11 Linux Advantages Users Should Be Aware Of

11 advantages of Linux

Microsoft has been making things easy for those of us who write about Linux since 2007. Not only did he leave us the title served when he baptized the successor of XP as "Vista" (The title of the post was written by itself) but that version had so many problems that the "Goodbye Windows!" he was a magnet for readers.

Then came the "7 Reasons to Quit Windows", the "8 Reasons Linux is Better" and the "10 Things Linux Beats Windows at."

However, from Redmond they decided to screw us. The maximum span of throws betweene Windows versions used to be six years old. And, since Windows 10 is from 2015, all bloggers already had our post ready with the 11 highlights of Linux. But, there will be no Windows 11

Windows 10 is morphing into a Rolling Release that receives constant incremental updates. As the company wants to migrate from its licensing system to monthly subscriptions, the change makes a lot of sense.

However, is not the thing to go wasting post. Therefore, here is my compilation of 11 advantages of Windows.

On the other hand, Microsoft is working on a large user experience review for Windows under the codename Sun Valley. This reform consists of a new focused start menu and a redesign of the taskbar, new animations, iconography, sounds and updated application designs. On the other hand, new functions are added such as widgets, better window adjustment among others.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called it the "most significant Windows update of the last decade."
In other words, we must not lose hope that they will screw up (*)

11 advantages of Linux

But let's stop talking bad about the competition and let's focus on our own virtues.

  1. Non-intrusive updates:  Windows 10 updates are a stomach ache. Unless you schedule them for when you go to sleep, you should stop working while you wait for them to finish installing. And if there is a failure in the process, you should wait for them to finish uninstalling and repeat the procedure. Linux distributions install the updates while you use the computer, and although they indicate the need to restart, they will wait until you are ready to do it.
  2. Cost: Unless you are willing to participate in the Insider program (and lose stability) to use Windows you have to pay, either a license or a subscription. Most Linux distributions are free, and some of the paid ones, only They charge you if you need professional technical support.
  3. No unnecessary software: Linux distributions have basic installation modes that include only the browser and the programs necessary for the operation of the system. You decide what you want to install.
  4. With the necessary software: On the other hand, the normal installation of any Linux distribution includes office programs, mail clients, multimedia players and everything you need to use your computer from the first moment.
  5. Multiple desktops: Each of the Linux distributions has versions with different desktops with different user interfaces for all tastes. You just need to find the one that suits your needs.
  6. Increased levels of security throughoutAlthough no operating system is stupid user-proof, Linux's construction with its role and permission system makes it more resistant to cyber attacks.
  7. Backward compatibility: Linux distributions are less prone to planned obsolescence and allow you to use computers for longer. And, there are some developed specifically for older models.
  8. Instant compatibility with most peripherals: Today, Linux distributions allow some form of file exchange with cameras, mobile phones and printers without the need for the installation of extra drivers.
  9. Wide range of programs: From the repositories of the applications themselves and others managed by third parties, thousands of utility programs and games can be downloaded for all needs.
  10. Error correction: Most Linux security problems were spotted by researchers and could only be exploited under conditions that are unlikely to occur outside of a laboratory. All of them were quickly fixed by the developers and patched by the different distributions.
  11. You can participate: Most of Linux development is open source. This means that if you have a suggestion or a criticism, you can bring it closer to the community and make it available to everyone.

* In case some sensitive soul has not understood that it is a joke, I clarify that I have been part of the Windows Insider program from the beginning. If they screw up, I'll be among the first to suffer the consequences.

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  1.   jose said

    All of that is half true
    Linux is wonderful, to read mail, write emails, watch a movie, (as long as you use VLC) and lately with Pipewire the sound has improved a lot; BUT LITTLE MORE
    The image: Forget, light years away from what you can do with windows
    The high-level sound: Forget Ardor is a mess compared to the rest, and except for Calf everything else is a mess,
    But worst of all is that from the minute you start with Linux you are condemned to an eternal pilgrimage through Google to solve the thousand and one problems that arise, whose solutions suggested by the "experts" are not always the same and the most of the time they don't work
    An M ... stuck on a stick
    And now the fans will tell me that I am very comfortable, that I don't want to "learn". These guys are the ones who have a lot of time to waste and the time they waste doesn't cost them much
    so don't tell us tricks

    1.    I went through here said

      I am a useless God level in computing and applications.

      I have been using Linux for over a decade. I don't know what you do with the image, so I can't comment on that.

      It is true that you have to choose the best distribution that goes with your computer and with your program preferences (I will not deny it) and that sometimes you have to adjust some things, now it is also true that when you ask something you have to give the as much data as possible (distribution, desktop, specifications of your computer, etc). or else people cannot help you, because for this it is essential. This takes a long time.

      I recognize that the fact that there are a thousand distributions instead of a dozen of them has made looking for solutions too complicated and sometimes absurd and that "you have to learn" is not the solution. It is as if a plumber came to your house, left you the tools and instructions and told you that you "have to learn" to fix the taps yourself.

      Still, for me Linux is by far the best operating system I have ever had. If I see the amount of problems that Microsoft has given me: updates, crashes, excessively slow software, misconfiguration of the drivers, etc ... and I compare it with Linux, there is no color.

      It is also true that if you depend on certain software, which only works with Windows, it will be difficult for Linux to be a good alternative, I know of people who work with Photoshop and a virtual machine in Linux is not even remotely the solution.

      I think that if instead of doing so much publicity they focused on a few distributions and made good instruction manuals much of the problem would disappear. But sometimes it is very difficult to talk to technical people because they do not understand the problems of normal people who do not master computer science.

  2.   qbz said

    With the updates I agree and with the backward compatibility only when it comes to light environments like xfce in live usb mode.