Most tech-savvy people are aware of the fact, that Linux powers the majority of the servers on the world wide web (The Information and Technology experts use them because they are highly reliable).
However, when it comes to Linux on the desktop, the usage is dismal in comparison to Windows and macOS; it is as though a large percentage of people do not have faith in using Linux as their daily driver.
Now, I cannot blame people for their unwillingness to try out Linux, because most people are comfortable using operating systems that they already know.
At the moment, there are lots of people who do not know what Linux is (And, you cannot inveigle people to utilize what they are unaware of).
More Computers Need To Come Pre-Installed With Linux
If you walk into a store that sells computers, you will quickly come across computers with the following operating systems pre-installed on them:
Store owners would prefer to sell exactly what they know that the majority of people will buy. The last thing that they would want, is people refusing to buy a computer with an operating system that they are unfamiliar with.
The good news is that people can purchase a computer that comes with Linux pre-installed online.
System76 has a line of impressive desktop computers and laptop computers that were created specifically to run Linux (The only problem is that their line of computers is exorbitantly priced).
In spite of the high prices, some Linux enthusiasts do not mind buying a computer from System76, because they know that they are buying a premium product.
Star Labs also sells laptops with the following Linux distributions pre-installed on them:
This company stated that all of the pre-installed operating systems, run flawlessly on their laptop computers.
People who are based in the United Kingdom are also free to purchase an Entroware desktop computer or laptop computer online with Linux preloaded.
And, people who are a fan of Ubuntu (or its derivatives), can buy a Slimbook laptop computer online.
For the record, there are other brands that sell computers online that come with Linux pre-installed (The people who purchase computers online with Linux pre-installed are a select few; preferably the hardcore Linux enthusiasts).
What we actually need is more brick and mortar stores that sell computers with Linux pre-installed on them (The majority of people that I know would prefer to walk into a store, buy a computer and walk back out).
Also, there is a chance of someone buying a computer with Linux pre-installed on it, after they experienced for their self, the way in which Linux works.
People Will Need Good Reasons To Try Linux
People who have been using Windows or macOS for their computing tasks will need to be provided with good reasons for trying Linux.
Well, without further ado, here are some good reasons to try Linux:
- It is secure out of the box.
- It is free.
- It is open source.
- It is very customizable.
- It is less demanding on hardware.
- It has great community support.
- It meets the needs of a lot of computer users worldwide.
- It is easy to use.
- It is easy to update.
By the way, you can try out Linux on an old computer at home or you can purchase one secondhand for the sole purpose of familiarizing yourself with Linux (If you do not have any of those things, you can boot up your chosen distribution of Linux via a USB flash drive without installing it on your computer).
The good news is that there are many distributions of Linux that you can try (You will eventually come across one that you like).
Many Businesses Will Need To Utilize Linux
Most businesses are known to utilize either Windows or macOS (I cannot blame those businesses because they are entitled to use whichever operating system that they like and Windows and macOS are two popular options).
The chances of stepping into a work environment where Linux is the only operating system being used is rare.
If I were to choose a distribution of Linux for a company, I would go with Debian Stable.
Because Debian Stable is rock solid.
NASA claimed that the Debian operating system was more secure and easy to manage.
So, businesses could benefit greatly by utilizing Debian.
It is my opinion, that if it is good enough for NASA, it is good enough for any business.
People Will Need To See Linux Being Advertised On The Mainstream Media
Unfortunately, many of the Linux distributions are unable to spend their money to advertise their operating systems. Many of them rely on donations from people around the world in order for their project to keep running.
Because they both have the financial resources to advertise their products on the mainstream media.
The other Linux distributions will have to rely on being sponsored by some corporation (That is the only way in which I can see them gaining the amount of cash for advertising purposes).
And, everyone knows that an effective advertising campaign helps to get the word out.
People Can Continue To Disseminate Bootable Linux Distros On USB Flash Drives
People have been passing on bootable distributions of Linux on USB flash drives to their friends for years (The Linux community encourages this behaviour because it allows more people to try out Linux).
Now, if the person you intend on giving the bootable Linux USB flash drive to has never tried Linux before, it would be wise to make sure that it is a newbie-friendly distro; something like:
Please note: that it would be unkind to force a friend to accept a bootable Linux USB flash drive if they are not interested in using Linux.
The ethical thing to do is to disseminate those bootable Linux USB flash drives to friends who are willing to give Linux a try.
At the rate of which things are going, I do not think that the Linux desktop is going to be mainstream anytime soon.
The good news is that Linux will always have its unique crowd of people — people who want nothing to do with Windows or macOS.
To put it all in a proverbial nutshell, more people could become interested in the Linux desktop if:
- More computers came with Linux pre-installed on them.
- People were given a good reason to try Linux.
- People saw Linux advertised on the mainstream media.
- People continued to disseminate bootable Linux USB flash drives among their friends.
The Linux desktop is amazing (And, if more people noticed that, it would have a much better chance of going mainstream).