Is Linux Finally Beating Windows? (Microsoft Windows vs Linux OS Battle)

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all your online accounts secure! Chances are, you’ve all used a personal
computer that runs the Windows operating system, but how many of you have actually used Linux? If you look at the market share of operating
systems for PCs over the last few years you’ll see that Windows totally dominates the market. It’s been that way pretty much since Windows
came on the scene in 1985. The word Microsoft became a household name
and synonymous with both home computers and operating systems. In January 2019, Windows had just over an
88 percent market share. Apple’s Mac operating system is next, with
just over 9 percent of the share and after that comes Linux, with just a tiny share. What might surprise you, though, is perhaps
this shouldn’t really be the case. We are not going to bother explaining to you
what the Windows OS is, that would be almost condescending. You’ve all used it, and many of you probably
loved the XP version, hated Vista and Windows ME and probably weren’t too fond of Windows
8. When Microsoft released Windows 10 it said
this was the last in the line of totally new versions, it would be updated forever more. The point is, we’ve likely all gotten used
to Windows. Using Windows is as familiar to most people
as opening a window in your home. It’s that familiarity, and of course the
fact that it comes pre-installed on many PCs you buy, that prevents some people from crossing
over the scary waters of OS change towards the little-known island of Linux. For those of you who don’t know what Linux
is, you can actually just go to the Linux official website and the company answers that
question for you. We’ve done the reading, so we’ll paraphrase
what the company said. First of all, Linux tells us you probably
do use Linux but just don’t know about it. This is just one sentence from its grand opening
paragraph, “It’s in your phones, in your cars, in your refrigerators, your Roku devices. It runs most of the Internet, the supercomputers
making scientific breakthroughs, and the world’s stock exchanges.” It’s also just a regular operating system
for your PC. The operating system, which most people just
initialize to OS, is like the brain of the machine. Without it the machine is pretty much useless. We don’t need to tell you that these systems
can be very complex and we imagine most of you wouldn’t be confident enough to say
you know exactly everything you can do with your Windows OS. That’s one reason people stick with what
they know, because moving to a different OS is like finding yourself in a totally new
environment. You have to learn the laws of a new virtual
jungle, which can be exciting but also a bit frustrating at times. But get this, you can install Linux on your
computer for nothing. Yes, it is absolutely free. Installing a Linux server is also free. This is what you need when you have a network
of people that need serving. It isn’t free if you need Windows server
OS though. Linux makes a big deal about this, and rightly
so. Who doesn’t like “free”? Linux also says its server is so easy to run
that anyone could do it. Ok, so the next big point when discussing
Linux is the fact it is distributed under an open source license. Hmm, what does this mean? Well, basically you can do whatever you want
with your OS, which is great for many folks since they enjoy the fact they can study exactly
how it works and make a change. Imagine you were not into a Windows feature
and then thought ok, I can do this better, I’ll just rewrite the code and add something. Linux lets you do this. Linux also notes these two things, that users
have “The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbour.” People also have “The freedom to distribute
copies of your modified versions to others.” This is why Linux users like to say they are
part of a community. A common phrase is it is an OS that is run
by the people for the people. The same way you can tinker under the hood
of a car, Linux lets you see what’s inside. Some folks like to get under the hood, that’s
just their nature. Linux really works for these people. So this is starting to sound too good to be
true. An easy-to-use free OS, that doesn’t break
much, and one you can alter and fiddle with and improve. Anything else? Yes, in fact there is. Linux has a lot of versions to choose from,
but the company calls them “distributions.” So, you have quite a few choices of how you
want your OS to work and what your desktop will look like. When we say a few, we actually means hundreds
if not thousands. Some are more popular than others, and if
you so choose you can opt for a version that is pretty close to Windows in look and feel. If you like the Apple Mac OS, there is a Linux
distribution that tries to mirror that. Another major point is that Linux is less
vulnerable to attacks than Windows. Who’s had a virus before? What about some particularly hard to remove
malware? Who’s been hit so hard they felt like taking
a hammer to their blue screen of death? Now, you might be thinking, wait a minute
here, if Linux is basically an open system surely it must be more vulnerable to attacks? Well, we are told by the security experts
that Linux is actually harder to gain access to, so fewer files can be corrupted. It’s a long story, but the way Linux is
designed makes it less likely to suffer from viruses. It can happen, but it happens a lot less than
on the average computer running Windows. Of course there is also the fact that Windows
is way more popular so of course that’s the system people want to hack. We are also told that running a Linux OS requires
less power, so in other words you could run the system on an older computer. So, it’s reliable, easy to run, allows you
to choose from many distributions, allow developers to fiddle around, and is free. So, c’mon, there must be a downside because
hardly anyone in the world uses it compared to Windows. Something just doesn’t add up here. Well, Windows being so huge means it has much
more software you can run on it. There are thousands of programs you can run
on Linux for free, and you can even get Windows software on Linux. With a bit of effort you can even have your
beloved Microsoft Word running on your Linux machine. But all in all, Windows offers a much wider
variety of software. What about the hardware supporting the software? Well, it’s said in the past you might have
trouble getting Linux on a machine, but that is a thing of the past. Most machines you can buy today should be
able to run Linux without issue. Enough of the expert commentary though, let’s
see what the real people who have switched from Windows to Linux say. The most popular comment on one Reddit thread
was, “At the end of the day, the Linux community wants to make software, and Microsoft wants
to make money. When those goals are opposed, Linux becomes
the better choice.” In fact, a lot of the people who now use Linux
say they are very happy they made the change, and mostly for the reasons we have talked
about today. Another person wrote: “updates not bugging
you, it’s faster, no spyware, runs well on older machines, tons of variety, and penguins,
he likes the penguins.” Another person wrote, “It is free, as in
freedom. No stupid licenses that tell you that you
can use your computer the way you want it. You’re free to use it for any purpose, change
it, redistribute it and to distribute the changes you make. It is software that is useful for society.” We didn’t see many negative comments for
Linux, but one person said when it comes to gaming Windows is better as the games are
designed to run on Windows. He also said that as Windows 10 is the entire
deal, Microsoft is focused on making it the perfect environment. It’s coherent, he said, whereas the Linux
world is massive and for some people that could be confusing. Actually, when it comes to Linux and gaming
you can find many forums with people arguing about this. This is what one very popular gaming website
said, “Yes, Linux is a decent operating system for gaming, especially since the number
of Linux-compatible games is increasing due to Valve’s SteamOS being based on Linux. However, we would still advise anyone who
doesn’t need any of the advanced features that Linux has to offer to stick with Windows
due to its ease of use and fewer compatibility issues with games.” So, with all this positivity being spoken
about Linux why is its market share not even two percent? You can read tech websites where the real
computer nerds talk about this, and you will see people saying that Linux really should
be ascending faster than it is. But actually, one developer said what we have
just said, in that Linux is just too fragmented. He also just said the obvious in that it just
hasn’t gained momentum yet, and well, Microsoft has a PR machine that’s virtually unstoppable. This is not to say, however, that Windows
is bad. Not at all, and Windows 10 has been for the
most part very well received. And as we said at the beginning, Windows has
been part of people’s lives for many years. People know what they are working with, and
even though Linux offers similar alternatives a lot of people don’t want to make the effort
to change. There is also the case that for a long time
people haven’t gone over to Linux because they thought it was only for people who know
a lot about computers. That using it might take some amount of computer
savvy. There is no doubt that people will have do
some learning as we said already you are entering a different jungle, but no, you don’t have
to be a computer science major to use a Linux computer. That said, some people just don’t want to
have to learn something new. And on top of that, if a computer comes with
a pre-installed version of Windows and it works well enough, why on Earth would they
go through the effort to change? No matter which you choose – Windows, Linux,
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  1. Uhhh you forgot to mention the fact that most of Linux doesn't track people and Windows disgustingly tracks everything. How are people still on Windows? They love being tracked, is that it? No self respect, disgusting.

  2. As of now Linux is Better for Everything But Gaming and MS is sinking LOTS of Money to STAY THAT WAY even more so Now when they are about to ditch consoles

  3. Windows is by far better than Linux for everyday use and gaming, not switching anytime soon to that penguin garbage.

  4. Linux is in every where from Nasa's ISS to Automated toilet's.
    Windows is built for entertainment
    Linux Is built for educational

  5. Me being an arch Linux user, really haven't looked back on windows from past two years, Linux has everything, libreoffice, Firefox, gnome, KDE, Programming languages, Intellij vscode, gimp, inkscape, everything you need,

    Who wants 3d suite, here goes blender 2.80

    BTW android is kinda like a Linux distro, uses Linux kernel

  6. I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Linux,

    is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux.

    Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component

    of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell

    utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.

    Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day,

    without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU

    which is widely used today is often called "Linux", and many of its users are

    not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.

    There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a

    part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system

    that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run.

    The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself;

    it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is

    normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system

    is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called "Linux"

    distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.

  7. I use both Windows and Linux. I have 2 laptops. I've installed 1 OS on each. Linux runs faster even on the older laptop that would run Windows way too slow. Linux is amazing. But Linux does not support enough softwares. All the major softwares like the Adobe products, Major games, accounting softwares are not readily available or not supported at all and their alternatives are not as polished.

  8. Bruh i only fell in love with linux because I wanted minecraft on my chromebook and even tho the chromebook is long dead, I just haven't switched to windows because I don't know how to use it

  9. The irony of all this is people don't understand that apple is using a version of freebsd That's nickname Darwin if don't believe me Type in terminal in your search bar in your Apple PC From there you can use sudo commands just like in Linux

  10. Dude switching operating systems is it really that hard. Chromebooks operator on Lenox and they are not that much more different than Windows computers. Also you have to be pretty slow to get confused around using a Mac.

  11. My laptop has been running Linux Mint for a year now and soon I'll be switching completely to Linux because Windows 7 is already not very secure.

  12. The push by SJW brigade to force their PC culture onto Linux will be its destruction ,as developers leave and take their code with them. In short , Microsoft will win this one.

  13. Using Linux is as easy as Windows or OSX.

    The main two reasons widows has bigger share than Linux:

    1. Linux isn't made by a company, there is no PR machine for Linux.

    2. Software, mostly games, being written for Windows.

    There is also a factor in money spent for companies in investing in Windows and teaching Windows that they have reason to keep.

    But, it doesn't really matter what you use in the end. Linux gives you actual freedom, but that doesn't mean you'll use it.
    As a platform, Linux is more reliable and can maintain longer running times. This makes it used as the main OS of Internet services and devices which provide such services (Data servers, home routers, commercial routers, firewalls, etc) and a favorite of software developers.

    I've worked with, helped people with and programmed computers for over 20 years. I'd recommend installing Linux asap, even if you still use Windows alongside it. Then just use it every once in a while.
    Either youll find use from it and fall in love or it will just seem like another computer

  14. LOL Germany the Country has recently dumped Linux from all it government offices universities collages schools libraries etc etc every single one

  15. Linux is actually easier to hack. Especially because a lot of people don't patch it. Windows is attacked more because most people use it and typically has less experienced users. Linux doesn't get windows viruses because executable (.exe) files don't run on Linux.

  16. I actually had a old computer left over in my house. I would never dare experimenting with a new operating system on a computer I use everyday, but since this computer was a spare, I installed Linux on it. It is unique and interesting OS. It has its perks and it has its flaws.

  17. Hooray for the underdog…(or should i say penguin?) i love Linux and have been using it for years, it reminds me of the winter Olympics many years ago where an Australian speed skater made the final for a gold medal, he had no hope of winning until the other 3 favorites crashed out on the last bend and he passed them and went on to win the gold medal. No one new who he was until he won. Linux popularity is bigger than what most people think..there's no way to count the users, just a guess through sights like Distro watch and page hit ranking, with Microsoft it mainly counts the pc sales which is dominant.

  18. MS intends never releasing office for Linux or Mac or online contents those 100 percent coverage of Windows native apps.
    As long as, MS does this, since 70% business people think Windows is the best os for business usage. It would not be gonna happen.

  19. I switched to Linux in October of 2018, it has been a steep learning curve, but fun, and I have never ever looked back.

  20. The PS3 was capable of running linux
    Until sony updated it so it couldn't.

    This allowed scientists to hook up hundreds of PS3s to make a supercomputer

  21. Since I am a gamer and have two PC's, I decided to install Windows 10 on a PC that I will only use for gaming, and Linux on an older PC that I use for everything I do on the internet besides gaming.

  22. no one hacks Linux(often),odds are the person can either :
    A) deal with the issue themselves
    B) hack you

  23. linux does not have a company sight as it is not a company, it is a kernal and system called gnu made by two geniuses years ago, what makes it different is everyone can see the code its based on and the community decides what gets added not one person, you yourself can start coding and become a part of linux.

    also it can not have backdoors for more than a few hours, as there is about a few thousand hackers trying to find a way in, there are millions of coders watching and making sure they dont every second.

    and the last hack for linux <the kernal not unix> was years ago and got patched in 3 MINUTS, there will never be a wana cry for it or anything else.

  24. I personally use Arch Linux. I even brought life back to my parent's computer by installing Linux Mint and after a two minutes introduction, they used it for a whole year

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