There are plenty of reasons why you might be fed up with what Windows operating systems have to offer. Windows 10 and especially Windows 11 are practically giant spyware; many of the new updates are faulty, installing new software or games is often a real pain, and the examples could continue. Those are some of the reasons many people prefer switching to Linux distributions. Luckily, there are so many options available: Fedora, Ubuntu, Manjaro, Debian, and a lot more!
In 2025, Microsoft will even stop offering support for Windows 10, meaning the company’s most popular operating system. It’s somewhat reasonable, regardless if we like it or not, as that is a 9-year-old operating system. This means that users will have to upgrade to Windows 11 or look for alternatives that lack Microsoft’s logo. Therefore, if you’re tempted to make the switch to Linux but you’re still not motivated enough, here are some of the top reasons to do so and ditch Windows operating systems for good:
Stability and security
Linux distributions stand out for their high level of stability and security. Linux has an open-source nature, which allows for continuous scrutiny by a large community of developers. In other words, security vulnerabilities will be rapidly identified and solved. Let’s also not forget that the permission system and robust user privilege management of Linux contribute to a more secure experience compared to what Windows has to offer.
Customization and flexibility
Linux distributions also offer generous customization options, meaning that users are allowed to tailor their operating system the way they want. Users are free to choose from a multitude of distributions available, the one that suits their needs and desires. Not all Linux distros have the same user interface, software packages, and system resources, and that’s one big advantage.
As already mentioned, Linux distributions are open-source, which means that collaboration, innovation, and transparency are key principles. Users can always gain access to the underlying source code of the operating system, which means that they can understand how it works, change it to suit their needs, and eventually contribute improvements back to the community.
Many Linux distros are free
While a license for Windows operating systems usually costs money, we can’t say the same about Linux. That’s because Linux distributions are usually free of charge, which makes them an attractive option for both individuals and organizations.
Let’s also not forget the fact that Linux distributions usually run well on older hardware. If, for instance, you have a 2GB RAM computer, surely you can’t add Windows 11 to it. But the PC will work just fine with many Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu.
Community support and documentation
There’s a passionate and active community of users and developers who can always offer support in the case of Linux distributions. They can even troubleshoot tips and offer guidance due to forums, extensive documentation, and online communities. In other words, if you install and run Linux, there’s an entire wealth of resources available that makes sure you can rapidly find solutions to any problem you may face.
The stats show that 2.68% of desktop PCs and laptops worldwide run on Linux distributions. In other words, more than 32.8 million people use Linux on their computers.
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