11 Reasons Why Linux Is Better Than Windows

Reasons why Linux is better than Windows

Brief: Are you wondering if Linux is better than Windows? Don’t wonder. Linux is better than Windows and in this article, we’ll see the advantages of Linux over Windows.

If you are not a power user, it might seem that “Windows” OS is a better (or easier) choice when compared to Linux. In either case, if you are not enjoying using a Linux distro then Windows would be your obvious choice.

However, in reality, we tend to experience something different, which lets us jump to the conclusion where Linux gets the edge over Windows OS.

Advantages of Linux over Windows

In this article, we will take a look at 10 of the compelling reasons why Linux is better than Windows. Some of the points mentioned here are already discussed in our earlier article on why switch to Linux.

1. Open Source Nature

What is it like when you buy a car, but you cannot see what’s under the hood? Similar is the case with when you use a Windows-powered system.

However, in contrast, Linux is completely an open source project. You can have a look at the source code of a Linux OS, which is a plus.

I know, most people don’t care about this openness of Linux, but to me, this is the most important feature of using GNU/Linux.

2. Secure

Let’s face it; Windows OS is vulnerable to different types of attacks (or hacks). However, Linux is not as vulnerable as Windows. It sure isn’t invulnerable, but it is a lot more secure. Although, there’s no rocket science in it.

It is just the way Linux works that makes it a secure operating system. Overall, the process of package management, the concept of repositories, and a couple more features makes it possible for Linux to be more secure than Windows.

When you have Windows installed, you need to download/purchase an Antivirus program to keep your computer safe from hackers and malware. However, Linux does not require the use of such Anti-Virus programs. Of course, a couple of software tools still exist to help you keep your system free from threats, but it is often unnecessary when you have a Linux system.

Being secure by nature would make things easier for you and save money as well because you will not have to get a premium Antivirus software!

3. Can revive older computers

As the operating systems evolve, so do their hardware requirements increase exponentially. For instance, if you purchase a genuine copy of Windows 10, you will have to meet the minimum hardware requirements to run it successfully, and you cannot run it on just about any low-end system.

Nevertheless, with Linux, you could even utilize one of your oldest computer systems to achieve a task. However, that does not mean that every Linux distribution would work with 256 MB of RAM coupled with an outdated processor. However, there are options which you can install on such low-end systems as well (such as Puppy Linux).

So, being an efficient OS, Linux distributions could be fitted to a range of systems (low-end or high-end). In contrast, Windows operating system has a higher hardware requirement.

Overall, even if you compare a high-end Linux system and a high-end Windows-powered system, the Linux distribution would take the edge. Well, that is the reason most of the servers across the world prefer to run on Linux than on a Windows hosting environment.

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4. Perfect For Programmers

Linux supports almost all of the major programming languages (Python, C/C++, Java, Perl, Ruby, etc.). Moreover, it offers a vast range of applications useful for programming purposes.

The Linux terminal is superior to use over Window’s command line for developers. You would find many libraries developed natively for Linux. Also, a lot of programmers point out that the package manager on Linux helps them get things done easily.

Interestingly, the ability of bash scripting is also one of the most compelling reasons why programmers prefer using Linux OS.

Linux also brings in native support for SSH, which would help you manage your servers quickly. You could include things like apt-get commands which further makes Linux one of the most popular choices of the programmers.

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5. Software Updates

linux software updates - why linux is better than windows

Microsoft pushes a software update when it receives a set of problems or if something major needs to be fixed. On the other hand, you would observe a software update to address a little problem.

So, with Linux, you will notice more updates to fix the problems you might be facing. You will not only encounter a larger number of software updates, but you will also observe much faster software updates.

6. Customization

Linux desktop customization
Credit: Eye Candy Linux G+ Community

One major advantage of using Linux instead of Windows is customization. If you like tweaking your system’s looks, Linux is just perfect for you.

Apart from installing themes, you have tons of beautiful icon themes. In addition to that, you can use Conky to display system information on the desktop in the coolest way possible. Needless to say that you can do a lot around Wallpapers in Linux.

7. Variety Of Distributions

There are no flavors of Windows. Yes, you may have different plans & packages which differ in licensing terms, the period of activation, packaged features, and price.

In contrast, you will find tons of Linux distribution catered for a different set of needs. So, you can choose to install any of the available Linux distros according to your requirements.

For example, there are Linux distributions for hackers, there are Linux distributions for programmers, there are Linux distributions for extremely old computers. There is a Linux for everyone.

8. Free to Use

Linux is accessible to the public for free! However, that is not the case with Windows!

You will not have to pay 100-250 USD to get your hands on a genuine copy of a Linux distro (such as Ubuntu, Fedora). So, it is entirely free.

If something is free but useful, it is always the best thing one could expect. With the money you just saved, you can consider enhancing your system (just saying, you can go to Starbucks as well!)

9. Better Community Support

Linux Community Support is one of the advantages of Linux over Windows

You do not need to hire an expert to solve a problem you are facing on your Linux system. You just need to search for a similar thread on the web for a solution or post a thread to let others solve the problem. Within minutes of posting a thread on any of the Linux forums, you may expect a reply along with a detailed solution which would finally help resolve your problem at no cost!

There are a lot of active Linux users who are always ready to respond to a relevant thread one might have created. The number of community users active on such forums is more than the number of active members on any Windows-focused forum.

However, the community response might vary depending on the Linux distribution being used.

10. Reliability

Windows, as we know it, becomes sluggish day after day. You will want to re-install Windows after a while when you encounter crashes or slowdowns on your system.

If you are using Linux, you will not have to worry about re-installing it just to experience a faster and a smoother system. Linux helps your system run smooth for a longer period (in fact, much longer!).

Also, with Windows, you will have to adapt to a habit where you keep on rebooting the system for just about everything.

  • If you just installed software, reboot!
  • If you recently uninstalled software, reboot!
  • If you just installed a Windows update, reboot!
  • If the system seems to slow down, reboot!

However, in the case of Linux, you will not have to reboot for the situations mentioned above. You can comfortably continue with your work, and Linux will not bother you.

Another fact that proves Linux to be reliable are the web servers. You could observe that most of the Internet giants like Google and Facebook run on Linux. Even almost all of the supercomputers run on Linux.

So, Why isn’t Windows preferred over Linux? It is because Linux is far more reliable than Windows OS. Period.

11. Privacy

Microsoft certainly tries to anonymize the data collected from every user. However, it does not look convincing with Microsoft’s latest Windows 10. It has already received an enormous amount of criticism of how it collects data, what it should collect and what it should not.

If you have ever used Windows 10, you could only head into the privacy settings to know that everything is enabled by default. Even if you opt out to send Microsoft information about your data, it is still being collected. Of course, Microsoft will not bother revealing it officially with a press statement, but it surely does. So, you would need a set of tools to disable the spying modules of Windows.

In contrast, Linux would be the perfect solution for a privacy buff. First of all, Linux distributions do not collect much data (or none). Moreover, you will not be needing additional tools to protect your privacy.

Do you also think Linux is better than Windows?

Now that you know the advantages of using Linux instead of Windows, what do you think?

If you’re still going to keep using Windows as your primary OS, what reason could you think of choosing it over Linux? If you’ve already made the switch, and using Linux, what more benefits do you observe?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Comments

  1. ah…. and to further add to my previous post…

    Just after I finished writting it I couldnt wait to shut the PC off as the fans are driving me crazy…. I clicked on restart as I want to check fan settings on bios see if I can do something there…. but Manjaro wont restart…

    Ok, must be a “Linux thing”… Shut down then… nope, wont shut down either…

    So thats another thing broken on this system thats brand new… sigh….

    Which also reminds me one thing I’ve noticed in almost all installations I’ve tried is that reboot or shutdown never work the first time, I gotta do it twice… first time it ignores me clicking on it.

    I looked online, first solution was sudo pacman -S watchdog… did it, no change, cant shut down.

    Anyway, about to take the power cord off… best work around for when your OS cant do that…

  2. I want to like Linux but so far I’m dont think I’ll be switching.

    Is the fact that nothing is straight forward, at least not to me… for example right now I just installed Manjaro, I want to slow down the fan speeds as everything is running at max and is so loud… in Win I know I just need to install the program and then is just a right click on my task bar…

    I’m trying to figure out how to do this on Manjaro and just from looking at the first few results I have to… edit text files, setup sensors?, have the chipset number of the fan?, run something as root… THEn I can start configuring it which seems to be a lot more of code and compiling and stuff.

    Next link suggests something simpler, look for the fancontrolgui…. ah wow ok, easy… download and install…. run… ah, doesnt run (not surprised)…. sigh… how do I even find out why? equivalent of event manager? why is this already broken on an installation thats like 3hrs old and the only thing done on it is software updates? (which I also had problems with and had to research how to fix) and Steam?

    This is exactly the sort of things that has been happening nonstop with every installation, could be mint, could be different versions of Manjaro or Ubutu…. something goes wrong straight away and it takes ages to work out and you spend more time “fixing” than doing anything else.

    And in that process of “fixing” things I accidentally deleted around 3tb of media from a hard drive and I’m so utterly massively ******. :(

    Gonna have to try few more versions of Mint tomorrow, at least i remember Mint keeping the fans silent before… but my guess is that getting them to adjust to loads is another few hours or research…. sigh… done like 4 installations of Manjaro today with work in between… I am trying to like it but damn… must be like those Zen masters from the East that treat you like crap, throw poo at you and make it look as if they want you to leave so that if you stay after all that you might find is worthy.

    Deleting my 3tb media drive by accident is like Linux teabagging me w diarreah though. :'(

  3. The only people that say Windows is better than Linux are Lazy, too scared to have a go, people who probably have never even tried a Linux distro or if they did got confused because they grew up with Windows. So people do your self a favor and install Linux on a separate partition and while still using windows play with and get used to Linux, I guarantee you will make the change to a better operating system the same as I did. Have Fun!

  4. Well, I suppose, you should post a balanced view. There are many things Linux cannot do, like for instance update BIOS on a motherboard. One will still need a Windows installation to update BIOS. Linux rules the server scene, but, sadly it is millions miles away from the perfect desktop client or on the professional block other than being a server installation.

  5. I have nothing against Linux or open source. But the first reason such as buying a car you can’t look under the hood. How many PC users even care about this? Most buy a PC and never worry about “what’s under the hood”. Another misconception from a open source fan who thinks the average user even cares about this. In fact, most average PC users are afraid of Linux for one reason. They may have to look under that hood to fix something. As for it being more secure, only because so few use Linux which is exactly the same reason few attack Mac OS. I fact the argument could be made that because mostly volunteers work on most Linux distro’s. If they had a very large user base which would attract more malware that these volunteers would struggle to come up with patches quickly. Frankly the arguments to use Linux are all wrong, because people choose a OS because it does what they want and its gets them from point A to B. As with buying a car, people like familiarity of where stuff is which is one reason they keep buying the same brand. Linux might be just what some want or it may just be a avenue to escape from Windows or Mac OS. I just keep reading bad reasoning from Linux users to get others to make the switch. Rather then putting down all the others how about talking more about the programs and functions that really make Linux stand out? Otherwise a Linux user is just someone who buys that obscure car model when everyone else buys a Ford or Chevy.

    • So your point is, Linux is an obscure OS? As a desktop or as an OS? Just so you know, over 90% of the internet runs on Linux. Your android phones run on Linux as well. Most of your arguments are desktop based.

  6. It is a pity so many distros seems to be negative to wayland. I also think more programs should be written for or adapted to wayland. I dislike x 11.

  7. And about privacy … someone dive deep in the infamous zeitgeist datahub??? You will find every key you pressed, and more and more info, like visited sites, open documents, viewed images and YES, GPS location to (You can check the docs about what is stored (almost everything)) … So, what is the difference? Just because don’t send this data to an “EVIL” company? Well, an attacker can stole this information, because is plain fucking text, or Sqlite data, nothing is encrypted…. so an attacker can easy get passwords, emails, pictures, open documents …. this is better than Microsoft collecting your data? I don’t think so.

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