Why use Linux?
There are many advantages that Linux confers compared to proprietary operating systems like Windows and Mac OS X.
We’ll focus on the biggest attractions that Linux offers.
Here are 8 great reasons why you might want to try Linux.
- As Linux is published under an open source license, you have the right to choose your own destiny. You can change and use your machine as you see fit without any restrictive licensing. Install Linux on as many computers as you want.
- No charge. Most distros are available to download without any form of payment. Users are free to donate their time, expertise, or money instead.
- Stability. Linux machines are often up for hundreds of days compared with the regular reboots required with a Windows system. The crash of an application is much less likely to bring down the operating system under Linux.
- Increased security. Linux is much more secure than rival proprietary operating systems. The open source nature of the system means that independent experts can help identify vulnerabilities and fix them. There’s also a significantly lower risk of nasties. For example, there are only a handful of viruses that can affect Linux machines.
- A massive range of open source software is available. To whet your appetite see our Best Free and Open Source Software.
- Variety – each distro offers a different take on the desktop. Some use very modern user interfaces, others offer a more traditional desktop environment.
- Hardware support. Linux runs great on hardware regardless of its age. Hundreds of millions of people rely on PCs that are several years old or even older.
- An excellent environment for learning to program. Most Linux distros include a complete programming environment.
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