Why I love Linux

I got started with Linux in 1998 when I got my first It job as a Software Support Engineer using COBOL (yes COBOL then was what is JavaScript and Python is today) I instantly fell in love with the terminal and the fact that it uses even old, I mean super old computer to run. No need to do major hardware upgrades and I remember when I was using a Pentium II, I had a 486 running Rahat Linux!! I use Windows but Linux is my side love. The one who blew me away to heaven and back and am glad there are so many people and businesses using it now. So below are my top reasons why I love Linux.

The Terminal


Mac and Windows both also have terminals it’s true, but they’re not as integrated into the user experience as with Linux. Using the terminal is a lot easier than using a GUI for many tasks. That doesn’t mean that you must use the terminal if you use Linux, but it’s generally good to be able to do simple things with it. You can also customize your terminal with different colours and themes because Linux is very…

Customizable


There are so many ways to make Linux your own, and I don’t just mean getting that perfect wallpaper. Do you want a dark theme? Light theme? Bright purple theme? You can probably find it. Map hotkeys the way you want them, but as many custom toolbars on your screen where ever you want them.

If you just want a stock experience you still have your choice of desktop environments that suit you. Gnome (what Ubuntu uses), Cinnamon, and KDE will give you great out-of-the-box experiences, while XFCEMateLXDE, and others will be a little more lightweight and customizable. Some desktop environments are more performant than others. It all depends on what you want and need.

Security

 


Security has been the foundation of the Linux operating system. Each user has to be walled off from others, and a password and user ID are required for an individual to use Linux. Users also have lower automatic access rights, which makes it harder for them to perpetuate the spread of malware by accessing a wide range of files on the computer. The open-source format with many different operating environments, system architectures, and components — such as different email clients — also makes it more difficult for malware to sweep through it

It’s Open Source


Anyone can take the Linux source code and edit it to suit their needs. Open-source software is also generally more secure since more people are able to review the source code. Due to the fact that so many people can see this code, they tend to make their own versions.

Different Distros



With many distributions or flavours of Linux out there, one can choose which one they want to use to suit any needs of anything they want to do. From desktop distros like Ubuntu Desktop, Linux Mint, elementary OS to server distros such as Ubuntu Server, CentOS, RedHat, Fedora or OpenSUSE you can pick and choose which one meets your needs. While this can make a very complicated landscape, and many distros do exactly the same things, it also provides the user with anything they might want. If you are new, I would suggest you use Ubuntu Desktop to start off with and if you like to get to hard-core nitty grits of it, Parrot and Kali are your main distros to load up on your device. I am an Ubuntu user to write my code and do the odd thing on the internet and for my studies, I jump into Kali.

Free, Free, Free Forever!!


No cost. No to buying it. No selling it. Just download and use it with no legal morass to hold you back.

It can run on almost any hardware

 


Linux is very lightweight. It takes much fewer resources on a PC than Windows. Linux is also known for working well on very old machines, I mean very super old hardware. Think 386 or 486 PCs. No need to buy new computers. Just get an old computer or laptop and load up Linux on it. And hey [resto, you have a working device as good as a Windows 10 device. Nearly all ISPs, large organisations use Linux because it’s lightweight and fast.

Development



I use VSCode to do my JavaScript dev work. There are many IDEs and compilers available to use on Linux.

Lots of Software


Software is readily available and super easy to install. You can install right from the terminal or most big distros have an AppStore-like software manager that allows you to install software from the GUI. There are tons of games, productivity apps, and more. Some of it is great and some of it kind of sucks, but you have the choice!

Conclusion

Linux is a much more robust operating system than it was even 5 years ago. As it continues to develop, I am glad more and more people are adopting it as their daily driver operating system.