay extra money on the applications for virus protection? The Linux operating system has been around since the early 1990’s and for all these years has managed to stay stable in the world of widespread viruses, spyware and adware. Sure, the claim that the Linux desktop isn’t as commonly used is a factor in why viruses don’t exist. My rebuttal is that the Linux operating system is open source and if there is a widespread Linux virus released today, hundreds of updates will be released tomorrow, either by regular people using the operating system or by the distribution maintainers. As we do with Windows, we wouldn’t have to wait for a patch from a single company.
Choice (Freedom)-A big benefit of Linux is the freedom of choosing. With Linux, you can monitor just about every part of your operating system. Your desktops look and sound through various Window Managers, and the kernel, are two big features that you have control of. In Windows, either you stuck using the default bland desktop theme, or you face abuse or failure by downloading a shell from a third party.
Technology-There are so many options of technology when it comes to performing some specific function. On Freshmeat you might look for a text editor and yield hundreds, if not thousands of results. My post on 5 Linux text editors that you should learn about describes how many tools are available just to edit text on the command-line due to the open source nature of Linux. Daily users and programmers tend to upload applications. Sometimes it’s a basic improvement or enhancement feature to an already existing piece of software, sometimes it’s completely new. Additionally, Linux software appears to be filled with more functionality and better usability than Windows software. Most of all, Linux software is largely free and open source. Not only can you get the software at no price, but if you understand the programming language, you have the option to change the source code and add more functionality. Why could you hope for more?
Computer-Linux is ideal for those ancient computers that have barely any computing power or memory in your garage or basement that gathers dust. Download and use Linux as a firewall, as a file server or as a backup server. The possibilities are infinite. Old 386 or 486 computers that run Linux with hardly any RAM without any problems. Good luck on those computers running Windows and really having a use for them.