In the previous article we began to analyze the possibility of migrating from Windows 10. Now we see Why move from Windows 10 to Linux
Although Windows 10 is supported until October 2025 licenses are no longer being sold so if you buy a computer that does not meet the hardware characteristics requested by Windows 11, the best option is to switch to a Linux distribution.
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Why move from Windows 10 to Linux
Staying on an unsupported version of an operating system is not an option. Be it Windows, Linux, Mac or any other, no matter how secure it is. It's not just that an unmaintained operating system can't keep up with the emergence of new hardware or services. There is also a security problem.
Of course, if you're not going to connect your computer to anything, you can stick with Windows 95 if that makes you happy. But, if you are going to use the Internet or connect a USB device, it may be a bad idea.
Developing an operating system involves writing millions of lines of code. For now those who write them are human beings who make mistakes, they have personal problems, they hate their boss, they are incompetent or just code that looked good on paper doesn't work on the computer.
Companies exhaustively test their operating systems before releasing them to the market. However, they have to work on millions of hardware combinations and it is impossible to test them all. This causes many problems to be corrected over time through updates.
There are 3 types of updates
- Improvements: They increase performance or implement new features. Some examples are support for flash drives in Windows XP or the change from Internet Explorer 11 to Edge in Windows 10.
- Error correction: As I said before, sometimes developers screw up and when they find out (usually through user reports) they release updates that correct them.
- Solution of security risks: This does not necessarily qualify as a bug. If someone (such as a cybercriminal, a computer security researcher, or an antivirus vendor) spends 24 hours a day, 365 days a year looking for vulnerabilities, he's going to find them. True, some are more complicated to exploit than h po you need to search the Dark Web to use them. Operating system developers release patches for all of them.
Of course whether to install the first two types of updates or not is up to you. But, a network is only as strong as the weakest of its links and, in an interconnected world, your irresponsibility can affect the rest of us.
Linux and updates
Linux distributions may not be as up-to-date with hardware developments as Windows or Mac. All manufacturers try to make their products compatible with Microsoft's operating system, and Apple makes its own hardware. However, in terms of security it is unbeatable.
The reasons are:
- Free licences: The source code is available and anyone can analyze it.
- Architecture: Linux distributions are built in such a way that permissions are required to access key parts of the system.
- Official repositories: Much of the programs that you may need can be downloaded from servers maintained by those responsible for the distribution themselves.
- Frequent updates: There are two types of Linux distributions. Those that release versions from time to time and those that send updates without a time limit. The former receive updates for periods ranging from a few months to 5 years, while the latter will receive updates as long as the project continues and you don't uninstall it. In any case, in the first case it is very easy to go from one version to the next.
- Legacy Hardware Compatibility: From time to time Microsoft and Apple make decisions that make perfectly functional hardware unusable. Linux distributions allow those computers to continue to function without risk.
In the next article we will see how to plan the transition from Windows 10 to Linux to have our computer running in the shortest possible time.
2 comments, leave yours
Why don't you ever lose the opportunity to mess with people who go to Linux?. (yes, I said Linux, not GNU/Linux. Fuck Stallman).
People don't know or want to know what an operating system is. They understand the term Windows as the program that runs all other programs and consider that it is mandatory to have it because it is what everyone uses.
Then the typical problem is that in Linux there is no first-hand software that is used and needed by 100% of mortals. (Adobe, MS Office, Battle.net Games etc... (the latter with the expected arrival of Diablo 4 in June already justifies buying a Windows license by itself).
Face it, Linux is for geeks and people without a social life, normal people have a life of their own and stop eating their heads with that nonsense.
Signed: A user of different flavors of Linux since 2002.
The best thing about Linux is its compatibility with any equipment you connect to the PC, you don't have to look for drivers or anything to make it work correctly, except for the odd equipment, everything works perfectly. Greetings