Linux & the switch

My biggest reason for switching to Linux recently was the impressive speed I discovered through testing Linux on my old secondary machine. I ran Windows on an old computer my neighbor gave me and struggled to do my homework on it while my other computer was processing machine learning content. I decided to try a lite OS to see if it would speed up the computer. 

After installing Linux Mint on the computer my slow 4GB, dual core Pentium computer was loading content faster than my 12GB i7 six-core computer was running on Windows. My eyes opened up (O.O) and that is why this blog post exists. I installed Linux on my faster computer and have experienced processing speed heaven.

Why stick with Windows

Yes, Windows has a lot of support for its software and many computers come pre-installed with it. Yes, it is most readily available out of the Amazon box. Yes many file extensions are mainstream on the platform. Yes, its everywhere. And yes, the software is apparently bloated…

Apparently it doesn’t take much to reach a speeding plateau with Windows. There is a point where more RAM, more CPU/GPU power won’t save you from the limits of bloatware and cumbersome code. There is a speed ceiling to windows. With that said here is a quick pros and cons list of the two software:

LInux

Pros

  • More free spoftware: Running the Linux OS distrubutions/versions downloadable online are free. The Linux community is generally all about open source programming. This means people are working on each others programs all over the place. There is way more free software on Linux than windows. 
  • Speed: Yes, software is more streamlined.
  • Customization: The entire OS I hear can be built or rebuilt by the user in Linux. While I hear Windows cannot. Though those are things I just hear. What I do know is the diversity of commands and ability to uninstall software and things that would normally be uninstallable on Windows. Nothing is bloat software and everything can be uninstalled in Linux.
  • Lots of support: The popular distributions or software using Linux that has been publicly distributed has a lot of support on the internet. But it takes a practiced eye to really garner the right advice.
  • Social pluses: It is really cool to say, “Yea, I use Linux. I am a B.A Bad a%6”
  • Professional pluses: Linux is necessary in the developer space.
  • Less viruses: I still havn’t installed a virus protection program simply because I was told its safer on Linux.

Cons

  • Steep learning curve: With zero experience in Linux you will need a second computer or phone to debug what is happening with the OS. It is necessary in order to Google all your issues. You can get locked out of the OS. Usually there is a simple fix that you just don’t have the knowledge to fix on your own. That is where the second computer comes in.
  • Only a few versions of Linux are first time friendly: If you are zero on the hero scale of Linux users then you should probably start with the friendliest version of the OS and stick with it. I am subscribing to said advice and staying on Linux Mint.
  • Potential to mess up your operating system or lose data not in the cloud: It is too easy to format your harddrive or lock yourself out by switching accounts in Linux. You should back up your entire file structure to a cloud before tinkering with boot loaders or loaders which help you pick Operating Systems on PC boot.
  • A lot of changes in software: Loads of software on Windows and MacOS are not available on Linux.

Windows

Pros

  • Heavily supported: Windows is mainstream and thus is heavily supported by an online community. 
  • You were probably already taught Windows: This is probably the biggest reason you are not on Linux.

Cons

  • Random updates/restarts: Sometimes the updates don’t work and I have to reinstall my OS. 
  • More viruses: I have to always have virus protection.
  • Chance of random loss of operating system function: I usually have to reinstall my Windows OS every month. I am not entirely sure why.
  • Most software is premium or freemium: Most software costs money.
  • Software is cumbersome & slow: The software is bloated on Windows. It loads lots of unnecessary bulks of code and uses up more memory than needed. It just is not as streamlined.
Do you need Linux?

In the end, what should be done? Shall you sacrifice the short term pleasentries of Windows/MacOS for Linux? Well really do you need it? For me I love my speed and my versatility. I was like spongebob above where once I was aware of the speed I felt I needed it! But many non-tech professionals don’t need it. Dentists may not need it, high ranking construction supervisors may not need it, counselors, social workers and clinicians may not need it like say a programmer would. What should be done in the end is up to you.