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Pros & Cons of Linux- Should you Switch to Linux?

Pros & Cons of Linux- Should you Switch to Linux?

I'm making a very highly requested article on Linux. I'm gonna be discussing the pros and cons of Linux and why I use it on my laptop as my main operating system and then in a dual boot environment on my PC. Now personally I'm not an expert at Linux. I've been using it for about 4 months. I have it on my laptop and then obviously here in dual boot.

And that's about my experience with Linux. I am not an expert. I'm using ubuntu to with the Gnome desktop just you know the built-in standard stuff. And I feel like that's where a lot of you guys are as well. You have some basic understanding of Linux. You could switch to it and you could use it but there's something holding you back or you're not sure whether or not you should make the change and go all Linux.

Now personally I have every operating system so I have a good idea and a good reference point to be able to compare these different things.

The pros and cons of Linux and why or why I wouldn't recommend switching to that operating system.

The pros of Linux

1. Consistency and the reliability

Now the first and most important thing with Linux the reason that I use it on my laptop as the main operating and the only operating system on there is because of the consistency and the reliability. Now I'm comparing this to an operating system like Windows whereas many times on my Windows laptop before it had a bun to on it when I opened it up I would just want to throw it against the wall because I'd see that dreaded screen where it said it was updating.

This is something that I absolutely cannot deal with. I do not want to open up my computer and not be able to use it for half an hour because it has to do an update that I didn't agree to. And I absolutely don't want to be rushing for a power source in the middle of the night when I open my laptop because it says updating don't power off and God only knows what's going to happen when this shuts off when it's in the middle of updating with Linux this does not happen.

You can choose when you want to update how you want to update and you don't ever have to update at all. Now I know in Windows you can go and tweak these settings but I feel like it doesn't matter what you do on that operating system. It will somehow find a way to ruin your day someday in the future when it needs to update. And it's done that for me so many times.

And that's one of the main reasons I love Ubuntu because I know that's not going to happen. And I know that if I need to open my computer and get something done I'm not gonna have to worry and that's gonna be fine.

2. Security

The next thing that I love about Ubuntu and Linux, in particular, is security. Now I believe with every Linux distribution at least with a bunch you for sure. I've tested that on my main computer and my laptop. When you install this operating system it gives you the option to encrypt your disk drive.

Now essentially what that means is if someone gets access to your drive even if they plug it into a different computer and try to run a different operating system on something like that they won't be able to without knowing your master encryption key. Now essentially what that is is some key that actually unlocks the drive to make it readable. So this means that if I plug in my a bun to hard drive into a new computer I can't immediately read it and start looking at all the stuff on it without having that key.

So that's actually huge. If you're someone that's into cyber security and you're someone that cares about the physical safety of your devices because what a lot of people don't know is if I have access to your computer especially this one right here and you have just a standard Windows drive on that if I take that out and I just plug that into a new set slot on my computer and I log in I can actually read your entire drive if it's not encrypted.

So that's a big deal. There's also a lot of other security features built into the operating system that do with network security and a lot of other important things. And when it comes to security a bunch too is kind of just the winner. It's obviously not 100%. There's things that you can do to hack it and to get in. But compared to an operating system like Windows or Mac it's much much more secure. It just makes you feel a lot safer when you're actually using it.

3. Performance

Now the next mass advantage of Linux is performance. Now, this is particularly important if you're running on hardware that's outdated or just slower hardware. In general Linux is a much faster more efficient and lighter-weight operating system for almost every single distribution that you have.

Now even with my distribution which is a ubantu which has the full one genome desktop which would be one of the heavier-weight versions of Linux it runs extremely fast on my laptop which is like a midlevel laptop that would take typically Let's say 45 seconds to boot up in Windows.

Now with a bun on it it loads in probably 10 to 15 seconds and everything just happens much faster even programming. And I know this sounds kind of ridiculous. When I'm running some specific programming scripts I notice things happen faster in Ubuntu and in Linux when I'm trying to open a program when I'm trying to navigate some or even just look things up on the web sometimes it runs faster in Linux.

The kind of rule of thumb is that Linux is just faster and more efficient. Specifically when you're working with outdated hardware or hardware that isn't really capable of running a full Windows install efficiently Linux is a much better choice. So Windows I'm sure you guys know running on an old computer just doesn't work very well. It's Super slow.

It takes 3 or 4 minutes to even get into the screen where you can see the Windows Loading happening with a ubuntu that just doesn't happen. It's so much faster and Linux is just way better when it comes to performance.

4. Programming on Linux

Now the next pro is going to be specific to programmers. This is just programming on Linux. There's nothing really specific I can say about this other than it's just way nicer way easier and generally faster to get things done when you're working in Linux. When it comes to installing complicated modules and packages a lot of the times when you need to do that on Windows they involve multiple steps.

There's graphical installers you got to install you got to extract this. You got to go here install this here move that there. It's just usually way easier on Linux. Now I'm sure there's some exceptions here when it comes to specific programming languages and whatnot. But in general and with all of the different programming languages that I've used so far they've all worked better and just been easier and less stressful to use on Linux.

And I now pretty much do all my programming which is pretty heavy programming too. Quite a bit of it on Linux because it's just way easier. The terminal is so much nicer for running different commands just moving and navigating around things. Using the terminal commands are way easier on Linux and it's just way less of a headache.

So definitely if you're doing a lot of heavy programming I would recommend at least in dual boot Linux on your machine and using Linux for your programming and then Windows or Mac for whatever else you need to do.

So those have kind of been my 4 pros and the things I noticed immediately about Linux that I loved. I'm sure there's obviously hundreds of thousands of more pros and reasons why you would want to use it. But for me, those are the things that stood out and are the most important to me. So that's why I mentioned them.

The Cons of Linux

1. Lot of issues

So the first Con of Linux and this might seem like it's going to contradict. One of the points I made earlier in the Pros is that there's a lot of bugs and a lot of things that don't really work. Now, this is just because Linux is an open-source operating system it's free does not have nearly the massive teams that Windows and Mac OS have working on them. And because of that there is a lot of issues with the operating system.

Now for me, I've had this operating system crash a few times on me or at least crash specific applications that are third-party apps. And when I initially installed this on my computer trying to get a lot of my accessories like my microphone and what is it? I guess Speaker and even my keyboard to work on it properly was just a nightmare. It took a really long time.

The dryers for those were not automatically installed whereas with Windows they are automatically installed and with Mac they typically are as well. And I had to go through some pretty technical and difficult steps to actually get them working. So that's mean to consider a lot of accessories. Reasons. A lot of the things that are built for computers just to plug-in USB or whatever it is are not designed to work with Linux and are not designed to work with a bunch.

So trying to get them or get them working sometimes can be difficult. And I've heard stories of specific accessories just completely not working at all with the computer. So that was a big deal for me on my laptop. I didn't have sound the entire first day that I had the laptop because I couldn't figure out how to get it to work. I also didn't have WiFi. The WiFi adapter was not initially installed on there.

So if that's your only computer that's your only tech device how are you going to look up how to solve that? Right. So just some things like that there's a lot of bugs a lot of things that just go wrong.

2. Accessories & software issues

And sometimes you're going to run into some pretty difficult technical issues with your accessories and even with software. So there's a lot of software that you probably want to use that you can't use on Linux. That's just because it's not supported. This operating system is not meant for your average everyday user. The person who just wants to go on their computer and write in Microsoft Word and use Excel. Guess what.

You can't get that on Linux. Or if you can. I don't know how. And I haven't done so. And the built-in tools that come with Linux which are supposed to kind of substitute those I they have Libre Office Writer and Libra spreadsheet or something like that, in my opinion, are really not comparable to the kind of Microsoft products. I'm sure. Obviously, you can use Google Docs. You can use Google or Google Sheets? All of that.

But still it's just something they consider that there's a lot of software and specifically video editing software as well that you can't use on this operating system and that just don't work well. And that's kind of the two major cons that I noticed with this operating system is that a lot of what I wanted to do. I couldn't actually do on this if I could. It was just a pain.

And it wasn't nearly as clean as it was on Windows and that's why I keep the dual boot on this machine. Now other than that there's nothing too drastic that I would say about a bun to that I don't like. I will say that there is some actual screen resolution error. So I have two monitors and trying to get these monitors to be different resolutions so that they don't look zoomed on one and zoomed on the other because I have a 4k monitor and a 1080p monitor, it doesn't work.

There's no way I've looked it up I can't even get it to work properly after going through all these guides to get one to go 1080p and to get another to go 4k and to have no scaling issues whatsoever. What I want to do is just zoom one screen and unzoom the other one and I can't do that. And there's a lot of things like that where it's just these different accessories and compatibility things that just don't work on the system and there's nothing you can really do to fix that. now obviously there's tons of customized abilities.

I'm sure there's probably something I've done wrong but that's just something to notice here right you know there's some things you want to do that you can't do and even if you can do them they're pretty difficult to get done. And if you're just an average user that doesn't understand all these technical Sudo commands and lingo and jargon and all of that it's going to be very difficult to figure out how to do it.

It's another thing there is absolutely no support for this operating system when it comes to calling in and asking someone for help or having someone even come to your house you know and fix it whereas something like Mac is something like Windows. You can bring that to the store and someone will fix that for you. Now that's because this is an open-source and free operating system one of the advantages of it also becomes a massive disadvantage as well.

So, anyways that has kind of been my opinion on Ubuntu. Now I understand a lot of this is subjective it's for my use case and that's what I tried to make clear at the beginning of this article. There's anything in here that you guys disagree with or that you'd like to elaborate on please do leave a comment down below.

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