Over the years, Linux has garnered both negative and positive reviews; there are people who have spoken highly about it and there are those who think that it is complete rubbish.
So, why is it that Linux will always get mixed reviews?
It may have a lot to do with people’s expectations of Linux.
Some People Wrongfully Expect Linux To Work In The Same Manner As A Previous Operating System That They Were Using
Frankly speaking, Linux is its own thing. Therefore, it is absolutely wrong for the user to expect Linux to work like:
Anyone who is venturing into Linux for the first time should expect to encounter an entirely new user experience.
After all, Linux handles things differently than all of the other operating systems.
A person coming over from Windows may want to use the software that he or she was using on Windows on Linux (Truthfully, that sort of decision usually ends in disaster).
For the record, you can run some of your Windows software via Wine (The sad part is that you would not be able to run all of your Windows software via that particular free and open-source software).
One of the nice things about Linux is the large quantity of free and open-source software that is available for the Linux user to utilize; such as:
Why should you fight up to use Windows software via Wine when you can utilize alternative software?
For every Windows software out there, there is a Linux alternative that you can use.
Now, I am not going to lie to you and say, “They are all easy to use,” because there are those that require a much higher learning curve.
Some People Only Tested One Distribution Of Linux And Summed Up Their Opinion Of Linux
Dear friend, it is utterly ridiculous, to sum up, your opinion on Linux by only testing out one distribution of Linux.
If one is not up to your liking, you can try another.
The first distribution of Linux that I tried was Ubuntu.
Did I like Ubuntu?
I did not shout in agony and say, “Linux is bad!”
I simply moved on to another Linux distribution ― Linux Mint.
By the way, my article, Renard’s Thoughts on Linux Mint, will let you know how I truly feel about that particular distribution of Linux.
After having fun with Linux Mint, I moved on to more advanced distributions of Linux.
In all honesty, you might have to do a bit of distro-hopping in order to come across a distribution of Linux that is most suitable for you.
If I never distro-hopped, I might have never come across:
The problem is that some people go back to running to Windows when the experience of using their first distribution of Linux was a negative one.
There Are Risk-Free Ways To Try Linux Without Deleting Your Current Operating System
You can try Linux on a Live USB thumb drive, install it on a spare computer, or via the usage of a virtual machine.
These three articles will teach you how to go about making that possible:
- How to Make a Bootable USB Drive With Etcher in Linux by Yash Wate.
- How to switch an old Windows laptop to Linux by Steven Vaughan-Nichols.
- How to Install Linux in Windows With a VMware Virtual Machine by Christian Cawley.
Testing Linux out first is the most sensible thing for you to do; it would place you in a position to know if your chosen distribution of Linux is compatible (or not compatible) with your computer’s hardware.
You Can Buy A Computer That Comes Preinstalled With Linux
The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that while Linux is compatible with lots of hardware, it is not compatible with a small percentage of hardware.
So, to prevent high levels of disappointment, you can purchase a computer that comes with Linux preinstalled; such as:
The nice thing about all of those computers that I highlighted is that they were specifically designed to run Linux on them.
Your Willingness To Learn How To Use Linux Is A Requirement
I have heard some people say, “Linux is hard to use!”
Okay, that might be true in the beginning; it just takes getting used to.
Could you remember the first time that you used Windows or any operating system?
If you think back closely, you will remember that you had to familiarize yourself with it before you could master it.
Dear friend, the same thing applies to Linux (You will have to familiarize yourself with Linux before you can master it).
You must have a willingness to learn how to use an entirely new operating system.
What If Something Goes Wrong With My Linux System?
There will come a time when you will need to fix software that was broken during an update.
On a positive note, you will be able to find a solution to your problem online.
As a matter of fact, most Linux distributions have their own forums (You can seek help for your particular issue there).
There are also online articles that address Linux-related issues.
By the way, if you are unable to rectify your technological issue, you can always do a fresh install of your chosen distribution of Linux.
There Are People Who Do Not Want To Try Anything New
There are people who will stick with Windows because that is all they know.
When Windows 10 reaches its end of life, they will gladly make the jump to Windows 11.
For them, familiarity breeds comfort.
If you suggest to them that they can use Linux, they will shake their heads and say to you, “No thank you!”
There Are People Who May Get The Wrong Impression About Linux By Watching Certain YouTube Videos
Anyone who has never used Linux before and happens to come across the Linux challenge on Linus Tech Tips on YouTube might wrongfully believe that Linux is a horrible piece of software and that they are much better off using Windows or macOS.
Linus Tech Tips does not do a good job at promoting the usage of Linux.
Truthfully speaking, there are many other YouTubers who would provide you with much better information on Linux (Specifically those people who have dedicated their YouTube channel to all things Linux).
I will admit that Linux is not for everyone.
The only way to know if Linux is right for you is to actually try it.
There are a lot of misconceptions circulating on the internet about Linux.
The truth is that Linux is good (It is not bad at all; especially in the case of operating systems that are actually free for the general public to use).
You can break those shackles by jumping on the Linux bandwagon.