Linux is king when it comes to the usage of servers (It is the backbone of the internet).
A lot of people (both Linux-lovers and Linux-haters) have shared their opinions on what has kept Linux from excelling in the PC market.
Today, I am going to tell you my reasons for Linux not being the dominant OS on PCs (So, read on closely).
1.) Brick And Mortar Stores Do Not Sell PCs With Linux Pre-Installed On Them
The term, brick and mortar stores is a reference to stores with a physical structure ― the traditional type of store that we walk into whenever we want to purchase something.
If you were to walk into a store that sells computers you would most likely find computers with the following operating systems on them:
- Windows 11
- Chrome OS
Because there is a demand for them.
Also, most people would only buy what they already know and trust.
The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that we Linux users would either install Linux on a computer for ourselves or purchase a computer with Linux pre-installed on it from an online store (We do not have much choice in this matter because our needs have been blatantly ignored by those brick and mortar stores that sell computers).
2.) Marketing Has A Lot Do With An Operating System’s Popularity
It is no huge secret that large corporations like Microsoft, Apple and Google possess the finances to market their operating systems worldwide (As a result of their deep pockets, they have managed to make Windows 11, macOS and Chrome OS household names).
Linux developers do not have a huge amount of cash; therefore, they are not in a position to market their operating systems in the same way that the big corporations do (Canonical and Red Hat Enterprise Linux might be the two biggest Linux powerhouses around; but do keep in mind, in the area of finances, they are small in comparison to Microsoft, Apple and Google).
So, from a marketing standpoint, Linux is the underdog!
3.) Familiarity Breeds Comfort
There are not many people who are willing to step outside of their comfort zone (And, in this case, stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, requires using an alternative operating system ― Linux).
In spite of the release of Windows 11, some people have chosen to stick with Windows 10 because they are comfortable with it (The only way that they are going to upgrade to Windows 11 is when Microsoft ends its support for Windows 10).
People, who are not open to change, will often say to you, “Why should I change something if it already works for me?”
So, in this case, some people are quite comfortable with sticking with what they already know (You would be wasting your breath if you recommended Linux to them).
4.) Some People Believe That Linux Is Too Difficult To Use
Truthfully speaking, there are beginner-friendly distributions of Linux and of course, distributions of Linux that take a lot of time to learn.
One of the beginner-friendly distributions of Linux that I recommend to people who have never used Linux before is Linux Mint (My article, Renard’s Thoughts On Linux Mint, will let you know my exact thoughts on that wonderful distribution of Linux).
Some of the young and the elderly have put Linux to good use.
What about you?
Are you brave enough to give Linux a try?
5.) Game Vendors Are Heavily Focused On Microsoft Windows
The majority of the games were created with Windows users in mind (After all, Windows dominates the market share; therefore game vendors would do their utmost best to make sure that their games perform well on Windows 10 and Windows 11).
On a positive note, Linux has come a long way where gaming is concerned (And, it will get better each and every coming year).
6.) A Lot Of People Are Unaware Of The Existence Of Linux
If you were to ask twenty people walking on the pavement, “Have you heard of Linux?” the majority of them would say, “No!”
There is a small probability that one of them would say to you, “Yes, I have heard of Linux. I have heard about Ubuntu.”
The sad truth is that there are a lot of people that are unaware of the existence of Linux.
Therefore, it is up to the hardcore Linux users to spread the awareness of Linux via their blog posts and their YouTube videos.
7.) Linux Is Not Compatible With All Hardware
Due to differences in electrical components, etcetera, Linux will not work on all hardware.
The good news is that Linux is compatible with most hardware.
Before anyone thinks about installing Linux on their particular brand and model number of computer, they should conduct a search (preferably on their search engine of choice) with the intention of finding out whether or not Linux will work on it.
Also, one can try Linux out on a USB flash drive in live mode to make sure that everything works before installing it on their computer.
If you are the type of person who does not want to go through all that trouble, you can purchase a computer that comes pre-installed with Linux from the following companies:
The nice thing about ordering any of the models above is that everything works!
To recap, Linux is not the dominant operating system on personal computers because:
- Brick and mortar stores do not sell PCs with Linux pre-installed on them.
- Marketing has a lot to do with an operating system’s popularity.
- Familiarity breeds comfort (This causes people to cling tenaciously to the operating system that they are already using on their computer).
- Some people believe that Linux is too difficult to use.
- Game vendors are heavily focused on Microsoft Windows.
- A lot of people are unaware of the existence of Linux.
- Linux is not compatible with all hardware (However, people are free to purchase Linux-compatible hardware that comes pre-installed with Linux).
Personally, I do not think that Linux will dominate the market share anytime soon (I am okay with that).
Also, Linux does not have to be popular in order for me to have a deep appreciation of Arch Linux.
Please feel free to share your opinion via my blog’s commenting section.
And, thank you for reading!