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9 reasons to change Windows 10 for Linux

Windows 10 has been released not so much time ago. It was highly rated and liked by the majority of users and it seems to be the most rational option by Windows to date. However, not all of the people really liked the platform update, and somebody looks for alternatives. 

In this article, I want to explore 9 reasons to change your operating system from Windows 10 to Linux. Linux is an open-source code platform, which is the base for many operating systems. Thus, here are 8 reasons according to which you should change Windows 10 for a free software product.

Table of contents:

    1. A free operating system

    2. Free software

    3. More safety

    4. Old computers friendly

    5. No centralization

    6. A serious approach to security

    7. Open-source code

    8. Adjustment flexibility

    9. Stability

    Conclusions

1.  A free operating system

 

A free operating system

All the operating systems based on Linux are completely free. You do not need to spend much money to buy Fedora Linux, for example. All you need is a USB storage drive, internet connection and a bit of knowledge, that you may get on this website.

Hardly there are any operating systems based on Linux that are paid. Sure, you can find several companies that present Linux for the charge, but they stand for corporate distros. When it comes to the work table, the price is equal to $0. It is a perfect option for those who cannot afford to pay $199 for a fully-functional Windows version.

2. Free software

 

Free software

Linux provides a huge amount of free applications. Sounds interesting, right? In case you install Ubuntu onto your PC or laptop, you will then get access to tons of free software. Generally, Linux and Ubuntu main principle is that the software should be free. An application is like a cooking receipt, thus some applications are good, but some are not.

When you discover a new culinary offering, you share it with your friends and colleagues, and anyone can change it as they want. The same should happen with the applications. They need to be freely shared among the users – it is the main idea of free software.

Sure, you will find several commercial and paid applications for Linux, but they are little or nothing.

In Windows, you will definitely find free software, but it will not of the first class. Adobe, more likely, will never become free for Linux. In compensation, Linux users have Gimp. It is a large open-source project developed by a huge number of people. Gimp is a perfect photo editor for Linux. Also, it has a version for Windows.

3. More safety

 

More safety

A huge benefit of Linux is its attitude to safety. For example, you cannot install any application accidentally, without entering a password. All the software added to distro and repositories is accurately checked for malicious code. Linux developers take care of the packages’ safety and distributives. Moreover, due to the fact that the platform is open-source, any Linux user may detect and report about the problem.

4. Old computers friendly

Hardly you will find a Microsoft modern operating system copy which can run on the 128 Megabyte device. However, Linux can accomplish this task. In case you have an old computer, incompatible with Windows 10, you will be able to install a special Linux distro, which is specially designed for an old computer. For example, Lubuntu may use little or nothing operating memory and allows the user to enjoy the modern operating system using an old computer.

5. No centralization

No centralization

While using Linux, you do not need to change the same account for Microsoft, Office 365, Xbox Live, Skype and OneDrive. You do not need to take part in any ecosystem, and Linux is not overloaded with the single company vision. You can personally choose what to use.

6. A serious approach to security

 

A serious approach to security

 

In Windows 10, user security is just ignored. Many Windows 10 aspects cross the line of the users’ private life. They say it is normal that they collect data about you. Microsoft collects data about your location, your calendar notes, e-mail messages, texts and contact information, etc. There are already tons of articles about the fact that Microsoft processes the users’ private data around the web, and you can effortlessly find it.

If you value your security, you should not use Windows 10. The majority of Linux distros have a strong attitude to your security. You will not find any application that collects your data for a financial benefit. More importantly, in case any Linux application will try to collect your data and disturb your security, it will be immediately spotted by Linux development team and fixed.

7. Open-source code

Open-source code

Almost all the Linux distros are shared within the open-source format. Any Linux distro installation disc, more likely, won’t include any hidden application. It allows you share the operating system freely, and modify it legally. It all means that you can change your system as you want.

 

8. Adjustment flexibility

 

Adjustment flexibility

 

Have you ever changed the folder or apps icons in Windows? Maybe cursor types, initial screen, start or taskbar images? Or maybe you have ever tried to change the standard Explorer for another desktop environment? In Windows, it is impossible. Sure, you can use third-party applications that allow you to perform this. However, they also break your operating system because Microsoft created security and all the styles files are integrated into the standard libraries. In order to change something, you need to replace these libraries that can lead to different mistakes.

Considering Linux distros, everything is separate. You can change everything you want from the images and themes of the desktop to the startup screen. You can do anything imaginable. Therefore, your Linux system can become completely unique, which is not the case of Windows.

9. Stability

In Windows, you often face different problems. For example, you have installed several applications or games and then the audio driver is down, or the required app is not launchable. Moreover, as a result, you may face a problem with your computer shut down. This computer may have contained important documents and you have no time for reinstall currently. Sure, if you deal only with Word and do not run other third-party apps, without downloading anything, then the system will work for years. However, even in this case, the system register will become overloaded and Windows will slow down significantly.

In Linux, nothing will shut down unless you break it down randomly or pointedly. In case you want your computer to work – do not touch the components that may lead to errors. This way, you will have the full freedom of interface and app install adjustment.

Conclusions

From year to year, more and more reasons to change Windows for Linux appear. Currently, we have no doubts that Linux has transformed from a “system for hackers” into the one available for any person. I hope the mentioned above list will help you in case you are not sure whether to change Windows or not. This way, you may be in a search for a better platform, which respects the free choice and privacy protection.


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