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Published on March 10th, 2017 | by Guest

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Opening New Horizons: 5 Reasons to Switch from Windows to Linux

Linux is a unique project which integrates thousands of developers worldwide and develops with prompt rates. Today Linux can be found both on powerful supercomputers, game consoles, phones, embeddable systems, workstations, and desktops.

Interesting facts about Linux:

  • The operating system of Linux was written by the 21-year-old Finnish student of college as a hobby.
  • Thousands of developers/programmers operate worldwide making a further contribution to development of Linux.
  • According to the research financed by the European Union, estimated cost on re-planning of most current release will reach ~ $1,14 billion.
  • Linux is written in the SI programming language.
  • Linux is one of the widely most portable operating systems working at various platforms beginning with pocket computers ending with servers.
  • Linux Kernel 1.0.0 was released together with 176,250 code lines. Last Linux Kernel has more than 10 million code lines.
  • The guy William Della Croce registered a trademark Linux and eventually demanded money for its use.
  • Linux can be found on more than 87% of IT systems and on ~ 500 world-best supercomputers.

5 reasons to switch from Windows to Linux

  1. This is a free operating system. All operating systems based on the Linux platform are absolutely free. You don’t need to spend money to buy, for example, Fedora Linux. It is unlikely there are any operating systems based on Linux, which are on sale for huge sums of money. Yes, there are several companies providing Linux for money, but these are corporate distribution kits. When business reaches a desktop, the price becomes $0. It is the excellent option for those who can’t pay $199 or more for full-function Windows version.
  2. Free programs. A huge number of the free programs. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? If you install Ubuntu on the computer or a notebook, you get access to tons of completely free software. The principle of Ubuntu and Linux in general consists that the software has to be free. The program is the recipe for a culinary dish, one program does the work well, others not. When you invent a new culinary dish you share its recipe with friends and acquaintances, and everyone can change it according to own desires. Programs should extend freely between users without any restrictions and there is the principal idea of the free software. You will find several commercial programs for Linux, but there is a very little amount of them. In Windows, there is free software too, but as a rule, these programs are not of the first class. Adobe, most likely, never ports the Photoshop for Linux. But we have Gimp. It is the big project with the open code, which a large number of people develop instead of Photoshop. The excellent editor of a photo for Linux, Gimp, also has the version for Windows.
  3. It is safer. The huge advantage of Linux is its attitude towards safety. For example, you can’t install any program accidentally, without password entry. All software undergoes careful testing for the existence of the malicious code when adding in a distribution kit and repositories. Reliability of packets is tracked by developers of distribution kit. As programs have an open source code, any user can find and report a problem.
  4. It works at the old equipment. You will hardly find the copy of the modern operating system from Microsoft, which might be launched on the device with 128 Megabytes of RAM. Linux wins here. If you have an old computer incompatible with Windows 10, you can install special Linux distribution kit specifically for the old equipment. For example, Ubuntu can use very little random access memory and allows the user to enjoy the modern operating system on the old computer.
  5. In Windows 10, confidentiality of users is simply ignored. Many aspects of Windows 10 transfer many lines of personal privacy of users. Microsoft collects information on the location of your device, your notes in the calendar, e-mail messages, texts, and contact information. This list can be continued. It is already written how Microsoft processes private information of users on the Internet, and you will be able to find this information without efforts. If you appreciate your confidentiality, you have to use Linux. The majority of distribution kits treat your confidentiality very seriously. You won’t find any program which will collect your personal information for the financial advantage. It is still very important. And, if any Linux distribution kit begins to ignore your right to confidentiality, it will be noted by the big community of developers at once and quickly corrected.

Conclusion

Every year there are more and more reasons to switch from Windows to Linux. There are no doubts that Linux turned from the operating system intended only for hackers into the system, which everyone can try. This list can help those who aren’t sure yet whether it is necessary to refuse Windows and are in searches of the best platform, which respects freedom of choice and personal privacy.

 

Author Bio:

Marta Trenton is a graduate student and an inspired blogger at Tuko.co.ke. 5 years ago she started writing her own short stories on a wide range of topics including education and information technologies. You can follow her on Twitter.

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