I will begin by saying, “This is not a blog post that is intended to insult people for using Microsoft Windows but to understand the reasons why they use it.”
Those of you who have been following Renard’s World for quite some time would know that I use Linux for all of my computing tasks and that I would not be caught dead using any version of Microsoft Windows.
As a matter of fact, we Linux users (the hardcore ones) use Linux because:
- It respects our privacy.
- It is free for anyone to use.
- It is not as resource intensive as Microsoft Windows or macOS.
- The software repositories within most Linux distributions contain lots of free and open-source software.
- It is highly compatible with a lot of computer hardware.
Okay, enough about us Linux users.
I am sure that some of my fellow Linux users are wondering the same thing.
Do You Like It Because It Is The Only Operating System That You Know How To Use?
Now, I would not be shocked if someone told me, “Renard, I have used Microsoft Windows all of my life and I have grown to love it.”
For starters, it is a well-known fact that if you walk into a typical computer store you will find computers with only the following operating systems preinstalled on them:
Most people will probably go with Windows 11 because that is the operating system that they use at both work and home.
A small bunch of people will go with macOS Monterey because they are professionals and they use it in their line of profession.
Those who cannot afford to buy a computer with Windows 11 or macOS Monterey, will most likely go with ChromeOS because it is affordable (Especially if they are on a very tight budget).
The average person will gravitate toward Windows 11 (Besides, it is way less expensive than an Apple MacBook Pro with macOS Monterey on it).
Therefore, if you have only used Microsoft Windows, it is impossible for you to like any operating system that is outside of the Windows ecosystem.
So, my friend, is that your current situation?
Do You Like It Because You Are A Gamer?
Gamers love using Microsoft Windows because they can play all of their Triple-A games on them.
By the way, Whitson Gordon’s article, How to Play PC Games on Linux, will teach you how to go about gaming on Linux.
Another sad fact is that you would not be able to play all of the games that you are accustomed to playing on Windows on Linux (That is no fault of Linux; it has a lot to do with the majority of the game vendors creating their games to run on Windows).
Are you one of those people who like using Windows 10 or Windows 11 because you are a gamer?
Do You Like It Because Your Favourite Software Is Available?
It should not come as a secret, that a lot of people like Windows because of the availability of software for it (Both proprietary software and free and open-source software).
Do you know that there is a free and open-source software alternative for almost every piece of proprietary software on Windows?
Those of you who use Windows 10 and Windows 11 and are interested in using free and open-source software, should have a look at Sabarinath’s article, 25 Best Open-Source Alternatives For Expensive Applications (Updated 2022).
One of the main reasons why some people are not into free and open-source software is because it requires that they open up their minds to learning something new.
If you were fortunate enough to get yourself acquainted with the usage of free and open-source software, there is a high probability of you being comfortable with using Linux.
However, if you are heavily addicted to proprietary software, you will not want to sever ties with Microsoft Windows.
So, which camp are you in? The free and open-source software camp? Or, the proprietary software camp?
Do You Like It Because Of The High Level Of Available Technical Support For It?
To be honest, most computer technicians will be able to rectify any technical issue that you have with Windows 10 or Windows 11.
However, if you were facing a technological issue with Linux, the computer technician will be unable to help you (Unless he or she is a Linux user).
In most instances, you are on your own when you are faced with a technical issue with Linux.
On a positive note, you can acquire help by looking for a solution via your search engine of choice or by searching the forum for your particular Linux distribution for acquiring help with your technical issue.
The truth is that a lot of people are not willing to take that sort of risk and they prefer to play it safe by using Windows 10 or Windows 11 (Those are the operating systems that most computer technicians know how to fix whenever something goes wrong with them).
Hey, it is a pity that the masses have not figured out that Linux on the whole is less stressful.
Anyway, are you one of those people who like it because of the technical support it has?
Do You Like It Because It Is Easy To Use?
Many people will admit to you, that Windows 10 and Windows 11 are easy to use.
Okay, I will not dispute the fact that those two Windows operating systems are easy to use.
However, I would like to bring it to people’s attention, that they took the time to find their way around Windows 10 or Windows 11 and learned how to use one or the other.
So, from a logical perspective, everyone had to learn the workings of their operating system; whether it was:
- Microsoft Windows
Once you have learned your way around your chosen operating system, you can proudly admit to anyone that it is easy to use.
People like using Microsoft Windows for many different reasons.
If you use Windows 10 or Windows 11, please tell me your reason for liking it (That is provided that you genuinely liked the operating system that Microsoft created).
I also ask my fellow Linux users to be kind to the Microsoft Windows users via my blog’s commenting section (No harassment or heckling allowed).
Now, let the civilized discussion begin!