Had enough of Windows 10's hassles? Unless you plan to install Windows 7, which is going to loose support from Microsoft on January 14, 2020, or have the cash to spare for an Apple device, there are not many options for a computer operating system except some flavor of Linux ,
Though you can expect a learning curve when changing platforms, Windows users are curious about the state of Linux for mainstream computing.
Here are five-plus reasons why you could wind up preferring Linux instead of Windows as the default operating system on your desktop or laptop:
A curated software catalog like mobile platforms
Software known to be compatible with a specific version of Linux is maintained in a central catalog or "repository" akin to mobile platforms such as iOS or Android.
Although the program is similar to Windows Explorer, it does not have much to do with the software. Deleting that application is a single click.
Smoother update process for the OS and software
Windows updates are often laggy and frequent require reboots, updates on Linux are almost and rarely call for a restart. Updates are currently downloaded through a "Software Updater" application that does not include checks for operating system patches, but also includes updates for the programs that you have installed from the repository.
This is easier and more secure than having to seek and seeks to install the latest version of each application on your machine.
Highly customizable, especially the desktop interface
Each copy of Linux comes with its interfaces that are highly customizable and can resemble a Windows or Mac environment – or some combination of the two. For instance, Ubuntu MATE (the Linux distribution pictured in this article) has a "MATE Tweak" utility that lets you choose between multiple interfaces which are similar to Windows OS X and others.
These can be further adjusted to your liking – more than any other operating system.
More lightweight than Windows & less data extraction
Windows is increasingly bloated as Microsoft tries to serve a variety of markets with the same platform. Besides cramming in a scattered array of features, the company has progressed to implementing monetization schemes and methods for extracting user data. This is less of a concern on Linux, which is available in sizes from 1GB to more feature-packed builds of 4GB and beyond. Of note, I get more laptop battery life on Ubuntu MATE than Windows 10.
(Pro tip: You can trim Windows 10 ISOs to as little as 700MB with NTLite)
Linux is more secure & free forever
Unless you buy a Windows 10 key from eBay or got in the free upgrade (the license from which is not just transferred to new machines), Microsoft's operating system costs upwards of $ 100. While some copies Linux cost money for premium software and support, most of them are free.
Additionally, because less people use Linux, the platform is less targeted than Windows. And again, Windows 7 wants loose support in January 2020.
Windows to Linux
While it's time to start switching from Windows to Linux, it's more than doable with some dedication. In most cases, major Windows programs have already been developed for Linux. If not, equivalents to Windows applications are also available, such as LibreOffice being a stand-in for Microsoft Office.
Folks who depend on a Windows exclusive software or who are in the middle of a hectic project. However, beyond software availability and compatibility concerns, the main reason to feel like returning to Microsoft's operating system is simply that they are already using it.
There is no such thing as a Windows 7 release, but you are concerned about Windows becoming more bloated and less privacy-centric a case for making the switch to linux.
In the meantime, you can install some variant of the operating system on virtually any device , which should make your effort worthwhile over the long haul.