Forget Linux: 10 Reasons You Should Stick With Windows

Dan Price 31-08-2017

Have you ever had a problem with Windows? Ever become frustrated with Microsoft’s “unique” approach to privacy? 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:

  • 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 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 Distros The best Linux distros are hard to find. Unless you read our list of the best Linux operating systems for gaming, Raspberry Pi, and more. 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 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 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, and Mint 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 "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 PC Gaming on Linux: 7 Common Questions and Concerns Answered What was true 10 years ago no longer holds: Linux has become a viable gaming platform. Here's everything you need to know about gaming on Linux. 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. 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 The 5 Best Linux Distros to Install on a USB Stick USB are great for running portable versions of Linux. Here are the most useful Linux distributions to run from a live 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 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. Also, Linux is more secure than Windows Is Linux Really Immune to Viruses and Malware? Here's the Truth You've heard that Linux isn't really troubled by viruses and malware. But why is this? And, more importantly, is it true? Read More 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.

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  1. Derek Lloyd
    May 12, 2020 at 2:53 am

    Indeed! Linux of any distro is certainly not for the 'plug n play' crowd'! Have used OpenSuse, Fedora, Debian, CrunchBang++, Linux Lite, Linux Mint, and, of course; Ubuntu. It was on Ubuntu 8.04 that I cut my teeth on Linux...oh my, time does fly! Nothing has changed in all these years. For example: I recently built a new dual boot system with Windows 10 (for Adobe Reader, Illustrator & Photoshop because Wine is still not dependable); and Ubuntu 20.04 for everything else I need for web development. That was 3 days ago! I am still trying to deal with the usual problems of Linux: mouse not working properly, graphics cards with OpenCL &GL support, dual monitor issues, pulseaudio issues, gnome-keyring-pam issues especially now with Snap and Flatpak, keyboard button codes, etc. [As for ACPI...forget about it! Sometimes it works, sometimes it don't. Nothing more one can do as the microcode is proprietary] Yes, these are the same general problems I had with Ubuntu 8.04. And more than likely I will spend another week or so tinkering with work-arounds before I get the system to the point where I feel confident in using it for production work. Plug n Play? Not on Linux! However, if one, like me, loves to tinker; then Linux is the OS of choice. PS: if anyone disagrees with anything I have said here, then I suggest you are smoking long & prosper...Derek (not Spock)

    • Lin
      June 2, 2020 at 4:26 am

      This article really is full of crap.

      And seriously? Mouse not working properly? I think you are smoking crack. I agree with the pulse audio issue though in say, Mint. But I haven't dealt with that since I moved over to KDE Neon. Mostly everything I plug into my system works. Literally plug and play. Especially if you use AMD components. Even my printer is detected on my home network and setup after installing KDE Neon.

      Setup for KDE Neon is, dare I say it, more simpler than Windows 10's install. It's like a fresh install of Windows 7. Things are not hidden from you. Like how M$ does it with local user accounts, forcing people to use an online account.

      And I dare not use Adobe products because they are bloated pieces of shit, and expensive. Plus you never truly own it as it's SaaS. Glad I never got conditioned to using those products. I know of web developers who don't even use them; even on Windows.

      Maybe give one of the KDE plasma distros a try? Hmm? I've been on KDE Neon for 4 years now. Extremely stable and polished. No issues like you mentioned.

      I'd also never use Windows 10 as my host OS. I PCI passthrough a GPU to a VM when I ever need Windows; and that's Windows 7 kept offline. Never will be 10, for as long as I don't need it. Especially for older programs. Because Windows 7 was better and cleaner looking.

      PS: My mom uses KDE Neon on a 10 year old HP system on a daily basis to watch internet TV too. And she's using a Nvidia card with the built in drivers. It works flawlessly. And she doesn't tinker as you put it. She just watches her shit online.

      • haimoura
        June 27, 2020 at 4:09 am

        Do you still use the PC you were using on ubuntu 8.4??
        man that is ruph .. this is not even true.. certainly if you use the same hardware you will get the same results .. but I think you do not need Adp reader any more, Illustrator & Photoshop.. are now have good competitors on linux (search for them I will not tell you..
        many variety of desktops on linux will help you to get your work done much faster and smoother.. come on man .. do not go that hole!!

  2. Jonas Parker
    April 13, 2020 at 2:36 am

    I've been dual booted for years and just now I got all the downside of linux all at once. First mistake was Windows Insider program; failed to update so it kept giving me the message that my build was out of date with no easy remedy. Finally got around to reverting to the last stable version of windows. When it got done installing it broke the linux bootloader, with no fix besides bootable windows media. My son has a linux only computer. That linux computer can't seem to take a windows iso file and make a bootable usb. So many programs to try, so many different ways to try installing the usb bootable media creator that someone says will work, ppa install commands, Unetbootin, WoeUSB... And to begin with it's hard enough to get a tool to format your usb flash drive properly without creating a partition or something crazy. My laptop is a doorstop and we're in the middle of lockdown. I noticed how the linux community really is hit or miss for people who want to use it occasionally. A lot of them are pretty crazy making. It won't bother you until you're in a real bind. Don't put yourself in my situation!

  3. Jean Corriveau
    March 3, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    This article brings up many unpleasant issues with Linux that I have experienced. Three things I like about Linux: security, updates that never require rebooting unless the kernel is involved, Linux never slows down to a crawl unexpectedly. I have Windows 10 on another laptop. Microsoft leads users download it for free now.

  4. elmer
    February 24, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    & shillery

  5. smit
    January 29, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    This article is so much misleading. I could find 100 mistakes in it.

  6. J.Stokes
    December 29, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Gotta agree, i'm a Linux Administrator, and have been for 10 years plus.
    Generally, if you want to get something done, use windows.

    If you want to spend 2 days getting something to work, which should take minutes, use Linux. I get paid a lot of money because Linux can't do anything out of the box without a lot of pain and blood.

    • rhel master
      March 26, 2020 at 11:44 pm

      BS your a linux admin.

      If you can code in C and BASh which you should there should be no issues,
      Windows is so fragmented and obfuscated and shared .dll and binary all over the place it';s a bucket of crap with unpredictable outcomes.

  7. Lukas
    December 22, 2019 at 12:42 am

    That is total bullshit. Looks like someone is working for Microshit ;)

  8. Lukas
    December 22, 2019 at 12:41 am

    What a bullshit!! Looks like someone is working for Microshit ;)

  9. Jared
    December 15, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    This is Bull. Linux is much smoother, faster and easier to use than Windows. When I try to use a Windows PC after using Linux for so many years, I literally think, how do people use this crap? It seems unusable in comparison. If you run Linux and Windows dual boot on the same machine, you will notice when running Windows, the CPU is loaded and the fans are always revving. On Linux the opposite. Also Linux has way more software updates than Windows. Linux software is constantly being updated, almost daily. Whoever wrote this article hasn't used Linux. It is true there is less software and games for Linux, but that's because there's no money to be made by developers. Linux is actually a way more stable and high performing platform, but Windows has a monopoly over the PC world, and because nobody uses Linux and because of it's mostly open source non proprietary software, mainstream developers don't give it the time of day. There's just no money to be made.

  10. Bastien
    November 7, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    1) The simple fact that you say 7-zip is not available on Linux shows that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.
    2 ) Don't say one is the best fit because 85% of the people uses it: make your own research.
    3 ) Quit writing tech articles.

    • Stephen
      December 11, 2019 at 10:56 pm

      But he's right.

      I would not recommend a Linux desktop as a general purpose PC for an average user. I've over 30 years of professional software development experience. I've been sysadmin on AIX systems and I've been using various flavours of Linux professionally for several years. It is a good server operating system and it can be locked down into an effective platform for turnkey systems. But as a general purpose desktop OS for the average non technical user, forget it.

      All things have their strengths and weaknesses. Linux is no different.

      • Friar Tux
        December 14, 2019 at 8:04 pm

        While your credentials may be impressive I disagree with the 'Windows is better' idea. I was an avid Windows fan for years. However, the Windows 10 fiasco totally changed that. In the past, I have found Windows to be far superior to Linux simply because I found Linux to have too many stability issues to be trusted with my work. I would always come back to my Windows computer to do any serious work. With Windows 10 that has changed. Now I'm finding Linux (Linux Mint specifically) to be more stable. Windows 10 appears to have the same stability issues that Linux had a while back - programs shut down or freeze ("(Program) Not Responding"); the operating system freezes - quite a bit ("Windows (or Explorer) Not Responding"); and some programs don't work at all. It's no wonder that everywhere you turn on the Internet, including a lot of Microsoft's own sites, you find people complaining about Windows 10. This never happened with Windows XP (or previous). I adopted Windows XP because of all the praise it was getting. My wife and I used it for about twelve years on four different computers - with not a single issue.
        To say, now, that Windows offers a more, or better, experience than any of the Linux systems is not true anymore. Anything I could do in Windows I can now be do in Linux and Linux shows far more stability at present than Windows.

  11. I.R.Baboon
    October 26, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Of all biased and painfully wrong articles about Windows and Linux this one might take the cake. The author has clearly proven to not have a single clue about what he is talking, meaning:

    1) Photoshop is running on Linux for a while using WINE and it is neither buggy nor unreliable.
    Office and Outlook is something you want to avoid if you can. If you can't, you can use it anyways since they moved most of it to the cloud and provided browser versions for their stuff. Don't tell me this is not true, my whole company is doing this exact thing with linux and office every single day.
    Dreamweaver? Yeah, right.
    7Zip is just some archive utility. The fact the author appears to not know there's a bazillion of tools providing the exact same functionality proves he never even thought of this.
    IrfanView? Wait, wasn't this just some image viewer tool? No need for that on linux as this is considered a feature so basic for any desktop environment we don't even talk about it.
    2) That is wrong on so many levels it doesn't even deserve to be responded to.
    3) Yeah right, until you live in the US. Ever been to Europe? Well, good luck finding out which of those variants you choose and why there's always one with a trailing 'N'. Windows 10 alone has 12 (!) different editions let alone the awkward case of 7 or 8. The author seems to be incapable of typing "Linux Distribution" into his browser and finding out about the major two or three like Arch and Ubuntu just as the rest of the world does within minutes.
    4) Bugs? Don't even get me started. Also this is wrong again because Linux has got a whole bunch of AAA companies like Google and - surprise - Microsoft constantly providing security fixes and patches. In contrast to windows the code base is still maintainable as it is being cared about and not just wrapped in the next layer of half-baked features for the big sales catch.
    5) Linux does not have thousands of non-working wizards all forcing you to reboot the PC and eventually make things even worse, that is correct. But we have real human beings helping on millions of channels in the net - and it won't cost you a penny. If you don't care about money then you might want to compare RedHat support with MS to learn what support really means.
    6) Again the author does not know about what he is stating. Linux driver programmers are mostly on paid jobs in real companies producing the actual hardware. Anyways, the point is: As a user you don't even need to know about anything here because the system is working totally different than Windows does and you won't even notice your device is already working out-of-the-box and in a plug-in-play fashion. This has been the well established common case in the past couple of years. Time to get rid of worn out stereotypes, ain't it?
    7) I own 132 games on steam from which I found 3 to be not working on Linux. In two of these cases it was due to issues with the Anti-Cheat-Software rather than with the game itself. I played CS:GO on Linux for years and I never need to boot into no Windows to play my other games (I haven't had a Windows partition at all since at least five years). I consider this proof that the point made in the article is as wrong as it can get.
    8) That's the same nonsense as claimed in 6), so I will not going to repeat myself here again.
    9) Windows is the exact opposite of being intuitive. The amount of clicks required to open something as the network adapters list (not the new one, the other one that is.. not blue I guess and more ugly, but also slightly more informative) is simply ridiculous. A modern Linux distribution does not force you to do much in the terminal but you would want to do it at a certain point because you realise it is way easier and simpler than all those stupid point and click interfaces of Windows combined. This is the thing Windows user usually won't understand at first because it looks scary (while it really isn't) and the author clearly never dared to try. Those who did certainly won't agree with such an opinionated statement.
    10) Really? I've heard a lot of arguments against Linux, but this is the most ridiculous so far. It makes me wondering if the author ever even went through the process of installing any OS at all.

    I would suggest to mark this article as an april fools joke that has been kept here for reference. Otherwise I would not consider this page a serious source of information.

    • Friar Tux
      December 14, 2019 at 8:12 pm

      I agree with the April Fools joke. That just about explains it.

    • Jaco
      February 12, 2020 at 12:56 pm

      I wanted to type a reply... but then I find this one, so there is absolutely no reason to. This sums it up beautifully. Like Linux :-)

    • haimoura
      June 27, 2020 at 4:20 am

      U was going to reply ... but you have done it thank you man!!

  12. Spectrum
    October 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    If there were a Nobel Prize in the field of missing the point, I'd nominate the author. The OS wars are over, and have been for quite some time. The cloud rendered those wars mostly irrelevant. Microsoft's board realized this, which is Mr. OS wars (Ballmer) is out and Mr. cloud platform wars (Nadella) is in. He made the company relevant again.

  13. Jason
    October 16, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Wow! This article is extremely biased and the author really did not do their homework or fact checked the majority of his or her claims. I've been using linux since 1999 back when linux really was "hard" to install. I am also a Windows and Mac user as well. One thing I know from using all three modern OS's is they all have their strengths and weaknesses.

    1) Lack of Software - Youre kidding me here right? Linux has tens of thousands of different programs available. Most (not all) Windows and Mac software has linux versions or a Linux equivalent. Just do a quick google search for "Linux equivalent of "insert windows or mac program here"". Most are going to be just as powerful as the native Mac or Windows programs. Also, if you are feeling nostalgic and want to install programs made for 9X (95,98 and ME) kernels WINE will run them perfectly whereas Windows 10 will most likely wont.

    2) Software Updates - I get new software and security updates daily. Modern linux distributions will give you a popup saying new software is available. Click update, new patches will install and zomg "I didnt have to reboot!" (kernel updates you will if you want to use the new kernel). If your completely anal retentive like me you can also manually check as well using a very simple terminal command "sudo apt update" a list of new updates will appear. Then follow with "sudo apt upgrade" all new updates and patches will install. Simple, easy and unlike Windows a reboot is almost never required.

    3) Distributions - Yes, this can be confusing for a beginning user. I would recommend for a new user to choose Ubuntu to learn the basics (Great software and hardware support, lots of documentation and a friendly welcoming user community to ask questions). After you learn the basics you can then branch out on your own to find out what different linux flavors best suit your needs.

    4) Bugs - Bugs in linux are identified quickly as are the patches for it. There is no update tuesday in linux. Its more like "update instantly". See #2 Software Updates on how to receive new bug fixes.

    5) Support - Yes, a casual user cant just pickup the phone and say "Hi, I cant get my email". You need to do a little searching to find an answer here or just ask the community. As far as for the "Buzz off noob" responses. You wont find those in an Ubuntu forum. The linux "elitists" who will are usually hanging out in Arch and Slackware forums and those are two distributions a new user should stay away from anyways.

    6) Drivers - Wow! This is where the author really had me fuming. The overwhelming majority of linux drivers are built right into the kernel itself. Which means driver installation is done automatically. No spending hours after installing windows to install drivers one by one. The big companies like Intel spend millions of dollars to make sure their new products have kernel drivers ready before they launch the product. Graphics drivers from Intel and AMD are built into the kernel (AMD does offer a separate driver to install if needed) and Nvidia drivers are now included in the recent distributions of Ubuntu. No more headaches with that. In the past (like with me back in 1999 with Red Hat 6) finding linux drivers was at best a pain in the bottom or futile. Nowadays, its not even a concern. Its done automatically.

    7) Games - Ok yes, lots of games dont have native linux versions. But, ask yourself this question. Are you a millennial who only cares about playing the latest AAA FPS games? If the answer to that question is yes. Then Windows is best for you. If the answer is yes and no (or just plain no). Then dual booting linux and Windows is best for you.

    8) Peripherals - See #6 Drivers

    9) Complicated - For the new user. Absolutely! It's completely a different approach! Then again for someone who only speaks English, so is learning German. It will take some effort to learn. There are lots of similarities between the two so doing basic things like opening a web browser to read the news or watch youtube videos are just as easy. The biggest problem I had in 1999 was "How do I install and execute a program?". Made me pull my hair out! Modern distributions however will have a software store (just like the iphone or google play store) where you can search for what you want and it will automatically install it all in one. There are other methods developers use to deliver their software (Using APT, DEB packages, SNAP or FLATPACK packages, adding a PPA repository, precompiled compressed binaries that need to be executed in a terminal (yes, learning to use the terminal is required eventually but its not that hard and you will soon learn the terminal is friend not your enemy!) or the worst case you will have to compile the program yourself from source code). In these cases the developer will have step by step instructions on how to install. Those are the exceptions though. Yes, its overwhelming at first. So start out slow. Search out and ask questions! But, just like learning German as you start learning how to speak it you will want to use what you have learned and (hopefully) want to keep learning more. Over time you will become fluent in linux. So, stick with it. Learn piece by piece at your own pace and dont be afraid to reach and say "Hey, im new to linux how do I do this?".

    10) Installing - Installing Ubuntu is just as easy as installing Windows. You do need to download Ubuntu. Copy it to a USB stick (rufus or unetbootin are good choices). Reboot your computer and boot to the USB stick you just made (consult your computer manufacturer or motherboard maker if you dont know how. Usually its just a matter of holding down escape, F11 or F12 when rebooting. Ubuntu will then ask you some very simple questions like if you want to keep your existing version of windows. If you want to download and third party drivers and updates during install (always choose yes). Now, what may confuse you is that in linux there is no drive C:, D: and any drive letters. Linux will have a format using for example sda1. SD meaning its a sata disk. A meaning its the first drive (usually you will only have one drive) and 1 meaning its the 1st partition on the drive. Before installing I would google a tutorial on installing Ubuntu where you will see screenshots and how linux names drives. Once you get a handle on that you will soon learn that Windows drive letters are virtual and meaningless as to where your data really is on the drive.

    11) Linux (probably) Isnt For You - Maybe, but you wont know until you try. So do read and watch tutorials for beginners. Ask questions. Stay away from or ignore linux elitists. Once you get over your initial frustrations you can then truely ask yourself is linux is right for you or not. Most of you will want to have both linux and windows on the same computer and that is a wise choice.

    • Jaco
      February 13, 2020 at 7:45 am

      This reply says it all... Linux has always been ahead on the "techny" front and in terms of the "general user" it has been playing catch-up every since. That gap has now grown very small... it's pretty much Office (which moved to the Cloud anyway), gaming and the power of habit that is skewing market share towards Windows.

  14. Morlock
    October 15, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    I've supported Windows for 30 years in various jobs. My wife and kids have always used Windows (school required). I use Linux (Ubuntu) only. It works, it's free, and I have never felt like I was missing out on Windows software. Windows has always given me headaches, and Microsoft seems to think they are entitled to my wallet.

  15. FleraAnkor
    September 19, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    This has to be satire right?

    1. Lack of Software
    I switched to linux to be able to use the software I needed to use. Office can be replaced by libreoffice, Dreamweaver is something nobody used for ages, 7-zip´s alternative comes preloaded with most distros and it works faster and better, outlook can be replaced by thunderbird or a dozen other apps. Photoshop would be a problem and I don´t know the other programs.

    2. Software Updates
    Not only has my software always been up to date my operating system also updates all of my software at the same time, updates my OS quickly and only needs on reboot if it needs a reboot at all.

    3. Distributions
    Imagine arguing again having the option that suits your needs.
    Also most people don´t know what version of windows they are running. Just have a friend install it and problem solved.

    4. Bugs
    Linux has more bugs than windows? Really? Not only is that just a falsehood bugs in linux actually get patched in a reasonable time.

    5. Support
    Microsoft support is an absolute joke. Anybody who ever used it will tell you. The distributions support tends to be a lot better.

    6. Drivers
    Are you of your rocker? I have been using linux for 11 years now and I have not once had a driver issue. On windows on the other hand wifi almost never works upon installation.

    7. Games
    You kind of have a point with this one. There are still many game unavailable on linux although more and more are and many also run better on linux.

    8. Peripherals
    I can´t judge this one since I don´t really use fancy peripherals. I can tell you that installing network scanners and printers is a lot easier on linux then it is on windows being that I can usually print with it without installing any drivers.

    9. Complicated
    And here I knew you probably never used linux. It is not complicated. Sure if you are going to put someone on an arch system it will be difficult but if you put someone on an ubuntu system they could decide to never use the GUI.

    10. Installing Linux Is Hard
    Most people also can´t install windows and depending on the distro installing linux can be a lot easier.

    Also calling multi billion dollar companies a bunch of enthusiasts on a shoestring budget is insulting to say the least.

      September 30, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      I'm trying Elementary OS because I like how it looks and i am liking it. i made a usb bootable at my first attempt (i've never even tried) and then installed it on a old acer laptop with dual boot. IT WAS NOT HARD. although installing things is a bit tricky im getting the hang of it. maybe i'll dualboot in my daily driver until i dont need windows anymore.

    • Friar Tux
      October 18, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      Here, here!!!

  16. not a bullshit writer
    September 17, 2019 at 10:26 am

    This is a stupid argument.
    most developers use Linux and apple is also UNIX based.

  17. Mahesh
    September 17, 2019 at 2:42 am

    I have been a Windows user for the past 20 years now. I use Windows on my work laptop (Dell) because my workplace does not allow me an option.
    My personal laptop (also Dell) came with Windows 8 pre-installed. A couple of years back, I got interested in linux after chancing upon some videos on youtube, and installed and tried many linux distros on my personal laptop like Zorin, Mint, Manjaro, Fedora, Pop OS and have finally settled on Solus for last one year. I haven't had any issues with software availability on Linux as such. You get most alternate software which will not hamper your daily use in any way. Having said this, there are no softwares on Linux which opens digitally signed pdf documents, like Adobe Acrobat Reader does. I tried different softwares but none opens such documents. So for opening such documents i use my work laptop.
    Also faced no issues with Wifi, Bluetooth and peripherals with linux.
    Lastly, if you have a learning attitude then come to linux. But if you are the kind who just complete your tasks by switching on the laptop and close it down after, then stay with windows.

  18. SK
    August 31, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Yeah windows is the perfect OS - BSOD never happens, viruses and trojans are not an issue, Microsoft updates work perfectly....all in Dan P's world....this article is a waste of space...

    • Pablo R.
      October 5, 2019 at 9:25 am

      Microsoft started going downhills since Windows 8, whose acceptance is analogous to that of Windows ME at the time. I had Windows as my main OS for 15 years before I switched to the Mac, and I am all too well familiar with the pros and cons of Windows. It's very intellectually dishonest to claim that Windows is moonlight and roses when most people I know hate Windows 10, albeit not as much as Windows 8. Windows fanboys are just as annoying as Apple fans.

    • Jaco
      February 13, 2020 at 7:47 am

      BSOD... isn't that a Microsoft term? We don't have such a term under Linux :-)

  19. user
    August 25, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Different users have different expectations. Understand yours, then make your choice.

  20. Guy That Just Quit Windows
    August 24, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Imagine being the tool that uses Dreamweaver in 2017 and can't imagine life without 7zip 🤣

  21. Kevin
    August 23, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    I have some old but good computers at home that I either inherited or bought at a good and cheap price - these machines are typically too slow for Windows 10, but I can run Ubuntu Linux. We use them as primarily internet machines - but we can watch movies, and do most of the stuff we need to do at a fraction of the cost (my teenagers really like the Linux machines). For my main computers at home, I use Macs. I do have Windows running under Parallels on my desktop iMac for those things where I need Windows, but I usually don't.

    At work it's all Windows, but we also have a great IT department. So I would say that the Mac (and iPhones) are best for the individual user where Windows is best in a business environment. Linux is good for a secondary, cheap computer. By the way, for any bugs that I experience in Ubuntu Linux, there is plenty of information online.

    The bottom line is that Windows is best if you have IT support, and Mac is best for the solo user.

  22. David Bailey
    August 1, 2019 at 1:32 am

    I tried over 50 different Linux systems over 12 years. They have some differences of flavors like gnome, xfce, kde, and such but they all run into the same problem with me. I install docky as I like it. Put the apps I want in to it. Does it really look like Mac? NO. Are programs good looking as windows and mac programs? NO. Is it easy to install programs? Some yes on a store like in ubuntu, but lots of some stuff is not and it's like I downloaded it for ubuntu, and than I have to know where each file goes to, huh? Why not just install and than done. Linux just is not easy, programs you want are hard to install, it doesn't have the look you want, and so many settings for to make it your way anyway.

    • Winowsismess
      August 26, 2019 at 10:56 am

      Installing programs is easy on any distribution they all have stores
      Plus check out ZorinOS, you will be surprised

  23. David Smith
    July 30, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Completely biassed against Linux.
    As a first time Linux user installation was as easy as 'shelling peas' and I never had user problems. What you are NOT told is the number of Win 10 computers that were bricked through updates which many required re-installs. Many computers will have different build, different drivers and different software, are you seriously telling me MS is going to cater for each and everyone - come off it, someone somewhere is going to get problems. Many company refuses touch Win 10 and some still run XP and Win 7

    The MS sales is high is because when buying a computer you don't get any choice of OS, you are stuck with BRANDS, Mac or MS etc.... monopoly in full glory.

    About time we truth in the media and not spin.... Linux is faster than Win 10 its just a difference learning curve. Win 10 is bloatware and spyware all in one - that's why the Chinese didn't want it until MS removed the spyware YOU didn't mention that did you?

    Before even using Win 10 you didn't mention the spyware and adds you have to configure, before I even used Win 10 I removed Cortana and Edge - never to be trusted.

    How many more times are MS going to brick computers bet you can't guarantee that it won't happen? They are using us as guinea pigs - test beds.

  24. Eliot
    July 24, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Thats some real bullshit right in this Article.
    I started using linux 2 years ago, For the first time,
    I just got it into an usb, Formatted my HDD and just installed and it allows you to browse while installing, Windows doesn't have that.
    the first time i booted, i didn't have any issues, I just ran my valve games pretty fine. and i also learned some of Basic terminal commands such as kill, top (both work like task manager, Top just shows process, and kill to kill the process) and guess what, terminal doesn't eat resources like task manager and they do the same work.
    Installation was damn easy, you just go into wiki and copy terminal commands and there you go, done easily.
    I even started running any website without caring because there's no adwares or such bullshit like windows unless for very few ones.
    Stability? You just added full of bugs and the updates part, Linux distros run lots of updates, Faster than windows because the whole community just Contributes in the work,
    Studying distros? Thats a sign you don't know what you're talking about, Linux is very customization, and there's a distros that even let you build your own think, from window manager to apps you install no bloatware nothing.
    Privacy? Tor is pretty much more secure in linux than windows, and No spying services running around, even if there are You can simply remove it.
    and I totally love how just browsing feels in linux compared to windows, Windows feels like a rock moving.
    I loved Linux from that day. Also side note: i had issues only when i caused them myself, editing an important file and stuff, Other than that, NO issues and No random updates and rebooting because microsoft wants to keep your pc safe :')

    And the very last thing is, All the issues that come from lack of "Things" is controlled by how many users are there in specific stuff, so the ultimate way to make linux just Better is by just using it, if only Linux users crossed a million, You'll definitely see a photoshop or editing softwares in linux

  25. Anonymous
    July 20, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    You can appreciate Linux and all it is capable of only when you understand it.
    Don't forget everybody also spent time to start using windows, you learnt how to use it.
    Put in some effort .I Guarantee it will be worth it.

  26. Robert
    July 12, 2019 at 10:04 am

    lol, I think I agree with everything except number 10. Yes, dual booting is not that easy. But creating a bootable USB drive is as easy as
    1. Install the iso file
    2. Choose and install an app that is made just to burn bootable USB drive
    3. Insert the USB stick and format it.
    4. Open the software you downloaded and follow the instructions.
    where's the gift? Lol. If you are a human, there's no way you cannot do it.
    I still can't stop laughing.

  27. coz
    July 9, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    I agree with the one fellow about flaws in this article. I could understand the comparison with A necessary. pple and Windows, but certainly NOT with Linux. The windows apps mentioned are all available , obviously not from same comanies, some far higher end than the windows versions. I admit, I have windows on one system , only for a few older windows apps I cannot run on linux, rather I can run them with a few problems. Photoshop? fft! Not necessary with gimp. Inkscape is a far superior vector app than any on windows., free or paid!
    The problem is Microsoft used to say that Linux is "cancer" but they don't explain that they use Linux servers to protect the company!
    Sounds like this post is a bit "microsoft centric" Linux is free, stable and far superior to windows or apple, even though apple has moved to unix. I think most people don't want to take complete control of their systems, and the learning involved .to do that, thus Windows/Apple
    Now Microsoft has dubbed windows 10 as the "Forever OS" I hope they can get it right, open source, and finally actually compete in that market.

  28. Jholotan
    July 8, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    As a life lung Windows user all I can say is that this must be a joke Xp

  29. Isa
    July 3, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    A great article, I really enjoyed it. I'm going to frame it and hang it on the wall.
    Poor linux talibans :-D

  30. 7YearOld
    June 28, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    11. No Roblox

    • Winowsismess
      August 26, 2019 at 10:59 am

      Roblox lol really

  31. SMH
    June 17, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    While I understand the general idea of this article - the premise is flawed for a few reasons:
    1. Arguing that the vast majority of Windows users have no problems is flawed because A. Some users just ignore the problems and B. One can make the same argument about Ubuntu LTS - Most people will have no problems.

    2. The list of software is also a bad list because LibreOffice is close enough to Microsoft Office and is available for Linux, as well as most of the other programs having alternatives built into desktop environments (7-zip, ifranview, outlook), dreamweaver is only necessary when building websites in adobe fusion - which nobody does. Any other form of website would be edited in the same tools on Linux as on windows (VS Code, Sublime Text, Atom Editor - or a host of others) - Leaving the only two programs with any merit on the list (Final Cut, Adobe Photoshop) - Which most people wouldn't use unless they are a professional media producer (and in which case some Linux based alternatives such as Gimp and Blender will not be hard to grok)

    3. All of the rest of the objections except gaming can be easily ignored by simply installing Ubuntu's latest LTS version - The installer is as easy as the Windows installer, even for dual boot, numbers of bugs that are at least as few as Windows, and for the average person's hardware (provided you aren't using some highly technical bleeding edge hardware setup) Linux has all the drivers.

    4. The complaints about drivers is only true for certain hardware manufacturers - Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and most other hardware manufacturers regularly release drivers / contribute to the linux kernel for hardware compatibility. Drivers work for most common peripherals. This complaint might have been valid in the early days of linux, but it is outdated today. The only frequent issue for drivers is that the open source version of drivers for Nvidia's graphics card is behind the proprietary drivers from Nvidia by a lot - but Nvidia makes drivers anyone can use.

  32. Oh My
    June 10, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Linux users never change...
    One person below says he's been using Linux since he was 3... And he even says that it was easy to get around, I don't even remember sucking on a pacifier that I probably did when I was three but have no idea or remembrance of it.
    I'm an above average user and once in awhile I'll dig into a Distro for a change but it is far from easy for average and/or above average for everyday use, especially gaming.
    If all the brilliant people that design, work, or even use Linux would actually band together, funds included, and work/finish one Distro and made it as easy as windows with all peripherals, drivers, Updates, MS Office type software, and so on, and so on, and so on, and so on, and so on, and so on, and so on, ….. get the drift.

    • The_Pacific_gamer
      June 11, 2019 at 5:23 pm

      Most office programs on Linux support the MS Office format. Also Linux is open source so everyone is gonna have different goals for their distro. Ubuntu is a great one to start with, it feels like windows without the problems with windows. Gaming on Linux is getting better every month. Also Linux instantly loads up all the drivers for my system with no problems. Also updating is just like what you get on windows.

  33. Shiro
    June 9, 2019 at 2:29 am

    I've tried to use Linux a few times. I mostly keep coming back because I am decently tech savvy and I love how customizable Linux is. I also think Gnome feels a lot better to use than Windows. Most of the software I like to use works perfectly fine as well or has a good Linux alternative, such as Visual Studio Code. Unfortunately, gaming keeps ruining it for me.

    I ended up sticking with Ubuntu for a while this time, because gaming has undoubtedly gotten better on Linux. I got Fallout: New Vegas running without any headache thanks to Steam Play, which never would have been possible under Wine. Unfortunately modding the game is very much a headache, because none of the mod managers are compatible with Linux and so everything has to be installed manually. If you've ever installed mods manually before, then I'm sure you know how awful it is.

    Suffice to say, I'm in the process of reinstalling Windows right now. It really is unfortunate because I do love tinkering and customizing my OS, but the lack of software compatibility just makes it not worth it for me. I might install Linux on a laptop, but I think this is the last time I'll be using it on my main desktop.

    • The_Pacific_gamer
      June 11, 2019 at 5:25 pm

      It's getting better, heck Linux is great for personal use and it's almost a gaming OS not quite yet but we are getting there. You can duelboot Linux and windows and Ubuntu will help set it up for you as you install

    • Matt
      July 8, 2019 at 1:33 pm

      I like Windows and Linux -- Windows is a very highly polished experience with lots of great software while I find that Linux's customizability allows for better day-to-day workflows. One thing you could consider doing, if you enjoy both like me, is set up a dual boot.

      First you install Windows and free up storage using disk manager. Then you install whatever Linux distro you want on that freed up partition. It's a pretty straightforward process. I usually leave just enough space on the Window installation for a bunch of games, as I find myself using Linux 99% of the time and thus all of my data and files end up living there. It's even better if you happen to have multiple hard drives on your system -- just make the primary drive Windows (Windows likes to have the primary spot and you might bump into problems if it's not there) and a secondary drive Linux.

      Best of both worlds.

  34. Tom
    June 7, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    These are terrible points and most of them are invalid. I will never switch back to Wandoze and M$...

  35. Ruby Kelly
    June 7, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I've tried switching over to Linux twice now, once in about 2008, once last year, both times for around a month. Both times I found I was having a miserable experience and switched back. I have no problems with people who like Linux, what I find kind of annoying is the proselytizing some of the die hards do, saying people who don't switch to Linux are idiots or sheep (and that's not an exaggeration). I'm not saying Linux is bad, it has potential, but it's not for me. If it works for your needs, more per to you, just please stop trying to convert me.

    • Bugsbe
      June 15, 2019 at 3:34 pm

      One of my unpopular opinions is people that say gaming on linux is getting pretty sweet really mean: Ubuntu and steam are playing catch-up with Proton. Yet a lot of most excelent games aren't on steam. I got flamed on the ubuntu reddit forum asking about a few things. On Wine_Gaming some dude kept thinking I meant a intell graphics card that I ran into a bug with (It's a Nvidea GtX), tried to turn the thread into making it seem like I must be bashing AMD (I didn't even mention AMD) and him basically coming off as a incoherent jerk inserting himself in an obnoxous way.
      I like both. Got flamed for saying that. Both have bads and goods. Gnome (ubuntu) leaks a ton of memory( a 15 year old and counting bug) Wine is almost a waste of time. For one thing It's been at it for 20 years, and for the most part is pretty hit and mis. For another why not say screw wine, and see about getting real programs to use the browser.
      Now their's this most lame thing of SNAP or Flatpak . and how dare Ubuntu say: this is lame! we have19238812 egos that can't agree on one way to make software just work. Ok we'll just decide on this! Umm Ubuntu has a point---
      I tried Ubuntu1904 and PopOS, and egad! Now not only does the Cult of Ubuntu have yet another faction. But that one is just adding to the mess.
      And like everyone here is thinking I suspect: MS is full of jerks, the software bugy and tons of stuff fails miserably because even of ahole devs.
      Most I suspect think the auto-magic updates lame.
      Ubuntu just as many bugs and problems.

  36. Reg
    June 7, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    There is some truth here, but also some misinformation.

    There are alternatives, sometimes even better ones, for most software. When there isn't, you can use WINE to run windows programs in Linux. Updates can be good and bad, especially when you can't control them (Windows 10). Linux is modular and allows you to choose your updates. As long as things are stable and secure, updating is mostly just an annoyance.

    Linux is harder to use than Windows. Having to use Terminal (command prompt) sucks, but you can with distros and applications do anything from a GUI. Yes, there are a lot of distro choices, some of them have bugs, but there is information out there to fix just about all of them and the top half dozen builds are on par with Windows stability (I switched to Linux due to windows 10 instability).

    Most hardware is recognized by popular linux distros. Drivers can be downloaded for almost anything that is not. I have actually found more stability with a number of devices using Linux Mint than Windows 10 (bluetooth esp).

    Sorry, Linux is much easier to install than Windows. I've installed 3 different distros over the weekend in the time it would take to set up Windows 10 once.

  37. The_Pacific_gamer
    June 7, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    So basically your saying that Linux sucks.
    Point 1: I used Linux since I was 3 and it was easy to get around.
    Point2: so I tried installing the latest Nvidia drivers on my laptop on windows and it just infinite blue screens. But on Linux, I can install the latest drivers and no harm is done.
    Point 3: Linux is about as easy to install as windows, you're probably talking about more advanced distros like Arch and gentoo, those distros aren't for beginners.
    Point 4: most hardware works on Linux without any modifications
    Point5: gaming is sort of a pain on Linux but at this point the only brick wall is cheat engines, we basically got to the point where we can run almost every game on Linux using valve's proton and wine and lutris
    Point6: Linux is more plug and play than windows. Linux automatically gets the drivers while windows asks wtf is this and you the end user have to get the drivers themself.

    • Winowsismess
      August 26, 2019 at 11:03 am

      You wouldn’t remember if you used Linux since you were 3.

  38. Paul Chamberlain
    June 2, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you! I haven't had a belly-laugh in such a long time.

  39. linuxuser
    May 22, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Its funny because I have a Wi-Fi Adapter that you plug into a pci e slot. When i had windows 7 i had to insert the CD that came with the product. I bought a new desktop installed ubuntu 16.04 and put another Wi-Fi adapter and ubuntu picked up the adapter immediatly. windows also didnt pick up the built in speaker but ubuntu did.
    im 12 and linux is really easy to use because of the support from forums e.g askubuntu etc.
    also there are better option like geary mail or even thunderbird which is better than outlook. and its free. come on how is it hard. there are thousands of videos to watch and install is quicker than windows. look at ubuntu setting IT IS WAY MORE EASIER TO USE COMPARED TO CONTROL PANEL. so dont say its not! and i dual boot on my old computer. we also dont need MS office because we have libreoffice. which accomplishes the same tasks but again is for free.

  40. dragonmouth
    May 21, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    " And Linux? A little over one percent."
    Yes. One percent does sound kind of puny. However, when you translate that "one percent" relative number into an absolute number of users, you're talking about tens of millions.

    Sir William of Redmond is worth around $40 Billion. I'm sure anyone that sneers at and looks down on Linux having only 1% of the market, would give their eye teeth to be worth "a little over one percent" of Sir William's net worth.

  41. aitch
    May 14, 2019 at 11:03 am

    I have tried various iterations of Linux over the years but always ended up going back to Windows as there was something I needed that just didn't work or required me to jump through hoops to get working. Just tried again yesterday with Mint. Installation was easy on an ageing ThinkPad but couldn't get it to boot at all on my AMD based HP laptop. The ThinkPad is running ok. Had to jump through the usual cli hoops to get my VPN running but nothing too onerous. Problem came connecting to my WDMyCloud. Numerous suggestions on the various forums but all going back to cli. I was happy using terminal when I was a VMS operations manager decades ago, but no longer. When Linux does this kind of stuff easily, out of the box then I'll switch but for now it's back to W10.

  42. JoBrill
    May 11, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    What a load of horse shit, this article.
    Installing Linux us hard? HS!
    Not one point is correct.

  43. John IL
    May 5, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    The success of a operating system isn't the OS but rather what runs on the OS and how well it does that. I have nothing against Linux as a OS, but whenever I read Linux fanboy's talk about how great Linux desktop is, its always about the OS never the applications. Most will never switch to Linux desktop not because its a terrible unstable or even complicated OS as it once was. The terminal requirements can be avoided for many Linux users. What keeps users away is the lack of good replacements for what they used in Windows. Oh sure you can run some under Wine but why when you can just run native Windows? This is why Linux desktop has a marginal market share and always will have.

  44. Craig
    April 20, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    These articles are a nice read. But why is each section split-up by a completely unnecessary link? Save the links for at the bottom.

    That said, I agree with the author. Linux is not ready for the over 90% who use Windows. The software written for Windows do not have equals in Linux. Most of the software for use in Linux is un-polished and just do not work even close to as well as software for use in Windows. I tried Linux Mint v19.1 and found it to be more in line with beta stage than final release. Yes, Mint was faster than Win10. It just didn't do it with class.

    My main issue was with audio reproduction. With the exception of iTunes, Windows Media did a superior job in handling audio files. I'm not a fan of iTunes. I have more control of my music and how it gets played, copied and/or synced. Windows Media does what Linux dreams of doing. Let's go one step further, Windows does what Linux dreams of doing.

    I repeat, Windows does what Linux dreams of doing.

    • Scott
      April 29, 2019 at 7:53 pm


      I've been using (and fixing) Windows for 28 years. I've been using both Windows and Linux (and fixing them) for over 12 years. I've used every Windows system from 3.0 to 10 (ok..that's a lie - I did not use Vista and when I fixed machines with Vista I hated it). I've used mostly Debian based Linux distros - from Ubuntu to Mint and dabbled with a few others (I stick with what works).
      The article is old now and has some very wrong ideas. You have some misconceptions.
      Linux is not a clone of Windows and doesn't try to be. The software complained about is silly - Windows needs Zip programs to do it?? (secret - it hasn't for years, but lets go with the author) - Linux does it off the DVD it comes on and does it naturally. Office programs are very close now - though I actually prefer using Microsoft Office (the cost is silly though when there are free alternatives that do well for most home users). Linux is easy to install, easy to fix, has better hardware pick-up and support and doesn't break (think re-install) or catch nasty bugs (the only virus I've heard about infecting a Linux machine was in Wine - in a Windows program. It never left that program because it couldn't propagate to the rest of the system).
      Linux is great for anyone wishing to get out from under proprietary software. I use it exclusively for the Web, playing music, and videos. I use Windows for gaming and office work that will be going to WORK.
      Here is a challenge, try to figure out why there are no supercomputers using Windows or Mac OS options. How about almost all of your consumer electronics that have an OS embedded? It's almost always Linux or a flavour of it - such as Android... it just works and you can make it do what you want - not what the owner tells you you can.
      Oh well. I am a user of both and enjoy both - but I won't badmouth Windows or Linux. They both do the job they are intended for - and both do it well.

  45. Robert
    April 13, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Agree 100%, in a world of wifi the horror of Linux is that wifi never seems to work out of the box & the forums blandly tell you to plug in an ethernet cable & download from some repository; all of a sudden you're wondering how much a 10m ethernet cable will cost because every other device you use connects to your wifi with no problems at all & you never thought you'd need a physical cable for your PC / laptop. Then when you do download something it doesn't fix the issue & you're given a whole load of sudo moprobe this, lsl -1 that & then advised to intall a driver.......and the real fun starts! No right-click Properties update driver here, it's a package that won't extract half the time & then requires a whole load of manual parameters or it fails; it is literally an exercise in futility.

    You know you're in a world of esoterica & nerdiness when you ask for help online & you get "all you need to do is open a Terminal window &....." and you're transported back to the early 1980s for a session of utter drudge in a monochrome line command environment. Whoopee! Isn't this sooooooooo much better than Windows with its plug & play, everything works ethos.

    Linux is a world of the archetypal nerd, the conspiracy theorist & lifelong fan of Middle Earth & Orcs, a world I've tried to embrace but there's a limit to how many command lines I'm willing to type to get functionality I can get reliably in a £30 phone.

    No wonder it sits at 1% of the market & the only progress ever made is yet another 'distro' with exactly the same shortcomings as the several dozen that went before it.

    Linux is for servers only so throw away your Batman pyjamas & bite the Windows bullet before you succumb to terminal 'distroitus'...oh to display that use sudo ls -1 nerd then sudo apt-get Windows!

    • Scott
      April 29, 2019 at 7:55 pm

      Never had the problems you've described. What system are you using that Linux can't auto connect the WiFi on? Must be some strange one because I use it to de-snag Windows machines all the time and have yet to be messed up on WiFi.

    • Kieran
      May 13, 2019 at 8:12 pm

      EXCUUUUUUUUUUSE ME! this is all good and dandy but the WIFI ISSUES? Sure, I do use ethernet, but only because my router is 20 feet away (side note if it needs some WiFi porting, that's the hardware's fault, not the OS! I never had those problems before. Also, tell me, what problems do you have with the distros? They're FINE!!! Also, that rant of the terminal thing is false. Even today if you want the 'everything works' you need to use the terminal! Its mostly simple!

  46. Gichuki
    April 7, 2019 at 5:01 am

    To a great extent, I agree with points 7 & 8. Steam does a great job, but there are some limitations - no argument there. The rest of the points are not substantiated.
    Now, I respect that this article is the opinions of some, perhaps a majority of the reader but come on... Linux has some pretty nice alternatives to the software you mentioned.
    At least, list those alternatives - don't just give the GLOOM & DOOM of Linux. GIMP, InkScape, LibreOffice, KdeN Live and Thunderbird all serve as alternatives for some apps you mentioned in point no. 1.
    Even 7Zip is covered for using the terminal and a few letters.
    There is more to Linux than meets the eye

    Again, I respect your opinion Dan, but truly... using Linux OS's are not a death sentence.

  47. Ferkelz
    April 4, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    All too true, unfortunately. I tried making the switch to Linux in 2009. It was a pretty dire desktop experience (try getting reliable fullscreen flash video support! Try it!). Cut to 2012, and I *did* actually make the switch to Linux, because I *really* wanted to. Switched back within 6 months because the audio software I was using was just crap, and there were stability issues with Jack, even using "known working in Linux" hardware. Also, the general experience was just kind of crap. Cut to 2019, and I'm going through another phase of wanting to jump ship to Linux... I'm really trying, folks... and I just can't. The nvidia cards in my desktop and my Thinkpad are poorly supported (Wayland says FU) which means fractional scaling isn't working on my desktop. My 4k screen next to my 1080p screen setup is just such a hassle to try to get working properly. Linux desktop diehards know who they are, but trust me, I've been wanting to leave Windows for a decade and I keep coming back... because it just does all the things I need it to do, with little fuss.

    • Scott
      April 29, 2019 at 8:08 pm

      That's interesting. Scaling gives me trouble in Windows 10 (non-native resolution so my old eyes can see the damn stuff on the screen and then full 4K for the games I play... trouble trouble trouble) - but never in Linux. I don't use Wayland - because I think it sucks.
      If you are serious about *trying* Linux as a hobby again - try a distro that gives you choices on the DE (desktop environment). Mint is a good choice. MATE is the easy DE in Mint. Also - go with proprietary drivers where possible (Nvidia). They just work better and faster.
      Don't give up on it. I would stick to Windows for sound or video editing for now though - frustrations abound. The vanilla desktop experience (think casual user - email, video play, audio play, general surfing, etc.) works very well in Linux with no adds, no fuss, and no outside agency telling you what you can or can't do with your system. In that way it becomes a much more powerful system than Windows.
      That said - I like Windows 10, I liked 7, XP, ME, 98SE, 98, 3.1, and 3.0 - they were great systems (ME needed some serious tweaking to work right, but it did in the end for me).

      Just my 2 cents.

  48. Gerd
    March 30, 2019 at 10:23 am

    This article is a load of crap and clearly written by someone who has never used Linux for a single day in his life. I mean, just look at how stupid it is to argue for the use of Windows because of its software support and then list "Final Cut Pro", which is only available on MacOS, in the list of said software. The other listed programs are Adobe Photoshop which is absolutely unnecessary for most users. In fact I don't understand why people are wanting it when 99.9% of the users only use about 0.05% of its functions anyway. There are countless alternatives on Linux and Windows.
    Microsoft Office runs perfectly via Wine, btw. But again, LibreOffice is great as well and there are other (and much cheaper) solutions.
    Dreamweaver, 7-Zip and IrfanView: Are you kidding me?
    Outlook is a shitty program anyway. You shouldn't even use it if you're a Windows user.

    All the other points are easily debunked as well, I won't go into detail because I don't want to write an article. But again, this article is crap.

  49. Jason
    March 7, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Been using Linux for nearly 20 years - since Debian was able to be used as a desktop OS. But I still cant completely get rid of windows because of Adobe products, Microsoft office (looking at Outlook mainly), Autodesk and of course games.

    Thats the harsh reality. Software support and lack of standards. Its as if Linux users mainly want to stuff about with how their themes look or be completely divergent and follow no standards. For those peanuts that want to chime in and say things like there are alternatives - dont bother. They are poor imitations.

    At this rate the only hope for Linux as a desktop is virtualisation and containerisation of Windows with gpu passthrough, because its been nearly two decades and the user base is a joke and its still full of people who want free stuff.

    • jim
      March 7, 2019 at 9:48 pm

      Are you serious? I used windows from 3.2 I believe it was. I will never go back to that shit. Standards? What standards do you think Linux doesn't have? No one needs photoshop. FREE and stability is what is expected of linux. No need to pay for OS or software, for the most part. There are standards and a more complete backwards compatibility than windows and or Apple. The only path both windows and apple have to go is opensource and free software.
      Yes there are just a few pieces of software that will not run on linux as of yet, However, that will change when these companies realize that linux is far superior in functionality I am not going to into microsoft, changing things tht effect software that costs thousands of dollars, to the point of the software becoming unusable. YES I know what I am talking about because I have been in that position. . Their programmers are close to idiots compared to the programmers involved with linux. I have worked with both! The worst is when they want money to fix what THEY broke in the first place. You want to promote that mentality, go right ahead.

      • hq
        March 22, 2019 at 6:18 pm

        @Jim - Linux zealots such as yourself should be -required- to provide tech support for every soul you lure over to this kludge of an OS. Make no mistake, Linus is merely a 'hack', he plagiarized the kernel of UNIX... nearly every tool and command is just a rip-off from Unix.

        I've been in computer science (before Windows) going back to VAX and AT&T Unix time-sharing days... Windows has been based on NT (derived from Unix, OS/2, and VMS) for over 20 years now. It is the most -consistent- OS ever. I can take almost any Windows app from 1998 on, and it will run on every version of Windows (except M.E.)... as every version since Windows 2000 has been based on NT core.

        Jim, the city of Munich (Germany) tried Linux, and it turned into a costly administrative disaster and an end-user's nightmare. Why? Because applications were lacking and files & documents were incompatible with Windows (i.e. being used by everyone else).

        The typical business user or government staffer needs to be productive and efficient, not tinker endlessly with a hobby OS.

        Let's not advise people to use WINE either; it should be called wHine, as that's what it does when 'dependencies' are not met.

        Also, please don't drone on about how "the internet runs on Linux". Much of the industrial 'heavy lifting' is done by BSD or Unix/Solaris. Where Linux is used, it is often a heavily modified version and/or a corporate environment with big resources and non-free support.

        With WSL on Windows 10 or Server 2019... Linux is now an APP. lol

        FYI, I use: OpenBSD, Windows 7, 8.1, Server 2019, MX Linux, Solaris.

        • Gerd
          March 30, 2019 at 10:27 am

          "[...] the city of Munich (Germany) tried Linux [...]"
          And they abandoned it for one reason only: lobbying by Microsoft. The "administrative desaster", as you put it is just the myth they told the public to justify their switch to Windows.

          You don't seem to know much about computers, do you?

    • Kieran
      May 13, 2019 at 8:21 pm

      People that like Linux aren't cheap! Free stuff? Never heard of it! Deal with the fact that the price won't make the quality.

  50. John IL
    March 6, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Linux to me is a second class OS to Mac OS or Windows 10. Any Linux user who is honest will admit that some drivers are horribly, they are backwards engineered because the hardware makers don't do Linux drivers. There is also sketchy graphic driver issues with Nvidia, AMD, while Intel does do better. In other words have the right bland device setup and Linux might run OK. Have anything not well supported, or only partially supported with basic drivers. Well, your experience may be filled with frustration. Then spend a lot of time in Linux forums waiting for responses to issues, or generic responses typically requiring terminal fixes which maybe your unfamiliar with. I've used Linux a lot over the years, only to dabble in how its improved and what hasn't improved. If you have a device that works well from install. Then your battle is half won. Next you'll have to find replacements for licensed software titles, and make sure peripherals work as well. The reason most users try and abandon Linux is because at least one major obstacle creeps up that they simply cannot solve. Either because they are unwilling to try and fix it, or they simply try and fail and go back to Windows. Let's face it, more chance of you finding other Windows users to help you fix a Windows problem then Linux users. The vast majority of PC users run Windows not Linux and so the ideal that Linux is so great comes from a very vocal minority not a majority of PC users.

    • Kieran
      May 13, 2019 at 8:23 pm

      'Linux to me is a second class OS to Mac OS or Windows 10. Any Linux user who is honest will admit that some drivers are horribly, they are backwards engineered because the hardware makers don't do Linux drivers. There is also sketchy graphic driver issues with Nvidia, AMD, while Intel does do better. In other words have the right bland device setup and Linux might run OK.' I've been a Linux user for lets see... maybe a bit more than a decade? And I have not, I repeat, have not seen what you described.

  51. jrussell88
    February 6, 2019 at 10:12 am


    I ditched Windows 7 years ago for Ubuntu and haven't looked back. The one thing I miss is Excel. I consider myself a power user but a 90+ relative has been happily using Ubuntu longer than me, having had Windows, Linux and Osx.

    • Dennis Maguire
      March 2, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      If you miss Excel then load the free open source LibreOffice Suite from The Document Foundation. You can save the spreadsheet as one of 16 different file formats (.ods, .xls, .xlsx, .html, etc.).

  52. dators
    February 4, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Have never seen so much lies at once, sorry

    • Kieran
      May 13, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      +1 completely to you, thanks.

  53. Miguel
    January 23, 2019 at 5:17 am

    I know this is internet, but I think I've never read this huge amount of crap in one post.
    I can't believe you put "software updates" as advantage for windows when it is one of the worst things it has, forcing to restart, installing things you don't want to...

    7zip is available for linux, update your post. Micr. Off. and Outlook are Microsoft products, nothing that linux can do about that.

    Bugs? really, bugs? W10 is one of the most crappy bugged os of history, deleting files, breaking devices after updates... but Linux is buggy... ok.

    Not only mentioning the gamming crap, but saying is a good reason. A computer is not a one purpose machine that only can run games. If you don't do anything but gamming, well, yes stay in Windows.

    Complicated - linux install hard... You've not installed linux in your life. I'm using arch and I'm not gonna say that is for everyone (it is not hard at all, tho) but Ubuntu, mint, opensuse, kdeneon, etc are so easy to install. Normal people doesn't know how to install windows either.

    If there was a tiny possibility to came back to Windows this post killed it.

    • linuxuser
      May 22, 2019 at 1:30 pm

      thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  54. JOhn IL
    January 12, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Linux isn't for those who just want to turn on a PC and use familiar programs and apps that work across platforms. Its more for people willing to take that unfamiliar open source path to escape the proprietary evils of licensed OS and software. I think its always attracted the hobbyist more then the average PC user. Even those who dislike Windows will probably buy a Mac before trying Linux. Its a happier compromise because many familiar Windows software has a Mac OS counter part. But for those who seem to like to try different OS which many Linux fans are commonly switching distro's to find that perfect one. The Windows user is happy to ignore that aspect of computing and just wants stability, familiarity, and access to software they use.

    • Norman
      February 26, 2019 at 4:24 pm

      Well I have been running Linux for over 20 years. Over that time I have installed it on a number of PC's for friends and family mainly older people such as my wife. I dumped Windows 7 off he laptop and installed Mint 3 years ago. I showed her how to use the menu to start programs and how to shut it down when she had finished. She has been very happy with it because she says it's so easy to do what she wants. By the way she is 74. I have not had one person I have installed it for ask to go back to Windows. The number of my friends who complain about Windows 10 is almost all of them. I admit that when I say I can put Linux on their PC for them most refuse. I expect it's because of ill informed articles like this one we have all commented on. As to saying you can't run MS Office on Linux the author can't know about that well hidden secret called wine. Of course Libre Office can do some things MS Office can't and MS Office can do some things Libre Office can't. However you can get Libre Office to run natively on Linux, Windows and OSX.
      Installing it is ridiculously simple. Insert disc, answer a few questions and let it get on with it. If you had chosen to install it alongside Widows it will. Try that with Windows. You don't get the option. It installs itself and removes access to Linux if it was on your PC. In all the time I have been running Linux it has only told me it needs to reboot to finish installation if I remember correctly 2 or 3 times. I don't know exactly how few times Windows DOESN'T need to reboot does anyone else?

      • John IL
        March 6, 2019 at 2:08 pm

        If Linux was so great seeing as its absolutely free to download and install. This sort of opportunity would spread like wildfire for people even remotely fed up with Windows. Instead Linux market share has never come close to being anymore then a blip on the OS market for people who obviously have had enough and think everyone will finally abandon Windows. Which I have yet to see any sign of this happening. Its great you like Linux, I myself have always run Linux on at least one PC for my interest in seeing what Linux has to offer. I have never found it much more then a second class OS that was never going to provide the experience that a Mac OS or Windows would. Open source titles are a step down in quality and features, they are generally bare bones with less features then licensed software. But yes are mostly free but lack the better support. Of course some tolerate these sort of downgrades because good enough is good enough. That's fine, but as I say I don't think history has shown for most users they seem to find Linux lacking in many ways even for free. Many things I do not particularly like about Windows but in my case there is much more I like then dislike about the OS.

    • Kieran
      May 13, 2019 at 8:27 pm

      Umm, you know, I first used Linux, and when I tried windows, I was like ***************************************************** about it.

  55. johnboy1984
    January 2, 2019 at 2:27 am

    what a load of rubbish..

    1) Lack of software: These days most applications are available on the platform. Skype, Google Chrome, Steam, Audacity, GIMP to name a few and yes despite the author's claim 7zip is available on Linux. Adobe products have yet to make the jump but have been discussions, and LibreOffice is a very good alternative to Microsoft Office. Linux has a lot of software which is unavailable on Windows and vice versa but most these days is multi platform.

    2) Software Updates: I've personally first hand seen Fedora update almost daily, sometimes more than once daily for years opposed to every other Tuesday from Microsoft and Linux is usually the first to protect users against major security vulnerabilities such as Spectre and Meltdown as most web servers run Linux so security is a must.

    3) Distributions: Yes there are tons of Linux distributions out there which no one really cares about and most are very similar anyway including the same desktop environment. There are a handful of winners of each bunch Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, CentOS etc then anything a bit more tailored need well that's when you delve into the rest.

    4) Bugs: Despite the lower budget the author speaks of Linux is one of, if not the most stable operating system there is as most supercomputers and web servers use it. The desktop market has a smaller market share than Windows, so some of the desktop environments such as cinnamon and KDE plasma are a bit more buggy but Gnome is solid in my every day experience and runs on a more solid backbone, the kernel.

    5) Support: Yes most of the world knows Windows and you are more likely to find a solution due to the popularity difference, but you'd be surprised just how many Linux users there are out there and the majority are advanced users and very tech savvy to give a decent response.

    6) Drivers: I've only ever had to install the propriety NVIDIA driver which is a whole three words at the terminal, everything else is automatically done for you as already included in the kernel. All my equipment just works, no question mark in device manager, trying to figure out what's missing and searching the internet for the correct drivers, rebooting over and over, out of the box and it's ready to go.

    7) Games: Linux gaming used to be almost non existent, unless you were happy with Tux Racer but these days Steam installs easily on Linux, has hundreds if not thousands of games which run natively under Linux and Steam Play (in beta at time of writing) means a very large bunch of Windows games run on Linux with Wine, no difficult config, just opt in the beta then start playing, I play many 'Windows only' games on Linux daily with an Xbox controller.

    8) Peripherals: Most drivers are already included with the Kernel so this claim of spending hours on repo's and sources is bogus. If it doesn't work out of the box then it isn't worth bothering with in my opinion, check beforehand for Linux compatibility on any purchases and you should be fine.

    9) Complicated: Linux isn't really geared for novices, but anyone wanted to get the most out of a system is missing out if they don't know Linux. That being said if someone who had never used a computer before and wanted one to browse the internet I'd be hard pressed to handing them over a Windows laptop thinking I bet they don't renew their anti-virus solution in a year or get a crypto-virus from running some application. Opposed to simply saying, login with your password, open firefox and go for it do what you want, I bet you can't break it if you tried.

    10) Installing Linux is hard: Agreed most users have never and may never install any operating system on any device which is partly to blame why Linux on the desktop will never be as popular as Windows, as Windows typically comes pre loaded. However side by side installing Windows takes an age, you have to install it, enter the key, answer a good number of questions, update the machine a number of times including reboots, install drivers, then install anti-virus protection etc opposed to installing Linux, which is install, update the one time only, rebooting a maximum of two times, one for the install, the second for the new kernel then install software which i install about nine programs at once with the command dnf install vlc, steam, p7zip, unrar, gimp etc. Much easier than running a load of .exe's hoping you didn't forget to uncheck some toolbar or additional software on one of the installs.

    I grew up with Windows, I think it changed the world and put personal computers in most homes and praise it for the joy and usability it gave but in 2019 no one uses internet explorer for browsing anymore, no one just uses Windows media player for multimedia anymore and is becoming more and more redundant. Linux gives access to the same functionality at a much lower cost, if not free and the structure makes so much more sense in my opinion. The author of this article gave Linux a chance of about five minutes before going to back to the familiarity of Windows, will you?

  56. Grigori
    December 29, 2018 at 4:23 am

    98% of the home pc market is made up of a society which is made up of followers.
    Basically, really dumb people. The type who are the reason the kardashians are now multi-millionares, and tv is full of nothing but shit.

    I'm glad they are all dumb enough to stick with MS Windows... Gates built an empire off of the stupidity and follow the leader mindset of society.
    They get what they deserve, and what they can, sort of handle, as far as they're ability to figure anything out.

  57. AGamerAaron
    December 7, 2018 at 4:33 am

    I was not impressed with this article.

    Updates was mostly an ad populum fallacy disguised as an argument for better update support and yet for some reason I dread another Windows update being applied without user consent and the fear knowing it probably broke something else this time.

    A couple of them are repeats or heavily overlap as reasoning (Drivers & Peripherals, Software & Updates, Complicated & Installing Is Hard).

    You mention that it's hard to install WINE because you have to use the terminal. Well, you *don't* need to use the terminal. There is a software manager included in all popular distros these days.

    Your commentary under Bugs, Complicated & Installation is Hard make me pretty skeptical you used desktop Linux and really puts into question why you bothered to begin with. If you go in thinking Linux is shit to begin with and you only need to try it to jumpstart a journalistic career, then you're not actually looking for an alternative to existing OSs now are you? That's what drives most people to try Linux in the first place.

  58. Kris
    November 17, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    I love the article, Dan! I've dabbled with Linux for years but it was only my primary OS for about 8 months. I agree with each point you make.

    I decided to give Ubuntu 18.04 a shot last night by installing it alongside Windows 10. The installation was smooth but creating two partitions is probably a bit too much for the most users. The results of the install weren't great. 1.) Max res. was 1024x768 with an unknown display. 2) No wifi, even though the Netgear AC600 has been around for a long time. 3). When the screen fades to save power, the PC locked up and I had to reboot. 4). What happened to Ubuntu in the last the five years? I was expecting growth, especially in terms of driver support. Instead, Ubuntu appears to have been dumbed-down to the point where I feel like I'm riding on training wheels. I can't find anything in settings via GUI, that would allow me to switch to a different driver for wifi, display driver, etc. and nothing in help for wifi/display troubleshooting.

    I really want Linux to work out, but I'm a bit older now and would just prefer that things work, without needing to know what a video card is. I'm open to suggestions for distros that have great out of the box support for audio, video, wifi, printers. I don't want a bunch of commands to run. I don't want to scour the message boards for advice.

    Your conclusion is spot on, Dan. Linux isn't for everybody. Now, I need to figure out if I have the time and patience to get this thing running as it could be.

    • Norman
      February 26, 2019 at 4:31 pm

      Did you install a 1995 version of Ubuntu? Have you tried Mint?
      Have you ever tried installing Windows?

  59. Fred Clause
    October 27, 2018 at 2:28 am

    The guy who wrote this apparently has never used linux. or attempted to check out the software. I am leaving at that.

    • Kieran
      May 13, 2019 at 8:29 pm

      He is too dumb to do so, and ignorant. Obviously he watched a rant about it on YouTube.

  60. linuxuser
    October 9, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    after windows 7 (of course after un-optimized vista) windows gets more restrictive and annoying we do have option in windows 7 what and when windows update better themeing options than windows 10
    In age of windows 7 Linux was rely on terminal and commands but in 2018 situation change Linux is much user friendly than windows....but choosing distro is on your preference if you first time Linux user and install "Arch Linux" or other advance Linux Distros and say "Linux sucks". than It is better you should not compare Linux with windows and stick with it.
    alternatively there is tools like "winreduer" {free, easy and safe} and Ntlite {paid and only for advance user} which may help you to get UN-bloated custom win 10 iso.....i slimmed down my 4.5gb iso to just 1.35gb...and run almost for 7 months
    without problem
    but linux offer much more functionality, control and customization which a miss on windows so is use dual boot.

  61. Liz Thompson
    October 7, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Win10 leaves much to be desired

    compatibility mode is a joke - NO old software runs, it lists back thru Win95 but will run nothing older than Win7 & sometimes that will not work

    configuration mess - what used to be simple in the Control Panel is now a convoluted mess

    update bloat - Win10 is bloated enough without 1/2 hour updates, everytime I boot into Win10...

    security - Win10 is less secure than previous versions of Windoze

    thankyou but NO, I will stick with Linux & my virtual WinXP (the last functional windows)

    • jack tarsen
      December 10, 2018 at 3:45 am

      you're beyond dumb. I'm running a *17-year-old game* on Windows 10. Old software doesn't work? Idiocy.

      • Jean-Frein
        January 24, 2019 at 6:17 pm

        Duh, not (( e v e r y )) software is written the same, if your old ass game was written in some proprietary language that only Win. could support then yes, yes it will work.

        • Marcurios
          February 12, 2019 at 10:05 pm

          Telling someone he is beyond dumb from just the one comment you have read from him, says way more about you then you might suspect, and then this, oooohhh you can run a single DOS game in Windows 10, wow, what a incredible feat Win10 pulls off there, sublime ! (pun intended)

  62. techmedixx
    August 19, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    I switched to Linux a couple of years ago and never looked back. I work on Windows boxes on a near daily basis and always enjoy getting back to my personal rig running Deepin 15.6.

    Deepin is a beautifully crafted and very professional operating system. It runs most Windows software with its own Deepin-branded version of Crossover and does it well. I have found it to be fast and stable and I honestly do not miss most of the software mentioned in your article. FOSS is quickly closing the gap in quality, elegance, and ease of use.

    I think anyone wanting to switch will find a good fit amongst those 250 distros. Part of the fun is distro-hopping until you find the one. Not only do you get to taste the various flavors Linux offers, you gain valuable user experience.

    I would encourage anyone to give it a spin. You may find it is for you or you may not. Most who do try do not return.

    • San
      December 3, 2018 at 9:40 am

      Deepin is from Chinese devs.. You never know what runs behind.. Windows is far more trustworthy.

      • TB
        December 6, 2018 at 8:24 am

        Except for the open source part - Windows isn't even in the same ballpark: We don't know what it is doing.

  63. Nic Stray
    August 1, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I changed to Linux a time ago. Yes, I need a time to learn how to use it and to find the linux alternatives to the programs I used on Windows. But: on Windows I needed more time to find the programs really working properly for me!
    And now, all time my neighbours call me to help them at their Windows maschines , I'm happy to have a linux system running at my home! (Yes, Windows is very complicated too for people missing some skills. It would be easier for me to set up a linux system they don't would have problems. With all their budget, microsoft do not even manage to run their own Windows update system properly...)

  64. Andre Carneiro
    July 20, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Microsoft uses Linux for almost everything! Including in your BigData cloud service HDInsight.

    Microsoft is frequently open code and providing support for .NET and C# natively in Linux. Probably you'll see a Visual Studio, Office and other products for Linux very soon.

    SQLServer exists natively in Linux already

    All cloud service(Azure) is based on Linux system

    Windows 10 has Linux as subsystem.

    Microsoft is part of Linux Foundation for Christ's sake!

    What World are you living in?

  65. erkhardt
    June 11, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    I like both Operating System ecosystems. They each have their uses of course just like anything else. Linux can do anything Windows can do, some things better some things not so well.

    Gaming on Windows is easy and there is a large selection of games. Gaming on Linux is POSSIBLE but not all games will work even with WINE. Emulation is typically OK with Linux I find for retro games that you already on for other consoles.

    Productivity on both is about equal in my opinion if you have appropriate software. Linux has a lot of alternatives for Windows apps, Libre Office for officing needs, GIMP for photoshop needs, Blendr for video creation/editing needs, you name it. I actually use open-source software on my Windows installation as well that I carried over from Linux because I like them so much!

    Software installation is easy on both in my opinion. I actually thing Linux can be a little bit easier. Yes, I just said that. The terminal tool, apt-get, is simply great once you learn it. It will become second nature and it is a powerful thing.

    Security on Linux is great because people typically focus on attacking what is popular...i.e. Windows. That's not to say Linux is immune; it just is uncommon to get attacked because the userbase is so low and isn't worth a hacker's efforts to do so. That being said, antivirus software has come a long way, and as long as you are not reckless you should be fine.

    Stability on Linux is king. Granted, I use this loosely because you will have errors and bugs. The system will just remain operational without crashing in my experience. Windows is not terribly unstable...but you can and will experience blue screen errors if something critical goes wrong that requires a system reboot. You can mitigate this by maintaining your registry among other things properly. My Windows machine RARELY crashes out. You just have to maintain it more closely. Software like Ccleaner can help with this immensely.


    I have gone back to Windows 100% (and run Ubuntu in a virtual environment) these days because the latest release (18.04 LTS) has a lot of bugs with my PC. I still love Linux and will still use it, I just don't have the time to deal with the errors and bugs right now! They are both great operating systems though!

    • Norman
      February 26, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Blue screen or black screen in WIndows --- power off and then back on and hope it doesn't mess up all the work you have done today.
      Linux hangs -- Hold down CTRL/Shift with left hand and alt gr/prt sc keys with right hand.
      Keep them pressed and press in turn R E I S U B
      Everything is closed safely and then PC reboots.

  66. Detronix
    June 9, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    This article is so last year.

  67. Frank Jackson
    April 25, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Please, for the love of God, if this is how bad you are at everything stay with windows. Please stay with windows.

  68. Mike F
    April 12, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    With the exception of (maybe) the point about games, every point made is half-truth at best, outright false at worst. Very ignorant author. Or troll. Either way, just as annoying.

    • larz0
      April 12, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      Back up your statement.

      • Mike F
        April 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm

        LOL. This is an old article from last year. I already commented my "backup" (see my December 31, 2017 comment below). Oh well.

        • haxxor1293
          June 12, 2018 at 4:14 pm

          Typical Zealot, LOL
          Shut up if you have nothing to say...

  69. Polet
    April 7, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    What a waste of time. Meanwhile even Microsoft won't produce such a biased text.

  70. Randy Brooks
    April 7, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    I don't normally comment on articles, but this is one of the worst most one-sided things that I've ever read. Pure garbage.

  71. BMORE
    April 7, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Nothing but a troll article to gain more comments, views and clicks.

  72. Kenneth Murch
    April 3, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    I'll be honest in fact, As soon as I saw the heading I began thinking "This is a joke right"

    You have very good points, what I'd like to see is less advertisement for windows, and an actual comparison article that takes the two operating kernels against one another and actually does something useful and shows stats that have actual facts and less statements.

    In future, remember LinuxMint and Linux Ubuntu are their own operating systems entirely as windows has it's very own suite of operating systems.

    If you're going to compare Linuxes Entirety To windows, You're not going to have a fun time losing in the Vast scale of things, 4 Million programmers, doing this as a passion for perfecting and beauty, against 4 thousand programmers, doing it for the pay, with a programmed mindset and very little creativity.. Albeit, The creativity is distinctive of the Microsoft Corporation - Very Little to work from.

    Regards Thanks for the article, I'll go to Distrowatch now.

  73. TheRaven
    February 16, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Linux sux, just less than Windows.
    Every time a decent, user friendly version of Linux comes around all the "experts" piss and moan about it like it's cutting into their porn time or something. Linuxmint is a perfect example and if it isn't mint then it's Ubuntu always getting shunned --I like Linuxmint cause it tix Linux Elitest off --same reason I love Windows (yin & yang luv though).

    Some Linux distros are user friendly as stated (as a matter of fact many are becoming really easy to install)...
    Now, all we got to do is get rid of those Windows style back doors in the Linux Kernel for good and it's back to the OS races.

  74. Roger
    January 26, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    This Article Is Total Garbage!! I have been using Linux for 19 years now. I dumped Windows because they would never fix any bugs and wanted more $$$ for a new version of bugs. At least with open source updates and bug fixes are daily. All drivers are in the kernel. And updating the kernel speeds up the computer. Windows is all hype and lots of bugs that they never seem to fix. Microsoft treats all there users like garbage.

    • MIbuprofen
      December 2, 2018 at 2:34 am

      Your opinion on something you haven't used in nearly 20 years is completely irrelevant!
      You may as well piss and whine about the special effects in movies when the last film you saw was in 1998!

      • j
        March 6, 2019 at 10:26 pm

        Your opinion on something you haven't used at all aka linux is completely irrelevant!

  75. Mike
    December 31, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Oh, man, what a misleading and ignorant article!

    1. Almost all in your list have extremely solid Linux alternatives.

    2. Never once has been an issue.

    3. Simple Google search for "Which Linux distribution is best for new users" shortens that list considerably. Usually down to Ubuntu and/or Linux Mint.

    4. This is an obvious lack of understanding about how Linux and open source in general works. Yes, individual distros often have few people involved in development. But, that small group pulls and assembles software packages from upstream sources, which were developed and tested by many others. There are far more people involved in the development of Linux, beyond the final distro level, than Microsoft employs. The distro people generally don't make most of the software. This is akin to saying Microsoft's distributors make Windows.

    5. Granted, this can be a sticking point for some. But, this depends largely on which distro you choose, and which forums you use. The most "noob-friendly" distros often have the most "noob-friendly" forums, and sometimes offer professional help (for a fee).

    6. This hasn't been a problem in years. I personally have yet to find a computer bought off of a big-box store shelf within the last 10 years that didn't work 100% out the gate with a reasonably up-to-date Linux distro. Every printer I've tried on it works fine. I've had some issues with an external wifi dongle once, about 5 years ago, but those are cheap and it's easy to look up which few don't work on Linux in order to avoid them and replace the device.

    7. This part is true, but even at that, there are still many thousands of great games available for it, and the number is growing rapidly.

    8. See #6.

    9. No, it's really not. Windows is far more complicated than any "noob-friendly" distro. But, Linux can grow with the user and become far more than Windows can. You give the example of an apt text-based install in a terminal. That's ignoring the fantastic software managers that closely mimic app stores that anyone familiar with a smartphone or tablet (which is currently far more than the number of people familiar with Windows) will feel completely at home with.

    10. Installing Windows is much harder, and doesn't easily allow you to dual-boot like installing Linux extremely simply can. After installing Windows (at least the last time I slogged through that nasty process), you have to often research which drivers you need, find, and install drivers yourself after Windows is installed, then install all your non-OS software one-by-one. A HUGE pain! Good, "noob-friendly" Linux installers very easily do most of that work for you. Don't want to make a bootable USB or DVD? Buy one! Duh! Don't want to mess with installation (which can admittedly be tricky for the uninitiated)? Get one with Linux pre-installed, exactly like most do with a Windows machine! Duh! These are easy things to solve, even for a "noob"!

  76. John
    December 30, 2017 at 12:39 am

    I have used Linux Mint for a few years, love it! Does what I want it to do, for free, and it's not Microsoft. I agree It's not for computer illiterate people, but anyone who can read and follow this article can install and use it. It will run Software Defined Radio programs now, and natively supports USB audio, which WIN can have a lot of trouble with. Mastering a new OS can be very satisfying. I use no protection or anti-virus programs, no problems. I keep a win7 PC handy in case I need it, which is very seldom. (Still need WIN to update my Garmin maps - so far.) Much of what this article says is not true or a mis characterization, no offense intended toward the author. Downloading and installing is easy, don't hesitate to try it. It can breath new life into an old computer, nothing to lose. This article has sure perked up the Linux crowd!

  77. Evan
    December 28, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    The article sounds like my mom's reasons for not getting a smart phone. When you don't know how to do something it's real easy to project that towards others...

  78. gwalchmai munn
    December 28, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Your statement -

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

    - completely invalidates your entire premise and makes your article a laughing stock.

  79. Greg
    December 28, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Ha Ha Ha! Nothing except for the games (maybe) is even close to truth. Linux is nowdays the easiest to use (just like android) and swarmed with apps thet easily replace any Windows program. I've been using Linux only for more than 10 yrs and never mised any part of WIN.

  80. PlaGeRaN
    December 28, 2017 at 7:35 am

    if this statement doesn't make people wonder, I don't know what will

    "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."

    Linux isn't for main stream (corporate) use like windows is, if you don't need half the crap like Adobe on your personal pc, why should you fork out excessive amounts of money for Windows?

  81. budgieboy
    December 27, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Not sure original poster has ever used or installed a Linux distribution recently. Granted 15-20 years ago Linux was difficult to install. But these days it is very easy and takes around 20 minutes. I defy anyone to install windows from scratch in that time. Linux servers outnumber windows servers on the internet by far: why, more reliable and much more stable. Each to their own but this original post is buried well in the past Linux is not hard either to use or install on the desktop. Oh, while we are at it, Android is based on Linux and that is used on huge numbers of of phones so it can't be all bad or hard to use :)

    • Norman
      February 26, 2019 at 4:48 pm

      And OsX is a BSD off shoot and most of it can be understood immediately by a Linux user. Many commands and app are the same.

  82. Michael Tucker
    December 27, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Strongly disagree. I have both Win 10 and Peppermint 8.
    1) Lack of software? Almost all Windows programs have a Linux Equivalent. Most others can be run under Wine. If you're too lazy to look, stick with Windows.
    2) Updates. Updating Linux is easy. Updating most programs can be done from within the programs.
    3) Distros. Yes, there are many, but a scant few for those who don't wish to tinker. Do some research. Download some live disks. BTW, Windows keeps releasing new versions. Widows 10 is SUPPOSED to be the last version, but it's updates break at least as much as they improve. There are MANY Linux versions for old/outdated hardware. Windows has no such version.
    4) Bugs. MS uses their software users as beta-testers. I've had multiple problems with the Fall Creator Update for Win 10.
    5) Most major Linux distros have knowledgeable forums staffed by users who are willing and eager to help those in need (even "noobs"!)
    6) Not had a problem with drivers. Can't comment.
    7) I'm not a gamer. Can't comment.
    8) Again, I'm not a gamer. As far as Wifi, some distros are better than others. But many support wifi "out-of-the-box" (One of the reasons I like Peppermint)
    9) If you stick to one of the major Distros, Linux is not complicated. Most have software sources that are minimally more complicated than Windows afa installing software. As far as Google OS, Peppermint is a great alternative.
    10) I don't understand "installing is hard" Harder than Windows? Granted, Windows comes pre-installed on many machines. Try to install it yourself. I dare you.
    Both systems have pluses and minuses. It's why I keep Win 10 even though it (often) makes me want to tear out (what's left of) my hair.
    Windows excels in taking users by the hand and making things easy. Still, there are problems. For the computer-phobic there are Chromebooks. For those who are willing (and/or interested) in how their machines work and are willing to put in minimal time, Linux is well worth exploring.

  83. Peanut
    November 7, 2017 at 11:30 am

    There must be some kind of financial incentive for spread of so much misinformation. Almost everything in the article is outdated, incorrect and wrong. There are also commenters who must be being paid. Linux is now EASIER to use than Windows and that is what I hear from those I helped, people who are completely non-technical including my mother.

    Now to wait a bit and come back to these comments after the paid Microsoft crew changes the top comment again to more misinformation to match the articles theme. Then I will again post a new top comment pointing out reading of ALL of the comments destroys the narrative, every list item on it and the additional false comments. Plus not yet mentioned below Linux distros look and feel more professional (No ads anywhere except on the Internet, how nice. The lack of viruses doesn't hurt the overall experience either).

  84. Steve
    November 3, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    As some one who has been looking into going with Linux on a couple of my computers I would have to agree with the majority off the points made in this article. The Linux world is a mess. Looking at the comments I see a lot of defensivness. I assume these are, as the article alludes to, long time Linux users, hobbiest, and people familiar with programming. No one cares if you can use Linux better with servers than Windows, they don't plan on doing that! If you want to increase the % of computers/users with Linux the Linux community needs to stop the denial and defensiveness about the problems ordinary, everyday people have in implementing Linux. Looking for guidance I find no decent online help, no one in my circle of contacts who has any experience with Linux, or users groups within miles. There is even a series of videos on YouTube about why Linux sucks, by long time Linux users. So stop making like its the nasty Windows megalomaniacs keeping Linux down. It's the attitude and poor refinement of the Linux world when it's forced to deal with real world users. Am I still interested in Linux? Yes, but I don't see any major progress soon.

    • Britta
      April 7, 2018 at 7:18 am

      I'm probably your typical childless and grand-childless grandma. 57 years old, but when I installed my first dual boot XP/ubuntu 7.10 I was 47. I did this installation after doing some online homework and with the help of a very noob-friendly online forum. I have absolutely no background in IT and no Linux-savvy people around me, but somehow almost always manage to solve the few and far-between problems I encounter. The only reason why you can now describe me as a long term user is that I stuck with it ever since, and have not touched windows since that happy day.
      So I'm one of your "ordinary, everyday people " who had very few, if any problems implementing Gnu/Linux, but maybe its for the chosen few, the luckiest of us ...?
      The article is a piece of biased BS.

  85. Peanut
    October 24, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Everyone should read the comments, all of the arguments against Linux are destroyed.

  86. John
    October 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I think the under 2% market share for all Linux desktop OS says it all. This has been the true statistic that stands out that proves users don't find any of the 250 or so distro's acceptable to replace Windows. You do have some very vocal Linux users who are in denial of this but the numbers don't lie. Linux is for a unique group of users who have accepted what Linux provides and want nothing to do with Windows, or they run Windows on other PC's. I do not think many are truly using Linux as their only desktop OS. I agree that Chrome OS has a shot at a alternative to Windows and that Mac's also create a good alternative. But neither Chrome OS or Mac OS have really significantly affected Windows market share. No doubt Microsoft has had some big missteps with Windows, but that has not provided much advantage for Linux.

    • Peanut
      October 24, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      No logical fallacies here.

      uncommon == bad!
      Example: I think the under 1% market share for all Tesla/Ferrari/Lamborghini/Rolls Royce/Aston Martin models says it all.

      common == good!
      Example: I think the extremely large market share for Comcast says it all.


      Linux costs a bit more initially. But it provides a luxury experience. The hundreds of distros provide for custom fittings. I know that you can get a copy of most Linux distros at no cost. You cannot yet get it preinstalled on hardware that can be just picked up inexpensively at the big box stores. (With the exception of the restrictive Chrome OS, Android devices, media players, printers, routers, smart tvs, sewing machines, microwaves, etc.) No you either need to buy it preinstalled from a supplier, or pay someone to install it, or install it yourself. Thus Windows is the cheap low-end option complete with built-in spyware and adware. Linux users expect and demand a better experience. Case-in-point just look at the fallout from Canonical doing default Amazon searches for all search entries in unity scopes.

      Enterprises, they know the real advantageous power Linux has. Which was behind it thriving despite Microsoft's attempts to kill it. That advantage is the fact that Linux is not a company or company's product. Instead (trademarked names not withstanding) it is an unowned community project. The difference means there is no entity that can either intentionally or unintentionally sabotage those who build their infrastructures to rely on it. Any part of the Linux distro supply chain could vanish tomorrow or be modified to be unusable and the Linux ecosystem would easily route around the loss. This is not true of Windows or Mac, if Microsoft or Apple disappeared tomorrow or Windows or MacOS were changed and made unusable, those that rely on them would be in deep doo doo. That is the enterprise Linux advantage. No single supplier pitfall. That is what good CTOs know and that is why Linux is taking over in large industries.

      Desktop users, well most of them don't know what Windows is or does other than it has something to do with computers and made Bill Gates insanely rich. They don't know there is an alternative. Uninformed desktop users just accept whatever software is on the system when they acquire it, even bloatware until some shop makes it go faster and explains. And so most desktop users will never look for and as such never find Linux.

      • Steve
        November 3, 2017 at 4:54 pm

        There seems to be a bit of paranoia here, settle down. Your examples of uncommon are poor, referring to expensive specialty vehicles which few can afford to purchase or keep running. While your comments about desktop users are fairly accurate, the denigrating way you refer to them reflects the elitist snobbery that cripples Linux implementation by more people. Why should any one look for an operating system when one has been provided, all ready to go out of the box? Windows has never been the best, but it has always been adequate for most people's needs. The world isn't teaming with IT specialist.

        • Evan
          December 28, 2017 at 7:55 pm

          Nor do you need to be an IT specialist. You just have to be willing to learn in a new environment. New users readily pick up Linux distro desktops. Old users? They can't be convinced that there is another way to do things. Converts converted themselves in most casses. Old dog new trick if you will.

      • j
        March 6, 2019 at 10:52 pm
  87. rc primak
    September 23, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    With regard to security, Linux and Windows take very different approaches.

    In Windows, security was pasted in as an afterthought, whereas with UNIX and then Linux, security was baked into the kernel and has been updated in that way ever since.

    Linux takes the approach to report security vulnerabilities, then incorporate patches into the OS (usually at the kernel level) and the software which runs on top of it.The Windows approach seems to be to put out buggy and vulnerable code, patch for stability, and then rely on scanning and removal of any malicious code which is injected into the OS or the software which runs on top of it.

    The results are clear. Linux usually gets compromised when SysAdmins fail to patch known vulnerabilities, or do nothing whatsoever to patch and update their computers and servers. (That's most of what has happened in the big corporate breaches we've read so much about in recent years. Equifax stands out as an exception.) Windows gets compromised just by connecting it to the Internet, and more and more malware is failing to be detected and removed either by scanning, behavior based detection, or elaborate prevention schemes.

    Between the two approaches, Linux is holding its own, while consumer versions of Windows are retreating into a walled garden called Windows 10s in which all software must come from an App Store just like Apple's iOS. So what happens when the App Store gets infected? This has happened to Apple and Google -- it will surely happen to Microsoft.

    Windows is losing the malware war, while Linux is (so far) surviving quite well, on servers.

    This has very little to do with Linux "obscurity" and nearly everything to do with the underlying philosophy of how to approach security issues.

  88. 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.

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

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

  90. 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.

    • San
      December 3, 2018 at 9:41 am

      Grow up dude..

  91. 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.

  92. 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.

  93. 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

  94. (((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?

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

    > Final Cut Pro

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

  96. 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.

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


    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.


    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


  98. 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.

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

    VGA Passthrough - Google it!!

  100. 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.

  101. 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.

  102. 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 " 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.

  103. 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 !!!

      • Kieran
        May 13, 2019 at 8:46 pm


  104. 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.

  105. 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.

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

  108. 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.

      • Norman
        February 26, 2019 at 5:42 pm

        When yo consider that Android is based on a Linux kernel, most TV's routers, ethernet switches and hubs are running Linux then along with the millions of Linux PC's and servers Linux use is far far greater than windows
        Why even OSX is based on BSD which is a unix type OS like Linux
        Windows is the small, poor relation.
        Who complained about how hard it was to learn how to use their Android phone? what percentage of Windows users went for a Windows phone rather then Android or IOS.
        Not many Windows phones in comparison are there?

  109. 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,


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

    "How do you know the 250 can be reduced to a few?"
    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?

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

    B A I T

  112. 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

  113. 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).

  114. 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.

  115. 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?

  116. 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.

  117. 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...

      • Peanut
        October 24, 2017 at 9:28 pm

        You could always just treat Linux problems like they were Windows problems, whichever comes first six months has passed or you encounter a problem, reinstall everything. 8D

    • 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.
      You can't make this up.

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

  118. 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!

  119. 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.

  120. 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.

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

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

  122. 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.

  123. 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.

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


    Who even uses that anymore? It generates awful code.

  125. 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.

  126. 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.

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


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

    Looks like someone wrote an article to start an

    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.

  129. 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.

  130. 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.

  131. 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

  132. 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


        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.

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

    Worst. Article. Ever.

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

    Stupid dumb article from nineties.

  135. 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.

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

    2007 called.. they want their talking points back.
    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


      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.


      • 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.

  137. 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.


  138. 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.

  139. 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.

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

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

  141. 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):

  142. 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!

  143. 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...

  144. 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 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..!!

  145. 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.

  146. 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.

  147. 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

    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.

  148. 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.

  149. 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


      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.


      • 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.


  150. 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.

  151. 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.

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


    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.

  153. 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.

  154. 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.

  155. 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..

  156. 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.

    • merlyn
      December 10, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      67% of the interner server are linux-based.

      Source :

  157. 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:

    • 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!!!

  158. 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.

  159. 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....

  160. 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?

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

    How much editor got from Microsoft for this BS article?

  162. 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.

  163. 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.

  164. 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.

  165. 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.

  166. 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.

  167. 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

  168. 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

  169. 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.


  170. 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?

  171. 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?

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

    Welcome to 2017.

  173. 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.

  174. 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.

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

    This article is pure cancer

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

    You Sir are an idiot.

  177. 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?

  178. 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


          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


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


  179. 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!...

  180. 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

  181. 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.

  182. 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.

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

    In these comments: Butthurt linux users

  184. 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.

  185. 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.

  186. 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.

  187. 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.

  188. 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.

  189. 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.

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

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

  191. 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.

  192. 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.

  193. 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.

  194. 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.

      • MrCogito
        August 21, 2019 at 7:15 am

        Let me google that for you. Of course it is... It's even called 7z. Please check first before you make harm even worse than this article... Damn...

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

    Final Cut Pro is macOS software

  196. 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.

  197. 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.


      • 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.

  198. 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.

  199. 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.

  200. 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.

  201. 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.

  202. 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

  203. 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

  204. 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!

  205. 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

  206. 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.

  207. 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.

  208. 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.


      • 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.

  209. 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.

  210. 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.

  211. 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.

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

    This is joke, right?

  213. 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.

  214. 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.

  215. 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.

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

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

    • Hoek67
      July 4, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Such a 1 sided document... probably sponsored by MS. I tried Ubuntu ~ 6 months ago and it's been fine.

      Mozilla Firebird Email works heaps faster and I can have apps running and run Dota 2 with full details and get > 100fps. On Windows 10 my i7 2600K seems like a royal slug. All the bloat has taken it's toll.

      I have open scad and simplify 3d working in Linux and they work flawlessly as does Mozilla browser.

      My computer under Linux performs the way it should... makes me wonder what the eff MS has done to all performance.

      I got sick and tired of Bing and Edge being shoved at me all the time... even after turning them off. in Linux these 2 stinkers are not an issue at all.

      MS just lost the plot and have no idea where an OS ends and applications start.

      My NVidia 1030 works well, as does my network and NAS storage and... well everything I've thrown at it. Have a Steinburg UR 22 mkII USB audio interface that works 100% that was a pain in Windows 10.

  217. 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.

  218. 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!


    • TheRaven
      February 16, 2018 at 1:23 am

      Linux Mint for the debian stable stuff and Antergos for the Arch cutting edge and really stable new stuff; end to end coverage (Arch is like going back in time to where Linux was awesome).

  219. 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.