Why Linux?

Sunday, 18 February 2007, michuk

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Pic.1 Tux — the Linux logo

Microsoft has reached an enormous success with its Windows product during the last decade and practically monopolized the market for home computer operating systems. But, does it mean Windows is still the best OS around, especially for power users?

No, it’s not. At least not always. And on this page you are going to see why.

Summary

If we draw a comparison between the two operating systems considering licensing, selling, and upgrading models, and if we add the supreme configurability (resulting from the system’s philosophy), and a low pricing then it will appear the GNU/Linux is decidedly more user friendly in terms of software then any other system existing on the market at present (perhaps apart from niche systems like GNU/Hurd and Haiku). Microsoft Windows systems are still dug in on the other pole with their restricted licensing allowing users to — at the most — conditionally run the systems (not even in every case) and their applications.

By friendliness we mean something more general that the ease-of-use and availability of applications! It is about not constraining the users but granting them full freedom to exert their rights to use software in their own way. It is about a freedom of choice — the possibility to use any window manager, any file system, and any package system the user wants to choose, about the possibility to work in a console or GUI environment, locally or remotely. It’s all about the security schema, well designed and overt, instead of “security by obscurity” model which has been compromised over and over. Do the users need such freedom? Certainly 90% PC users will do well without it. For the remaining 10%, including me, the GNU/Linux systems have appeared to be the only solution.

Why Linux? Why do most web hosting companies use Linux as their primary platform for their servers? The answer is simple: security, stabilty and speed!

Read 10 reasons to choose Linux

  • Security — why are the default security settings of Windows XP so bad?
  • Desktop usability — what is wrong with Windows’ usability and how it is corrected in GNU/Linux desktops?
  • Installing software — ok, you thought it can’t be easier than double-clicking the setup.exe file? Think again!
  • Upgrading — ever thought that upgrading your system and all its appliactions could be as executing one single command? No? Well, GNU/Linux is exactly this way.
  • System crashes — every desktop crashes, but how to get over it?
  • Performance — is Linux really that much faster than Windows? Well… it is.
  • The power of console — learn how to improve your productivity by using the terminal
  • Remote access in GNU/Linux — how to connect remotely to your Linux box
  • Philosophy and licencing of Linux — how does it differ from the proprietary software?
  • Cost and TCO of Linux — what is cheaper — Linux or Windows?

If this does not convince you, please visit the website Get GNU/Linux for further reading about the Windows licencing, monopoly and the cool features of GNU/Linux operating system. They do it even better than us :)

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22 Comments

fold this thread barteqx  Saturday, 26 May 2007 o godz. 12:50 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +2

Very good, but why it isn’t like polish version?

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fold this thread michuk  Saturday, 26 May 2007 o godz. 1:09 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

@barteqx: because the Polish version (http://jakilinux.org/dlaczego-linux/) is a direct translation of the great GetGNULinux.org website (linked from here). It would make no sense to copy the content of this website here. So instead, we provide 10 reasons to use GNU/Linux (each reason make its own article).

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fold this thread anonymous  Sunday, 27 May 2007 o godz. 1:42 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

You should also list that additional software is usually in one place (a repository). So, you do not have to search for it on the internet, then pay for it.

Also, you can get Linux for no cost.

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fold this thread michuk  Sunday, 27 May 2007 o godz. 2:08 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +2

You should also list that additional software is usually in one place (a repository). So, you do not have to search for it on the internet, then pay for it.

It’s a major part of the article three: Installing software in Linux.

Also, you can get Linux for no cost.

This will be in article 10 :)

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fold this thread barteqx  Sunday, 27 May 2007 o godz. 11:25 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

Sorry, i forgot about it is original text and the polish version is a translation.

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fold this thread Robert Pogson  Monday, 9 July 2007 o godz. 5:03 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

Choose Linux because it has the best performance for the price. M$ is overpriced by large factors and on top of paying the high price to obtain the software it is very costly to maintain and subject to severe sensitivity to malware. Many billions of dollars are spent each year fighting malware. More money is spent fighting malware than paying the M$ tax.

Also, choose Linux because it does no harm. M$ has been found in court to illegally harm competitors due to its monopoly and the way it excersizes that monopoly.

see http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/ms_findings.htm

Billions of dollars are flowing from all over the world to the US to support the M$ monopoly. Many countries like China and Brazil are actively supporting Linux because that money can be put to better use in the local economy. In Germany, for instance, Munich hired local businesses to migrate thousands of desktop systems to Linux.

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fold this thread xfrailaspaper  Wednesday, 9 January 2008 o godz. 10:31 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

I didn’t say this…but I’ve never paid for windows either :P

 
 
fold this thread BobSongs  Thursday, 3 January 2008 o godz. 1:59 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

My reluctance to start using Linux was not so much with Linux itself. Rather it was with software.

When I encourage people to consider using Linux their first real question (after “Is it compatible with Windows?”) is: “Will I be able to run my software?”

Beginners can easily be directed to Linux, especially with a user-friendly distribution. Seasoned Windows gurus are intrigued by Linux, finding the latest Windows release quite disappointing. Dual-booting becomes a guru favorite.

We have to focus on the defining and understanding of various PC user profiles. Example: gamers, office users, art and graphic design, music and sound editing (low-latency kernel required), video editors, children’s games (some PCs have dozens of the these) and so on. Once they turn on their machines their computer runs… what… two? three programs? Then it’s Starts > Shutdown. End of story.

Apple’s ad campaign is doing a lot to put it into people’s heads — before they upgrade — that they’re in for a rough ride with Vista. It becomes increasingly difficult to point a Windows user to Linux after successive investments in upgrades, time (re-learning the interfaces) and updates.

I needed a lot of convincing before I believed it was worth losing the software I purchased. I bought XP. I bought games. I bought music software. (Not all gurus are pirates.) The transition began when friends pointed to OpenSource versions of the software with which I was familiar. Firefox for Internet Explorer, Thunderbird for Outlook Express, Inkscape for CorelDRAW, Asaph for SongBase, OpenOffice for Microsoft Office, Pidgin for MSN Messenger, etc. Once I made the transition the rest fit fairly easily into place: K3B for Nero, KTorrent for Bittorrent, KolourPaint for MS Paint, Leafpad for Notepad, etc.

I’m not here to make a list comparing as much Linux software to Windows software. I find Windows users often retreat to Windows when just thrown into Linux. They need to know that something familiar resides there. So before pushing Linux weaning them from proprietary software should be job 1 — unless they’re raring to go. Once the software has been replaced with OpenSource equivalents then switching the underlying structure of the O/S isn’t as huge a shock.

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fold this thread Kevin  Monday, 14 July 2008 o godz. 3:53 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

I support Linux 100% but I feel that people should make an objective decision for themselves after reading The Truth about Linux.

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fold this thread rigorth  Sunday, 12 October 2008 o godz. 4:54 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

I used Winblows for a long time, but then I got to know Linux and Mac. I’ve used all of them, but the only thing about Mac is it’s too expensive (It’s only for rich people). Linux can be a pain in the 4$$ sometimes, but after it’s installed, everything’s fine. My computer doesn’t run slowly, because, unlike Winblows, it doesn’t have *wares or stuff that will infest your system.

I’m not worried about viruses either. I don’t need to defrag my hdd and scan it for all kinds of wares everyday. I don’t need to worry about configuring the registries or whatever that used to waste my time when using Winblows.

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fold this thread jason  Saturday, 27 June 2009 o godz. 10:35 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

@ rigorth

Does Microsoft make you go to warez sites? No? Then how are they to blame for “wares and stuff” (warez and pr0n?) infesting your system?

Sounds like your own behavior is to blame.

 
 
fold this thread Rahul  Saturday, 11 July 2009 o godz. 5:30 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Hi, greatest person here. If you want comparison then do simple and best. If linux cost only 10% of MICROSOFT product the if would die in its birthday year. challege is on if linux could beat MICROSOFT in even 15-20 years then i will beg for life rather than being investor.

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fold this thread eee_eff  Saturday, 22 August 2009 o godz. 5:03 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

I noticed today (Aug 22 2009) that Dell makes price of MS Windows transparent

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fold this thread jmh  Friday, 27 November 2009 o godz. 2:01 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

I think it should also add some more info as to why people should choose Linux or BSD over Apple‘s offering.

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fold this thread StopBeingBiased  Thursday, 18 February 2010 o godz. 11:36 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

*Security: Hell yeah. Windows sucks in security.
*Desktop usability: Sorry but Windows wins here. It’s easier to use PERIOD.
*Installing software: An .exe is an .exe. You just double click it and that’s all. In Ubuntu .deb packages are almost as easy to use, but I still havn’t got a clue on how to install an .rmp one.
*Upgrading: Yeah, tell me what kind of idiot mentions this and doesn’t says anything about hardware detection or lack of games or centain software like Photoshop. Anyways Window’s automatic updates is not such a difficult thing right?
*System crashes: Windows 98 is a long way behind and I must say I haven’t seen a single BSOD recently in my XP, or 7 (just one but because my RAM was corrupted). In Ubuntu with an stable Firefox installed sometimes it just closes itself when visiting certaing pages lol. Installed Compiz, didn’t like it so I wanted to uninstall it. Oh well didn’t you say installing is a reason to choose Linux? Then uninstalling must certainly be a reason why NOT to choose Linux. I dind’t have a single clue on how to uninstall what I had already installed, so went to synaptic, looked for compiz and uninstalled it. I had to format c:/ because like have read in many forums when you have installed this and uninstalled it it also uninstalls certain dependencies and no comman they recommended me could fix it.
*Performance: My manually tunned XP SP3 in a P4 1,6 768Mb RAM eats less ram and consumes less cpu than my Ubuntu 9.10 in the same pc. Also with both having the latest nVidia drivers (my gfx card) on Windows anything you do it does it smoothly and fast. in Ubuntu smoothness is nowhere to be seen and everything moves like microsteps. Ubuntu like I have said eats more cpu and ram than my manually tunned (fully functional too) XP SP3 and when for example I open a recently installed Firefox while I’m speaking with Skype, the call in Skype freezes a bit and sounds horrible, just like the entire OS when opening any software. In Windows this doesn’t happen.
*The power of console: Having a console now is a reason to change to Linux? Or is it just that you don’t have any other real reasons so you start from here saying bullshit that has nothing to do with the topic only to fill up the 10 reasons? In Windows there’s also a console, it’s called CMD…
*Remote access in GNU/Linux: Alright, you must be joking right? Since when you can’t connect remotely to a Windows? In fact it’s so easy that there’re tons of hackers, viruses, trojans and remote vulnerabilities! xD
*Philosophy and licencing of Linux: Any normal user gives a crap on why Gimp is supposedly better than Photoshop because they are not programmers and when they’re actually going to use the software PS is 10000 times better than Gimp.
*Cost and TCO of Linux: Almost all Linux based distros are free so they doesn’t make you pay 200$ for a piece of crap (That’s just what I needed!) So here Linux wins.

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fold this thread Chaotic Tech  Friday, 11 June 2010 o godz. 1:57 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

“but I still havn’t got a clue on how to install an .rmp one”

never saw one of these before; however .RPMs can be installed using Alien (found in repo) and installed as easily as .deb on other disros that chose to use RPM over APT or other Package Management.

uninstalled it it also uninstalls certain dependencies and no comman they recommended me could fix it

When uninstalling from Synaptic, it asks to completely remove files associted which will remove all those dependencies as well.

nVidia issues…probably the wrong driver, have not had issues with nVidia cards in a long time under *nix.

Having a console now is a reason to change to Linux?

Windows command line (DOS shell)is way inferior to a linux console, so if you do utalize a command prompt in Windows, then yes the console is a reason to change to a Linux disto.

Remote access in GNU/Linux: Alright, you must be joking right? Since when you can’t connect remotely to a Windows? In fact it’s so easy that there’re tons of hackers, viruses, trojans and remote vulnerabilities!

that is because Windows RDP is a joke with too many holes, where they are addressed with SSH, again yes Linux wins here as well.

Any normal user gives a crap on why Gimp is supposedly better than Photoshop because they are not programmers and when they’re actually going to use the software PS is 10000 times better than Gimp.

Again an epic fail comment from you, I am sure you ment designers and not programmers, because most programmers would perfer the GIMP here because they have the freedom and knowledge to manipulate the software to suit them. Also 1000x’s better, maybe but 300x1x’s more expensive.

So here Linux wins.

Hey you got one right good job troll…Amen!!

 
 
fold this thread peter r  Friday, 31 December 2010 o godz. 1:54 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Windows 7 is a tough nut to crack. Good luck competing against Windows 7 with at best half-truth bullet points, you’re gonna need it.

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fold this thread booz  Friday, 11 February 2011 o godz. 2:51 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

HELLO
I HAVE A QUESTION MICROSOFT OFFICE IS COMPATIBLE TO LINUX

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fold this thread Onlyjob  Friday, 18 March 2011 o godz. 1:45 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Will you please remove “Get GNU/Linux” link because it redirects to Ubuntu web site?
When promoting GNU/Linux please do not give advantage to one mediocre distribution over others.

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