"Why do you use Linux, if nobody uses that?" I have my reasons, and they are these

why do you use linux

In 2005, my mentor at Linux he convinced me to try a kernel-based operating system. I did it in a virtual machine on Windows XP, and the guest OS was Ubuntu 6.06. XP was prettier, but that Ubuntu was much faster. For my use, I wanted something that worked, and especially something that didn't get on my nerves with programs that crashed or took a long time to run. That was given to me by Ubuntu, and in early 2006 I installed it as the main system.

Since then, when they ask me something about Windows that I don't know, I tell them that I'm not used to it, and I'm not because I don't use that operating system as my main system. Between jokes, my acquaintances try to mess with me, saying things like everything is very complicated and not very compatible, to which I respond with performance, among other things. For my use, Linux is the best and cheapest.

But is Linux the best?

Not everything is as simple as answering yes or no to a question like this, much less in a blog like this, but I would like to be honest. You have to examine the use that each one makes of a computer. For example, when I deal with a well-known gamer, I don't try to convince him by saying that Linux offers better performance nor do I try to give him other arguments. That person needs an operating system with games, and developers tend to care more about Windows users.

Of the three most used systems, we would like to talk a little about macOS. Apple makes good operating systems, but they are designed to run only on their hardware. Therefore, to be able to use macOS you need to spend around €1000 to buy the most limited MacBook, and if you search a bit, for that price you get an already quite powerful laptop. Therefore, this would be more of a Windows vs. Linux.

my reasons

The first, but perhaps not the most important, I have just mentioned. Linux is a kernel, and operating systems based on it can run on virtually any computer in the world. 6 years ago I bought a Lenovo with an Intel i3 processor and 4GB of RAM that today has Ubuntu 22.04 and Windows 11 installed, and I'm sure you can guess which moves better. Have Windows 11 in case there is something that does not work for me on Ubuntu, but lately it's not being like that.

In the end, I don't know if it's more a merit of Linux or a demerit of Windows. When I have entered Windows 11 and I have tried to do anything, I have had to wait minutes without knowing if it was working or not. For example, enter Kodi, trying to access the content of an addon and seeing that it spends a lot of time processing, is something that discourages. The same computer with the same hardware, and using the same hard drive but on a different partition, makes it behave differently; it just works.

Furthermore, Linus Torvalds' final year project was to create an operating system that could be used on any computer, which is why he added and continues to add drivers to support all types of hardware. What do I want to play titles of PPSSPP with a DualShock 3? No problem. shot of RetroPie and I can even play without the cable. You can on Windows, yes, but RetroPie doesn't really exist in the first place.

What do I want make some music? Well…for better or worse, I've long since stopped playing rock star.


Another reason that for me is secondary (I open umbrellas) is to avoid monopolies and use free and open source software. The open source It shouldn't be too bad if a company like Microsoft is looking at it so sideways lately. Being open means, among other things, that anyone can see your code, which makes it easy to discover bad practices such as the use of telemetry or to find security flaws. It was recently discovered a problem related to WiFi in Linux, and in a couple of days the patches were available. Eye, in a couple of days in my distribution; it may have come earlier in other cases, and that's partly thanks to open source.

As if that were not enough, both Apple and Microsoft decide when a computer stops receiving updates. My Lenovo has Windows 11, yes, but because before installing the OS I made changes to the registry. The Ubuntu 22.04 that coexists with W11 was installed directly. The only limit that is usually set is that of the architecture, so a lot will have to change things so that you cannot update the operating system.

"Why do you use that if nobody uses it?" Because he gives me what I need, and he does it without asking me for anything and with good performance. Windows will give you good performance, but if you have good hardware. macOS will give you good performance, but if you have a deep pocket. Linux… just gives it to you.

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  1.   David Herrera said

    I love this type of publication, and at the same time I agree 100% with what has been said, in my case I use Linux because it is the best that exists in operating systems, it does not limit its use or its installation on any hardware, and no less importantly, the ethics and values ​​imparted by free software.

  2.   Sinbad Trevejos Rojas said

    Hello, very good appreciation, I consider that there are distros that are simpler and faster to use than Windows, although Windows is in business, but it is taking hold in business or organization issues, it has quite an advantage over Windows, I do not speak as a server, but as useful on company tables.

  3.   Harun said

    Many years ago I switched to linux for several reasons: I didn't have money to spend on windows licenses, therefore I pirated a lot and a lot of proprietary software was also pirated. The values ​​of free software, the concept of community and all that, I think transcends and ennobles the human being. The challenge of learning new things.
    Today, I use windows for the company I work for. However, I think that if they decided to use linux they would not have any problem, since nothing is done that requires something specific that can only be found in windows.
    Long live GNU/Linux!!!

  4.   Facundo said

    There's a friend, every word you use to argue why we use linix identifies me, it's just as you describe it. More graphical with the ending linix just gives it to you. unfortunately not everyone can see it

  5.   George said

    I've been on GNU/Linux for eight years now, of which the last three years on Debian as my official operating system. And as the author of the article says, I get everything I need from this operating system, programs, features of the operating system that are very useful, stability and performance. What can compete against this? The aesthetic? I even have the freedom to play with the look of the desktop, which I always use with dark colors. It's just that I don't miss anything, nothing to Windows, nor do I need it at all.
    PS: I'm a web developer (I'm not a gamer or a lawyer).

  6.   Elijah Ezequiel Dipace said

    There is a very good phrase that applies here: "I don't hate Windows, I don't hate Mac, I just love GNU/Linux".
    The freedom that Linux gives you mainly when it comes to customizing is something that is lacking in Windows.