Do People Have The Wrong Impression About Linux?


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.


Because there are many distributions to choose from (Some are Debian-based, Arch Linux-based, Gentoo-based, etcetera).

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?

Ubuntu was certainly not for me (Back then, Ubuntu came with the Unity Desktop Environment; which was a RAM-eater).

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:

  1. How to Make a Bootable USB Drive With Etcher in Linux by Yash Wate.
  2. How to switch an old Windows laptop to Linux by Steven Vaughan-Nichols.
  3. 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!”

These people wrongfully believe that they need an IQ that is close to those of Albert Einstein or Nikola Tesla in order to use and understand Linux.

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).

Wrapping Up

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).

Also, there is really no need for you to be a slave of Microsoft or Apple.

You can break those shackles by jumping on the Linux bandwagon.

29 thoughts on “Do People Have The Wrong Impression About Linux?

  1. The way I see this, Renard, is that there is a small group of enthusiasts who love to “tinker” with these systems while the lot of us like myself are happy to use the standard OS, for me, it’s been Mac for many years now. But please do enjoy your Linux!

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  2. Tried it, like it but didn’t keep it. While using it all by itself was fine, many (too many) of my other programs of games didn’t accept it, which made it very inconvenient.


  3. “no need for you to be a slave of Microsoft” .. ridiculous. There are over 1.3 billion Windows 10 users, then ever how many Vista, Win 7, Win 8/8.1 & a rapidly growing number of Windows 11 users, i.e. users ‘n not ‘slaves.’. Linus Torvalds says that Linux “Desktop” is not made for “normal people.” Linux is an Enterprise OS made for Technical people like Developers, Programmers, IT specialists, etc. He also says that Linux is too fragmented (too many many many versions), and that “It seems to be that Chromebooks and Android are the paths towards the desktop.” I use all kinds of “free and open-source software” on all my Win 11 Pro computers (6 PCs ‘n 1 lappy), including LibreOffice, GIMP, Krita, VLC Media Player, and a bunch bunch more. Definitely lots of great free and open-source software available.

    However, it doesn’t hurt to learn a 2nd or 3rd or 4th OS these days. Many people already use at least 2 different OSes. Linux can make a great Secondary or Companion OS for any Windows user. The one main advantage of Linux over Windows is its Portability, i.e. many Distros can be fully installed on a USB and carried in your pocket. Wid the right Distro, that Portability can come in handy as a Rescue OS, etc. That’s my 2-cents! 😉


    1. 🙂 Well, Karmi, some of the reasons why Windows 10 has over 1.3 billion users is that most of those people either purchased their computers with that particular operating system on them or they upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous version of Windows (For example, Windows 8.1).

      Also, thank you for sharing your two cents on Linux.

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  4. I always compare Linux to cars, lots can drive few open the bonnet.
    Linux users are generally computer enthusiasts. Most computers users have never heard of open source software let alone Linux. Microsoft store even sells some free software. If you class android as Linux then Linux is already the winner.
    Intersting post on a emotive topic.

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  5. Linux is great, though there is certainly a learning curve. Lucky for me, my partner is tech-savvy and helps me navigate issues. Linux Mint has been a great fit for me, as it resembles stock Microsoft enough to be comfortable for a non-technical person. I also run Graphene OS on my phone, which I believe is built on Linux. It’s really exciting to be able to customize and restrict permissions from the back end, and it brings to light just how much data is being shared by Microsoft, Apple, etc.

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  6. Linux for beginners:

    – You have a PC (lappy or desktop)
    – You have a keyboard
    – You have a mouse (or touchpad)

    That’s it. There you go.

    I use my Linux distros in the same way I used Windows/Mac in an earlier life.

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  7. Very true! Great article Renard. We all come to Linux from our own different perspectives. Also, the Linux variants of today are far different to ones that were around even 10 years ago. So if anyone has tried it many years ago, got frustrated and given up, I would recommend that they give it another go today!

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  8. Hi Renard, are you familiar with the KaiOS systems, I did some reading and I saw that they are based on or built on (don’t know the correct term here) Linux…
    I wanted to buy a phone with this operating system and I’m wondering if applications like wordpress and others will work well on it…

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    1. 🙂 In spite of KaiOS being based on Linux, I have never used it.

      In regards to WordPress, I am unable to say whether or not there is a WordPress mobile app for this particular mobile operating system.

      On a positive note, you should be able to access WordPress via its built-in web browser.

      What I do know is that KaiOS has apps for WhatsApp and Facebook.

      At the moment, KaiOS phones do not come with touch screens and they are low-end.

      Personally, I would not buy it.

      There are other Linux phones that are way better like the Librem 5 from Purism; which runs on a Linux distribution that is known as, “PureOS.”

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  9. One of these days, I will be able to use Linux. I enjoy tinkering and exploring new things with computers. Switching from to a self-hosted blog was the best thing I ever did. Now I can tinker until my heart’s content.

    I tried Linux on my older laptop without success. Perhaps, it is too set in its ways. I use Vivaldi as my browser and they promote Linux.

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    1. “One of these days”
      Why not today?

      “I tried Linux on my older laptop without success. Perhaps, it is too set in its ways.”
      What Linux, what lappy? Compatibility must be ensured. Maybe if your lappy is too old (32-bit) you won’t get many modern distros running on your museum hardware, since most moved to 64-bit and abandoned 32-bit long ago.


        1. Oh. Then I don’t know why it didn’t werk for ya. Ok, Ubu is a hateful shitty distro but installation should go flawlessly.


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