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.
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.
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 MATE
- Ubuntu Budgie
- Linux Mint
- Zorin OS
- Elementary OS
- Feren OS
- Chalet OS
- Peppermint OS
- Bodhi Linux
- Manjaro Linux
- 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).
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).
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 forum — 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, Renard’s World.