If you play video games, or want something compatible with MS Office, it is going to be Windows. For creating designs, producing creative work, or producing content, perhaps go with OSX. If you are on a budget, need a fast, powerful, stable system, go with Linux.
Linux has its pros and cons, it is up to you to decide if Linux fit your need or not. Below are the pros and cons for the average users’ point of view.
Here is a list of the advantages of Linux
Here is a list of the disadvantages of Linux
With the introduction of Ubuntu, Linux is now user friendly, better user experience and easier to use.
Linux is free (but you can donate for your favorite software), open source, can be download on the internet, fast, stable, fewer viruses than Windows. The stability and security is partly because Linux source code is free, allowing millions of Linux professionals and users around the world with open access to the source code, making it hard for anyone to slip in any unauthorized code. This also results in Linux being more secured than Windows, with less viruses and malware. As well as no intrusive spyware from the OS and 3rd party developers.
Can run on any hardware, there is the misperception of Linux not supporting some hardware. However, what is true is that latest hardware coming out without any support for Linux and this is not Linux problem.
It is constantly being upgrade with new enhancements and improvements. If there is a bug, it will be fix quickly, no more waiting months to get an upgrade on a fix.
There are many different versions of Linux than Windows, making it great to let you choose the version that fit your need.
Linux is more customizable than any other OS, however you will need to spend the time to figure out how.
In some business that need specialized workstations to perform a few specialized tasks without Microsoft applications. They will find Linux systems cost less and perform the specialized tasks perfectly.
The special effect industry relies on Linux supercomputers to render their effects in movies like Titanic, Lord of the Rings, and many other movies.
Linux has better clusters for supercomputing applications use for laboratories research, weapons research, movie effects, and other high demand applications. Read more about Linux supercomputers
Businesses with limited money are using Linux to save money. In the past, business owners would copy Microsoft software but that is now more difficult to run pirated software and more dangerous. Currently, there are more businesses that use Linux in many fast food restaurants, retail, shopping centers, GPS systems, ect.
Linux is not a monopoly. (A situation in which a single company or group owns all or nearly all of the market for a given type of product or service. By definition, monopoly is characterized by an absence of competition – which often results in high prices and inferior products.)
Better network tools for home or small business.
Linux can run majority of Windows applications.
You can install both Linux and other OS like Windows for dual boot.
Linux has big and supportive community with millions of users around the world. There are lots of documentations and if you can’t find your answers, there are many Linux forums to find help or ask questions.
Once you learn Linux, everything becomes easier.
Linux operation system was first implemented in 1969, over 30 years ago.
The newest and greatest hardware are usually slow to have their drivers to support Linux and as well as some other hardware like scanners, camera, ect.
Many programs such as MS Office cannot be install on Linux system, but you can download Open Office for free.
Not a lot of gaming support. Video games are limited on Linux when compare to Windows but there are some video games available. Here is a list of some video games available on Linux: Linux Gaming
You are force to learn more about your computer, it could be a good thing or bad because many of the things about your computer, you don’t really need to know.
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