Why Use Linux?
Linux is a free operating system both in terms of pricing and licensing. You can download and install it for free and you can even modify Linux OS, make copies of it to distribute it to your friends, family and colleagues.
Revive Old Computer
Don’t throw your old computer just yet. Linux has got your back when it comes to low end configuration system. Some Linux OS can run on a system with just 128 MB RAM.
Safe & Secure
Linux is renowned for its security. You don’t even need an antivirus in Linux, just keep your system updated. Oh! and there are no hidden trackers to invade your privacy and steal your data.
Thousands of Applications
Linux has thousands of open source applications available to use for free. You can browse the software in software center and select the ones best on ratings and reviews. You also have a number of proprietary software available for Linux.
If you like tweaking the looks of your operating system, you’ll love Linux. With icons, themes, Conky, panel, dock launchers, you can customize the looks of Linux desktop in every possible way you can imagine.
Linux project itself has been built around a vibrant community. When you are in need of help, you can get a variety of support in the form of documentation, forums and live chat.
Switching to Linux is easier than you think
Linux has all the applications that you expect in any regular operating system such as Windows. And these days, you don’t need to be a computer genius to use Linux.
With LibreOffice, you won’t need Microsoft Office
Most Linux operating systems come with LibreOffice suite installed by default. This free productivity suite is the best alternative to Microsoft Office and you don’t have to pay a single penny for it. With LibreOffice, you can create documents, spreadsheets and presentations, the same as you do with Microsoft Office. You can also open and edit any existing Word, Excel and Powerpoint slides you’ve already got.
Web Browsers in Linux
Browsing the web is the same in Linux.
You’ll have your favorite web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera etc in Linux, all the same, except Internet Explorer. But hey, who uses Internet Explorer anyway?
Graphic design tools in Linux
In Linux, you get open source alternative applications for all your creative needs. You got Gimp, Inkscape and Krita for graphics editing, Ardour for audio editing and OpenShot and Blender for your video editing requirements. Best of all, you don’t need to pay for any of these tools.
For all your multimedia needs
You have plenty of free and open source music players to manage your music library. In addition to that, some of these players are also capable of playing online radio and integrating your favorite streaming service. Not to mention, you can install plenty of plugins to further enhance the capabilities and looks of these music players. Rhythmbox, Clementine and Spotify players are just a few examples. For your video needs, VLC and MPV players are capable of playing any video format you’ve got.
Let the game begin!
Gaming on Linux has never been this strong. There are thousands of Linux games available. You can search and find mainstream Linux games on portals like Steam and GOG. Steam’s experimental new feature also allows you to play many Windows-only games on Linux. You can also download and play indie games from itch.io. Not to forget that you can get plenty of indie games in the default software center itself.
Which Linux should you use as a beginner?
There are plenty of Linux-based operating systems (called Linux distributions) available. In fact, you can say there is a Linux distribution for everyone’s needs, be it gaming, hacking or designing. Considering that you are just starting with Linux, here are two of the most popular and beginner-friendly Linux distributions you can use right now to ditch Windows.
Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distributions for desktop computers. Easy to use, plenty of resources on the web to help you out.
Linux Mint is popular among beginners for its Windows-like appearance. It is similar to Ubuntu and most Ubuntu tutorials are valid for Mint also.