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How many times have you discovered yourself suffering through a Windows update, coming down with a virus, malware, or ransomware, feeling limited by the Apple or Microsoft method of doing things, or just usually wanting there was an alternative to Windows or macOS?

You remain in luck … there is such a choice. Linux is an open source operating system that’s been around considering that the late nineties and is ready for you to make the switch. But why should you? Here are all the reasons you need to migrate from the exclusive options to a more open, free alternative.

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Linux is Free

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Let’s face it, expense matters. However you’re most likely thinking you have actually never paid a dime for an os. You have. When you purchase a desktop or laptop computer, the cost of Windows is integrated in. Not only that, but if you have actually ever upgraded Windows, you know of this cost. That inherent cost isn’t found only in the os. Many applications for either Windows or macOS have actually an associated expense. With Linux, you’ll discover thousands upon countless complimentary applications. Instead of spending for MS Workplace, you can install LibreOffice on Linux, straight from your circulation’s app store. Looking for a free Photoshop option? Attempt The GIMP. And when it comes time to update your Linux circulation, it won’t cost you a penny … ever. Nearly every Linux distribution comes totally free of charge.

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Linux is Flexible
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If you’ve used either Windows or macOS enough time, you know it’s their way or the highway. There’s little modification to be done, outside of a theme here or a wallpaper there. For anybody that likes to work a more unique method, that’s inadequate. Thankfully, Linux enables you to personalize the operating system to perfectly satisfy your requirements. Don’t like the GNOME desktop? Use KDE. Do not like the feel and look of GNOME, change it with Extensions. Do not like where the Xfce Panel lives? Move it. The personalizations you can do are nearly endless. And a number of these customizations are very simple to manage (so you do not need to be a hard-core Linux user to pull them off). In the end, you get to work exactly how you want, not how Apple or Microsoft believe you must work.

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Linux is Secure

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By style, Linux is much more secure than either Windows or macOS. The likelihood you will experience a virus, malware, ransomware is tremendously less with Linux. This alone should have you wanting to migrate far from your existing operating system. Numerous experts believe the reason for this is that Linux isn’t targeted as much as either Windows or macOS due to market share. However, Linux use is extensive amongst enterprise-level organisations. Places like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google all rely on Linux. And yet, you seldom become aware of those company’s servers and systems getting hacked (user accounts are a various monster completely). Linux users go decades without struggling with a single security concern. Does that mean they don’t exist? No. What it indicates is that you are far less most likely to suffer security concerns with Linux than you are with either Windows or macOS. Do keep in mind, no os is 100% protected. Since of that, you still need to utilize your PCs carefully.

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Linux is Reputable

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Linux simply works. Duration. It’s a really, really rare occasion that Linux crashes. Even if an app crashes, the opportunities of it securing your entire system (as can be the case with Windows) is slim. Even better, need to that really take place, it is possible to use what is called a virtual console (or terminal) and close the upseting app from the command line. When you’ve closed the crashed app, you can regain control of your desktop. You can not do this in Windows. Even with that capability, apps on Linux are unfailing and seldom crash. Bid farewell to that Blue Screen of Death.

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Linux is User Friendly

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Back in the late nineties and early 2000s, Linux was quite the challenge to both set up and use. Just the uber geeks can claiming it their own. If you weren’t studying computer science, chances of you successfully utilizing Linux with much success were unlikely. That was then; this is now. Modern Linux running systems are as simple to set up on a desktop or laptop as apps are simple to install on Windows or macOS. It’s all point and click with really little ability required. Anybody can install and the similarity Ubuntu Linux, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, or Deepin Linux. And using modern-day Linux has actually become as basic as pointing and clicking a mouse.

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Linux is Compatible With Older Hardware

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With both Windows and macOS, it can feel like you’re forced into buying new hardware whenever you update to a brand-new variation of the os. This is called prepared obsolescence. You won’t find that with Linux. In reality, there are a great deal of Linux distributions created particularly to run well on old hardware. Distributions like Peppermint OS, Lubuntu, Linux Lite, and Bodhi Linux all run splendidly on aging hardware. That means you’re not just conserving money, you’re conserving the environment (by not having to trash hardware every 2 or three years).

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Linux is Easy to Update

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Speaking of updating … every time you start (or restart) Windows, and you see that upgrade screen, do you find yourself crossing your fingers, hoping the upgrade won’t bring your computer system to its metaphorical knees? With Linux, upgrades are pain-free. And unlike Windows, where it seems you have to reboot every time a single app is updated, Linux only needs to reboot if the kernel is updated. Every app, daemon, and service can upgrade on your Linux maker and you won’t have to reboot. Linux makers are well known for running years without a reboot. And with technology like Ubuntu’s livepatch, even a kernel upgrade will not require your machine to reboot.

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Linux Assistance is Easy to Find

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If you encounter a concern on Linux, where do you turn? Fortunately, there are plenty of online forums, groups, and subscriber list devoted to assisting users solve issues, none of which will cost you a penny. Websites like Ask Ubuntu, the Linux Mint Forums, and Ask Fedora are fantastic locations to start. In fact, almost every Linux distribution provides an assistance form or sending by mail list devoted to users solving one another’s issues. And due to the fact that the neighborhood is committed to open source (and the spread of Linux), those online forums are typically really welcoming and useful.

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