4 Reasons Why Linux Deserves To Be Mainstream

by Wrik Sen    Oct 18, 2016

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In the world of technology and personal computing, Linux came as the rebellious alternative to all that was proprietary, and all that came with a hefty price tag. Linux, born out of creativity mixed with frustration from the brains of Linus Torvalds in 1991, transformed over the years, with much more flexibility, ease of use, and ease of acquiring by virtually anyone, placed anywhere in the world. The reasons for adopting Linux, or atleast giving it a shot, are many. Some of the key reasons Linux should be more mainstream are as follows.

- Multiple flavors and styles of Linux

While some may disagree with the comparison, Linux can be equated to the perfectly built up sandwich according to one’s taste, simply because there are so many different styles and flavors of the OS.

Unlike proprietary OS like Windows or Mac, Linux is known to exist in multiple styles depending upon the choice of the user, and can also be customized as per consumer tastes and preference.

With a vibrant community of users based across the world, there is always the support system , which is generally free of cost and easy to access, there is always someone to help out with issues, and even help customize any aspect of the Linux distro (type of OS).

For example, something like a Windows 10 will limit users with the choices of the interface they use, they for some basic changes. Windows 10 is also known to push OS updates on users, which as it turns out, is the opposite when it comes to Linux. Depending upon needs of the users, they can select which update to integrate the system with, and also open up a plethora of new options to choose from, in terms of customization.

- Software is open source too

Because perhaps Linux itself is open source, the softwares used are also the same, being developed independently by various ‘projects’ and team across the world. From something like the Microsoft Office, there is the alternative set of softwares with the similar functionality, such as WPS Office, Libre Office, Open Office, or Photoshop has alternatives like GIMP, which may not be as sleek, but fulfills the functional aspects of the proprietary ones.

Some mainstream softwares also have their editions for Linux users, like the case VLC, or Chromium web browser, which can play content from Netflix, etc as well.

- Cost effective for older/ low-configuration systems

When there is a limited or low configuration system to be used, or happens to be an older version of other computers, Linux becomes a great alternative to run on them, as Operating Systems. The main reason obviously, is that it is free of cost to download and operate, and also it doesn’t too much of heavy system resource to run smoothly without glitches.

In other words, if there are physical resources which need reuse, but the resource available for diverting towards upgrades or uptimes are limited, then Linux is the most effective in terms of cost.

- Great repository of polished free software

One of the problem areas of Linux, is that the software on the network may not be as polished as the regularly used ones. However, that perception is rightfully changing as well, because many of the projects being involved, the software and quality of programmes are just as polished as the mainstream ones. Despite being Linux derivatives, they continue to have similar interfaces like mainstream counterparts, just like functionality and interface can resemble mainstream OS.