This Blogger Loves Linux

Tux
Tux the Linux mascot (Photo credit: Pixabay)

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that I have no regrets about jumping on the Linux bandwagon.

I have been using Linux for approximately three years.

My Linux journey began when I decided to rid myself of Microsoft Windows.

I did not like the direction in which Microsoft had headed (They turned a lot of their products into a subscription model).

Also, I felt that Microsoft did not have my best interest at heart.

Most of the computer malware on the world wide web was designed to affect Microsoft Windows.

And, Linux is way more secure than Microsoft Windows.

The crazy thing about Windows is that you do not own it, despite buying a legal copy of it; it is actually leased to you and Microsoft has full control over the operating system; they can change your settings anytime that they want to.

It really made no sense buying a copy of Windows 10 Pro and not being able to own it and I disliked the idea of Microsoft changing things on my computer.

With Linux, you are in full control of everything and the distribution of Linux that you downloaded on your computer is yours.

Linux Is Free

I love the idea that Linux is free.

Linux users can donate a sum of money to the developers of their favourite distributions of Linux if they want to (It is not mandatory for them to do so).

And, one of the nice things about Linux is that you are free to add it to many computers as you like.

You can even give it to your friends.

On the other hand, if you buy a copy of Windows 10, it is for your personal use; you are prohibited to recirculate it among your friends.

Here in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, most people do not buy Microsoft Windows, because they have easy access to the cracked version of Windows 10 Pro.

Almost everyone knows, that utilizing cracked copies of Windows 10 Pro (or any version of Microsoft Windows) is illegal.

And, why should a computer user break the law by using pirated software when they can use Linux for free?

Linux Adds New Life To Old Computers

It is no big secret, that Windows 10 tends to gobble up a lot of system resources.

If your computer originally came with Windows Vista or Windows XP, Windows 10 would move slowly on it (Unless you upgraded the RAM and replaced the old hard drive with a modern solid-state drive).

Thanks to Linux, you can simply install Linux on it and it would work well; you would see an improvement in the area of speed without upgrading the hardware.

The Xfce and the MATE desktop environments tend to work fabulously on computers with 2 GB of RAM.

And, Linux will blow your mind if your computer has 4 GB of RAM or more.

Today, the average computer comes with at least 8 GB of RAM (And, that should be sufficient to run any desktop environment with ease).

If Linux works great on older computers, just imagine how well it is going to perform on newer computers.

There Is A Version Of Linux For Everyone

I genuinely believe that everyone can find a version of Linux that they are most comfortable with.

If they are coming over from Windows, they will feel at home with Linux Mint with the Cinnamon desktop environment, because it has a look and feel that is reminiscent of Windows 7.

If they are coming over from Apple, they will like the layout of Elementary OS, because the Pantheon desktop environment has a look and feel that is similar to that of macOS.

Deepin OS with the Deepin desktop environment also has that similar look and feel to macOS.

And, if you want something that looks totally different from Microsoft Windows or Apple’s macOS, you can try Solus with the Budgie desktop environment or Manjaro Linux with the i3 window manager.

The truth is that you have a lot of options available to you when it comes to Linux.

The only way you will know which distribution of Linux is right for you, is to try them out.

Hey, you never know; you might find yourself falling in love with Debian or Arch Linux.

I Have Tried A Lot Of Linux Distros

Oh, I have tried a lot of Linux distros since I jumped on the Linux bandwagon; here is a short list of them:

  • Ubuntu
  • Xubuntu
  • Kubuntu
  • Lubuntu
  • Ubuntu MATE
  • Ubuntu Budgie
  • Linux Mint
  • Zorin OS
  • Elementary OS
  • Feren OS
  • Chalet OS
  • Peppermint OS
  • Debian
  • Bodhi Linux
  • Manjaro Linux
  • LXLE
  • SwagArch
  • Solus Budgie
  • Souls GNOME
  • Souls MATE

At the moment, I am very happy with Solus MATE because it works well on older hardware.

And, I am very fond of the MATE desktop environment.

Solus falls under the category of a rolling release model.

Also, Solus is not based on any other operating system (It was designed from the ground up).

And, Solus is very stable (That is most ideal for me because I am a content creator).

One of the downsides of Solus is that its software repository is not as vast as Ubuntu’s software repository.

On a positive note, Solus has all of the software that you could ever need.

Should You Give Up Using Microsoft Windows?

Now, just because I gave up using Microsoft Windows, it does not mean that you also have to give up using it.

You should only give up using Microsoft Windows because you genuinely want to give it up.

I recommend that you try out Linux on a separate computer since dual booting can be a bit problematic at times.

And, when you are fully comfortable with using your chosen Linux distro, you can go right ahead and wipe Microsoft Windows clean off of your computer (That would leave you with two computers with Linux installed on them).

There is also the option of keeping Microsoft Windows on one computer and your chosen distro of Linux on the other computer.

Some people (especially the gamers) find it very difficult to give up on using Microsoft Windows.

And, why is it that the gamers have a very hard time giving up Microsoft Windows?

Because most of the popular games work better on Microsoft Windows (Those games were designed to work on Microsoft Windows in the first place).

The good news is that a person can still play some of those games of theirs via the usage of Wine or Steam.

Also, some people have grown accustomed to using software that is available in Microsoft Office (Little do they know that they could find its equivalent in Linux in the form of LibreOffice Suite).

The truth is Linux has a whole lot of alternative software that is freely available (It is all up to the person to make up their mind to learn how to use them).

Final Thoughts

Before you download any distribution of Linux, you should check to see if it is compatible with your computer’s hardware (That information can be acquired by searching for it on Google or on Bing. And, in some instances, the official website for your chosen distribution of Linux will have a list of compatible computers).

You also have the option of putting it on a USB flash drive (The nice thing about Linux is that you can try it out without installing it and by trying it out, you will get to see if it is compatible with your hardware).

And, if you encounter any technical issues, you can find the solutions for them online.

Most Linux distributions have their own forumΒ β€” a place that you are going to find help from other Linux users.

Linux is reliable and it is also a whole lot of fun to use.

I wished that there were a whole lot more people who were willing to give Linux a try (And, a person can try Linux without giving up Microsoft Windows).

In my case, I have no regrets of giving up on Microsoft Windows.

Linux meets all of my needs (It has actually surpassed all of my expectations).

Are you a blogger who uses Linux?

Would you ever give Linux a try if you have never used it before?

I would love to read all about it via the comments section of my blog.

And, thank you for checking out this very interesting blog post of mine on,Β Renard’s World.

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39 thoughts on “This Blogger Loves Linux

  1. Linux is great!! I am not tech-savvy in the slightest, but my boyfriend is, so we have able five computers/laptops in the house running different distros. Though some are trickier to navigate (like Debian, Kali, Tails), I’ve been using Mint for several years and really like it. And I love knowing that Windows isn’t scraping my data and changing things without my knowledge.
    Have you heard of using open source software, such as CopperheadOS, on your phone? Similar to Linux, it allows you to wipe your phones operating system and install an open source option that protects your data. If you can handle Linux installation and navigation, it might be something worth checking out.
    Thanks for this! Though my boyfriend is very passionate about Linux, I honestly learned more from your article that I have from conversations with him hahaha. πŸ™‚

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing that with me, my friend.

      And, yes, I have heard of CopperheadOS.

      Wow! Five computers in the house running different distros of Linux; that sounds like heaven to me!

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      1. Hahaha!! Two are newer gaming builds, and the rest are old laptops he picks up at the used bookstore for ~$50… not the fastest machines, but he’s built himself a fun little Linux playground.
        The open-source stuff is great, so I hope it becomes more mainstream and accessible in the coming years.

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      2. πŸ™‚ Do take good care of those Linux machines.

        And, I also hope that it becomes mainstream in the near future.

        I don’t have to worry about the accessibility part, because Linux can be found easily on the world wide web.

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  2. How does Linux compare to Mac? I left windows years ago, too many problems, too many updates and so on. Windows computers are the most disposable, total crap, windows suck donkey d***!!!!!

    I’ve never touched Linux. I wonder why there are no Linux phones?

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    1. πŸ™‚ Linux can stand up to a Mac pretty well.

      Well, you have not heard about Linux phones, because the usage of them is quite low.

      The Librem smartphone runs on a distribution of Linux known as, “PureOS”. That smartphone is also capable of running Debian.

      The Librem smartphone is for people who are deeply concerned about security and privacy.

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      1. You wrote a good piece today. To be honest, I get tired of the blogging tips. I don’t want to be disrespectful. I don’t know if it’s your job or you just like helping people out.
        Linux is very interesting to be quite honest.

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      2. πŸ™‚ Thank you, my friend.

        And, my blog, “Renard’s World” is not based solely on blogging tips.

        No, you are not being disrespectful.

        And, yes, I do enjoy helping people out.

        Linux is indeed interesting, but it is currently the underdog; especially against the huge tech giants like Microsoft and Apple.

        Thank you for sharing your point of view.

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  3. For me, I’m a creature of habit and have been using Windows all my life, so I don’t see myself voluntarily switching Linux anytime soon, even though my list of complaints for Windows is ever-increasing.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Raya, I understand your hesitance to switch to Linux.

      As you have stated, you have been using Windows for all of your life.

      My suggestion would be to, try out a version of Linux of your choice; it can run via a USB flash drive without ever installing it on your computer.

      Or, you could get an additional computer and install Linux on it.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  4. My daughter has been urging me to switch to Ubuntu. But I am afraid of loosing my saved content on my laptop. Most of your post was too technical for me. So could you tell me that , will I have to wipe my computer clean to install Linux?

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    1. πŸ™‚ There is the option of dual booting; which allows you to have both Windows and Linux on a single hard drive (I do not recommend it because things can go wrong).

      The best thing to do would be to wipe the hard drive (You will be asked during the installation process if you would want to give Ubuntu the entire space on the hard drive).

      Saved content on your laptop can be backed up on an external hard drive; that way, you will not lose videos, pictures, music, etcetera.

      Normally, I would not recommend Ubuntu to a new user, because the desktop environment is GNOME and you might have a difficult time navigating it.

      For the record, it is easy to familiarize oneself with the GNOME desktop environment.

      However, I would highly recommend Linux Mint with the Cinnamon desktop environment for someone who is entering the world of Linux for the first time.

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      1. πŸ™‚ When you turn on the computer with two operating systems on it, you will have to click on the one that you intend on using (which is indicated on the screen) within a few seconds; if you do not, the default operating system will boot up instead.

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  5. I was nodding throughout the whole article Renard!

    I especially liked your suggestion that people use the live environment or use two PCs to begin with. The Linux Mint live environment is a great way to start.

    I actually have two identical Dell refurbs that I bought with that idea in mind and a KVM switch so that they both plug into the same monitor (my keyboard and mouse are wireless).

    One runs Arch Linux and the other is still Windows 7. I haven’t touched the Windows machine in a while now haha

    Maybe I will put Gentoo on it? For now, its just a spare.

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  6. Wow, You truly love Linux and all things PC Software Renard Bro.
    So yet again I am educated on why you love Linux, it shows too. Thanks for sharing!

    Jules

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  7. For many years, I used Ubuntu as my primary laptop OS and it was great. It was even easier once applications were based in the cloud. As many major applications move to cloud-hosted solutions, the base OS becomes less important. I’ve gone through periods of using Mac OS, and various forms of Windows, but it really has depended on what I needed for work.

    At this time, I’m on Windows 10, which is a great improvement over past OS, but it’s not about anything more than the fact that I have Windows needs for business. In the end, money tends to greatly influence things one way or another.

    That said, I wholeheartedly support your position and think Linux is perfect for your situation. I recently setup a family member with ChromeOS. She’s a heavy Google Apps user with limited funds, and low resource requirements. ChromeOS is intuitive and easy to use, and doesn’t require a lot of support (perfect for pesky family members lol).

    Another fine article, Renard. Thank you for sharing!
    Brian

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  8. Hey, like your post πŸ™‚
    I’ve been using Linux for five years now, and I’m very happy with it.
    Like you, I jumped through many distros and derivatives over the years.
    At the moment, I’m very happy with Manjaro KDE, but as I had some older hardware earlier, I was often using Linux Mint or Antergos with Mate.

    I really love the philosophy of OpenSource and the really huge community all around the world, trying to create a world of free possibilities.

    I hope, that one time, I would be able to create stuff like you do, just in German.
    Thanks for talking a little about your thoughts about Linux,
    Glad to find many people around the world thinking like me (Or do I think like them?)
    Jackb

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  9. Thank you, this was a very refreshing read. I haven’t moved away from Windows completely mainly because my work uses windows big style so I have to keep a windows desktop running If I choose to work from home. But other than that I am mainly an Ubuntu Linux User. Been using it as my OS of choice for about two years.

    My home network is pretty much entirely run on open-source software i.e. my freenas server runs on FreeBSD however I have 3 Ubuntu server virtual machines runing a NextCloud server instance and two Pi-Hole Ad-Blocking Servers.

    I also have 2 iocage instances running as well. One hosts my Plex media server and the other hosts my Piwigo photo-server. Finally there is a Raspberry Pi running Rasbian with a Pi-VPN server running on that.

    Like I said all the software running on these systems are open-source, high quality applications. If you were to go down the proprietary route you would easily be paying hundreds if not thousands of pounds! The community support is superb. I taught myself linux and I’m am by no means an expert, however, what I have learn’t – I do try to share via my wordpress blog.

    Neil F.

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