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You might be a Linux user and not even know it yet. It happened to me: I was a Windows user for years, but was doing all kinds of things that should have taught me I’m a Linux user at heart. Only when I switched did all these things make sense to me.

Wondering if you’re a secret Linux user? Here are the warning signs, see if they apply to you.

You Constantly Tweak The Windows Interface

You’re about to get started on your work, but then you notice…something…that’s not quite right. Maybe you’re not happy with your custom Windows 8 theme Amazing Windows 8 Themes You Need To See Amazing Windows 8 Themes You Need To See Windows has always had an active community of enthusiasts who customize everything about it, including its desktop theme. Although Microsoft tries to prevent this, Windows 8's desktop can be themed just like Windows 7's. We've... Read More , or maybe it’s how the start menu you added to Windows 8 Start Menu, How I Miss Thee: 4 Ways To Make A Start Menu On Windows 8 Start Menu, How I Miss Thee: 4 Ways To Make A Start Menu On Windows 8 Windows 8 brought down the axe on the Start Menu. This is a feature that no one paid special attention to for years but its untimely demise has caused all sorts of despair. Not only... Read More looks.

Whatever it is, you just can’t seem to stop customizing Windows to your needs 8 Geeky Ways To Customize Windows To Your Needs 8 Geeky Ways To Customize Windows To Your Needs Customizing Windows might help you navigate your computer and anyone can do it. That's right – even if you feel slightly tech illiterate, you should optimize your setup. We've covered your options right here. Read More . You enjoy it, and it relaxes you.

And that’s great, but if you really want to get tweaking you should check out Linux.

7 Warning Signs That You're Meant to Switch to Linux enlightenment theme1

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Seriously: there are tons of different desktop environments It's Your Choice: The Top 10 Linux Desktop Environments It's Your Choice: The Top 10 Linux Desktop Environments From Gnome to KDE, from MATE to Unity, there's a lot of choice out there. Where should you start? Overwhelmed? Start here. Read More for you to look into, all unique in their own way and all with plenty of customization options.

7 Warning Signs That You're Meant to Switch to Linux lxqt desktop

Each makes your system’s GUI look and behave completely differently, and one of them is probably just right for you.

7 Warning Signs That You're Meant to Switch to Linux kde desktop

And this isn’t even mentioning the hundreds of themes out there you can find for basically every one of these alternative desktops. It’s a tweaker’s dream.

If you love trying out new things, you’re going to love hopping from one environment to the other as you search for something perfect. Switching to Linux means unlocking the ability to make your desktop look and behave pretty much any way you can imagine.

You Only Use Free Software

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There’s nothing wrong with paying for software – you just don’t like doing it. It’s why you try to find free alternatives to every major piece of software out there. Even better: you don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything.

Check out our list of the best Linux software The Best Linux Software The Best Linux Software Linux is full of awesome apps, both open source and proprietary. People new to Linux and even seasoned Linux users tend to find new and useful software quite often. Here's what we love. Read More , though, and you’ll quickly realize you’ve been using a lot of it already. Most of your software is waiting for you on Linux, so why not give it a shot?

You Constantly Try Out New Software

There’s a lot of great free software out there, and you just want to try all of it. What’s the best email client Linux Desktop Email Clients Compared: Thunderbird vs. Evolution vs. KMail vs. Claws Mail Linux Desktop Email Clients Compared: Thunderbird vs. Evolution vs. KMail vs. Claws Mail Read More ? What about music players?

If you’re on Windows or a Mac, installing all of your options can take a while. You need to download packages, then go through the installation processes for each.

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Enter Linux. Way before the app store, major Linux distributions offered a one-stop shop for finding and installing software. If you’re curious about music players, you can install 10 different music players just by clicking “Install” 10 times – that’s it. Or, if that takes too long for your tastes, you can get everything to install by typing a single command. Updates for all programs are handled in one central place, so you’ll never have 5 “Updates are waiting” notifications at the same time ever again.

It’s called a package manager, and once you switch to Linux you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Seriously.

You Actually Use The Command Prompt

If you’re a Windows user, and actually open the Command Prompt from time to time, you should probably give Linux a shot. Sure: PowerShell adds quite a bit of functionality to Windows 6 Basic PowerShell Commands to Get More out of Windows 6 Basic PowerShell Commands to Get More out of Windows PowerShell is what you get when you give steroids to the Windows Command Prompt. It grants you control of nearly every aspect of the Windows system. We help you leap up its learning curve. Read More , but it’s hard to match Linux when it comes to commands.

Read up on essential Linux commands An A-Z of Linux - 40 Essential Commands You Should Know An A-Z of Linux - 40 Essential Commands You Should Know Linux is the oft-ignored third wheel to Windows and Mac. Yes, over the past decade, the open source operating system has gained a lot of traction, but it’s still a far cry from being considered... Read More , then jump in. If text-based interfaces are something you enjoy, there’s a lot of great software you can install on Linux that will empower you even more.

You Basically Only Play Indie Games

If Linux has an achilles heal, it’s gaming – unless you’re mostly into indie titles. Thanks in part of The Humble Indie Bundle being offered on all three major desktop platforms, almost every prominent indie game from the last decade or so has found its way to Linux.

If those, and the occasional emulator, make up the bulk of your gaming then Linux is a natural fit. They won’t be your only option, of course: some higher profiles games do come out on Linux. But almost all indie titles do.

You Want More Control

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You’re furious every time you notice something about your computer you can’t control. From updates that install without your permission to settings you seemingly can’t change.

Linux is waiting for you. There’s a way to tweak how pretty much everything behaves, if you’re willing to put in the time.

You’ve Read This Entire Article

If you took the time to read all this, you’re a Linux user already – no one else would be interested in all this. If you haven’t installed Linux yet, you should. Check out our list of the best Linux distros The Best Linux Distributions The Best Linux Distributions There are many Linux distributions available for a number of different purposes, which makes it difficult to choose at times. Here's a list of the very best to help you decide. Read More and get started.

As for the rest of you: what other signs are there that someone should be using Linux? Let’s compile even more in the comments below, okay?

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