I use linux based distros for the following reasons. Currently I use Arch Linux (2019 - Present). Ubuntu was my first linux system which I started using full time from 2017. From early 2000s - 2017 it was mainly Windows. Sometimes I wonder why I didn’t switch earlier (and then I remind myself that I was not aware of anything other than Windows.)
- Free. No need a license to use an OS. Opensource.
- Privacy. Avoid telemetry, spyware, user data being transmitted to any corporation.
- Highly customizable.
- Can fix issues on linux without modifying registry (like in windows).
- Can actually fix issues with some google search, unlike windows which may or may not have a feasible solution.
- I didn’t like the transition from windows 7 - Vista - 8 - 10 (now 11). User experience has been subpar.
- More stable and performant.
- OS is available for me to tinker and modify according to how I want it.
- If something goes wrong on windows it’s something windows did. In Linux if something goes wrong it’s something I did.
- Updates can happen without restarting all the time.
- Security. No more antivirus software (I can still remember the dark ages of Norton). Linux has almost no malware and viruses.
- Easier to set up programming environments.
- Convenience of package managers over
exeinstallers. Granted nowadays there is chocolatey but I’m not sure if it’s good/bad since I haven’t used it. The reasons why I use linux.
- I can debug my parents’ systems remotely with ease and fix issues much faster compared to when they used Windows.
- Can run it on the cheapest of hardware with the DE of my choice.
- Different DEs to choose from. My favourites are xfce and kde.
- Easy and straightforward installation.
- Availability of applications.
- Docker works great on Linux.
- Installation of applications is straightforward. I can keep a list of
applications installed with
pacman -Qq > package_listand reinstall using
pacman -S - <package_list>. In Windows I used to maintain a text file with all applications installed and the site from which I got the installer.
To provide an alternative and more engaging view on why Linux might suck, have a look at the following resources.