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Have you ever had a problem with Windows? Ever become frustrated with Microsoft’s “unique” approach to privacy Don't Let Windows 10 Spy on You: Manage Your Privacy! Don't Let Windows 10 Spy on You: Manage Your Privacy! Windows 10 is watching you. Microsoft's latest operating system is undoubtedly harvesting more of your personal information than ever before. We'll show you how to get a better grip on your privacy. Read More ? Ever wondered why Windows doesn’t want to play nicely with your brand new peripheral?

You need to use Linux instead. At least, that’s what you might believe if you spend any time browsing online forums (or even our very own comments section).

However, nothing could be further from the truth. If you’re thinking about making the switch to a Linux-based operating system, stop right now. Read this article, then tell me it’s still a sensible decision.

Here are 10 reasons why you’re better off not using Linux. Long live Windows.

1. Lack of Software

What do you look for in an operating system? For most people, the answer is probably ease of use and compatibility. I’ll look at ease of use shortly. For now, let’s focus on compatibility.

Make a list of the programs you use every day. Done? Great. Now compare them to this list of software that’s not natively available on Linux systems:

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  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Microsoft Office
  • Dreamweaver
  • 7-Zip
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Outlook
  • IrfanView

I could go on, but I won’t. I’m sure you get the point. Linux users simply don’t have access to some of the most widely-used apps on the planet. Yes, in certain instances you’ll be able to find workarounds or use software like Wine How to Run Windows Apps & Games with Linux Wine How to Run Windows Apps & Games with Linux Wine Is there any way to get Windows software working on Linux? One answer is to use Wine, but while it can be very useful, it probably should only be your last resort. Here's why. Read More , but it’s frequently buggy and unreliable. If someone tells you otherwise, they’re lying.

If you value the “everything works” side of Windows, don’t switch.

2. Software Updates

Even in cases where Linux software is available, it often lags behind its Windows counterpart.

Why? Consider this: Windows XP, 7, 8, and 10 combined account for almost 85 percent of desktop computers in the world today. And Linux? A little over one percent.

desktop operating system market share
Image Credit: Wikipedia

As such, companies primarily pour their resources into updating the Windows (and Mac) releases first and foremost. Sure, the very biggest companies can dedicate R&D money into Linux at a similar rate as Windows, but medium size companies (or individual developers) simply cannot keep up.

3. Distributions

If you’re in the market for a new Windows machine, you have one choice: Windows 10. Sure, there are a couple of slight variations, such as Pro, S, and Enterprise, but they are all essentially the same product.

But if you’re a first-time user looking for a new Linux machine? It’s time to go back to school. There are well over 250 different Linux distros The Best Linux Operating Systems The Best Linux Operating Systems 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 you can choose from.

You’ll need to study a decent number of them before you can make an informed choice. To make matters harder, some of them are night and day in terms of features, user interface, and ease of use.

I’m not arguing against choice per se, but the bottom line is that Linux’s fragmentation is highly confusing, and thus inaccessible, for a large majority of people.

4. Bugs

Yes, I know, Windows is far from perfect. The operating system has bugs, and since Microsoft transformed Windows 10 into something resembling a perma-beta release, the issues are arguably worse than ever.

But look at it this way: Windows 10 is now running on half a billion devices. The silent majority don’t experience any problems.

Why not? Because Microsoft has a phenomenal budget and employs hundreds of people whose only job is to test and refine the operating system. Linux doesn’t. Even the most widely-used distros are operated by what is essentially a group of enthusiasts operating on a shoestring budget.

For technically skilled people, the bugs might not be a problem; they have enough knowledge to self-diagnose and fix the problems themselves. For regular casual users, having to troubleshoot Linux would be a disaster.

If you made 85 percent of the world start using a Linux-based desktop computer tomorrow, I guarantee you’d see infinitely more posts complaining about things not working than you do for Windows.

5. Support

If something does go drastically wrong with your Windows machine, you have several avenues open to you. Microsoft itself offers live text chat and telephone support How You Can Get Help in Windows 10 How You Can Get Help in Windows 10 Need help with Windows 10? Here are the best ways to find the assistance that you require, whether it's with the operating system itself or any installed applications. Read More , while every PC repair shop technician in the country is familiar with the operating system and how it works.

If you use Linux, you’re limited to a few specialist companies and the dedicated online forums. And in case you’re not aware, the forums are not easy places to get help if you’re a “noob” How to Get the Best Support on Linux Forums How to Get the Best Support on Linux Forums Stuck with Linux? The best place to get help is online, but, it's important to approach support in a certain way. Need help getting a reply on a support forum? Try these tips! Read More .

6. Drivers

Windows typically gets new drivers first, closely followed by macOS. Linux-based systems are lucky if they receive any drivers How To Install Proprietary Graphics Drivers In Ubuntu, Fedora, & Mint [Linux] How To Install Proprietary Graphics Drivers In Ubuntu, Fedora, & Mint [Linux] Most of the time, you'll be fine with open-source software on Linux. But if you want real gaming and graphical power, you'll need proprietary drivers. Here's how to get them. Read More . The upshot is the Linux community develops open-source drivers that ship with Linux distros.

I’m not knocking the people that work on such drivers; they’re largely doing a great job. But the truth is they’re often incomplete or lacking features. And because they don’t have the parent company’s official support, they won’t receive any help if they can’t make something work.

Again, for Linux fanatics, it’s not a problem — it’s all part of the fun. But for regular home users who just want a PC that works, it’s an untenable situation.

7. Games

This is probably the most oft-repeated anti-Linux argument, and with good reason. Many games never make it to Linux for the same reason a lot of software never crosses the divide: it’s not worth the developers’ time.

steam linux

The situation is getting better. Steam has been working hard to port games to Linux 9 Windows and Console Games Now Available on Linux 9 Windows and Console Games Now Available on Linux "The Year of the Linux Desktop" yet to arrive, but until it does, you can play these popular PC and console games natively on your Linux OS -- no emulation or virtualization required! Read More , but it’s still a long way behind Windows.

A hardcore gamer would find life on Linux insufferable.

8. Peripherals

This is closely linked to the issues surrounding gaming. Even if you can get your favorite games up and running Linux Gaming, an Overview: What You Can And Can't Expect Linux Gaming, an Overview: What You Can And Can't Expect While desktop Linux may be a tempting platform, there's one thing stopping a lot of people from making the plunge: PC gaming. Like it or not, Windows is the de facto platform for PC gaming.... Read More , there’s a good chance you won’t be able to control the on-screen action using your existing peripherals. In a best-case situation, a Linux developer will have reverse-engineered support for them.

The peripherals problem also extends way beyond gaming. Even something as essential as your Wi-Fi card might give you problems when you first install a distro. Do you really want to spend hours fiddling with commands, repos, and sources, just to get online? Again, for most people, the answer is no.

9. Complicated

Linux is complicated Is Linux Finally Good Enough to Replace Windows? Is Linux Finally Good Enough to Replace Windows? Recent figures show that Linux desktop usage has reached 2%, it's highest yet. Does this mean Linux has reached a point where it can replace Windows and Mac OS X for the average user? Read More . Don’t say it’s not. It is! And I’m not just talking about the layout of the desktop or where to find various settings — a new user can get up to speed on that stuff in a few days.

I’m talking about using the operating system day-to-day. If you’ve run Linux for 20 years, then sure it seems simple. For someone coming from the plug-and-play world of Windows, even something as simple as installing a program requires research. It’s not intuitive.

wine install

A true Linux operating system is never finished, things are always breaking and need fixing. Most ordinary users don’t have the time or the inclination to fight a running battle with their computer.

When a tech giant picks up Linux and runs with it — like Google and its Chrome OS — the results can be astounding. But the distros you’re likely to install don’t come close to that level of ease of use.

10. Installing Linux Is Hard

Again, if you’re reading this and shaking your head, you’re in the minority. Don’t think everyone is as technically gifted as you are. For many users, the idea of creating bootable USB drives 5 Best Linux Distros for Installation on a USB Stick 5 Best Linux Distros for Installation on a USB Stick USB drives are great, not just for installing portable versions of Linux but for protecting your computer when things go awry. Here are the 5 most useful Linux distributions for installing on a USB drive. Read More or installation CDs is bewildering.

Dual booting (which, if a first time Linux user only has one computer, is a sensible fail-safe) is even harder.

Of course, Ubuntu is one of a new slew of apps that are available in the Windows Store Microsoft Is Bringing Linux Distros to Windows 10 Microsoft Is Bringing Linux Distros to Windows 10 Microsoft is doubling down on its support for Linux by announcing that three of the most popular Linux distros are coming to the Windows Store. Read More , so that should help make Linux more accessible. But if you’re not running Windows 10, or you want to run a non-Ubuntu distro, it’s as hard as ever.

Linux (Probably) Isn’t for You

Look, Linux isn’t all bad. If you a tech-savvy person who loves to tinker, you’ll probably have great fun using it. It’s more secure than Windows and in many ways, it’s more customizable.

However, if you’re the type of user who likes to press the power button and have everything just work smoothly and without hiccups, you should give it a wide berth. If you think Windows occasionally gives you a headache, you haven’t seen anything yet.

Did you try Linux? Did you stick with it or return to the comfort of the Microsoft ecosystem? Why do you think most Windows users would be foolish to make the switch? You can leave all your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.

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  1. Sheeva
    September 11, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Been using Windows since earliest days '85/86. Kept me in a job well into this century. It always broke no matter how techie you were or not. Learned lots of tricks but still Windows made me a career in support. I do agree, there is a small percentage of Windows users who should just stay on Windows - these are the same folks who have never filled their car's gas tank or filled the tires with air.

    Since Windows 8/10, many of my clients, friends and family have experience extreme problems through no fault of their own and which need constant tech support. Many have now asked or have been converted to different distros of Linux depending on their needs. I get a hell of a lot less business afterwards but I'm okay with that as I like to believe I'm retired now having reached 65.

    Personally, I use and have used, Linux at home since early '90's; some challenges but nothing the forums/communities couldn't help with. Don't miss anything Windows other than the constant instability, insecurity and now, MS's desire to put all it's stuff, OS and software, in the cloud just so they can charge exorbitant monthly/annual fees.

    Just a note, I also used enterprise Unix and can tell you that support was a breeze compared to Windows servers. Also briefly supported MS's early OS - Xenix (a Unix variant which eventually became SCO Unix).

    All in all, this article is a sad reflection of dinosaur thinking. Believing that Windows is the ONLY solution is a genuflection to MS and nothing else. If you don't understand an OS or don't want to understand an OS, use MS. For the world over, Linux is much preferred.

  2. Ellen
    September 10, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Spread it. Good job Dan!

  3. Vaasu Singh
    September 10, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Linux is far superior and inferior to Windows in many ways. Most of these statements are outright false.
    1. There is MORE software. Try Ubuntu.
    2. What? Try Fedora or Ubuntu. Jeez, it's like you just discovered computers.
    3. Most of the Linux flavors are for developers. Try Ubuntu, it's better than Windows (in most things)
    4. What bugs? Windows is buggy as f*** compared to Ubuntu. This is an argument targeted to Fedora maybe, but even Fedora has fewer bugs.
    5. It is easy to use the forums...
    6. Deal with it. It is not hard to install drivers.
    7. True.
    8. This left me speechless. This is just a scam. A lie. This is stupid. Linux has more peripheral support than Windows.
    9. How dumb are you?
    10. It is easy to dual boot if you pay attention and it is easier to install Linux than Windows.
    I'm thirteen. I am an intern at Apple. I am rHEL certified. If I can do it, so can you. Do not be lazy. Linux is meant of tecky people like me. Windows is ment for lazy people.

    • dragonmouth
      September 12, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Ubuntu is the Windows of the Linux world. It is almost as closed and as oppressive as Windows. Luckily there are many other distros that based on Slackware, Arch, Gentoo, Red Hat that do not have the restrictions that Ubuntu does.

  4. eman
    September 9, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Wow, is Microsoft so scared of Linux reaching 3%? Can it be that we gonna have a year of linux desktop???

    So far this is most misleading article about Linux I read.

  5. Expert/g/
    September 9, 2017 at 12:57 am

    linux fags butt blasted.
    Seriously, Linux is sh*t.

    • Me
      September 9, 2017 at 3:42 am

      Expert, at what trolling? Troll Fail!

    • Me
      September 9, 2017 at 3:47 am

      Now Dan, he can troll. A lot of comments pointing out that the s#1t gets pretty deep. I recommend you wear a good pair of waders to read this article. I expect better from MUO.

  6. James
    September 8, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    1. Nearly all the listed software has free alternatives that are just as good besides PS and even then gimp is perfectly fine for most users.

    2. Linux package managers are far ahead of windows, what are you talking about?

    3. For new users there is Ubuntu and Elementary OS. It's not confusing.

    4. They are equal at best, especially Windows 10.

    5. True for specific software, but for os problems this is false.

    6 and 7. Fair point lol

    8. This is outright false

    9. This is outright false

    10. This is outright false

    Shit article and a loss of credibility

  7. (((Dan Price))), The Micrs**t (((Evangelist)))
    September 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    You are one of those M$ evangelist, aren't you? How much did you get paid to spread FUD like this?

  8. (((Dan Price))), The Micrs**t (((Evangelist)))
    September 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    > Final Cut Pro
    "Windows"

    Everyone laugh at him. This is the power of a PAID (((Micros**t))) SHILL.

  9. Hiroyuki Nishimura
    September 8, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I came here to laugh at you. None of this is true, you just suck with computers.

  10. Josef
    September 7, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Hello!

    Do you get paid from Microsoft?

    I do not reply on any point which definitly reflects personal impression, but i do reply on this point EVERYBODY can follow.

    Why?

    Saying this: "Installing Linux Is Hard"

    i bet that ouf of a persons never installed an OS at least 30 % will be able to install any Linux system (and much faster compared to windows),

    while NONE will be able to install any Windows System so that all drivers are installed and computer can be used with all hardware components.

    And this point 10 also might get right by Windows Users, because they simply never installed an OS, because they bought the computer with installed OS.

    Of course anyone can by computers with installed Linux.

    kind regards

    Josef

  11. music
    September 7, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    The person who wrote this article is not a linux user - With the idea of writing an article where he had already decided on the outcome, he did some research, installed a linux and used it for a few days. Its this info that you see above.

    I am a long term linux user who started out in the pc world with windows and used windows for 10 years and then switched to linux, I know both systems well. Linux has a lot of negative things but the positives outweigh the negative. Its also not for everyone. A person like this author whose primary job is writing articles has no need for a linux computer. Windows does a wonderful job of everything. Linux is 'needed' (not wanted) by people in the IT world. Its a work tool. But once you have mastered it as a requirement for your work, you start using it for your home needs too. When you want to play some game, you just dual boot into the windows partition and play that game, thats it.

    Kindly don't drag Linux into a discussion that it never asked for. Nobody is actively looking into becoming a Linux user.

    If you want to write an article, please look at the things that you are an expert at, something that you have done for atleast a 1000 hrs. What you did above was just bad.

  12. Meh
    September 6, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    VGA Passthrough - Google it!!

  13. Terry
    September 6, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    I am confused:

    First, WTF the starting digit for the year of my calendar is a "2".

    Windows has a larger choice of software, choices are good. Linux has a larger choice of systems, choices are bad.

    MUO readership are non-tech savvy people who might make the mistake of trying to install Linux but find it too difficult because; choices, and how operating systems are installed. Umm, if it is so hard they won't figure it out, so what. If they do succeed then it wasn't actually too difficult after all???

    Non-tech savvy readership who can't use Linux because the OS isn't preinstalled. Yet there is a list of specific software titles not available for Linux but are available for Windows, although certainly NOT pre-installed in Windows. Yet Linux distros like Mint have software for those applications purposes already installed. So if getting something installed is such an impossible feat...

    There is logically fallacy here somewhere.

  14. Jacky
    September 6, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Don't talk about thing you don't know it in a prefect way. It seems you are a lazy man. You don't want to use your brain. As other Window$s users, you are a 'click' addictive !!!. Every thing should be done by click !!!
    It was worst paper I ever read about linux and windows.

  15. DaveK
    September 5, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    I realised some years ago that Windows is about the poorest "operating system". I changed to Linux about 10 years ago. Put mu wife's computer on Linux after Apple would no longer support her hardware with their new version of OS. I have installed Linux on quite a few friends' computers, and all have been very happy. Their basic comments are "....it just works." I teach them how to do the updates and show them how to navigate around throughout the system. Not ONE of them has requested that I re-install Windows back on their machines. THAT speaks for itself! They also are very surprised that updates are very easy, fast and have NO reboots involved after each update.
    I had to work with Windows while I worked, and it was a nightmare. Change a motherboard? That's a productive day lost. Updates? Reboot after almost each one. What a poor way to design and operating system, along with allowing every program installed to modify the core of the system.

  16. Paul
    September 5, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Your list of software available on Windows but not on Linux is lacking all the Worms,Viruses, ransomeware ,spyware , blue screen of death ware etc

    • Josef
      September 7, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      BIG YES !!!

  17. dragonmouth
    September 5, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    There is one thing that I can do with Linux that absolutely cannot be done with Windows. That is, take the dive on which the O/S is installed out of one PC and put it in another PC and have it run without any hiccups. Just this morning I took a primary drive from a AMD Athlon X2 system with 1 GB RAM, an ATI video card and a Dell monitor, and stuck it into a HP z420 with a 12 core Xeon, 8 GB server RAM, an NVidia NV290 video card and an HP monitor without any problems or messages. Linux just took it in stride. Let's see Windows do that!

    Windows is married to the hardware it was installed on initially. If you change certain hardware components, you have to beg Microsoft for a special dispensation to allow the change. And then you have to worry about all the different drivers.

    Just for that reason alone I would take Linux over Windows.

  18. glenn
    September 5, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Why didn't you just title this as "I hate linux, and you should too!" It would have saved all of us a lot of time. How much did you get paid to write this and why haven't you looked at linux lately. How many times have you installed windows to a new hard drive. It takes several hours from my experience, but I can have ubuntu up and running in less that 20 minuets.

  19. Razvan B.
    September 5, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Not enough research i guess:
    7-Zip - PeaZip
    IrfanView - XnView MP
    ...

    Drivers and new hardware detection are the only things that are still problematic in some cases.

  20. Julio A. Cartaya
    September 5, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I am a user of both Microsoft Windows, and Linux. Each of them has its own good and weak sides. Instead of presenting them both, the writer regurgitates a collection of misinformation, old statistics, half-truths, all to dissuade anyone from trying Linux.

    At least the article's title is descriptive of the intention: to seed Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Try Linux for yourself, and laugh at the attempt to keep you from the experience.

  21. John Smith
    September 4, 2017 at 5:47 am

    "2. Software Updates
    Even in cases where Linux software is available, it often lags behind its Windows counterpart."

    Seriously?You really are out of touch.
    Linux has probably the industry leading response in patching and update, what are you talking about?
    Often Linux developers patch 0 day exploited almost few hours after the discovery and validation while it takes Microsoft days, if not weeks.

    As for regular software and package updates, your assertion that Linux is behind raises the question, have you actually used Linux?
    That is doubtful given your assertion that installing Linux is hard. That's so late 90s it is not even funny.
    This the same type of garbage we see in forums when some one is either trolling or blaming their own mistakes on Linux in general.
    The only argument you could is that SOME hardware have commercial drivers that were not released on Linux, or the open source version is based on reverse engineering or lacking features.
    That is known and we are OK with that. The good thing about Linux, it is free, and gives you choice and dozens of options instead of being stuck in a sucky bloated garbage like Windows which can't be trusted with any critical task or to hold critical data.
    Very sad that people post such articles without minimal research.

    • Julian
      September 5, 2017 at 10:05 am

      If you compare windows and linux on the number of computers world wide, windows is seriously outnumbered with more than 80% of the world's servers running on linux or some other form of Unix or nix.

      Seriously, do some research before making comments like windows is more popular than linux because is not. 99% chances that even this page is hosted on linux.

      • John Smith
        September 5, 2017 at 5:44 pm

        Hey Julian,
        What are you talking about?No where in my comment I discussed popularity. The word popular does not exist in my comment, nor the argument. If you wish to respond to the article's author hit the "Write Comment" button, not reply.

  22. Mauro
    September 3, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Hi Dan,
    I'm 25 and I'm a Linux user since 2015, when I made the switch.
    I would like to discuss about your ten points, because I guess that you probably missed something about the Penguin OS.

    First of all, it is crucial to define the target you want to address. More experienced users will not have any problem using Linux. Less skilled people can easily rely on a user friendly distribution (and it is dead easy to find out which is the most suitable). Gamers...It depends on the games, maybe. I'm not very interested and informed about that, but for sure many games on Steam have been ported to Linux OS. If you just need to surf the web, write some emails, listen to music and watch YT videos, I think that any OS would be suitable...

    Let's analyse your points:

    1. It is not true at all that Linux lacks of software. There is plenty of tools on Linux which can replace (if not doing better than) Windows-only counterparts. First of all, more and more companies are releasing their software for all OSes. Windows-only software can be replaced by similar products on Linux. Also, many of them have been moved to the cloud, turning into OS independent software (Office, for instance). You just need a browser. Outlook is not available online, true. But there are many other mail clients available. Or you can just use an online mail client (GMail is not so bad, is it?).
    We are still talking about users who do simple activities with their computers, you don't need Photoshop to adjust brightness and crop photos. Gimp will be absolutely fine.
    Again, Office is available online, but Libreoffice is fine for most users. There is also Google suite, very similar to MS Office. It is available on-line, and allows to do many things that are not so obvious on Office (like view modification history and versioning).
    Dreamweaver (and any software that is used to create web pages) is for more skilled users, I guess. And once again there are many alternatives on Linux.
    7-Zip is available on Linux. But it is useless, as Linux File Manager on most distros integrates a file extractor that can simply extract archives by right clicking on them. There are of course many other tools to compress/extract files, which are native on Linux.
    Final Cut Pro, same as Photoshop. KdenLive, OpenShot are just a few video editors perfectly suitable for most users to produce a video with their best photos.
    Outlook can be replaced by Geary, Evolution, KMail and many others. Or by cloud mail clients.
    IrfanView...never heard about it! Looking at the website, it doesn't seem so spread across the universe, though.
    I just want to add a key aspect you probably missed about Photoshop, Office, Dreamweaver, Final Cut Pro and Outlook. They are all PAID software. Paid doesn't mean better, at all. Linux software is completely FREE and in most cases can do exactily the same things. Most users won't spend hundreds of dollars to buy professional software with thousands of features they don't need. Free software is far more accessible to all users, unless you're assuming that people can download it illegally. Hope you're not ;)

    2. Not sure about which software you're talking about. Usually, Linux software counterparts are developed by communities which are independent of Windows release schedule. Most Linux software receives daily/weekly updates, as well as the operating system, which is constantly updated.

    3. Do you really think that having just one OS version is a better solution? As already said, it is dead easy to find which are the easiest Linux distros. Secondly, many different versions means that it is possible to adapt the OS to the machine. Windows 10 will no more run on machines with elder hardware. Linux does. Just pick a light distribution (or better, the same distribution with a lighter desktop environment), and it will run like a charm. Try to run Win 10 on a 1 GB RAM PC, good luck.

    4. "Even the most widely-used distros are operated by what is essentially a group of enthusiasts operating on a shoestring budget". Hope you're joking. I mean, for sure Canonical community doesn't have the same budget as Microsoft, but I wouldn't call 65 million revenue a "shoestring budget". You should see how complex and fine tuned is the process of releasing software for Ubuntu and you will change your mind about buggy software. Of course Windows is far more spread across desktop market, but any other sector is dominated by UNIX based OSes. This means that there is a lot of interest in Linux, and developers can contribute to all UNIX products.

    5. I see, live text chat is truly useful. For which kind of problem, if I may ask? If someone is not able even to turn on the PC, he could just ask a friend (or her/his daughter/son, maybe). I don't think is worth calling MS support. Computer basics can be learned on YT for both Windows an Linux. For more technical questions, MS chat or phone support is useless. Solutions to more complex issues can be only found in MS forums, as well as Linux forums. And Linux community "enthusiasts" are far more active on forums (you can talk directly to the person who developed a product or a feature), which means that more specific bugs/issues can be solved in less time.

    6. Every PC I tried runs Linux without installing any extra driver/software. Just out of the box. Maybe I was lucky. Of course there is an hardware compatibility list, but you're probably missing a point: Windows comes installed on most PCs, Linux is installed by users. I'm 100% sure that PCs that come with Linux already installed have no drivers problems.

    7. As already said, I'm not interested and informed about games. Steam is extending its support to Linux, as well as many other companies. But I guess that 4K games should't go into "basic user" category. Extreme PC for gamers are another kind of stuff (liquid cooling, double video cards, O.C. RAM and CPU, definitely not for basic users).

    8. I guess this was just to add a point to your article. Peripherals which don't work out of the box need some drivers. If they are available on Linux, they work in the very same way.

    9. I say NO. Definitely, NO. I introduced a lot of friends to Linux, who are mostly inexperienced about computers in general. I just installed the OS and told them which software replaced the MS counterpart. Never heard a complain, just positive comments. It is faster, it is simpler even. For sure it is based on personal experience, it won't be true for every person in the world, but you can't say it is complicated, it is pretty the same Windows interface. If installing software requires research, it is just because everyone is stick with the Windows alternative. Just look for "Linux alternative to ..." and that's all. I guess it's simpler to install software using Ubuntu Software Center (pretty much similar to Android and Apple app stores), rather than download software from an unknown website, which will probably come with some malware.

    10. Well, if Windows is already installed, yes. Linux has to be installed, but it is far from being hard. It is pretty much like installing any Windows software. Click next, choose your name, your password and that's all. You can leave default settings for both single or dual boot. Linux installer will do the job for you. The real problem is that Windows comes already installed. Ever tried to install Windows from scratch? If both OSes are already installed, which is the difference? Any inexperienced user would not be able to install neither Windows nor Linux, true?

    There are a lot of points missing, like security, portability, customization, just to say a few.

    To sum up: I personally think Linux is perfectly ready for all basic users. Ubuntu, Mint, Elementary OS are basically the same as Windows, but better (that's my opinion of course). The problem about Linux is that most PCs come with Windows already installed, which of course is easier for inexperienced users. But some companies are (slowly) introducing Linux on their models...Do people know that any PC shipped with Windows has an extra cost of 100 to 280 dollars for the license? Do they know that it is possible to ask a refund for that license, provided that you don't accept terms and conditions? What if you could buy the very same PC for some-hundred dollars less? Just with Linux (say, Ubuntu) instead of Windows. Of course for some users Windows is still the only solution available, but I think that for most home users, it makes no difference at all. So why don't using a free, huge community supported, secure, fast and dead simple OS?

    I made the switch two years ago. Now I'm running Arch Linux (which is not for basic users, yes). All my family uses Ubuntu or similar (none of them is very experienced in computers, but they have no problems at all). And yes, I'll never go back on Windows.

    I'm looking forward to your answer!

    Best wishes,

    Mauro

  23. dragonmouth
    September 3, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    "How do you know the 250 can be reduced to a few?"
    Dan,
    The number of different Linux distros being 'overwhelming' is a specious argument. We make hundreds of choices on a daily basis, both about the items we are familiar with intimately and those that are new to us. Why is Linux any different? Why, when it comes to Linux, it is 'paralysis by analysis' all of a sudden? If you do not like the taste of one brand of beer, you change to another brand without being paralyzed by the number of brands and types. If the newbies you claim to speak for do not like the 'taste' of a distro, there are others they can switch to, until they find one that 'tastes' right.

    One fact that is conveniently overlooked by articles such as yours, is that those that switch from Windows to Linux are not computer virgins. It takes some tech and computer savvy to realize that one does not like Windows AND that Linux is a better choice for the switch than MacOS. They may be Linux newbies but they certainly are not the technological nincompoops as portrayed by the anti-Linux crowd. There is absolutely no danger of your grandmother or your great aunt Tillie or Joe Sixpack or any Windows noob having to agonize over the choice of a Linux distro and/or having to install it. There is a very good chance that they have never heard of 'Linux'.

    BTW Dan - how many brands/types of beer did you try before you settled on your current favorite?

  24. budRich
    September 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    B A I T

  25. Arun
    September 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Someone got paid from Microshaft to write this stupid article.

    • pugbrain
      September 7, 2017 at 1:44 am

      probably "Someone" is very worried in Redmond

  26. Wayne Cornish
    September 3, 2017 at 9:24 am

    I class myself as a fairly competent amateur Geek. Run 6 Versions of Windows OS, just for interest and experimenting with OS and Apps.I tried Ubuntu a year ago, used it quite a bit, but after 3 months, uninstalled, completely unable to comprehend why any one would want to use it. Available free to all, less that 2% Computers use it. Speaks for itself.

    • dragonmouth
      September 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      The problem with Ubuntu is that it is too much like Windows.

    • John Smith
      September 4, 2017 at 5:49 am

      Stick with Windows. It is designed for people who don't value security, freedom and stability.
      Your self evaluated "fairly competent amateur Geek" status was discredited with your last sentence.

      • Ray B.
        September 6, 2017 at 4:02 pm

        Was it? It shows you need to be more than a amateur Geek to be a fully competent Linux user. Linux requires way more effort than using Windows unless all you do is surf the internet, etc. Linux requires "learning"; more learning than the newest version of Windows would require. I'm not saying that's bad. It's just not for everyone.
        Also, the distros go on forever. If Windows had 100 supported versions and I had to choose which one, I would look elsewhere too. Most people, I assume, just want an option or two that works.

        • John Smith
          September 6, 2017 at 4:45 pm

          Where were you in the last decade or so?Your talking points have expired/became invalid something like 2005.

          Have you looked at ANY modern Linux distro these days?You say you used Ubuntu, used it for what?What exactly was the problem in using it?
          Funny how I have installed and gave Linux Mint to senior citizens in my family and few friends' families, if I recall correctly, so far 7 people who are not really that "fairly competent amateur Geek" as you say, who always had trouble with Windows, its annoyances, spyware/malware/virus/rootkit/trojan/...etc infections, random bluscreens, software fighting with each other, nVidia cards not able to remember Windows and icon positions and sizes on multiple monitors, and few other problems.

          They all do more than just "surf the internet", they print, run office documents, do their finances, online banking, and one of them has his grandchildren playing games on his Linux Mint laptop, 0 problems so far. Even the calls and emails I used to get to help went down to less than 10% of the volume I used to get before recommending and moving them to Linux Mint. One of the others even went full Mac OS, bought a MacBook pro and said they would never go back to Windows.
          So, real world experience and data disagree with your assessment of Linux, which is not true even if we go back 5 years from now.
          The only thing I give Windows advantage over Linux right now, is the availability of commercial drivers for some wireless adapters, that's it. If we really want to be objective, that is not the fault of Linux, or Windows superiority, it is the developer being lazy or afraid to open source their drivers.
          Your argument about availability is a head scratcher. This is just like Apple fanboys arguing the iPhone is much better than Android because it does not have options and you have only one source to go to.
          You really think like that?I am glad the rest of the world does not. Otherwise we would have had no choices, no freedom, no competition, no innovation. With Windows, you are stuck with sucky bloatware, which is also a security/privacy nightmare. Performance stability and efficiency are not something Microsoft likes or practices. All they give you is semi-decent looking interface with some visual effects that may impress the average user, but the underlying code is absolute garbage.
          On Linux, I can choose what to install, when, where and how. If I don't want some feature, I can easily disable/customize. Solid, less security issues, I don't need to have 3 security services running and still get infected by just visiting a site, or accidental click on a banner ad. I run periodic rootkitscanner and most of the rest is automated. For the high risk uses, who click any link, download anything they see, mistype and end up on phishing/shady sites, I usually install and enable Clamav, light on the resournces, does not slow down their computer.
          On Windows, if you don't have software like ccleaner and run it at least once a week, you'll end up with junk, waste of disk space and slow downs. You have to run at least one anti-virus and one anti-malware service, if not a 3rd one that you need to run manually to scan. Updating each software is a nightmare if you have dozens of packages installed. That is assuming you are not going to have them fight over Microsoft C, and .Net library versions.

          Windows command line sucks, still stuck in the pre 80s, and Windows "Powershell" is a toy if not worse, still buggy, slow. A flawed design. The ability to script is limited and you have to re-invent the wheel most of the time.

          I have 2 Windows workstations in my house for family members, and on both I have installed Chocolatey and the win32 ports of most Linux utilities to be able to reliably maintain them without walking to each computer and manually doing it.

          Want to talk networking?IPv6 still sucks on Windows over Wireless adapters, and unless you have your computers joining an Active Directory domain, limiting users, customizing settings are nothing short of hackish and unreliable.
          On Linux, limiting users is by default, unless you chose to add them to wheel group on Radhat based distros, or sudoers on Debian based distros. Customizing it is as simple as editing a config file, or the default profile. Shared users on the same computer on Windows is a nightmare, privacy does not exist, and security is laughable. Try that on any Linux computer. Even Mac OS makes Windows look like a toy in that regard.

          Nothing in Windows is appealing to me or to anyone who uses their computer(s) beyond playing games. If I wanted to play games, I'd get an xbox or playstation, or any other console, certainly blow anything you can run on any Windows box and you don't have to spend $3500 to be able to play such games on your console.
          So long story short, if you value choice, freedom, stability, better security (Linux is not 100% secure, no OS is), better privacy, efficiency, free as in no cost, then I don't know how you can even remotely think of Windows as an option.
          But if you want one choice and don't care about your privacy, security and don't mind weird, and sometimes unexplained crashes and blue screens, then Windows looks attractive to you. It is your choice, that's for sure, but dismissing Linux just because you could not use it or could not use it to its potential can easily be contested by any Linux user, even those who are new to it and use it on daily basis.

    • Isaac
      September 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Lack of users is mostly because of Marketing... The average person that goes out to buy a computer, just for standard home use (ie. Checking email, browsing the web and making office document), will be stuck with what the stores have... Windows systems. No one "Advertises" Linux for personal use. If you want it, you have to get it yourself (which is still easy)
      Most linux Desktop environments are similar to Windows in look/feel (excluding Ubuntu's Unity crap).

  27. Human
    September 3, 2017 at 2:43 am

    The author keeps claiming he aimed the article for those non-tech savvy who use windows in their entire life and considering to move to Linux while the article clearly do not state any of that. Even if it is, if someone ever consider Linux, it means he/she has grasp the concept of what an OS is, far from non-tech savvy who only uses MS Office and IE for example. It's really worth a try.

    This article is 10% true, 90% bullshit. We all have messed up in life at some point, just admit it.

  28. Bill
    September 2, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    You obviously have not tried Linux in a long time. Most of your arguments are invalid. All of the software you mention has open source counterparts that work as well, and in some cases better, without Wine. Yes creating a bootable disc can be daunting for a beginner. But load up Linux Mint and it works right out of the box just like windows. Yes there is a learning curve, but it is no worse than going from Windows 7 to 10. All your peripherials will work, It just works. It is virus proof so no anti virus to worry about, it uses a tiny fraction of the resources that windows uses... I can go on. The modern distributions of Linux are geared exactly to fit a windows user who is sick of microsoft being in charge. Oh, did I mention ALL the software is free? How many of the ones you mention cost less than $100?

  29. Gazoo
    September 2, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    This reads like a bad parody of a Ballmer FUD-mercial from the 90s. Hard to take seriously.

    It was painful to read and probably awkward to write. The things people will do for click-bait money. In the end, it just wastes everyone's time and gives the site a reputation that takes years to wash off.

  30. RobC
    September 2, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Wow, this was Linux fanboy bait. Windows is easy and Windows 10 is actually pretty good. Linux has its place and it can become a daily driver if you are willing to put the time in. For most people this simply is not the case. Linux is great if nothing breaks it, the minute you have a problem well you had better be a Linux expert. With Windows your options are usually to restart or reimage. Is that any better?

    Linux is fractured and there have been some high profile security issues in the last year. I could go on and on. In the end, I wouldn't tell a computer neophyte to replace Windows with Linux, that would be the worst possible advice. But if you are tired of corporate dominance and you want to put in some learning time Linux can be a replacement for Windows. It can replace windows if you are ok with some (not all) of the valid CONS mentioned in this article. But if you are a gamer then Windows 10 is your only option until Steam increases its Linux support and you aren't going to get good FPS with WINE, sorry you just won't.

    • Tux
      September 3, 2017 at 4:11 am

      <>
      While on Linux you can put your LiveCD in and reinstall in a breeze, just the same. Doh.

    • Blatant_Fanboy
      September 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      "Linux is great if nothing breaks it, the minute you have a problem well you had better be a Linux expert."

      Googling a problem and copying some code is pretty difficult for you I guess...

    • John Smith
      September 4, 2017 at 5:55 am

      "Linux is fractured"
      That's really a lame way to describe freedom of choice.

      "Windows is easy"
      Yeah, Microsoft support forums disagree.

      "Windows 10 is actually pretty good."
      If you ignore instability, and care less about your privacy, have very little choice, and like that ugly bloatware with ugly start menu, yeah.

      "have been some high profile security issues in the last year"
      Windows fan boy talking about security.
      LOL!
      You can't make this up.

      Most of you Windows fanboys need get out more. Your talking points against Linux expired something like 2001.

  31. Tony Paterson
    September 2, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Started using Linux 5 years ago and haven't touched a Microsh!t product since! The article is simply bullish!t. I hate myself for giving it a second of my time!

  32. Lou
    September 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Brilliant thesis: Linux is bad because it is not Windows!
    Let's start with Linux is complicated. You chose to equate lack of familiarity with complexity. Linux is different, because it is not Windows, and works differently than Windows. You argument equally applies to IOS: IOS is complicated because it is not Windows.
    Difficulty of installation is hardly an issue unique to Linux. I readily concede most computer users would probably not be able to easily install Linux on their own. However, we all know those same users could not easily install Windows or Apple IOS from scratch either.

  33. Eduardo
    September 2, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    So you're essentially arguing that GNU/Linux is not Windows OS, and you're encouraging readers to think in the same flawed manner. It seems very insulting to discourage the use of Linux due to reasons that are the user's fault. Most of it comes down to not learning the product you're trying. How can you expect a different OS to function the same as another one, whose goal is not to be a clone?

    Worst of all, you ague that it "lacks software", is "bug riddled" and "lacks games", then write:
    When a tech giant picks up Linux and runs with it — like Google and its Chrome OS — the results can be astounding.

    Sorry to inform you that nobody cares if you don't use Linux. That is not the developers' end goal. But please don't spread false information with the obvious intention of preventing curious users from trying Linux. That is a disservice to the hard work of many people, and the excellent result thereof.

  34. YellowApple
    September 2, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    The vast majority of this article was inaccurate in 2007, let alone 2017.

  35. Manfred
    September 2, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    It takes hours to upgrade my Windows 10 systems every six months and twenty minutes to do the same with my Linux installs yet you claim the former is easier and more convenient than the latter for the average Windows ignoramus? Keep telling yourself that.

  36. hello
    September 2, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.

    Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called "Linux", and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.

    There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called "Linux" distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.

    • dragonmouth
      September 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      " What you're referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux"
      You are splitting hairs. The only one who insists on that distinction is Richard Stallman. Everybody else just calls it Linux.

      • Bill
        September 4, 2017 at 3:30 am

        You missed the copy pasta joke.

  37. Lain
    September 2, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    >dreamweaver

    Who even uses that anymore? It generates awful code.

  38. Bob
    September 2, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Sponsored by Micro$off.

    Don't drink the Kool-aid on offer here, try it for yourself. Linux is the best OS I have running on my home systems.

  39. Zooperman
    September 2, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Seriously one sided and stupid argument. And for one thing- you didn't even mention the security context in OS. Windows is more susceptible to virus attack than Linux systems. Also talking about computer performance - Linux performs way better on a budget or inexpensive machine, when you compare with windows.
    Also choosing which Linux distributions - is not confusing but very easy. Go with a Debian, such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint. Just Google(don't Bing ?).
    Enjoy your Linux.

  40. subcon
    September 2, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Dolt.

  41. Lefo
    September 1, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Looks like someone wrote an article to start an online...er...discussion.

    I only use Win 8.1 in VirtualBox in Linux for three things I cannot do in Linux; yet. Otherwise, I'm very happy not being in the Windows World full time anymore.

    But, keep up the Win-World Rhetoric. There are certainly enough people who still believe it's the best thing out there.

  42. William Timm
    September 1, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    How ridiculous is this post? I started using Linux because Windows became so cumbersome on my home computers. At work, I'm happy to use Windows 7 Enterprise. I dread the day that they decide we have to update to Windows 10. For what I do at home, which doesn't include the foolishness of playing mindless games, Linux Mint has been a godsend for me for almost 10 years.

  43. veganhead
    September 1, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I work in IT support, nearly all Windows related but my home use is Windows (various versions but not that spying P.O.S Windows10), Chrome OS and Ubuntu Studio.

    I'm firmly in the world of Windows for the last 20+ years of support work but Dan, this article is just rubbish.

    Linux, yeah it's got a learning curve when you swap over but remember the days of DOS and switching to Windows? No, you probably weren't born then.

    An example of Linux better than Windows: I have an AKAI usb keyboard for making music, and since Windows has updated since it's release (XP days) it won't run in Windows. AKAI don't want to update it cos you know, sales of newer devices, but plugging it into Ubuntu Studio it recognised it out of the box, set up all the controls sweet in LMMS (cross platform music s/ware) but try that in LMMS on Windows and it fails to work.

    Whatever OS suits your needs and works for you but don't write b*ll*x if you don't have all the facts.

  44. dhuff
    September 1, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Notice in item #2 that macOS is at 11%. If you want a real Unix* system that's tailored for the desktop - macOS is it.

    * macOS, formerly OS X, has been certified as real Unix by the Open Group since OS X 10.5

  45. Earl
    September 1, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    First of all, Dan, 1995 called... it want's it's article back.
    Second, burn LinuxMint to a CD or USB stick (note: if someone can't do that, they're in deep trouble no matter what), stick it in a machine and install LinuxMint, taking the defaults. Then look us in the eye and tell us how complicated installing LinuxMint is (hint, you won't be able to).
    Third, the only place Windows dominates is on the desktop. Linux, or a close variant, absolutely rules everywhere else. Supercomputers? Linux powers 498 of the top 500 supercomputers in the world. The other two run a variant of UNIX. Newsflash, Windows runs on exactly 0 of the top 500. These people have the budget to run whatever operating system they wish, not a problem. They run Linux.
    I started computing in 1980 with MS-DOS 5.0 or so (I've even had the pleasure of programming with punched cards). Judging from your photo, that is well before you were born (good photo, by the way). Personally and professionally I've worked with every version of Windows from 3.1 to 8.1 (10? why bother). I 2000, having been disappointed by Windows far too many times, I discovered Linux. I spent the first 10 years using Slackware and learning Linux from the command line. Starting in 2010 I branched out and finally settled on LinuxMint. I use Mint and home and work on an old Dell Optiplex 780 that will run rings around the latest Windows machines in our office. I won't bore anyone with more details but suffice it to say I've been around a lot of blocks. All the above means is that I'm just like a million other people, nothing special. I do, however, have a pretty good idea of how each OS functions and the good/bad points of both.
    Based on my experience, the only way I would ever use Windows is if I were forced to on the job. You would literally have to pay me to use it. Any time I ever have a choice I use Linux.
    The truth is that, compared to Linux, Windows is just a crude little toy.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Hi. This article is aimed at people who run Windows and have seen suggestions elsewhere that they should move to Linux. I'm not criticising Linux, in fact, I commend Linux in a few places. The argument in this piece is Linux is not right for a non-techy who has used Windows their whole life.

      Thanks, Dan

      • Terry
        September 6, 2017 at 4:48 pm

        Dan,

        I used to think like you and be a Windows user. Windows would break and I knew exactly how to fix it. I tried to switch to Linux and would come across an issue and know exactly how to deal with it in Windows. I would follow some odd instructions on some website that said type this into the command line and would try it with a bad track record of results. Then I would switch back to windows. I went through this cycle several times before I realized a few things.

        1 Use a distro that is listed as a desktop system for beginners. I use Linux Mint. (They don't keep the purposes of distros secret it. (They mention the primary role where you download them from) If you use one for gas pumps, point of sale, firewall, kiosk, etc you can make it work but...)

        2. Linux Mint has a software center so once I started using that to install my software from, the Windows way of going to some website and downloading and installing now seems so slow, hard and archaic. Linux mint comes with gimp preinstalled so I had no need for Adobe Photoshop, Libre Office preinstalled so I had no need for Microsoft Office, I like most the rest of the world now use WordPress so I had no need for Deamweaver, it also comes with P7zip preinstalled so 7-Zip would be redundant (though I install P7zip-full for more options), I can use KDEn Live or Openshot so I no longer need Final Cut Pro, Mint also has Thunderbird preinstalled so no need for Outlook, Mint has built in viewers/players that open everything I through at it so I never need to install anything like IrfanView. Essentially once I started using alternative software preinstalled or from the GUI app store all my problems were solved.

        3. Linux mint has a backup restore utility that backs up your applications by creating a file that is a list of the ones selected. then that same small text file is used to restore by automatically downloading and installing all the latest versions from the app store. So reinstalling or setting up additional machines is super easy. Also Mint never forces updates it merely alters the icon so I can take care of them on my schedule. Mint unlike windows downloads and installs all the updates for all programs and the operating system with one click. Popup reminders for updating Adobe Reader, Anti Virus, etc is a Windows problem I don't miss.

        4. I stopped trying to install drivers for hardware, that is a Windows thing and almost all of my hardware always works by plugging it in and if it doesn't I now get hardware that does.

        In summary I am now soooo glad I made the switch. Mint is super easy to install/reinstall, works immediately without a driver install fest, has no spammy ads, I not had any malware problems, my privacy is respected, my software is mostly preinstalled and what isn't is quickly and easily added with the software restore feature. I used to like to tinker and administrate a system which Windows was really good for, but today I just want something that is as easy and as little work as possible. I also was a Mac guy for a bit. I can say hand down Linux Mint is less work and tinkering than Mac which was significantly less work and tinkering than Windows. Windows is for the techy person who likes to tinker for tinkerings sake.

  46. Matt
    September 1, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Worst. Article. Ever.

  47. LinuxUset
    September 1, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Stupid dumb article from nineties.

  48. Michael Carpino
    September 1, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I've used or played with Linux on limited occasions and installed it on an old computer. I don't find it difficult to use and find many advantages over Windows. I will admit that my main daily use laptop runs Windows 10. I will convert to Linux 10 minutes after Microsoft announces a service/fee-based product when and if that happens. Maybe I might do it before. This article is poorly thought through and provides bad advice. Learning something new is simply good for everyone and Linux can get the job done for the vast majority of people that simply surf.

  49. Paul Cornett
    September 1, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    2007 called.. they want their talking points back.
    Seriously...
    1.... Office irrelevant anymore. Besides since ms going to 365, it is available to Linux.
    7 zip runs on all os... Researching is not an option
    Outlook:. Office 365 makes this moot.
    Infraview.. seriously? What a pos.
    2. Software is patched when it needs.. security issues are fixed in hours.
    3. Unbuntu or mint for beginners.. not that hard.
    4. Critical bugs and security fixes are released in hours... Not on patch Tuesday if at all.
    5. Omfg.. have you ever called ms support? Is it completely worthless. And oem support isn't any better. That is why people like me make good living.
    6. Had not been a problem for 10 years... On Ubuntu and derivatives... Their is a wizard that walks you through. You are on your own with Windows. From boot live image to running os with everything you need to start in 20 mins. Thanks hours with Windows.

    7. Let's see... I have 600 games in steam.. 350 are linux native.. plus working with wine i can play doom 2016 at 4k as and blizzard titles at 4k. Try harder.
    8. Wifi has not been an issue for years. Almost all peripherals work... Vr is still beta but that is working in steam now.
    9. Omfg.. my 72 year old dad who is not computer literate been running either mint or unbuntu for years. Says it is easier than Windows which he hated. This is so untrue to be maddening. Try harder.

    10. Apparently you never installed Windows...

    I'm done.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Hi.

      1. The Outlook app is only available on Windows and Mac.

      3. You're missing my point. You know which distros are for beginners because you know Linux. Someone who doesn't know the first thing about Linux would not draw such a simple conclusion.

      4. Patch Tuesday hasn't existed for a long time.

      8. "Almost". That's exactly my point. "Almost", not "all".

      10. Most people have never installed Windows, Linux, or any other OS. For many people, installing a clean OS is daunting. Especially if your whole life is on your PC.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Dan

      • Paul Cornett
        September 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm

        Sorry.. .. office 365 is not just Windows and Mac... Any os with a browser works with it. Even chrome os.
        10. You just proved my point. It is irrelevant as a reason to not use Linux. Just get a preloaded Linux pc or laptop..

        • Dan Price
          September 1, 2017 at 10:11 pm

          They only work with the web app, not the full desktop app. And honestly, "just buy a Linux PC" is not sound advice if you've only ever used Windows and you're in the market for a new machine.

  50. Stephen
    September 1, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I've used Linux in various forms for years now. I dumped Windows because of the constant sign when closing down or at Start up, " Windows is updating your system, please sit back for a couple of hours, until we give back control of your device, in the meantime please enjoy the spinning hour glass", Linux does not do this. You start your PC, a little message may pop up informing you of a update, you click on it, box opens, you tell it to continue on it's merry way and you go back to doing what you wanted to do. I was also fed up of the Windows go slow after having to install Anti-Virus, Firewalls, all those strange little programs which run in the background which you never asked for, Linux is faster. Also all those programs you mention, you can get basically the same stuff for Linux, if your a professional photographer then Windows may be for you, but for anyone other than gamers, who demand the very latest game, Linux can provide. I did have a slight problem running the Wacom Intuis but there was an update and that runs now. I can see what your trying to say, Linux isn't Windows, and if you just want things to often work without fuss, then choose Windows, but if you prefer to save your pennies instead of spending vast amounts of money on software, and still get on many occasions, professional grade software, like Gimp, Lightzone, Darktable, LibreOffice and music players like Amarok and Clementine, then try Linux, you wont be disappointed.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Hi Stephen. I appreciate your reasoned input and thoughts.

      Dan

  51. long jon silver
    September 1, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I thought this was sarcasm at first... Then I realized the author is just plain ignorant.

  52. Fatah Gabrial
    September 1, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Author of this article is a die hard windows fan. Readers of the article are die hard Linux fan. The author has no idea what open source is.

  53. Heavenly Devil
    September 1, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    This article should have come 10 years ago . Very late to join the party.

  54. tague
    September 1, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Complete bullshit. Just meant to piss people off, and probably sponsored my Microsoft.

    One user has a great list of reasons why (also read the replies): https://www.reddit.com/r/linuxmasterrace/comments/6xe8w9/whelp_time_to_pack_it_in_guys_article_explains/dmf9isn/

  55. Ed
    September 1, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Lol. This is obviously a click-bait article made to rile people up. Filled with half-truths, and non-nuanced opinions.

    The truth is, a popular, easy Linux distro like Mint is fine for most computer users. Superior to Windows in some ways (hard to get malware, harder to accidentally destroy your environment). Linux distros are kind of like "walled gardens" unless you are more technically inclined. Normal users will only have the technical no-how, or motivation, to install the tested packages available from the repository.

    Yes, users will have to learn the new GUI, but they also have to learn Windows or Mac OS as well.

    Application and hardware compatibility are the biggest obstacles to switching to Linux. But, for most users, the free software in the repos is equal, or better than what was used on Windows. For example, 7-zip sucks, file-roller is much better. I haven't used a desktop-based email application for a long time now, but when I did, whatever came with KDE back then was more featureful than Outlook.

    If you work professionally with raster graphics, then there's nothing better than Photoshop AFAIK, so then yes, you should probably keep Photoshop around.

    If you are a hardcore gamer that needs to push the maximum FPS, then yes, you should keep Windows around. Due to crappy drivers from the manufacturers.

    But, for the majority of computer users (excluding hardcore gamers, which I would bet is a pretty large chunk), Linux is fine, and in some ways superior for them.

    • aYo
      September 1, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      You've said it all, thanks.
      The only OS I've got my wife to use and I've had no issues whatsoever is Linux mint

    • Tony Hughes
      September 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Agreed, I have several friends and more importantly my better half, all running mint. In the last year I've had one issue I needs to fix for an 85 year old user, who accidentally deleted the menu from the task bar. My next door neighbor has had. Mint on several laptops I've provided for him, and got me to rescue a laptop for his father in law, he's even taught himself how to install and use Kodi and never asked for help, and he says he is not a techie person. As has been said this is 10 years out of date, and that's when I started using Linux!

  56. kuntal
    September 1, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    bullshit article finally found! how ridiculous point of view, who written it!!!? hahaha... I'm sure the reporter is in search of a job in Microsoft, totally paid report...

  57. B
    September 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Omg, I stopped reading after #1. I suppose I should give the whole article its due, but when I saw that - of all things! - you can't use 7zip on Linux I nearly fell out of my chair. If you need compression, believe me, you'll be okay on Linux. You can also use Office on the cloud, no? Not that I use it, although we do have Outlook365 and I just hook it into Thunderbird and it works just fabulous. I could go on...

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      I don't believe I ever said there weren't compression tools.

      I said there is no native version of 7 Zip because there's only the p7zip port for POSIX. Am I right?

      • Mike Walsh
        September 2, 2017 at 12:55 pm

        7-Zip Portable (from PortableApps.com) runs fine under Wine (any version). That's if you feel you have to use it.

        Personally, I prefer UExtract. It just works. With EVERYTHING.

        I made the switch to Linux when XP went EOL. I knew when I'd had enough.....and for what I do, there is absolutely no reason for me to stick with an obstreperous, curmudgeonly operating system that is inflexible, cumbersome, and just plain awkward.

        Even my PhotoShop CS2 works perfectly under WINE (it's the only version of PS that will). I don't use it professionally; for me, graphic design is a long-time hobby.....but I bought it back in the days when I had money to burn.

        How things change.....yet, the more they change, the more they stay the same..!!

  58. l2024910
    September 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    What a load of bullshit article, I don't even know where to begin... You know what? F*** it, I'm not even going try. I'm just going to say that before writing an article about something, you should always first invest some time researching into the topic and familiarizing yourself with the concept.

  59. Pete
    September 1, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Fully agree with the generalized point of the article. Like or not, if I'm leaving a computer for grandma to use email, Linux is not the first choice unless grandma wrote assembly code in her working years. Linux servers run the a lot of the internet, business. Linux to grandma is like an auto with manual transmission to a millennial.

    • l2024910
      September 1, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      You have absolutely no clue of what you're talking about. My parents knew nothing about using a computer and now they use Ubuntu. Why? Because it is very easy to use and don't have to worry about crap like viruses. In fact, they both find windows very weird and complicated compared to who easy Ubuntu is to use. It's no longer the 90s, Linux is now as user friendly as windows if not more, it's just that windows is what most people are already used to, so they find anything else to be hard compared to it.

  60. Suse FanBoy
    September 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    What a bad review, is this is your level of skills and your readiness to learn than yes I agree just stay on Windows as you would not contribute anything to the linux ecosystem.

    You know about Suse, Red Hat, Canonical they are 3 mayor players in open source and technology see some explanations on following link
    https://fosspost.org/articles/insights-on-redhat-suse-the-major-linux-companies

    My fathers laptop came with Win10 but after some updates the diskspace was not big enough to get anymore updates, nice, so you buy a laptop and pay for the OS but after you installed some updates you can not do anything anymore.

    My father 68 years old asked my help with his problem with his Windows 10 laptop I took a look and saw the problem was not resolvable due to the design of windows and that it stores copies of certain files and updates multiple times on disk.

    So I installed Linux Mint on my fathers laptop and the problem was resolved no more diskspace issues and as a surprise he finds that his laptop became more responsive than when he was on Windows.
    Also he did not even call me anymore with problems, after 2 months of my father not calling me with computer problems I called him to ask how his laptop is operating ?
    As I do not hear from any problems anymore from him which to me is suspicious.

    He told me everything is fine and he did not have any problems anymore eventually I could have a look with teamviewer he said, so confident he was that there were no more problems with his laptop.

    Moral of the story if a 68 years old man just to Windows can switch to linux without any problem it sure as hell is possible for a younger man maybe you have to put some more effort in what you are trying to do but man it is free you do not have to pay $300,- and still end up with problems.

  61. Rob
    September 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I agree with the general sentiment in the comments. Author of the article has absolutely no clue. Waste of time.

  62. Not a tech-savvy tinkerer
    September 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    You should learn more about Linux before writing this nonsense.
    There's a software in Linux equal to, if not better than, every Windows program listed, minus the bloatware.
    I have ZERO computer course history under my belt other than what highschool taught me about Windows. I've used Ubuntu exclusively since 2007 and will never return to being spied on.
    Linux users don't get drivers... Hmm.. Maybe because Linux doesn't use drivers...?!
    Complicated? My 9 and 10 year old daughters use Linux flawlessly. Not to mention, they play Minecraft and any other game they'd like to. WITHOUT the use of Wine. Ubuntu is as simple and user friendly as it gets, more so than Windows for sure.
    Updating is as simple as a click of a button on a pop up that asks if you'd like to install updates.. not very difficult.
    Linux may have been buggy and lacking of features 10+ years ago, but today there is absolutely no reason EVERYONE should not switch to Linux... Unless of course you like your data to be sold; your activity to be watched; and your system to be filled with bloatware and useless garbage.
    Oh, and have I mentioned there aren't viruses? So, no ransonware that will hold your previous data hostage until you pay... No popup ads filling your screen while you're trying to accomplish things... No bogged down system to the point it's unusable... Yeah, sounds terrible.
    Actually try Linux.. I recommend Ubuntu or Linux Mint got new users, you just may find this article to be trash like I do.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Hi.

      I never said there weren't equivalent apps out there, I just listed Windows apps not available on Linux. If you use those apps, you might find Linux hard and/or frustrating. Not everyone is tech-savvy.

      Thanks,
      Dan

      • Megan Clive
        September 1, 2017 at 9:57 pm

        It goes both ways. I can post a huge list os software that runs on linux that doesn't run on windoze.

        • Terry
          September 6, 2017 at 5:13 pm

          Me too

    • Mike Wlash
      September 2, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      "Linux users don't get drivers... Hmm.. Maybe because Linux doesn't use drivers...?!"

      Hmmm... Not STRICTLY true, of course. Linux certainly does use drivers.....but with Linux, they're all contained within the kernel. And that includes just about every reverse-engineered, as well as every natively-written, Linux driver there is.

      This is why in Linux, there are such regular kernel updates..... No searching around manufacturer's websites to find the latest driver; you press the power button, and, unless you're using highly specialist and/or exotic hardware/peripherals, everything just works.

      Paradise..!!

  63. Jeff Hart
    September 1, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    My goodness. Let me count the ways that this is idiotic.

    0. WHO ON EARTH SAYS THAT YOU ONLY NEED TO HAVE ONE COMPUTER IN THE FIRST PLACE? All right, fine. If you are limited income and can only afford one computer, or if you are pressed for space - live in a tiny dorm or apartment or something - then fine, make that one computer Windows 10 (which allows you to install and run Linux by the way). Otherwise, if you are one of the vast majority of the populace - especially those for whom this article is for in the first place - that has a computer, iPad, smartphone, big screen smart TV etc. you are going to have 2 computers. Or you should. So make one computer Windows 10 and another - preferably your primary one - a Linux machine.

    1. Except ... no. Not really. If you are only going to have 1 computer, MAKE THAT COMPUTER A MACBOOK FOR A TON OF REASONS. If you can have 2 or more, Windows 10 and Linux. But one computer only? Definitely a Mac. Unless you simply can't afford a Mac, or need a computer that performs better than a cheaper Mac like a Mac Mini or MacBook Air but can't afford a MacBook Pro. But seriously, having a Mac INVALIDATES PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING ON THIS LIST.

    2. Can't get software? Ummm ... no. 90% of computer users don't need Dreamweaver, Final Cut Pro, Outlook or Photoshop. The 10%% that do ... are high income people who can afford multiple computers. Including a MacBook Pro.

    3. Microsoft Office? Get real. There is LibreOffice, Google Docs and Office 365. Any of those 3 meets the needs of 95% of computer users. The rest? Get a Mac.

    4. Gaming? Hardcore gaming is a VERY expensive habit. Which means that you can afford both a Linux gaming rig ... and a MacBook Pro. Windows games? Well there is XBox for that. Or even better ... a Playstation.

    5. Which distro to get? How about ... Mac OS X? Seriously though, Linux Mint.

    6. Drivers? Bugs? Support? Having a secondary Windows 10 computer or a primary MacBook Pro solves all that.

    7. Complicated? Mac OS X is much simpler and more reliable than Windows will ever be buddy. And personally I find USING Linux simpler than the complicated monstrosity that Microsoft Office has become. (Which is one of the reasons why I use Google Docs ... unless you have very compliccated formatting requirements, Google Docs retains the menu-driven intuitive simplicity that Office had 10-15 years ago).

    Bottom line: nearly everything that you listed could actually be cited as justification for dumping the Windows ecosystem entirely in favor of the Apple one. Get yourself a MacBook Pro or iMac, a Mac Mini, an iPhone, an iPad, an Apple TV and an Apple Watch and you will never have to look at or think about using any Microsoft product again. Except, of course, for Microsoft Office, WHICH RUNS JUST FINE ON MAC OS X AND ALWAYS HAS.

  64. Ian
    September 1, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I don't understand this posts' authority.

    What do you mean Linux is difficult to use?
    What are you saying about drivers?

    I two years ago fully moved from Windows, now everything just works; new place with a new printer? No problem, no drivers to install ...

    Antivirus software? Really, What is that for?? And the PC runs so much faster.

    Difficult to get software? I use Ubuntu and i got to use it's software centre before I found a use for the then sparse windows store. It's just a click away and it's so much better .. ( no offense meant , it's just true )

    I could go on and on ...
    Bref: I don't see myself moving back to Windows.

  65. Knile
    September 1, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Bro,

    Not eveeyone use outlook photoshop and rest of bullshit software. Installing linux is hard? When did you do it last time in '95? Same shit as windows installation except you can choose some.other shit to install. You simply cant tell that linux is bad because windows 10 has it in itself.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      You've ignored the pertinent part of that point:

      "For many users, the idea of creating bootable USB drives or installation CDs is bewildering."

      Just because you and I can install an OS with our eyes closed, doesn't mean everyone can. As you'll know, the vast majority of Windows users never install it, it just comes pre-loaded. For them to wipe their hard drive and start afresh requires a leap of faith and a ton of research.

      • pugbrain
        September 7, 2017 at 3:32 am

        As far as I know. if I buy a license from windows and download it from windows store, I will have the same level of difficulty to create a USB installation drive. This argument is only valid if you compare it with preinstalled systems.

  66. Gautam Kumar
    September 1, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Atleast you need 10 reasons choosing Windows over Linux but for choosing ChromeOS over Windows you need no reason. Because Google's products just work !
    (Updates are meant to fix the broken things or to break the working things is difficult to say when there is an update from Microsoft)
    (Initially onedrive was supposed to have unlimited data but then it was cut down, but Google stick to its commitments.)
    All the Goggle's online services which are available to consumers free of cost if Microsoft would had all this it would never be for free.
    There are many many more things to write about Google which are far better than Microsoft.
    Once a consumer uses Google Chrome he will never look back to Microsoft Windows only if he is a gamer then he might need Windows operating system.

  67. Noorquacker
    September 1, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Linux is hard to install? Have you even tried to read what it's telling you? Try installing Arch Linux (spoiler alert: it's all command line). Ubuntu and all other newbie distros are even easier than Windows to install

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      This article is aimed at non-tech people already using Windows who are considering Linux. For tech savvy people, installing an OS is nothing. For someone who's never done it before and has their life on their computer, it's daunting and worrisome.

      • dragonmouth
        September 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm

        "This article is aimed at non-tech people already using Windows who are considering Linux."
        Then your aim is very bad. If this was archery or skeet, you'd be hitting yourself in the butt with that kind of aim.

        You keep repeating ad nauseam that this article is for the 'non-tech savvy Windows users considering Linux '. Unfortunately for your premise the idea to switch would never enter their heads because they don't know enough to recognize the reasons to switch to Linux, or any other O/S for that matter. They would just use what's put in front of them.

        Your article probably will 'convince' many 'non-tech savvy Windows users' to never switch to this horrible thing called 'Linux'. The irony is that those people would have never considered switching anyway. Switching from one O/S to another is an informed, conscious decision that requires tech savvy which, by definition, excludes your target audience.

        Out of the 160 or so posts so far, 2 Windows users have switched to Linux and then switched back after using it for a while, 5 or 6 posters agree with you and/or are die-hard Windows fans while the rest say you are wrong. Looks like you have not reached your intended audience.

  68. Snehashis
    September 1, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Setting up dual boot of windows with linux and then when you realize your mistake of switching you are more screwed up than just installing Linux for removing grub bootloader and restoring windows bootloader will be similar to hell to new users unless you are techy......linux is not bad its a great platform for DEVELOPERS as to run linux one needs to have good k knowledge of linux terminal....even installing an app at tines requires to be typed in terminal....And of course as mentioned for gamers windows is what we gamers use nothing else(for pc ovio)

    • Paul Cornett
      September 1, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      No... My son and daughter and me pay all the games we want. Including doom 2016. I dial boot only for fallout 4. The rest works either natively out through wine. Windows not required for real gaming..

  69. TheRick
    September 1, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I agree. Once I tried win10 I ditched Linux for good. I want to press a button and have my computer just work. Everything is compatible, I can play all the latest games, office is perfect, and everything is just so intuitive. I never need to search for anything, or put any thought into it. Linux is amazing if you're a techie. But most people just want to surf the Web, check email, play games, and maybe use office for work or school. The majority want nothing to do with command lines, driver issues, software alternatives, repositories, etc., etc. Not to mention, if you're learning Linux and need to ask for help, good luck. You'll get some as3hole with an I'm better than you attitude trying to belittle you for not being the tech God he is. Instead, you'll be stuck googleing for hours to figure it out yourself. The Linux community is just so insecure that they immediately attack anything that challenges their idea about their OS superiority. I say keep it. Spent my time on it. It's great, for techies, but nowhere near production ready.

    • Josh
      September 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      you said that most people just want to surf the Web, check email, play games, and maybe use office for work or school. you can do all of that in Linux without ever having to touch the terminal nor OS settings. You don't even need to install the software to do that, it's already there on the distro. You can do all that in Windows, yes, but with IE and Office (if installed at all probably a 30-day functional version or something), meaning at some point you'll have to get another browser, or another office suite (or pay for a full version of MSOffice), so in my opinion I'd say all that is even easier on Linux.
      I agree with you after that point, except on Linux not being production ready. I use Linux as my OS at work. All the software I use is native to Linux and if there's something I don't have that is absolutely necessary, I code it myself, or do some work by hand, as (luckily in my case) most commercial software and suites available on other OS are just graphical interfaces for mathematics that I know how to do (and i do it in Octave, a maths tool where you can make scripts, that's what i meant by "i code it myself". Im not a programmer). You may say that's for techies, but if you're in a production environment, you better be techie in your field, so I see no problem in that.

  70. Bruno A Regno
    September 1, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Left Windows 7 years ago. Never looked back. Linux just works. Now my whole family is on windows and I don't get those calls asking me to fix their computers. No virus, no spyware. For about 60% of your article I think you got it plain backwards. The remaining 40% is simply misleading. I won't recommend people to use wine or use both OS... Just cold turkey switch. In these 7 years I have replaced my laptop once, and it was because my older eyes need a bigger screen... The hard disk in the new machine is THE SAME ONE in the old machine. Never re-installed, never re-booted unintentionally... Never interrupted for updates! And the funny thing? It looks, feels and works more like Windows XP than current Windows. If you want the same for yourself try it: http://www.xubuntu.org

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      I agree with cold turkey switching, but you have to accept that's very, very challenging for anyone who's not tech-savvy?

      • Bruno A. Regno
        September 2, 2017 at 10:26 am

        Not really. I installed it for a gentleman 62 years old. He did not want to let Windows XP go. He ran his business on Excel, Word and Yahoo mail. He asked for "tech support" more than once daily. The definition of "not tech savvy", you'll agree. When support of XP was dropped I convinced him of trying Xubuntu (the toughest "sale" ever) and finally he did. He asked me to painstakingly reconstruct his desktop, icon placement and all (He kept a link to every file he used on the desktop) It is how many years since XP was retired? 3 or 4? Initially he called for support about once a week (noticeable improvement) but then magic happened... He started figuring things out for himself! The last call for support from him was a year ago... To install Linux on his son's Mac because he can't use it!!!

  71. Buzz Wallard
    September 1, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Sounds like the author tried Linux 20 years ago and ran into a few glitches he didn't understand where the blue screen of death told him him exactly what was wrong i.e. woops windows just rolled a gutter ball.

  72. Gh
    September 1, 2017 at 10:18 am

    This article is so misleading and so far from the truth that it MUST be a joke. My eyes hurt....

  73. Prakash
    September 1, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Dear author your article is good in a way that windows is for desktop users like you and me but Linux is primarily made for server and developers who develop programs and test programs. Linux is not for day to day use though it can be used but windows is used for day to day use.

    • fcd76218
      September 1, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      "Linux is not for day to day use though it can be used but windows is used for day to day use."
      What is your opinion based on? Or are you just parroting some Windows fanboi?

      Have you ever used Linux for more than a couple of minutes?

  74. Maksym Shevchenko
    September 1, 2017 at 10:18 am

    How much editor got from Microsoft for this BS article?

  75. Abdellah BOUDJEMA
    September 1, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I don't know how much you guys received for this bad article , but sure not much. Comparing Linux to windows like is really not professional at all. You should really reconsider open source versus paid black box product. Now you should ask yourselves why big corporations are all heading to open source since 2008 crash.

  76. Hamza Qadri
    September 1, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I'm 13 and I use Linux (Arch specifically). Sure, it's got a learning curve, but it's certainly not impossible. In fact, after using Linux for a while, things like downloading EXEs on windows start feeling hard!

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      You're right, it's not impossible. But it's far too time and effort-intensive for most Windows users. Is the switch worthwhile for 90 percent of users? I would argue "no", and that's what I say in this piece.

  77. Benjamin
    September 1, 2017 at 9:28 am

    This is a misleading article. If you don't use Adobe products, the Linux is for you. Not all Linuxes though. I'd advice a newbie against using Slackware or Gentoo, but with Ubuntu you just put in a CD and you are running Linux. If you like it, follow the prompts and install it to your hard drive.

    When I switched to Linux , I went from 20 minute boot times to being able to use my computer in minutes. Updates happen when I want them to. (I did alias apt to do a full update.). And software is easy to use. The only thing I missis Paint.Net and I either make do with Gimp or run it from Wine.

    There are no viruses, no installing software from random websites on the net, and no unpredictable updates, stopping my work flow.

    As for software, Outlook is bloated as a calendar and email program. Thunderbird works just as well. And LibreOffice is superior to Microsoft Office as it can create a smaller docx file.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      You've just agreed with all the points I make:

      - There's no Adobe, which can be problematic
      - There's a lot of distro choices and it's confusing for new users, which in turn puts up barriers to entry.
      - For someone who loves/needs Outlook, using Thunderbird or a replacement is not an option, therefore, Linux is not an option.

      Thanks, Dan

      • Manfred
        September 2, 2017 at 5:04 pm

        I replaced Outlook with Thunderbird years ago when my PST file corrupted and broke my entire email system and I decided to see if something else out there might be more robust. Thunderbird was an easy adjustment to make and it has never given me any thing remotely like the common PST file corruption issues Outlook has. It has calendaring and scheduling just as Outlook does. There is no objective reason to need Outlook. And btw, I have clients who regularly call me with Outlook issues on their Windows systems. They don't find remedying it all that user friendly or intuitive as you advertise everything Windows is.

  78. Mat
    September 1, 2017 at 9:10 am

    This article sounds like someone got very well paid by Microsoft. No objectivity whatsoever, and plain lies...

    • msa
      September 1, 2017 at 9:36 am

      I wanted to write the exact same thing.

  79. Never Coming back
    September 1, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Hello Mr. Dan Price.... I believe you might just get fired for this article....:)) You just lost the website valuable users... and lost the website's credibility to a lot more. Well, like everyone else said in here...and based on the load of crap you wrote, you just brought it on to you and you do deserve to be fired. Go write articles for ... wait, NO, just don't write! Like Simon Cowell nicely put it many times, you should pursue another career.... writing is not for you! Well... I guess you could write some good SF shit, just don't write anything technical, you are far from the real world!

    "...and Linux for All!"

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks for your concern, but my job is safe.

  80. Fenix
    September 1, 2017 at 8:49 am

    If all windows users are ready to pay atleast half of the amount which they spend on Microsoft and its products to linux community then you won't see bullshit articles like this again

  81. Fenix
    September 1, 2017 at 8:45 am

    If all the windows users are ready to pay atleast half of the amount which they spend on Microsoft and its products to linux community then you won't find these kind of bullshit articles again

  82. Mihalis
    September 1, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I tried Linux 9 years ago. I first had to dual boot a lot, and it did have a learning curve. One year after that I went mono Linux and never looked back. I don't do adobe, and everything else is there. Everything you llneed will be available, free, documented, and one click away. For people not into computers before, Linux is as intuitive as windows. The relearning is hard. My parents work on Linux for like 6 years now with no issues for simple home use. There has been some light trouble shoot, but not more than I have done with my brother's W7 pc...
    Linux gets complicated when you want to go beyond what it provides out of the box. And that's something you can only do while Linux. I do counter advise people to give it a shot and spend some time with it.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      You're right, the re-learning is hard. Too hard (or at least, too time-consuming) for many people.
      Thanks for your comment. Glad your parents enjoy using Linux.

      Dan

  83. Stephan
    September 1, 2017 at 7:49 am

    The above is only partially true these days.... And what about your integrity, freedom? Do you really want to be a product?

  84. Tim B
    September 1, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Microsoft fired their QA team. The testers are the public now.
    7 zip is plenty available on Linux, for the rare cases you'd want it... the popular desktop environments open practically every file 7 zip does anyway.
    Installing linux isn't hard. You do it just the same as windows - boot off the cd/dvd and follow the prompts.

    How much did MS pay for this load of bullcrap to be published?

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      You're missing my point. Most people have never installed Windows or any other OS. It's just "how it comes". You and I find installing OSes easy, but the vast majority of people dont. If you're non-tech savvy, it's a challenge.

      • Nico
        September 5, 2017 at 2:52 pm

        Therefore, your point is if a Linux distro is preinstalled and easy to use, don't change to Windows?
        The same for macOS?

  85. Ankit Pati
    September 1, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Welcome to 2017.

  86. Jacques Gao
    September 1, 2017 at 5:57 am

    The most part of your post is really outdated. It is 2017 now, there are tonnes of user friendly distros around and the option for softwares is enormous, especially when you consider the comparison between Windows app store and the repository of some common distros.

    Linux is not necessary hard to install, most of them even have GUI installer. The hard part is to tailor it to fit your specific needs. This, however, is totally not supported on Windows. As you mentioned the only choice for Windows is windows 10.

    This post is so irresponsible and misguiding. Next time before you start trolling something, at least give them a try.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      "There are tonnes of user friendly distros around"

      Exactly my point. How does a new user choose the right one for their needs. The choice is a barrier to entry for many people.

      And Linux IS hard to install if you've never installed an OS in your life and use out-of-the-box WIndows or Mac.

      • James
        September 2, 2017 at 2:00 am

        I am appalled how you call freedom of choices a barrier... It is just a few clicks away to have Ubuntu or Fedora installed on you PC, google info isn't rocket science these days.

  87. Ali
    September 1, 2017 at 5:56 am

    The person who wrote this drivel thinks he knows about computers and operating systems but in reality, he doesn't.

  88. Jordan Terblanche
    September 1, 2017 at 5:53 am

    This article is pure cancer

  89. Rush
    September 1, 2017 at 5:42 am

    You Sir are an idiot.

  90. Your site sucks
    September 1, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Most of the points you make are just not true. Linux has 7zip. It's not complicated, has a simpler file system and it's as easy as windows to install. This article is garbage, the author is either willfully lying or didn't do any research.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      Please show me a native version of 7-Zip. As far as I know, there's only p7zip for Posix, which is made by a third-party?

  91. Armakuni
    September 1, 2017 at 4:45 am

    The biggest drawback of Linux is the huge amount of distributions. Most of them could be merged together if not every guy would fork a distro only because of some little thing he would do an other way. I wouldn't choose a distro which is perfect for me if I can't go for sure that it will continue with updates. Many times those distro starters don't think about what comes next.

    I was a big Windows fan in the past. Then I changed to Kubuntu because I wanted to work with my PC and not clean my OS every second day. I had many apps installed and everyone had its own update routine if present. I love the Linux package system. One click and everything gets updated.

    Please think of this before you write some article like this.

    • fcd76218
      September 1, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      "The biggest drawback of Linux is the huge amount of distributions."
      Straw man argument!
      Do you get this confused when you go car shopping? Hundreds of brands and models to choose from.
      Do you get this confused when you go food shopping? Every product is made by dozens of companies.
      Do you get this confused when you go shopping for clothes? Dozens of companies again.
      In all your confusion and uncertainty, you somehow manage to choose a car, buy food and clothing for yourself and your family. I've never heard anybody moan and groan and complain much about having choices so many choices in food, cars or clothing. In fact, people are demanding more choices. But when it comes to Linux, all of a sudden the choice of more than one confuses people who otherwise have absolutely no problems making choices.

      • armakuni
        September 1, 2017 at 4:23 pm

        Yeah, you have many choices for cars or food. But these are products made bei companies. Behind Linux there is now particular company. Everyone is free to make his own distro. Are you free to make your own car?
        I want to say the following: There are many distributions out there. But look simply at the Linux tree in Wikipedia. Only a few distros are really relevant.
        My personal example is Ubuntu. There are also Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu and so on. Every single flavour is "sold" as a own distro. But you know, the underlying architecture ist very similar, only the desktop environment differs.
        Personally I would prefer a plain Ubuntu, where I could select my desktop environment on my own. Today, I choose Kubuntu, later I would change to Cinnamon, therefore I would have to change the distribution. Why not only change the desktop without changing the base system? (I know that this is possible in Ubuntu flavours, but there remain differences).

        Otherwise is this article not very realistic. Sure you can say there are 400+ distros. Otherwise you could say that there exist 5000 different car types in the world. But if you life in a particular country, there is only a smaller amount of car types relevant for you. In the world there are car company that someone never heard about. It's the same with linux distros. They exist, but it's not helpful.

        And it's not helpful if someone thinks about to look at Linux that someone comes around the corner and says "but you have to choose from 400+ distros".

        • dragonmouth
          September 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm

          I agree that there are too many distros. But to use that argument to declare that Linux is no good is silly.

          "But these are products made bei companies."
          Irrelevant argument. Does that mean that if it is not made by an established company, it is no good? All companies started out as small operations. Microsoft was started by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Apple was started by Steves Wozniak and Jobs in Wozniak's garage.

          "Everyone is free to make his own distro."
          So? If Mark Shuttleworth was not free to make his own distro, there would be no Ubuntu. There also would not be 50-75 distros based on Ubuntu. :-)
          DistroWatch database contains 570 discontinued or dormant distros. The user decided that those distros are not good enough.

          "Otherwise you could say that there exist 5000 different car types in the world."
          Straw Man argument. What is it about the word 'Linux' that makes people lose their ability to make a choice?! Choice is choice, no matter what product you are choosing. If you do not like a particular brand of TV, car or toothpaste, you choose another one. It is the same with Linux. If you do not like the distro you are using, there are others that you may like better. You are not marrying a distro 'till death do you part'. If you do not like Windows, that is just too bad because there is no alternative. You ARE married to it. The same with MacOS.

          You obviously chose a distro. Do you think others are not capable of doing what you did?

        • armakuni
          September 2, 2017 at 3:49 pm

          @Dragonmouth:

          It was not my intention to declare that Linux is no good.

          > "But these are products made bei companies."
          > Irrelevant argument. Does that mean that if it is not made by an established company, it is no good? All companies started out as small operations. Microsoft was started by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Apple was started by Steves Wozniak and Jobs in Wozniak's garage.
          You seem to misunderstand, maybe I didn't write it right. Linux and many open source software are the best proof for high quality work. What I mean: Companies are advertising their products. These products like Windows or Mac OS are well known. Who is advertising for Linux? There is no company behind Linux doing this, even Canonical doesn't advertise (at least not here in Europe).

          > "Everyone is free to make his own distro."
          > So? If Mark Shuttleworth was not free to make his own distro, there would be no Ubuntu. There also would not be 50-75 distros based on Ubuntu. :-)
          > DistroWatch database contains 570 discontinued or dormant distros. The user decided that those distros are not good enough.
          This is right. Even 250 distros are too much IMHO.

          > "Otherwise you could say that there exist 5000 different car types in the world."
          > Straw Man argument. What is it about the word 'Linux' that makes people lose their ability to make a choice?! Choice is choice, no matter what product you are choosing. If you do not like a particular brand of TV, car or toothpaste, you choose another one. It is the same with Linux. If you do not like the distro you are using, there are others that you may like better. You are not marrying a distro 'till death do you part'. If you do not like Windows, that is just too bad because there is no alternative. You ARE married to it. The same with MacOS.
          This is right too. But it is theoretically much more difficult for an unexperienced user to choose a right distro out of 250 possible choices. Choosing from 10 or 20 or maybe 50 would be easier. This is what I see.

          > You obviously chose a distro. Do you think others are not capable of doing what you did?
          I think sometimes less would be more, and this would be easier for new users to pick their choice.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Hi.

      Appreciate you taking the time to put forward both sides of the argument. Glad Linux is working well for you.

      Dan

  92. Michael J
    September 1, 2017 at 4:35 am

    This is definitely misleading and incorrect. For one, I personally use Linux Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Windows 10 (different PC's)

    Ubuntu is definitely more reliable and is very powerful. Has a slew of free open source software that rivals a lot of proprietary software. Libre office suite rivals Microsoft office and is better in some ways. I pay for Microsoft office and the software is good but it's not the only choice for business and school use anymore! We also have Google office apps like Docs, Sheets, keep, drive... Ubuntu also runs chrome apps far more efficient than Windows. Now I am loving what Microsoft is doing with Windows but let's not jump the gun! Even Microsoft knew to add Linux sub-system support because there are things Windows simply cannot offer. The beauty of Linux is the choice goes to the user! There is an application for everything! It's exciting to use an operating system that gets support from so many devs... Myself being on of them. Now, I definitely feel this article is unfair and very misleading! One thing I will say to anyone who has yet to give a Linux distro a go is that they will certainly enjoy using an operating system that just runs without malware and background processes hi-jacking your session! Windows is a necessity for me and I do like Windows 10 but Linux is also a necessity and is actually the better of the two for casual users. I suggest Linux Mint which is far more reliable than Windows. When it comes to bugs... The dev community fixes these bugs relatively fast... Within 24-48 hours... Windows has a little bit more problems. It has a long way to go! Microsoft Windows 10 is still not ready to be honest I am constantly running into problems on my windows 10 system. Constant crashing and I am always removing something from my network! Windows 10 is so easy to penetrate and compromise... Even a seasoned Developer like myself can't completely avoid issue on my windows 10 system. The truth is... Well maintained distros like Ubuntu are beyond easy to install... I wonder why the author stated it was difficult? I mean... If you want to customize your partition table and possibly dual-boot you have to have some knowledge which takes about 10 minutes to Google the instructions and follow them. Other than that it's as simple as plugging a live USB in... Selecting install... Novice or first timers should just do a clean install... Choose LVM partition and the installation will take care of the rest for you! Now you have open source Linux and can install all the software you need for free, not worry about viruses! Torrent away with no worries! Watch triple X with no worries! Virus and malware is built for the hacker who seek windows based systems for several reasons!... If you have Windows and are not a power user guess what? You are currently infected. The PC/Laptop you use every day! Put your pics and private material on! Is most likely compromised and under the control of someone else. Why has Microsoft fallen from grace for so long? People like myself have learned Windows is a security disaster! Open up UpNp/DLNA on Windows 10... Set port forwarding on for peer to peer private networking, which is awesome! On Linux! On Windows you just invited everyone in and within seconds you just became another system on what's called a "Bot Net"... How do I know this? I am what's called a "white hacker"... Small businesses pay me to show them just how vulnerable they are... I have installed red hat Linux for Enterprise and lately Ubuntu has come up huge in the Enterprise space! Why? Security! A hacker knows there is a direct terminal on the other end of a Linux based network... A hacker knows how difficult it is to piggy back on a Linux based network... Linux means "leave it alone"... Windows is wide open and I only suggest Windows for power users for now. Honestly, you can purchase systems with Linux pre-installed right from Dell or system 76... Can you type "sudo apt-get update && upgrade" ? I'm sure you can!... Do you understand that an operating system which has the user locked out from direct manipulation of the directory and has a GUI environment as the only option for the user to navigate is why hackers love attacking Windows based systems? They just mirror the user interface and while it looks like nothing is happening while you are idle... There is a remote connection and someone on the other end has complete control of your system. This can be done to Linux but it's pointless... As Linux based apps run in a sandbox and if a hacker overrides the system... You'll know! Almost immediately! They can't stop you from opening the terminal and updating the repositories and software and the user on Linux has an even playing field... Windows users do not have a level playing field unfortunately... Windows is absolutely beautiful and I hope Microsoft keeps it up as I am definitely excited and I never thought I'd install visual studio on any system of mine but I am beginning to see things moving in the right direction. This is honest feedback... Anyone who sits there and discourages the use of open source Linux which offers users full control is someone I don't trust. Cyber criminals would just love a world of Windows only... They hate Macs and they hate Linux. Do you have an Android device? Samsung Galaxy S8? Guess what drives your Samsung Galaxy Android phone... Android is Linux. Android also is an excellent tool to break into windows and Networks of regular people snap chatting it up and saving everything to their new Windows 10 device which will be obsolete in 2 years if it isn't damaged by malware within a few months... Keep a Linux live USB stick around for when you decide you have had enough... Either that or start learning! Become a knowledgeable power user and enjoy Windows 10... A high risk OS!...

  93. malav patel
    September 1, 2017 at 3:35 am

    You are the worst article writer ever found who is writting the reverse benefit of Linux

  94. Daniel
    September 1, 2017 at 3:26 am

    What is this clickbait trash? Honestly.. This is so opinionated and biased it's embarassing. Making sure nothing from this website ever shows up in my feed.

  95. QkiZ
    September 1, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Standard FUD. You are liar. Linux has 7zip. Linux support hardware more than Windows and out of box. Updates are released quicker than on Windows. In Support part you intensionally ignore community support. Linux isn't complicated, it has more easy to understand file system hierarchy than Windows. It's easier to find solution on problems than on Windows. In Linux you have system logs, on Windows you have only error codes, find solution on internet ?

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      No, Linux doesn't have native 7-Zip. It has p7zip.

      I DO mention the community support, you must have missed it.

  96. Gay Porn
    September 1, 2017 at 2:43 am

    In these comments: Butthurt linux users

  97. Sandy
    September 1, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Definitely losing faith in this site. Have you been taken over by Windows on an individual or Company level?

    As said by others: Linux has it's problems as do they all, but there's something for everyone and users are not held to ransom every time a new version comes out. This means more people have access not just those who have plenty of money.

    As to being too complex - well God forbid that anyone should have to make the effort to think and learn a little more than previously. That's just asking tooo much, isn't it!!

    Could go on but whatever - don't think I'll be visiting this site very often in the future.

  98. ExillustX
    September 1, 2017 at 1:06 am

    linux is perfect if you run it on compatible machines just don't use it on crappy vendor like HP , i have hp laptop with Linux os and it's a nightmare. so much bugs even the cooling fan won't work. also is this article a joke? 7zip, Dreamweaver?? LUL.

  99. Adrian
    September 1, 2017 at 12:22 am

    It is pretty sad to read in 2017 articles like this. It really tarnish the little credibility this site has left.
    It is so wrong from so many aspects that it would take me days to simply enumerate them.
    It is unprofessional, and very biased. As much as nobody is being forced to use Linux and everybody is entitled to an opinion the author simply ignores (on purpose) facts about Linux and about OS s overall that would prove him wrong.
    As someone said no OS is perfect but Linux has come a long way since 1995 when it was just a simple window with a terminal where "geeks" would issue complicate commands just to copy a file. Yes the hardware support is far from perfect but unless you are using some exotic equipment it does the job honourably.The modern distros can compare any day with Windows or MacOs . The 250 distros can be resumed to just a handful, Debian.Ubuntu.Fedora,Suse and all the usual derivatives Mint ...etc. Of course there are so many dedicated distros to do very specific tasks but that is the beauty of Linux.One can even create a custom distro tailored to whatever needs he/she has.
    All that to say that the author may need to refresh his knowledge about this OS, toss his Slackware ver 0.1 CD he used as base to write this article and give a try to one of too many good Linux distros out the

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      I have my facts, you have yours. I'm merely making an argument for why Linux is too much of a leap of faith for non-tech savvy users who've used Windows their whole life.

      How do you know the 250 can be reduced to a few? Because you're au-fait with Linux. Someone who's never heard of a Linux distro in their life would not have a clue.

      A custom distro is way beyond the tech skill of most people.

      • Adrian
        September 1, 2017 at 10:23 pm

        Like I said everyone is entitled to have an opinion. But the tone of the article is awful and you sounded like an ignorant spoiled brat that heard from other bruhs, as ignorant as him that Linux is for geeks. I am not saying you are since i do not know you I am saying you just sounded like one.
        Personally I think the OS flame wars are extremely stupid , there are pros and cons for every one of them but to say Linux is hard to install and ...all the rest you wrote, is simply hard to swallow in 2017 because it is not true at all.
        Get your facts right, I think this is one of the principles one should abide by before writing such a shameful article. I hope it will get buried soon in the archive and you will forget you were capable of writing such a "piece"

      • Adrian
        September 1, 2017 at 10:50 pm

        I just browsed out of curiosity some of your other articles and it does seem your target audience is the crowd that is learning how to hold a mouse and is in awe at the TV shows and movies where the good guy is hacking government databases while riding his bike with a see through tablet with scrolling writing. If that is the case and that was your intention I owe you a big apology. Yes Linux it is hard and awful.

      • MrX
        September 3, 2017 at 6:49 pm

        You have opinions, not facts. And these opinions make you look incompetent. Harsh but true, and the comments sections is the evidence for it.

  100. Adrian
    September 1, 2017 at 12:21 am

    It is pretty sad to read in 2017 articles like this. It really tarnish the little credibility this site has left.
    It is so wrong from so many aspects that it would take me days to simply enumerate them.
    It is unprofessional, and very biased. As much as nobody is being forced to use Linux and everybody is entitled to an opinion the author simply ignores (on purpose) facts about Linux and about OS s overall that would prove him wrong.
    As someone said no OS is perfect but Linux has come a long way since 1995 when it was just a simple window with a terminal where "geeks" would issue complicate commands just to copy a file. Yes the hardware support is far from perfect but unless you are using some exotic equipment it does the job honourably.The modern distros can compare any day with Windows or MacOs . The 250 distros can be resumed to just a handful, Debian.Ubuntu.Fedora,Suse and all the usual derivatives Mint ...etc. Of course there are so many dedicated distros to do very specific tasks but that is the beauty of Linux.One can even create a custom distro tailored to whatever needs he/she has.
    All that to say that the author may need to refresh his knowledge about this OS, toss his Slackware ver 0.1 CD he used as base to write this article and give a try to one of too many good Linux distros out there

    • QkiZ
      September 1, 2017 at 2:55 am

      M$ is paying for that FUD.

  101. Make
    September 1, 2017 at 12:16 am

    April fools day already? But far one of the most ignorant pieces of writing I've seen in a long time. No, Google now.. I'm no longer interested in articles from muo.

  102. Nairb
    August 31, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Clearly geared toward the Linux devout to ignite flame wars. Yes, Linux sucks, so does Windows, and Mac - each in their own way. At least we have options and if someone wants to try Linux, generally, there's little to no cost. What good does it do the author to try and convince someone to stick with what they got? That makes no sense, unless it is to ignite the opposition.

    Happy FOSS user since 2006. My reason? Freedom, plain and simple.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      I want to stop non-tech savvy users make a mistake they will quickly regret.

      • Nairb
        September 1, 2017 at 11:54 pm

        I don't believe you.

        As you state "For many users, the idea of creating bootable USB drives or installation CDs is bewildering."

        These non-tech savvy users wouldn't be considering or searching for an OS change if they find it bewildering to download and burn/copy an ISO file to a disc or drive.

  103. A
    August 31, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    You are trolling, right?
    I kept trying to find the line with 'ha ha just kidding'.

  104. Cominatyive
    August 31, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Not true. Ubuntu or Manjaro are very user friendly. Windows makes you pay for everything. Windows store is going downhill fast with hardly nothing to offer. Linux is and has become better than everyone thinks. These are the real facts from a real Linux user of ten yrs now. I left windblows for good now. Best decision I ever made.

  105. Tony
    August 31, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    This is so poorly informed and written ("don't say it's not!") that I thought it was a parody at first. I continued reading for entertainment, but suffice to say if articles like this make it past your editors(do you even have any?) then it is the last one I read from your site. Blocked, muted and forgotten.

    • Brb
      August 31, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      I thought the exact same thing. I'm by no means that tech savvy and I've very rarely ever had a problem with Linux.

  106. Jibril Esa
    August 31, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    This is amazing so much FUD in this article falsehood and twisting of truth it's amazing.

  107. hyuj4hgc4frs g
    August 31, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Final Cut Pro is for macOS, not Windows. 7zip is available for Linux. This site is so stupid.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      p7zip for Linux is available. It's by a third-party developer. Native 7Zip is not available.

  108. butt
    August 31, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Final Cut Pro is macOS software

  109. Computer_Geek1337
    August 31, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    So this is either a bad joke article (which is useless and should probably removed). Or this is a FUD article which is also useless and harmful and should be possibly removed.

  110. RC
    August 31, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    At first, when I read the article, I was taking it seriously. But it was so clearly silly that I then thought it was a joke. Then I read the comments and thought perhaps that it was written to elicit angry responses from Linux users who took it seriously.

    But not matter how I read it and no matter whether I take it seriously or as a joke, it is easily one of the dumbest things I've ever read about Windows and Linux. If it's serious, it's just wrong. If it's intended as a joke, it's just not funny.

    One quick aside for those who found the "85% of people wouldn't be able to use Linux" stuff credible: I have installed Linux on my 91 year old mother's laptop after years of cleaning up Windows viruses for her. It has been a godsend. Reliable, easy, virus-free. She loves it (she doesn't know it's not Windows; she's never heard of Linux). She doesn't play games though. So I suppose that may be what makes it work so well for her.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      Right, but YOU have installed Linux on her computer, and that's because you're a skilled Linux user who can help when things go wrong. But could your 91-year-old mother have installed Linux and learned it on her own accord? That's who this article is aimed at.

      Dan

      • Randall Cooper
        September 2, 2017 at 12:05 am

        That's interesting. If the article is targeted toward people like my mother, then what it gets wrong is not Linux, but Windows, which my mother also could not possibly install.

        In the article, though, you talk about much more than installation. My mother (and the millions of people who share her lack of interest in and ability to use technological skills) doesn't need to install either OS, fortunately. Nor do most people. I'm not sure why you would think that they do.

        So I was comparing two installed operating systems. In my experience, end users who are incapable of dealing with technology are no more stymied by Linux than they are by Windows. I remember when I was called upon to deal with the catastrophes of Windows 8 and 8.1 by users who were completely at a loss. While Windows 10 is far superior to 8, it can still be bewildering to people who aren't adept.

        For the people who are using computers for the basics (web browsing and email), there's actually no difference between Windows and Linux. Under Windows, my mother used Thunderbird for email. She uses the same program under Linux. Under Windows, she used Google Chrome. Under Linux, the same program (Chromium).

        It seems to me you want it both ways. When it's convenient to invoke the novice's difficulty, you point to a non-issue (installation) and ignore the fact that the software is the same for those users. When it's convenient to talk about more capable users (the ones using more sophisticated software), the problem of Linux difficulties melts away and we're told to consider the paucity of software instead. But for the end user who uses Photoshop, there's Gimp. And while the highest level professionals may find the latter less satisfying, most of the capable users will be satisfied with either.

        • dragonmouth
          September 3, 2017 at 1:54 pm

          "While Windows 10 is far superior to 8, it can still be bewildering to people who aren't adept."
          In the past couple of days I bought a new PC. It came with Win 10 pre-installed. After having used Linux exclusively for more than 10 years, Win 10 is as bewildering as Linux was back when I switched to it. Before switching to Linux, I used Windows exclusively from 3.1 to XP. Windows is no easier to learn (or re-learn) than Linux or any other O/S.

  111. Mason
    August 31, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    While there are definitely reasons some shouldn't make the switch to Linux, the tone of this article makes me want to blacklist this site. Outlook and Office are reasons you shouldn't switch to Linux? Lol. 7zip? Lol. What a joke. At least use a professional tone instead of sounding like a whiney fanboy.

  112. Gabriel
    August 31, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    I stopped reading when you listed Outlook and Microsoft Office as softwares not natively available on Linux. This article must be a joke..

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      They're not.

  113. MH
    August 31, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I was a member receiving mud emails. After this article I'm reconsidering. I think I'm going to leave and never read your articles again. Not happy.

  114. guillermo
    August 31, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I started reading out of curiosity, thinking this was a sarcastic note. Now I am not a triggered fanboy, I've been using Linux for 10 years now and every day it gets easier for the newcomer. I happen to also boot Windows at work. But I switched my GF to Linux and she has never had a problem,she did with windows 10.
    You want an OS that spies on you? That get sluggish over time? Prone to viruses and malware? Go Windows.
    I understand and agree that mainstream commercial software is not available on Linux and making it work with Wine is somewhat a mess. I also agree games aren't as available. Both aspects are changing.
    The rest of the points are complete bullshit. Any decent PC user should be able to install Linux Mint on a new PC and use it without issues. Sure things are a little different. Wasn't W10 different from Windows 8? This looks like a note written by a Windows fanboy that failed to install Gentoo on a RAID0 setup with encrypted LVM. Should have started simple.
    This note is biased AF and is risky if taken seriously by anyone considering other OS than windows.

  115. Som Harsh
    August 31, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Only thing that sucks in Linux is chrome and it's behaviour in every freaking distro otherwise it's upto whether you want let the new GUI sink into you system (physiological) or not

  116. Som Harsh
    August 31, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Only thing that sucks in Linux is chrome and it's weird behaviour in every freaking distro otherwise the rest of the stuff is up you whether you want to change yourself to let the new GUI in your own system(physiological) or network

  117. 20YearSysadmin
    August 31, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    You seem to have struck a nerve with the fanboys, but I for one agree with everything you said. I believe that people who have put in the considerable amount of time to fully learn Linux have forgotten how much effort was involved in amassing all that knowledge. Your point about what would happen if 85% of people were forced to use and the resulting tidal wave of complaints is 100% correct. I love Linux and am running about a dozen servers and a couple laptops, but I would NEVER just recommend that my grandmother switch unless I wanted to get calls every day for help.

    • dragonmouth
      August 31, 2017 at 11:29 pm

      I believe that people who have put in the considerable amount of time to fully learn Windows have forgotten how much effort was involved in amassing all that knowledge.

      "Your point about what would happen if 85% of people were forced to use and the resulting tidal wave of complaints is 100% correct."
      Horse Puckey! People use applications, not the operating system. A word processor looks/works the same on Windows, Linux, MacOS, BSD or QNX. If the O/S stays out of the way, which Windows doesn't, the user doesn't notice and doesn't care what O/S is running on the PC.

      "I would NEVER just recommend that my grandmother switch unless I wanted to get calls every day for help."
      I replaced Windows with Linux on my grandmother's PC and she was happy as a clam. Her only question was "How come the computer don't doesn't crash anymore?"
      My kids used Linux on their home PCs. They were very unhappy when they were forced to use Windows in high school and college.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      I think you're the only one who agrees!

  118. KDE
    August 31, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I've been with Linux since Mandrake 7.5 until now I'm only with Linux and already then in that period Linux was easier to use than windows. The writer here does not really mean what he says. usually he praises Linux

  119. George
    August 31, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Windows is complex too! For those who just need internet access the Chrome OS is a simpler and safer alternative.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      That's very true.

    • Robert
      September 6, 2017 at 2:40 am

      Chrome OS is a Linux port, sames as Android is ... It saves space. No bloat. Runs faster and smoother.
      Windows broken versions (that I know of ): 1, 2, 3.0, ME, 2000 (worked better than ME , but barely), Vista, 8.0, 8.1, 10 ... And these cost big bucks !
      Starting with 8.0 Windows was shooting for the mobile market. The OS was pretty much unusable on desktops and laptops without touch screens. Most windows users paid me to put Windows 7 back onto their new machines, and paid for old software to do it.
      I know so many windows 10 users that have gone back to Windows 7 that it is not even funny.
      I have put Linux Mint on old PCs and given them to 1st graders, and they figured out how to turn them on, play games and get on the net without any help (but they had been taught how to turn on a Windows PC at school).
      The learning curve is with software programs or apps, not so much with an OS. Sure, they might look a bit different, but they all basically work in a similar way these days. Point and click to make it do what you want.
      I like Linux because it is so customizable. And mostly free.
      Windows is as windows does, and with it's rolling "updates" Windows 10 is a nightmare for developers. Most game sites have warnings about how games might not ply well or at all on Windows 10 due to these "updates".
      I rarely use Windows any more, unless I have to. Windows (in every new version I have tried, including 10) is slow and clunky compared to any version of Linux I have used.
      Just with Windows or overpriced Macs You have to purchase the programs or apps you want to run . If you are lucky, they will not come with extra malware or worse. (There is malware and viruses out there for the Macs now, too. Just not as much as there is for Windows.)
      At least most Linux versions are free. Along with most of the programs or apps. There exists pay-for software for Linux, and it is generally high quality. I can usually locate something free that works about as well, or just as well, if I feel like bothering.
      Microsoft purchased Red Hat Linux to cover its server business when it tried to force Vista onto businesses. So I guess you could say that Windows endorses Linux. They make it easy to run Linux inside of Windows. (though why anyone would want to degrade performance that way , I do not know.)
      I guess my point is that no OS is perfect.
      You can get Linux pre-installed on a computer, just the same as a Windows PC or a Mac, so I do not understand the issue about understanding installation.
      At least the most popular versions of Linux tend to attempt to improve themselves every 6 months or so, with daily updates to fix software updates or security issues, and you do not have to re-install everything with most updates (partial as well as long term). Mint even tells the users, "If it ain't broke do not upgrade !" And all you need to do is point and click , if you choose otherwise.
      Windows 10 seems to be a poor imitation of this ancient Linux feature for updates, without the choice option.
      I do not know anyone who has regretted using Linux. Hard core gamers, maybe, but everyday users, no.
      Find an OS you enjoy using and go with it.

  120. Ssebastian
    August 31, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Each operating system has advantages and disadvantages, but this article doesn't try to make a fair comparison. It looks that the one who requested this article is afraid that more and more people are able to see the benefits and advantages of using a Linux based operating system.
    The fear of loosing money and control generates bullshit articles like this.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      I'm not trying to make a comparison. I'm trying to advise non tech-savvy users against making a mistake they might regret.

      • Robert
        September 6, 2017 at 2:47 am

        What exactly is it that you think "non tech-savvy users" will regret about trying Linux ? Why would trying something new be considered a "mistake ? The same could be said about any new OS version. What is so scary about Linux ?Its ease of use ? The lack of bloat-ware ? Not having to purchase Anti-virus software to keep the machine from getting attacked or worse ? I do not understand what your point is.

  121. ron_g
    August 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Really? You don't know Linux at all. I'm an IT Specialist who supports a few hundred Red Hat Enterprise Linux workstation and servers. I have users who haven't rebooted their Linux machines in over 9 months! It's not because they don't know how to, it's because they don't have to. Contrast that with the GPO that reboots every user's Windows machine, every 3 days.

    No software? Adobe Photoshop; GiMP, Microsoft Office; Libre Office, 7-Zip, built-in to OS, Dreamweaver; maybe you get one point, Final Cut Pro; two points, Outlook; Evolution, IrfanView; gThumb. Did you remember to mention that ALL of the software you listed costs you money, and NONE of the software I listed costs a penny?

    Distros, support... there's so much free help out there and a community ready and willing to help answer your every question. Windows help??? Yeah, on hold for an hour then some guy you cannot understand attempts to follow the script on his monitor to walk you through the problem. No thanks!

    Lastly, Linux is not hard to install. Anybody with a brain could install it. Those without brains are already using macOS.

    Please - give Linux a fair shake. There's a reason MS included a minimal BASH shell in some versions of Windows 10. They are getting crushed, and unless they start playing nice with the Linux world, people will be saying "Windows? What's that?" in another 10 years.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Your points are fair. But for people who aren't confident with tech, it's a big ask to relearn a bunch of new apps, rely on a forum for support, and install a new OS when they've never installed an OS in their life.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Dan

      • Nico
        September 5, 2017 at 3:05 pm

        Therefore, you're a preinstalled OS defensor? That's your point, isn't it? "Don't touch if you have Android, macOS, Linux (there are some vendors selling these machines)
        if you are not interested in learning about installations."

        With respect to 7-Zip, you are forgetting it's open source so the code is available for everybody and, thus, the compression algorithm. The port for any OS or platform will always behave perfectly. I don't see a point of discussion there.

      • Nico
        September 5, 2017 at 3:07 pm

        Therefore, you're a preinstalled OS defensor? That's your point, isn't it?
        With respect to 7-Zip, you are forgetting it's open source so the code is available for everybody and, thus, the compression algorithm. The port for any OS or platform will always behave perfectly. I don't see a point of discussion there.

  122. Anton
    August 31, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I think only point 1 (software) and point 8 (games) are somewhat valid. You might miss Photoshop or final cut pro. But for most software there are good alternatives. And be honest: for most users the browser is the only software they use ?. Hence the popularity of Chromebooks (which also use a Linux kernel). And games? More and more people use consoles or smartphone.... Wait, does Android have a Linux kernel?
    Just two things: driver support? If there is one OS which has always given me driver issues it's Windows.
    And bugs on Linux? Maybe, nothing is perfect, but Windows is bugs-driven. Just today an elderly woman I help sometimes called me today because on her screen the desktop disappeared. This kind of s....tuff just happens in Windows. Like I have no sound on my Windows 10 installation on a dual boot laptop. On Linux it just works. Everything always works on my Linux installation. It's frustration over Windows which pushed me to Linux and I have never looked back.

  123. Brett Bojanoski
    August 31, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I recently switched to Linux from Windows after about 20 odd years of Windows usage although the switch was not due to a technical reasons. Windows 10 is a good system and the drivers are more up to date and have more functionality, the same may be true of Windows tech support itself which I used to be part of myself. The problem for me was Windows unique approach to privacy as you put it, regardless of functionality of Windows 10 the OS should never show ads as in File Explorer. Linux never does this and by extensions preserves your privacy and security which all users should be concerned with. Linux support as inherently more widespread in that as open source software any developer can fix problems without working for that company and can release fixes anytime instead of once a month. My install of Linux went extremely smooth no glitches of any kind and no problems with hardware working or lack of software there are are free alternatives to every piece of software you mentioned in this article.

  124. Solrac
    August 31, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I agreed with everything that was said..., then I remembered I am not living in the 90's. I left Winblows behind about 3 years ago; fully. At first, I was afraid of change; now, I am afraid to go back. Linux is not only stable, elegant, safe and customizable but it also has the advantage of worldwide development.

  125. Mario
    August 31, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    This is joke, right?

  126. DancesWithRobots
    August 31, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I got tired of cleaning malware trash out of my wife's computer and installed Linux. I told her it was a different version of Windows and she took to it with no problem at all. It just worked.

  127. dragonmouth
    August 31, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Either you're a troll or you're practicing your April's Fool column.

    How much did Balmer pay you for this drivel? Yes, I did say BALMER because this article sounds exactly as what he would spout.

  128. Gregory Fox
    August 31, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    This article is crap! I have been using Linux for over 2 years, and never looked back. The last few days, (yes I said, "...last few days.") I had to reinstalled Windows on my daughter's laptop. It was an absolute nightmare. Hours of updates and restarts. Very frustrating, to say the least. With most Linux distros, within 30 minutes, you have a system, with most of the software installed where you can start being productive. I can't believe people pay money for that Windows crap! It has to go down to one of the most successful marketing schemes.

  129. kaspars
    August 31, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    After this incompetent bullshit i`m deleting this website from my bookmarks list. Thank you! :]

  130. lpbbear
    August 31, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    This looks familiar. Didn't some moron write and publish this article in 1997? I'm sure I have seen this load of crap before......... Oh well, read it in Linux then, reading it in Linux now.

  131. Shawn
    August 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Interesting that I am seeing this article on here. I know the target audience of Linux is going to be geeks and people "in the know" for the most part. In fact, most of the recent articles I've read on this very website have convinced me to ditch Windows 10 and switch most of my computers over to Linux in one form or another. I've grown to love Open Source software over the last 3-4 months. I've always dabbled with Linux over the last 10 years, on and off just to play with. Now, I'm taking privacy and security very seriously, and now I switched both my spare laptop and my wife's laptop over to Linux Mint, my main file server / NAS server is running a fork of Debian, and the last remaining computer in my house is running Windows 10 with a few Linux VM's running on it.

    I'm not saying Linux is for everyone, it clearly isn't. But this very website convinced me to try it out and I've pretty much made the switch for 75% of my computing needs.

    Linux Mint couldn't be easier to install. Insert USB, reboot, 10 minutes later everything is installed and working right out of the box. No drivers to fuss with, no installing tons of software, no messing around. It just worked. Literally 10 minutes and I was up and running. I can't say the same for my migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Windows 10 install fail, blow away hard drive, reinstall from fresh, reinstall all my apps, patch windows, reboot about 30 times to install updates, and maybe 5 hours later I almost have everything set up the way I want. With Linux, updates install when you want them, and don't even require a reboot most of the time unless you are doing a major release upgrade. All security updates and software updates happen on the fly. This is the biggest draw for me to Linux.

    • Dan Price
      September 1, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      Hey Shawn

      Glad we convinced you to try Linux, and even happier it's working out for you :)

      This is just an opinion piece from myself, but I'm not closed minded enough to think Linux is terrible. Keep coming back for more non-critical Linux content!

      Dan

  132. Nicholas
    August 31, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I've read lame articles about Linux in the past but this is without doubt a record broker. I don't even....

    • jay
      September 2, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Yes this is crazy

      Looks like the author of this post knows nothing about Linux, Windows and even computers ... One more reason to avoid this site.