There is never been a much better time to give Linux a try. Delay, do not slam on that back button! I’m not among those rabid “Year of the Linux desktop” sorts. Windows works just fine for countless millions of people, and—sorry, Linux lovers—there is little to imply Linux usage will ever be more than a rounding error compared to Microsoft’s behemoth.
Nevertheless, there are some pretty powerful reasons you may want to consider switching to Linux on your computer, or at the very least give it a hassle-free trial run.
Bear with me. This may seem off-topic, but it’s the crux of the issue for a lot of people. Linux’s most alluring feature for many won’t be anything that Linux really does, but what it does not do. And it’s all due to Microsoft’s folly.
It began with never-ending pop ups on Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs—pop ups that started innocently enough before crossing the line into deceptive malware-like approaches.
When that didn’t boost adoption numbers high enough, it morphed into more terrible tricks and full-on forced upgrades that prompted some timid owners to disable Windows updates completely rather than be shoved into Microsoft’s new operating system.
More recently, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update bundled some severe negatives in with its abundant positives. So when I updated my primary PC to the Windows 10 AU, I discovered that all of the settings linked to the many ways Windows 10 shoves ads at you were re-enabled, after I Had expressly disabled them prior. None of my other system settings appear to have been touched.
What’s more, Windows 10 altered the way it manages upgrades to more closely resemble mobile operating systems. You can’t pick and choose which patches to install, or even refuse upgrades on consumer operating systems. If Microsoft shoves a Windows 10 update, you are going to receive it eventually. Now, you CAn’t pick which individual upgrades to install; you need to take the whole kit and caboodle.
By default, Windows 10 beams much more of your information back to Microsoft than previous Windows versions also.
Lots of people are still plenty happy with Windows 10, do not get me wrong. But these moves are also ruffling the feathers of a lot of users. At exactly the same time…
Most important Linux distributions never gave up the basic principles of the desktop. While Microsoft enraged the world with the Windows 8 disaster, popular Linux distros like Fedora and Linux Mint kept their heads down and spit-polished the traditional PC interface.