End of support of Windows 7, leads to the fact that hundreds of millions of PC users find themselves in a difficult position of an unprotected system is vulnerable to hacks, malware and viruses.
Microsoft will make you believe that the Windows 10 upgrade is the only real alternative to using an insecure OS, but it’s not.
Users who want to avoid Windows 10, its confusing interface and tentacles that gather data can do it easily and for free.
After moving to Linux.
Spoiler: Linux is not scary.
Now, if you think Linux is scary, confusing, or (and I want to say that this is actually good) for the nerds: I heard you. At first glance, it looks like this.
But Linux suffers from bad marketing, not bad product. Without a marketing campaign worth several million dollars promoting one particular version of Linux enthusiasts remains to “sell” each system, as a rule, given its technical advantages, which makes these systems look specific in the unsuspecting user.
However, it is 2020, and the operating system based on Linux (called distributions), such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint is very user friendly. They allow you to continue to do almost everything you currently do in Windows 7 as easily and more safely.
And you really can do almost anything in Linux to view web pages; writing music; edit videos; develop software; conduct research; play famous games; chatitsya with his sister, which deals with tourism around the world … You understand.
If you want to delve into the engine at the heart of your computer can. But if you are happy to stay in the passenger seat, enjoying the view, you can and it is.
Linux is about choice: your choice.
5 reasons to move to Linux
1. Service and support
Major desktop Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora or Linux Mint, get constant support and updates, as a rule, during the lifetime of the release, and it’s all free.
Typically, this includes new releases of core applications (such as web browsers and email clients), as well as software bug fixes and patches for kernel which improve performance, stability and security.
New releases of Linux distributions are released every couple of years, and you have the choice to upgrade to them or not.
But unlike Windows, where “new version” often includes headaches, error and endless rebooting, the distributions are more like “service packs” that they do not require much time to install, does not slow down your system and rarely make radical changes.
In fact, the Linux updates tend to make your system faster, more secure and more compatible is a victory!
By its nature, Linux is much less vulnerable to viruses and malware than Windows (especially generic versions, such as Windows 7).
In fact it is so safe that you don’t need to run antivirus software on Linux systemssuch as Ubuntu or Linux Mint.
Although, if you wish, you can install and run anti-virus software for Linux, and to enable and configure a super-secure firewall. But you don’t have to.
When the Linux kernel or critical system software detected vulnerability in the security system – please note: they are discovered, but rarely used to their advantage by those who find them fast, fix, and update is released for all users as soon as possible through the distributions.
No need to wait and hope that the patch will appear in the next huge update, which somehow will be ready for release, you just get it.
Now not to say that Linux security holes and no flaws. You should always follow safety rules. But some of the basic chores that you had to perform in Windows 7 is simply not needed.
3. Safe installation of the application
Modern Linux distributions come with preinstalled software. They also give you access to even more (often free) to the number of applications using a special tool to install the software or package Manager.
Yes, you don’t need to use a web browser to download the application installer from an obscure web site, scan it for viruses, double click on it (hoping that there are no spyware) and scroll through endless dialogs of the installer.
To install applications in Ubuntu or Linux Mint you are using an open built-in application – Software Center, look through thousands and thousands of free apps depending on the category (for example, office, music, video, etc.) and when you see it, you just press the “Install” button to install it – all without the cost and hassles!
Moreover, application updates are installed along with regular updates of the system, and you can configure automatic updates in the background.
Available applications include such well-known things like VLC, Steam, Thunderbird, and Spotify. But there are tons of less known (but equally brilliant) home applications, such as Rhythmbox, Cawbird and Geary, which enable software source code to work for your money.
4. Absolute control
There is an assumption that in order to “get along” with Linux, you need to be quite technically savvy or in some way interested in the inner workings of operating systems and computers, etc., but it is not.
The “difference” between Windows and Linux is that Linux gives you choices. You can open the hood to access the engine under it if you want. But this does not mean that it is a duty or you may ever need, but the choice is.
And this word is important because your “choice” applies to almost every bit of the system: you can change and customize nearly every piece of Linux – supporting hardware to the selection of applications, the appearance and placement of your desktop.
But again, I stress: do not think that since there is a possibility, then there is a need to do it all. “Standard” settings of Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other systems developed in order to be prepared to work out of the box.
5. System updates
The upgrade system didn’t seem particularly attractive, but for Windows users the way in which this update is achieved, it may seem rather strange.
Watch the updates of the Linux distribution (usually) do not slow down your system, do not load more space and doesn’t lead to an infinite error when you restart the system to install them.
In fact, the system updates in Linux, usually free space, speed up your system except for kernel upgrades rarely require a reboot (and Ubuntu LivePatch even allows you to perform kernel updates without a reboot).
The new version of Ubuntu and Linux Mint are released frequently. But unlike new versions of Windows, which aspire to change the situation, the updates for Linux are more like “service packs”.
Ubuntu releases new versions every 6 months, but if you use the LTS version, you will have to update only every 3-5 years, depending on your preference.
Upgrades and updates work the same way; you get a notification, push button, and installation happens in the background, rarely you need any more input.
There are many other good reasons why users should switch to Linux, so share your story of successful relocation in the comments section!