Why go with Linux? Well, this question was subject of debate over decades, the advocates of each choice enumerating loads of reasons in favor of their favorite, and against the other one. The simplest way to decide which operating system is the best for you is to try it. I know I have, and I found several reasons why I will go with Linux for my next OS. Here they are:
1. Easy to install
Back in the day installing and configuring Linux was a pain in the rear. You were required to know all features of your computer hardware by heart, and make manual settings for most of it. Today these days are over – installing Linux is as easy as installing any other OS. It even configures itself to the hardware you have, so you don’t have to search for drivers and settings by yourself.
Ever had a computer “dead in the water” after installing Windows and not having the driver CD of your hardware at hand? The last time I installed Linux it set up my Wi-Fi automatically, so all I had to worry about was what should I do first.
Most Linux distributions are much more stable than any version of Windows you might have used. If you ever experienced unexpected BSODs on your Windows machine, you will appreciate the stability of Linux. As long as I used Linux, I never experienced anything similar to a sudden system crash Windows surprises me with every week. One point for Linux.
(PS: Did you know that since Mac OS X is POSIX compliant, many software packages written for the *BSDs, Linux, or other Unix-like systems can be recompiled to run on it.)
All major software companies now build a Linux version of their programs, to provide the best work environments for their Linux using customers. Besides, there are always free Linux alternatives for your favorite Windows programs, so you don’t have too many reasons to stick to Windows any more.
While Windows costs a considerable amount, most Linux distributions are completely free. This is a huge advantage if you plan to start a small business. Besides, it’s easy to come by – you just download your chosen distro from a website through FTP or BitTorrent, or order a free DVD with the software on it from certain developers, and you get the same rights as with a Windows DVD bought in any shop, for the fraction of the cost (or free).
5. Lack of games
If you plan to work on your computer, Linux is the best environment to choose – mostly because of the much smaller game variety available for this OS. If your favorite title is not available on Linux, the temptation to play with it instead of working is much smaller – and it helps you focus more on the taks at hand.
So, don’t be afraid to try Linux for your next OS – if you fail to find it useful, you can always replace it with whatever you choose, considering you haven’t paid a dime for it.