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Abhishek Rawal
Abhishek Rawal • Oct 31, 2012

Why Linux ? (Why to prefer Linux OS over other paid ones)

Before we start on debating & proving why 'Linux' is better than(or preferable) over Paid OS(Windows,OS X), we should know, I mean we 'must' know about men behind Linux.
Obviously, because our status is about to change from 'normal guy/girl' to 'Geek'.
Ha! that's what they call us (Linux users).

Mentioning two men, Sir Richard Stallman & Linus Torvalds who are big-heads reason behind the evolution of OpenSource OS(Indirectly & directly respectively).But, being honest this Open-Source dream wouldn't be possible without those millions of developers working for Linux & other OpenSource community for free.
Since a decade or more there's beef going on between both juggernauts of OpenSource.
Sounds off-topic,you better read about them ... history was never this amusing.

So, Why Linux ?
1) Open-Source(Freedom) -> Open-source means the software of which source code is freely available, unlike other softwares whose certain rights are reserved. Which means you can modify it as per your wish & no-one is going to point finger on you & hence Linux is also said to be 'Hacker's home'.
Go in 'root' in terminal & govern your OS, yeah it's that easy.

2) Fast & Robust --> Creating faster processor is easy, but developing faster OS is pretty messy & Linux has mastered in that shit. You will never notice a single Linux OS getting hang & showing "not responding" crap, that's the charm of our 'Tux'.
One more example is, it is still noticed that Linux mint works flawless in Pentium 4.

3) Easy Software downloading --> Everyone complains about problems with downloading of software in Linux. You can write a single line of code in terminal & whole package(collection of similar subject softwares.. eg: MySQL,Electronics,Development,Engineering..etc) will be installed automatically. Now, how much easy can it get ?
For people, who are not enjoying this type of installation, uBuntu has introduced "uBuntu Software center", simple as it sounds .. search in software center of whatever software you want & download it !

4) GUI --> Graphical User Interface is always a major reason of attraction towards Linux. But 'dopest' thing about Linux GUI is that you can change it, tweak it, play with it & make it work like you wanna see your OS. Some popular environments are Gnome,KDE,XFCE and LXDE. Gnome & KDE is very popular now-a-days. Tweak your environment & enjoy OpenSourcing.

5) Gaming --> Most kids are concerned that if they switch to Tux they won't be able to play hardcore blood-spilling Windows games. Well, Our little cute Penguin 'Linux' has everything for you. "Wine" is the software that bridges gap between Windows & Linux, and lets the linux user to play Windows games/softwares in Linux system. If you are steam user, then uBuntu is 'the future'. Read this

6) Updates --> Regular updates over bug fixes in kernel, GRUB & OS are available. You don't need to download 700 MB to 4 GB shit everytime, just use update manager or terminal to update your system.Something like 'patching' & new contents will be available to you with minimal downloads.
Simple, Easy & FREE !

Food For Thought :
-Why to use pirated Operating system when Linux itself is giving you everything for FREE !?
-Most of Opensource/Free source programs are ruling over paid apps (one example is VLC with Opus - killer!, LibreOffice same as Windows Office )
-Why worry about Virus ? Tux is invulnerable to Viruses(This is God-like feeling)Eff you trojans hehe 😉
-Why worry of getting detected by Windows/OS X system server for using pirated OS ?
-Why to pay for OS which don't let us tweak/edit/change the UI as per our style ?

This is an era of Open source & Free softwares.Enjoy Open-Sourcing.
Feel the 'Freedom'.
Sanyam Khurana
Sanyam Khurana • Mar 30, 2013
It's invulnerable to Virus, is the main Reason why I love it 😁
oprime
oprime • Apr 4, 2013
Abhishek Rawal
-Why worry about Virus ? Tux is invulnerable to Viruses(This is God-like feeling)Eff you trojans hehe 😉
Linux is vulnerable to virus/trojans too.
It is just that the hackers are not that interested in Linux at the moment since it is not that popular. It is the OS of choice for web hosts and in those companies, there are very good firewalls. So the hackers most probably do not bother that much.

Also if some vulnerability is found, more than likely someone will report it very soon and the software contributors will plug it very fast. That is the beauty of open source software. Anyone can contribute.
Abhishek Rawal
Abhishek Rawal • Apr 4, 2013
oprime
Linux is vulnerable to virus/trojans too.
It is just that the hackers are not that interested in Linux at the moment since it is not that popular. It is the OS of choice for web hosts and in those companies, there are very good firewalls. So the hackers most probably do not bother that much.
Agreed on that,sir.
There do exist Linux viruses,but due to less number of normal users in linux,hackers prefer targetting huge community like windows.

There are many other reasons like SElinux,Root permissions,distro flavours(No single malware is capable to harm all the flavours of linux),Firewall,etc. why it is tougher to damage linux distro.

oprime
That is the beauty of open source software. Anyone can contribute.
Oh! is it so ? .... Sir! It's like Opensource community work ?
Oh! Thank you very much.Thanks for sharing me knowledge,good sir.
I didn't knew it,I am very new in linux,Infact I have just installed linux 2 hours ago in my PC.
oprime
oprime • Apr 5, 2013
Abhishek Rawal
Oh! is it so ? .... Sir! It's like Opensource community work ?
Oh! Thank you very much.Thanks for sharing me knowledge,good sir.
I didn't knew it,I am very new in linux,Infact I have just installed linux 2 hours ago in my PC.
Yes. It is fully OpenSource.
If you want to contribute, you can visit the Ubuntu Launchpad. Search for unpatched bugs. You can patch the bugs yourself and submit the code to the repository.
There are many more such places where you can contribute.

By the way, Linux is the name of the kernel only, not the OS. We have gotten used to calling the OS by the same name.
Abhishek Rawal
Abhishek Rawal • Apr 5, 2013
oprime
Yes. It is fully OpenSource.
If you want to contribute, you can visit the Ubuntu Launchpad. Search for unpatched bugs. You can patch the bugs yourself and submit the code to the repository.
There are many more such places where you can contribute.

By the way, Linux is the name of the kernel only, not the OS. We have gotten used to calling the OS by the same name.
Hmmm I got it sir !
I didn't knew this too !
Can you explain me more about this term "kernel" ? Sir! 😛
oprime
oprime • Apr 5, 2013
Kernel is the interface layer between the hardware and the application programs.

https://www.linfo.org/kernel.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kernel_(computing)

https://tldp.org/LDP/tlk/ [online book which explains how the Linux kernel works]
Sanyam Khurana
Sanyam Khurana • Apr 10, 2013
Actually Our teacher told us that Linux/Unix based OS works on interpreter type thing, and as soon as some virus type code is detected, it do not execute it and thus, Linux type OS are invunerable to viruses where as in Windows, it works on compiler like thing and all the statements are executed in one go, so virus is much common there...


Could you please tell me, what's wrong in this, sir please?

oprime Abhishek Rawal
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Apr 10, 2013
Sanyam Khurana Here are some important points you may want to consider :

  • Linux systems are by no means infallible, but one of their key advantages lies in the way account privileges are assigned. In Windows, users are generally given administrator access by default. Such is not the case with Linux.
  • Viruses and worms often spread by convincing computer users to do something they shouldn't, like open attachments that carry viruses and worms. This is called social engineering, and it's all too easy on Windows systems. Whereas, Before any real damage could occur, a Linux user would have to read the e-mail, save the attachment, give it executable permissions and then run the executable. Not very likely, in other words.
  • In the Linux world, countless users can see the code at any time, making it more likely that someone will find a flaw sooner rather than later. Not only that, but users can even fix problems themselves. Microsoft may tout its large team of paid developers, but it's unlikely that team can compare with a global base of Linux user-developers around the globe.
Abhishek Rawal
Abhishek Rawal • Apr 10, 2013
AbraKaDabra +1 for Precise explanation 👍

Sanyam Khurana : AKD mentioned it all.But apart from what she mentioned, the reason why Linux is more secure is due its Open-ness,as Linux OSes are Opensource it's next to impossible to hide the Virus.Also,Linux has highly dedicated non-profit community working for it.Even if a small Malware is detected, it will be fixed instantly.
Sanyam Khurana
Sanyam Khurana • Apr 11, 2013
Thanks both of you 😀
Anand Tamariya
Anand Tamariya • Apr 11, 2013
Sanyam Khurana
Actually Our teacher told us that Linux/Unix based OS works on interpreter type thing, and as soon as some virus type code is detected, it do not execute it and thus, Linux type OS are invunerable to viruses where as in Windows, it works on compiler like thing and all the statements are executed in one go, so virus is much common there...


Could you please tell me, what's wrong in this, sir please?

oprime Abhishek Rawal
Who ever told you this has no idea about internals of computer. Take his every word about computers with a pinch of salt henceforth.
Sanyam Khurana
Sanyam Khurana • Apr 11, 2013
Anand Tamariya
Who ever told you this has no idea about internals of computer. Take his every word about computers with a pinch of salt henceforth.
Sad to hear this, that our teacher told us all wrong things 😔
Jeffrey Arulraj
Jeffrey Arulraj • Apr 11, 2013
Sanyam Khurana
Sad to hear this, that our teacher told us all wrong things 😔
All our academics is like that What we see as an error in the younger age is considered really feasible in the next?

Chuck it and learn from Here I personally enjoy my stay here in the past 8 months
Anand Tamariya
Anand Tamariya • Apr 11, 2013
Sanyam Khurana
Sad to hear this, that our teacher told us all wrong things 😔
Well, you guys are blessed to be born in era of internet. You don't have to take ANYBODY's words as gospel truth. There's lot of resources available on the net to learn. Learn to capitalize on that.
Sanyam Khurana
Sanyam Khurana • Apr 11, 2013
Yes, of course 😀

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