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John Johnson Okah
John Johnson Okah

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Benefits of using Linux: the Developer's OS

The best part about Linux is that you can do anything and still, the worst part is that you can do anything.

🐧 Linux is a family of open-source Unix-like operating systems based on the Linux kernel, an operating system kernel first released on September 17, 1991, by Linus Torvalds.

Why you should choose Linux

  1. Open-source: Linux is an open-source software that is available for everyone to contribute, modify, and enhance the source code. It is also available for users to download and use for free.

  2. Less Vulnerable: Linux is less vulnerable and more secure than Windows operating systems. This is because most commands executed on a Linux system need authorization, from sudo, the administrator. With this, an intruder is only allowed in when you give it the green light (sudo ... admin password)

  3. Easy Updates and Installation: Software updates in Linux are more accessible and faster than Windows. Also, no reboot is needed after installing and uninstalling programs, unlike Windows.

  4. Execution and Customization: Linux supports the execution of almost all possible file formats. Also, Linux allows you to customize everything (networks, layouts, appearance, configurations, scripts, and lots more).
    PS: customization is at the owner's risk 😉

  5. Superfast: Low storage and Low processor issues do not compromise the performance of installed applications. One of the reasons for this is that nothing runs outside your control.

  6. Privacy: Since Linux code is open-source, anyone can read the code and know exactly what is happening behind the scene. Also, Linux does not collect any sensitive data to maintain users' privacy.

  7. It is everywhere.: Linux is so adaptable and flexible. Virtually every small computing device is likely to be running Linux; Best example: Google Android phones all run Linux as its kernel, making it the most installed OS in the world (source: Usage share of operating systems - Wikipedia)

Should everyone use Linux?

Short answer is No.

To people who use computers for basic needs, Linux has proven to be a "pain in the ass" in various ways.

  1. Lack some popular software (nevertheless, you could often find an open-source alternative)
  2. The UI/UX on Windows and macOS are better. (The power of Linux lies in the terminal, not graphics)
  3. Installing software isn't that easy for newbies

Who should use Linux?

Linux is best for developers, system admins, and anyone interested in having a deeper knowledge and gaining more control on their computers.
It is for people who love to crack things open, understand, and hack the system. 😎

If you are a Linux user, please hit the ❤️ button, and if you ain't one, hit any other button. 🥂

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