TBABill wrote:1. Spent so much of my time fixing Windows issues on various computers because I have a large family with many computers and other wireless devices. I felt like an IT guy in my own home and it got frustrating. NOw with only 1 Windows computer I have my time back and we have had zero virus, malware, spyware, trojan, etc. issues. We have 1 Linux desktop, 1 Chromebook, 3 Macbook Pros, 1 Windows laptop, plus a lot of iPods and iPhones, some Android phones, etc. My only IT issue now is a router I keep having to reset but will replace with an Apple Time Capsule when the bugs work out of the new ones.
2. Speed. My desktop responsiveness under Linux is far superior to that under Windows. I can literally hit enter to go to a website on two machines at the same time, one on Mint and one on Windows, and my Mint machine never loses. Sometimes it is not even a competition.
3. Never have I had a blue screen/black screen with an up and running Linux or Mac machine.
4. Never has printer spooling failed on a non-windows machine.
5. Ease of updates and install. I can install a fully updated distro in 30-45 min, depending on how many updates are required. THat includes all codecs, drivers, printer setup, office software installed, etc. FULLY installed. With Windows the OS would barely setup in that time, most times taking longer, and then I am stuck at a VGA screen without printer, codec, Adobe reader, Adobe flash, office software (that takes another forever to install), and so many other things.
6. Learning. Linux is so vastly different than a Windows environment that we truly learn a lot about our machines and how they work with our software and OS. We become better with computers after the learning curve.
7. It's NOT more difficult than Windows. Most people say it's difficult or challenging, but they don't put themselves in the shoes of a NEW Windows user. Imagine if you'd never used or managed Windows how difficult it would be to install it and manage all the needs you have as a user, such as what to do when you need some codec or where you get an office application (or buy it!).
8. Software center. Windows cannot compete in this realm. Nearly everything we need is available without doing anything. All the apps you may need are there, and the few that are not (such as Google Chrome, for example) you can usually download and install outside the repos if you are comfortable doing so. We literally have tens of thousands of free applications to use, delete, modify, tinker with, etc. No cost and immediate availability.
9. Security. By being the smallest user group we're also the safest. It's not that LInux distros cannot be vulnerable, but rather that the piece of the pie we occupy doesn't cover much of the computer user base so we're just not the prime target Windows users are. It could happen at any time where that changes, but so far has not. We can't be careless with security, but we don't have the breadth of attacks coming at us that Windows does.
10. Cost. It's free. We get a new OS so often, and without paying for it, that it's pretty amazing. We become donators instead of buyers.
I'll stop there, but that list can go on for a long time.
jesica wrote:I would say it will be for security and stability. I am pretty sure most people will pay happily for it if they will get the same benefits. A lot of people pay for the OS when new versions comes out to contribute in such a way.
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