Why I can’t live without Linux

Why I can’t live without Linux

This is written targeting users who might want to try Linux. But also with some facts that Linux users should be aware and feel proud of.

Bored to read long stories? Navigate to the final part “To compile it all”.

Why I can’t live without Linux?

Well I am biased and I have my own reasons. When I turn on my Linux machine after days/months, it just boots like a charm. You will be surprised to know that most OS doesn’t boot this way.

Consider few scenarios:

1. Your machine crashes more often.

2. It’s too damn slow.

3. Files/folders getting created/deleted without your intervention.

4. Machine shuts down for no reason.

What’s the catch? Your machine is infected by a virus. Now, it hardly happens in Linux. Hardly implies “never at all” here :)

So why/how?

Consider 100 people coding/reviewing something or even 1000s doing it. Still Linux is much bigger with the visibility that almost any developer in the world can see “what is being coded?” and point out if there is a flaw.

On 14 March 1994, Linux 1.0.0 was released, with 176,250 lines of code.
As of 2013, the Linux 3.10 release had 15,803,499 lines of code.

And another thing, is the way Linux has been designed. Unlike few other OS, In Linux, almost all complex tasks requires root permission. Say, in windows, you’re navigating to some random system folder and deleting something (so, why would you do that? Say, some virus did that. Well, it can. Also I have seen people who do it to get more memory ). Nothing happens, but at the time of next reboot.. (I am scared to say more). Whereas in Linux, it prompts for root password whenever you try to do something with the system. What if I am root and I messed up the system? This is worst case scenario, but still there are lot of people out there to guide you how to fix it.

How would you feel when some random guys in the street come running to help you, when you fell down? Love and support is priceless. You gotta feel it.

LinuxThe stability – There are Linux machines running eternally. A simple “uptime” command would let you know how long the machine has been running. You never need to turn it off at all. Pretty much hot swappable. Of course there are other OS machines that reports equally high uptime, but again, Linux machines are less prone to crashes, blue screen of death (:D) and as such, unless and until you mess it up.

As the old saying goes “Linux is user friendly, but not idiot friendly

There must be lot of things you might be doing to protect your machine from viruses/trojans. As a study says, the average time before a windows get affected after connecting to internet is 40 minutes, whereas Linux – Like a boss. That too, you don’t need to install anything apart from the base OS itself.

Enhanced security – Iptables, an awesome command line utility to setup firewall. Also, there are lot of other innovations like port knocking, chroot jail and as such.

SELinux – Say you gave full access permission to a file, still other won’t be able to access it, if SELinux is enforcing and set.

Other OS source codes are accessible to only people who work on that, whereas, Linux, everyone can access the source code, which means mistakes are less likely and even if somethings wrong, fixes are made in no time. Say that you have suffered a security attack, then the corresponding company of that OS might release a patch in a month’s time or week’s time, which means your system continues to be vulnerable for time being. But Linux, with countless people’s contribution & active participation, it’s far better, not better, just the best.

Also, say, if the OS company doesn’t fix the bug, then what? Well, you just got to live with that. Whereas in linux, there are lot of people of fix it, or if you’re a better programmer, maybe you shall fix it and thus contribute it to the open source community. The joy of giving!

Why would you buy an OS, when there is a lot better OS (Linux), which is a freeware and opensource. Note that the opportunity to learn is much when you decide to go with opensource. If you’re a good programmer, you shall take the source code, build it /design it & use it your way.

People all around the world put their time and brain in bringing you an OS, which would compete every other OS, that exists in market and that is Linux.

No crapware – Alright, the OS is open source. What about other utilities? Well, there are lot of open source utilities out there which can be used, whereas in case of other OS, where almost all software might ask you to subscribe for the service, upgrade/buy.  And the worst part is, after few days of using a software, you might come to know that it’s just a 30 days trial. And these softwares comes installed along with your OS. On the other hand, In Linux, you will never experience such frustrations.

Also, Linux comes with pre-installed applications and hence you’re good to get started just after installation.

In linux, most of the drivers comes along with the kernel, so you need not go search for a driver whenever you need to use some hardware component.

If you’re just a normal desktop user, with nothing much to do with the CLI – well, Linux comes with various desktops like Gnome, KDE and yep, you can call it “next generation of desktops

Have you ever experienced your OS getting sluggish as days passes, and re-install resolves the problem. Well, try Linux and you will be surprised. It runs fast and responsive for years since day one and hence allow you to concentrate on work, rather on handling OS frustrations.

No backdoors – When you don’t have any idea about source code of an OS, how can you be sure that there are no backdoors. What if the manufacturer company did integrated a backdoor, which would kill your privacy by sharing your data whenever you connect to internet? In Linux, everything is open. And hence no backdoors can be introduced into the OS.

Here comes another interesting fact: Almost every one using windows might have got frustrated for the fact that you need to reboot your machine, whenever you update some software, or the OS itself. Linux doesn’t demand such reboots. Linux is stable and runs perfectly for years without rebooting.

Let the old boxes taste life again – Linux runs perfectly well on even old hardware, unlike other OS which demands you a new hardware, just for the sake of using it.

To compile it all..

why to use illegally, when you’re getting something for free

– Give life to old boxes

– Get started in no time

– update in a go

– No crapware

– No backdoors

– No virus

– Stability

– Compatibility

– Enhanced security

– Fast and responsive

– Linux doesn’t need defragmentation

– Well, choosing linux did have an influence on the environment.  (Google it)

– Free and unlimited support -forums, mailing lists, IRC channels

– Workspaces feature – Next generation of desktops

– No big mess

– Report bugs and get it fixed

– You don’t have to feel alone.

– Contribute something back and feel contended. The joy of giving.

– Other OS are being owned by a company. Microsoft owns windows, Apple owns Mac-OS.

– And Linux? Well, we own it.

Above all, the sense of freedom that you taste – priceless. You gotta experience it, rather just reading.

For me, Linuxing is meditating. How about, for you? :)

Well, if you agree with me, cheers! Time to pour linux into your hardware and enjoy the drink.

Well, if you don’t agree with me, cheers, again. For that, to prove me wrong, you need to try it anyway.

Google “Linuxing urban dictionary” and have a laugh :D

Thanks for reading. Cheers !

  • http://opinadorcompulsivo.blogspot.com Miquel Mayol i Tur

    Thanks, I do agree and I would not have write it better

  • http://nirelbaz.tumblr.com/ Nir Elbaz

    Aman for that – well written!

  • Mike

    Excellent article, which distribution are you currently using?

    Being a heavy Windows user it’s reflex to install Anti-Virus. Is there one you’d recommend when sharing files between Linux and Windows?

  • jza

    Ok, let me throw in some counterarguments just to balance it out a bit. :-)

    There’s more breakage in the Linux ecosystem than in Windows or Mac. Applications crash often, there are functions which do not work correctly or are not implemented at all (buttons which do nothing, for example). There is a higher risk of updates botching your system than within other systems. Additionally, a Linux desktop is usually more slower. For example, a standard Ubuntu desktop cannot be used on a netbook comfortably at all, even the basic window animations are choppy.

    About the defragmentation argument: yes, the ext filesystems avoid fragmentation because they try to spread files over the disk, unlike for example NTFS which stores them sequentially. However this causes another penalty: the read head has to do more seeking across the platter, as files are placed in further distance apart each other.

  • Anti-virus’s don’t work

    You don’t need to have a anti-virus program running when you transfer files between linux and windows. The reason why is because Windows can’t infect anything that has to do with Linux and vise versa .

  • Jan Emmelkamp

    Mr JZA: You talk shit. I ran Linux and WIndows (both XP and 7, on several machines) alongside for 6 or 7 years now. The only OS that NEVER crashed on me, is Linux. Applicatiosn don’t crash at all, all functions work, etc etc. My guess is that your hardware is crap.
    And yes, if you use a fullblown Linux OS on something small like a netboor, that is asking for trouble. I just installed Lubuntu 13.10 on an Asus EEEpc 900 and it really runs like a charm. It outperforms Windows XP on this thing by far.
    I really don’t know under which rock you have been living lately, but you talk nonsens.

  • tranjeeshan

    It depends on which Linux-basd OS you’re using. Like for Debian, it’s the most stable OS out there. It’s more stable than Windows or MacOS. But it lacks the bleeding edge softwares. And if you choose a OS with bleeding edge software support e.g. Fedora, than you’ve to compromise stability. Of course, there’re other OSs which offers stability and cutting edge softwares, both at the same time.

  • Gokul

    I am using CentOS.. a RedHat clone..

  • jza

    Lubuntu does not even ship with a desktop compositor or desktop effects. So, sure it runs fast, but you have to give up a lot of neat stuff. Because that same Asus EEEpc 900 can run full composited Windows 7 desktop with all eye candy enabled. It utilizes hardware resources better.

    Additionally, Lubuntu is kind of buggy too. These are the broken programs, which I spoke about before. Just try the funny effect you get by simply resizing the default panel. Additionally, the configuration options are lacking: there isn’t even an option to turn off touchpad tapping, and you have to deploy a manual tweak with synclient.

  • Jan Emmelkamp

    Since when does Windows 7 fit on a 4 Gb harddisk?

  • milan

    ha ha ha… WELL SAID
    +1 vote

    ⚔ Linux → Freedom & Power of Open Choices

  • koanhead

    Not even slightly true. If a file has code in it that targets a Windows exploit, then it can affect Windows regardless of the source. Many of the viri people download from the Web are probably transferred from Web servers running Linux/Apache.
    If you are dealing with Windows you need to deploy an antivirus solution. I suggest ClamAV.

  • http://guideme.blogspot.com/ Mike Frett

    jza, have you ever even used Linux?. You are trolling bro, simple as that, you are not fooling the people who USE Linux. By the way, Lubuntu uses xcompmgr for compositing by default.

    But people, when you buy a Windows computer and Install Linux, you are asking for problems since that Hardware was installed specifically for Windows. If you want a Linux computer buy one from a place like System76 or build your own like me. It doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to put parts together. Not to mention when you buy that Windows computer, you are giving Microsoft your money to fight against Linux and Open Source.

    And as always, try to learn a little bit and expand your knowledge. It’s uncool to go through life as an idiot.

  • http://guideme.blogspot.com/ Mike Frett

    is that so bad though, infecting Windows? =p

  • Linux over bitches


  • Dimitris

    with all due respect, If you use stable distributions and not bleeding edge then you won’t have the breakage you report. As for the slowness of a Linux desktop, there are lots of factors that can affect the responsiveness of the desktop… ie memory, cpu, drivers, DE and running applications… and for your example… you can’t run a standard Ubuntu desktop… on a netbook… especially not with Unity… you use a lighter DE such as LXDE or XFCE… then you can customize it as much as you want because the resource requirements are kinder on the hardware… same reason why you can’t run Aero and other resource-heavy Windows apps and services on the same netbook with Win7.

  • Rob

    My favorite distro at the moment is Ubuntu with gnome-shell. Add some extensions and get back the minimize and maximize buttons and this turns out to be a solid distro. Linux has been the best OS over the years, I rarely boot into Windows. Only for the very few applications that will only run on Windows. Most of the time, Linux has a solid alternative. The only maintenance I need to do is software updates, and I’ve never had a virus. Awesome OS. Got the whole family using it. Even my son uses it and plays Minecraft on Linux. Now, with Steam, we are getting nice games on Linux as well. Switch now, or forever hold your peace. :)

  • http://aurora-terraria.org/ Umutcan Şengüldür

    If you don’t share large files, and don’t share them very often; you can just use an online scanning service like VirusTotal.

  • Enock Seth

    Mike, I love “build one like me” Will build one soon. ;-)

  • Enock Seth

    Ah! Finally gotten the chance to comment. Everything have been said already. To me when you want to learn and understand what goes on with your system just switch to Linux. The power lies here. At first it seems difficult but WARNING: When you enter you just can’t go back again ;-), Linux is ~/ (Home) for all. On Linux you are BOSS. You fix things yourself and feel great. There is no place like ~/.

  • Charlie Whitman

    Well, let’s see. In my experience, unless you are running a bleeding edge distribution, there is less breakage in Linux than in Windows or Mac. Of course, with Windows and Mac, you can blame the breakage on third parties a lot of the time because only a small percentage of your software comes from Microsoft or Apple. However, I’ve worked with Windows enough to see a lot of breakage from Microsoft updates as well. Vista was particularly bad when it came to update breakage at first.

    Some applications on Linux crash. Some on Windows crash. I’m guessing some on OS X crash as well.

    I’m not sure what applications you’ve been using, but my applications don’t generally have buttons that don’t do anything.

    My experience says that even a slower Linux desktop, like KDE, GNOME, or Unity is just as fast as Windows. Linux also has the option of running a lighter weight desktop for more speed. Ubuntu is one of the slowest running distributions, but even it generally outpaces Windows. However, if you use hardware which has acceleration working on Windows, but not on Linux, then of course desktop effects will work better on Windows.

    I found Windows 7 unacceptable on my netbook. I’m running Crunchbang on it because it leaves a lot of CPU resources available for playing software rendered Flash video. Doing that makes Flash video run about the same as on Windows, which I thought should have hardware acceleration for Flash.

    On the other hand, I have a seven or more year old laptop with a 32 bit processor and 1.5 GB of RAM with Intel video. I have Xubuntu on it, and it runs circles around the old Windows XP install, even though Xubuntu is not the fastest distribution around. There is no version of Windows since 2000 that would run even close to as fast as Xubuntu is running on that machine.

    File system performance is a complex and ever changing issue. It is possible for ext3 and earlier file systems to become fragmented if several programs are writing to the disk concurrently. Also, the newest versions of NTFS tend to have slightly better performance overall than ext3 (though it will generally be worse when dealing with small files). However, ext4 resists fragmentation better than ext3 (and much better than NTFS), and also performs better than ext3 or NTFS according to the benchmarks that I am familiar with. Your explanation of how ext file systems deal with fragmentation compared to NTFS is oversimplified when it comes to using it to explain performance.

  • Andy Sprouse

    I am a linux user myself, but I disagree with it being more stable. Linux crashes all the time, alot more than my windows installations. However, it is alot more secure, I dont have to worry about viruses, and the best part is linux is free. I can reinstall as many times as I want, I can use the same disk to install on hundreds of computers if I want, and there are only a small number of distros you have to pay for. I get sick of giving microsoft my money for software that is prone to adware and viruses, I shoudnt have to give them personal information, and if I paid for the D### disk I should be able to reinstall on my computer without having to contact them for anything.

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