Monday, 21 March 2011

Why Linux?

There are many reasons for the question that why one should use Linux rather than using Windows. Some of them in brief:-
  • Forget about Viruses :-  If your computer shuts itself down without asking you, if strange windows with text you don't understand and all kinds of advertisements appear when you don't ask for them, then your computer probably has a virus. Linux uses smart authorization management. In Windows the user or any program you install can access any file and even any system files. And so the virus can make your computer unstable withing seconds. But Linux doesn't allows this type of access. Every time you request to do something that has to do with the system, an administrator password is required (and if you're not an administrator on this system, you simply can't do it). Viruses can't just go around and delete or modify what they want in the system; they don't have the authorization for that.
  • Longer Life Time :- some operating systems can be so stable that most users never see their systems crash, even after several years. This is true for Linux. Here's a good way to see this. When a system crashes, it needs to be shut down or restarted. Therefore, if your computer can stay up and running for a long time, no matter how much you use it, then you can say the system is stable. Well, Linux can run for years without needing to be restarted (most internet servers run Linux, and they usually never restart). Of course, with heavy updates, it still needs to be restarted (the proper way). But if you install Linux, and then use your system as much as you want, leaving your computer on all the time, you can go on like that for years without having any trouble.
  • Don't pay money for your operating system :- Linux is completely free of charge. That's right, all these guys all around the world worked very hard to make a neat, secure, efficient, good-looking system, and they are giving their work away for everybody to use freely. Of course, some companies are making good business by selling support, documentation, hotline, etc., for their own version of Linux, and this is certainly a good thing. But most of the time, you won't need to pay a cent.
  • Need to install extra stuff :- When you get Linux (such as Ubuntu, Mandriva, Fedora, etc., these are different "flavors" of Linux), you also get, without installing anything more :

  1. Everything you need to write texts, edit spreadsheets, make neat presentations, draw, edit equations.
  2. A web browser (eg Firefox) and an email program (eg Thunderbird, or Evolution).
  3. An image editor (GIMP) nearly as powerful as Photoshop.
  4. An instant messenger.
  5. A movie player.
  6. A music player and organizer.
  7. A PDF reader.
  8. Everything you need to uncompress archives (ZIP, etc.).
  9. etc.
  10. You can just start working right away.
  • Forget about drivers :- Linux doesn't need separate drivers. All the drivers are already included in the Linux kernel, the core of the system, and that comes with every single Linux installation. This means:

  1. very fast and standalone installation process. Once you're done, you have everything you need to start working (including the software you'll be using, see "When the system has installed..." item on this website).
  2. Out-of-the-box ready peripherals.
  3. Less harm for the planet because all these CDs don't need to come with hardware any more (well, at least once Windows don't need them either...).
  • Update all of your software with a single click :- Linux has a central place called the "Package manager", which takes care of everything installed on your system, but also every single piece of software your computer has. So if you want to keep everything up-to-date, the only thing you need to do is press the "Install Updates" button down there
  • All downloadable software at one place :- With Linux you don't need to Google for every software you need. With Linux, everything is much simpler. Linux has what is called a "package manager": each piece of software is contained in its own "package". If you need some new software, just open the package manager, type a few keywords, choose which software you want to install and press "Apply" or "OK". Or you can just browse existing software (that's a lot of choice!) in categories.
  • Lots of Space :- Workspaces is a feature I would never trade for anything else. You probably only have one screen, right? Try Linux, and you have four. Well, you can't actually look at the four of them at the same time, but this doesn't matter since your eyes can't look in two directions at once, right? On the first screen, lets put your word processor. On the second one, your instant messenger software. On the third one, your web browser. So when you're writing something in your word processor and you want to check out something on the web, no need to review all your windows to find your browser, stacked all the way behind the others. You just switch to your third screen and voilĂ , here it is.
  • Weather Forecast :- Get information about weather right from your own desktop.
  • Effects Crazy :- Are you a effect crazy? Do you want lots of effects so that you can play with it? Then Linux is the thing that you should have. Linux has lots of such effects which also makes it easy to use and operate.
  • File System :- Linux supports all types of file systems from FAT to NTFS. So now you don't have to replace your hard drive with a new one to get your new operating system working.
And at last it is Open Source Software. You can talk to the developers anytime and suggest them things like 'Make this feature look like this or that!'. If it contains bugs , it won't take much longer to get it solved. If you think you have found a bug and also know the solution for this then you can contact the developers or mail them anytime and tell the solution. And I think that above points are more than enough reasons  for anyone to know that why should they use Linux as their operating system.
If you find more advantages of linux that i haven't mentioned them please inform me. :)
Thanks :)