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Linux Over Windows

If you are using Windows OS’s, you are content. If you have your hands on Linux, you are free. Windows OS’s users know that they can have more than they already have, but choose to live within the confines of an OS that is just enough. There is lack of a desire to explore, to discover. This is not a discredit for Windows OS’s, oh no! In fact, my first computer was a PC back in 2012. Sounds like a gimmick? It is not.
Read ahead as I elaborate why Linux is better that Windows – far much better.

Before we get into the whole elaboration routine, I’d like to clear the air. Nothing on Linux is free. Nothing is free in terms of monetary value or for any other kind of value. Everything has to cost you something, there has to be something you exchange for a service or product. The only emphasis here is that software in Linux costs an insanely low amount of cash to purchase. To get it though, you need to be accessing the internet or have to trade it with some other person who has already downloaded it. Either way, you have to have something to get Linux OS’s and associated software. Since we are all on the same page now, what you call free is more appropriately referred to as open source. That is the first big pro of Linux over Windows.

Open Source

Open Source does not mean free.
With regard to software; open source means that a product includes permission to read, modify (use) its source code, documentation and content. This generally means you can choose to extend the functionalities of a product or minimize them to basic requirements and no one will come after you. There is a license of course but without many limitations. I don’t say that Windows does not have any software that is open source, of course there is. Question is; is the OS itself open source?
If being open source matters not to you, let me throw in some numbers. In the market, a genuine copy of recent Windows OS’s costs anything between KSH 10,000 – KSH 16,999. (~ $100 – $170) On the other hand, Canonical sells a bootable Ubuntu USB drive a cool KSH 7,000 ( ~ $70). In addition, you can choose to download the OS from their website and all you have to part with is an optional donation and of course, you ISP charges.

Privacy

Unlike Windows OS’s, Linux distros do not collect data without your permission. You can choose to modify the data they collect. Some allow you to get rid of every single bit of data that has been collected once you log off your session. Windows OS’s have been receiving a lot of criticism over the years and most recently Windows 10 has had a beat down by its users over the same.
With Linux distros, you are in a position to almost completely anonify yourself. This anonymity is so good such that your ISP can be in limbo over the sites you visit. You can integrate a lot of tools to help with this and, they are mostly open source. Good luck achieving this over windows.

Security

Of the OS’s that have ever existed on this earth, Windows is the most vulnerable. I know there is that scape-goat of; windows is only seen as insecure because it is the most used OS on computers. Sure you don’t believe that, do you? I don’t hear Android complaining about insecurity every now and then.
The way Windows OS’s are built causes the existent vulnerabilities. If their tech teams wanted to counter, they could make the OS more secure. Make no mistake, the can. The only question is, why don’t they? Is it a conspiracy of sorts with AntiVirus companies?
Linux OS’s are know to be the most secure; Android, Ubuntu, Kali Linux, Fedora … name them. If you are looking for security, go Linux.

Those three and other many reasons are the reasons why I have Ubuntu as my primary operating system. Sure I must keep tabs with Windows but it will not be my primary OS any time soon.
Of course, the preferences of the OS is based on the needs and perception of a person, that is why most people choose Windows. They are conversant with and of course, popular. All the same, Ubuntu (and other Linux distros) are some of the best operating systems used extensively by co-operations and individuals for the reasons above.

Be free, contentment can be extended.

Gichuki P. Mwangi

A computer scientist with a passion to solve real world, day to day problems using new computer technologies and those already in existence.

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