To most people computers are just a media player and communications box for social networking and this becomes very apparent with the new Windows 8 start screen.
For professional applications like movie editing or photoshop and also office suite, Windows and Mac support the more professional tools.
Even for games Linux just can't offer the same quality... so I have been wondering why other people choose to use Linux and what you use it for.
While I'm here I might as well tell you why I have installed it now:
I use Linux in virtual machines to learn and experiment with computer technology.
This is because availability of open source software, free information and competent tools is excellent.
Instead of buying packages like Microsoft Office I can just boot up my Linux Mint virtual machine.
I give it access to my regular files on the host computer through shared folders and the good thing is that Linux still supports drivers for my ancient printer and scanner that Windows doesn't anymore.
I had been playing about using Linux as my host operating system and then running Windows in the virtual machines.
Preferable to Windows emulation (wine) because genuine windows is 100% Windows compatible and supports the latest Microsoft technologies.
Alas I soon found that Windows 8 is definitely not suitable for virtual machines.
It requires a lot of memory and disk space and you can't reliably import a Windows 8 virtual machine on anything but the original hardware.
The virtualized graphics needed by professional tools like Sony Vegas and various games won't perform adequately in virtualbox and Windows doesn't understand the ext4 file system format... so, whether I like it or not, it looks like I'm stuck with Windows for my host OS.
This won't prevent me from delegating many applications to dedicated Linux (yes and also Windows) virtual machines and thus keeping to the bare minimum on the host.
My next plan is to research making a Linux based virtual machine for social networking and internet access.
Windows is just too insecure and I want to sandbox my host computer from potential malware and avoid using it in casual web access.
In conclusion I will be interested to hear how other Linux users actually use their Linuxes and why you
prefer it for certain applications