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Disadvantages Of Linux
There are three major operating systems for computers: Windows, Mac and Linux. Most people are versed with either of the first two, which are copyrighted, while a smaller number of people are knowledgeable about the Linux operating system, which is open source.
There are differences and similarities in each, and which one you prefer will largely depend on your personality, and you personal computing needs and preferences. Once a person is experienced with one OS, it will inevitably take some time to get used to another.
There is a very large community of people who swear by Linux, but there are some disadvantages to using it. Here are some of them:
No Standard Edition
While Windows and Mac have several definite versions, there is no one standard edition of Linux. In fact, there are hundreds of different user-developed editions. It can be challenging to figure out which one is best for you, and making that decision can be overwhelming for a new user. And it is here where blogs like this come to help: reading reviews can ease the task of choosing.
The simplest way to put it: Linux is not as easy to use as Windows or Mac. It requires a broader base of knowledge about computing than other operating systems, and this can be very challenging for a beginning user. If you are used to using Windows or Mac, you will have to unlearn and relearn many different functions and processes. It can take some time, and the less technical understanding you have the more it will require of you to learn. While it is certainly possible to gain a functional understanding of Linux with practice and self-teaching, it will require more effort than with other operating systems.
A disadvantage to using a Linux OS is that the majority of your favorite programs will not run on it. If you are used to certain software, you will have to find a comparable Linux option. There are hundreds of choices of programs, and there are many that are similar to specific Windows or Mac software. However, a lot of times the user interface is very different and not every function you want is always available. You will have to do some searching and testing of different programs until you find ones that you like and meet your needs.
There is less computer hardware that is compatible with Linux, also. There is a much smaller selection of drivers that will work with Linux, although more are being added on a consistent basis. Oftentimes it takes a while for new hardware to be supported, and you may find that a lot of the hardware you already have will be tough to run on Linux. For some reason, many people encounter problems with running their printers on Linux. Blu-ray discs are also not able to be played using Linux.
While there is a large community of Linux users that are very helpful in answering your technical questions in forums and chat rooms, it can be more difficult to get assistance for your issues. You can ask questions of Linux users, but sometimes their answers will be difficult to understand if your technical knowledge is lacking. There is also no immediate help because you will be waiting for someone to write a response rather than calling a central tech support hotline where someone will answer right away. Also, it can be difficult to find a computer repair person who is versed in Linux.
Compiled and researched by Lisa Hann, edited and proofed using Grammarly grammar checker.
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- DarkDuck27 November 2011 at 23:05Before anyone comments on this post…
This is guest post which was offered to me by Lisa Hann.
Here is my disclaimer: “Views expressed are those of the author and may not reflect my opinion”.Reply
- Gladys27 November 2011 at 23:44So…@ Lisa Hann…
Thanks for your article Lisa but, there’s always a but, as with most things there are always positives and negatives to each point and you’ve tended to focus more on the negatives without much coverage of the positives. point by point I’ll show you what I mean:
“No Standard Edition” you might level this at Windows too as a user who bought a “Home” edition might well be displeased when he/she found that he/she needed a feature in a more expensive edition…yet with GNU/Linux (please remember that Linux is a kernel only and not the operating system) the user can move to a more appropriate product at no cost if needs be.
“Learning Curve” This learning can be invaluable come the day when the user hits a problem. The more savvy the user the easier it will be to get out of trouble, Distributions at the “advanced” end of things such as Arch and Gentoo and Slackware while being demanding of the user create users who can do so much more and this is, in part at least, due to the stiffer learning curve they present. A stiff learning curve isn’t always a bad thing and GNU/Linux offers a range from childishly simple to run to advanced and demanding…the users picks the point that best suits him or her an option no available to Microsoft or Apple users.
“Non-Compatible Software” is more of a change to a different OS, any different OS, rather than a GNU/Linux one as a Mac user would have to find alternative software in order to switch to Windows and vice versa.
“Hardware”, your points are valid yet a new to computers user could simply do the research needed prior to purchasing and get compatible hardware for all but the more esoteric needs.
“Tech Support” The user can always re-install at no cost so the “repair man” issue is less pressing for a GNU/Linux user perhaps. The standard of help available on support forums is, in my experience anyhow, vastly better than almost all telephone helplines and, once more, there is a cost issue to consider here…with GNU/Linux you are getting free help with no call charges.
When all is said and done you made interesting points so I hope you’ll take my reply in a kindly spirit as that is my intent.Reply
- Ravish Tiwari (रविश तिवारी )28 November 2011 at 04:37Well, in my opinion it depends.
Linux has 100’s of distros, that means, more options to choose from, Like in India a lot of Govt organization are planning to use BOSS Linux because it’s support major Indian languages and there is no Royalty for life time uses.
Learning curve, well, my younger brother and my wife,they both are from non-technical background, and they are using Ubuntu without any problem.
Hardware support: yes, to a extent I agree with your view, but, I never suffered because of this. I was using XP earlier, and had driver issues for almost every hardware, Ubuntu was a breeze, I only had problem with Wireless drive on my Lennovo laptop, but, after that it running like a charm.
Software : yes, agree to this to a extent.Reply
- Anonymous28 November 2011 at 04:43Put into direct comparison with Windows and MacOSX these disadvantages don’t really sound that bad. The corresponding disadvantages to either one in almost every category feels worse to me.
Windows Standard editions are hit or miss, with every other new version being a flop or near flop.
Moving from Windows to Mac or vice versa has a much steeper Learning curve than moving from say, Windows to Linux Mint or vice versa.
Ever try to plug in some device into windows without a driver CD? Painstaking hunts for drivers on sketchy websites has always bothered me if I was using older hardware with windows. Might not be as much of an issue lately, but with Linux anyway practically everything is automatically supported or available in the repos.
I find the lack of a lot of Linux-purposed software on windows to be pretty frustrating myself. There’s for example, no elinks or other lightweight image-free web browsers there. My favorite software basically just doesn’t run well on Windows.
When you send an e-mail to a windows support line and they respond with, “We believe your windows may have been pirated, and thus can’t offer you support.” Even though you’re running a valid copy of windows, I find the user-based forums for Windows more useful than the hotlines. Or I could just skip the whole licensing bullcrap problem in the first place and use Linux.Reply
- Nikkels28 November 2011 at 05:07Dear…..
I could change the tittle to < Disadvantages of Using Windows > , then completely copy your article and change all words being linux to being windows, very slightly adapt some parts of the text , et voila.
Then we have 2 articles, yours and mine, which both say very little, but only serve to start yet another war of words,
Disregarding all my comments above, your article was welcome anyway.Reply
- Anonymous28 November 2011 at 05:411. Bollocks . There is only 1 Linux and that is the kernel. The kernel has many versions as the code is updated and new releases are made. You need to rephrase this point to “No Standard Distribution” or something along those lines, and then that would still be a good thing and not a disadvantage. Various people bundle the kernel, with different system applications, and user applications and then provide that as a distribution. The good thing about this is the end user has choice. If you want something “easy” then you go for one of the many point and click distros, if you want something light then you go for something like Gentoo (best distro IMHO btw!!), if you want to go custom then you can download the kernel, build a toolchain and compile everything, build a rootfs and boot the kernel and point it to the rootfs. EASY !!! Now how is having those choices a disadvantage ?? Try and do that with Windows or Mac and see how far you can go.
2. Bollocks. Just because it is different does not make it harder to use. It is just a change in mindset. A normal user would still have the mouse to move around the screen, still have folders to put files in and pretty icons on the desktop, and a taskbar and so on so forth. Booting a Linux system will not bump you in a black console with blinking cursors …. And for power users they have the option to choose how far they want to customise the environment that displays on the screen. E.g. My boot process ends at a console prompt and then I login and if i want to use a graphical app then i would start X and use the mouse. Otherwise I work on the console, comes in handy when i need to do quick things like ssh into another machine/router or mount a usb and copy files to it etc and i don’t need a full blown desktop.
3. Not a fault with Linux distributions. This is a fault with the vendors, just because Windows has the largest market share they refuse to develop for Linux etc … However there are plenty of alternatives and even better replacements in the Linux ecosystem to the propriety systems. Also some major business application vendors do release Linux versions of the application.
4. Bollocks. Unless you have a really weird and obscure device that only ships with a Windows Chinese driver disk then maybe. In the majority of the case this is not the case for most hardware. Printers can be a problem yes and same goes for encrypted Blu-ray disc. However that is not Linux at fault but the vendors who refuse to provide support or driver implementations for whatever their reasons might be.
5. Absolute bollocks. The forums are the best place you can get help fast. If you want to get something resolved even faster then join the IRC channel for your distro or something, you also have the mailing lists. It is just down to a matter of YOU taking the interest and doing the research instead of being lazy and relying on someone from India to tell you to re-image the PC.
IMO it is the culture change that makes Linux appear to be at a *disadvantage* because of lame excuses that Windows has made the norm over the years. If people take it with an open mind and as a challenge to learn something new then most of those *disadvantages* quickly turn the opposite and you find yourself thinking, wtf have been doing using Windows all these years 🙂Reply
- Elder Geek28 November 2011 at 06:04If you speak French, it is not so difficult to learn Spanish. French and Spanish are both based on Latin and have much in common. However a language like Japanese or Russian would be much harder, because they are so different from French. Complaining that Linux is not like Windows and Mac is like saying Russian is not like French or Spanish.
Here is where I stand as a native “Linux” speaker.
NO STANDARD EDITION
I am able to build whatever Linux system I want. I can choose to stay with Ubuntu and strip it down, add different PPAs and packages and custom compile whatever apps I want. Or I can save myself the trobule and pick another “Edition”. Be it a Fluxbox or Enlightenment tweaked buntu. Or building Arch Linux up from scratch for Video Editing. I can even pick a distrubtion out built around XMBC or MythTV.
I find Windows often has gives me the itch I can almost scratch syndrome. I buy a compuer and it comes with Windows 7. If the system bogs down there is only so much I can strip out help speed it up. If I like a highly modified desktop I will have to spend time tweaking every copy of Windows 7 I come across. There is no “distro” customized to my liking.
Lets talk about hardware. I have had several people who have brought Vista or Seven PC’s to me with a bad hard drive. No problem lets just put a new hard drive in and we will use your recovery DVDs to get you going again. Turns out they never made their recovery DVD. If they actually own a valid retail copy of Windows that they can load on the machine, it is often hard to get the machine set up because the drivers are not available and have to be run down. Out of the box Linux is all I can legally load on there for them AND has better hardware support. There is hardware which Winodws handles out of the box better. It is also true there is hardware which Linux handles out of the box better.
I am lucky. All of my non-work software is free so I don’t have to burn up my hobby budget on software. I am also lucky that many open-source programs that I run also have a windows version. Even if I have to run windows someplace, I can still run the software I am comfortable with. There is also a lot of my software that is not available on Winodws or I have to do a lot of work arounds to use it. Again it is all a matter of perspective. Linux sucks because it does not run Winodws software. Windows sucks because it does not run Mac software or Linux software.
I live in an area with a population of 35,000 people and we have at least one local shop that specializes in Linux. I have also been paid to provide phone support for windows users. It is almost impossible to help a windows user who does not even understand the difference between left clicking and right clicking. The same is true for Linux. The less sophiticated a user is the harder it is to provide support to them that they can understand.
Generally speaking I would rather find out what a user does. Set up a Linux box and show them how to use the software. Updates are not a problem. Virus, spyware, nagware and antivirus software are also not an issue. Many of my support headaches are eliminated at that point. With ssh, x11vnc, vncserver my support options are great. I can work over ssh on their system over low bandwith internet connections to fix things. I can work graphically in the background with SSH or I can run a full desktop with vncserver. I can also provide support on a users live desktop with x11vnc.
Overall what you are saying is, I know X and I don’t know Y. So X is friendly and I understand it. I don’t know Y, so I find it undfriendly and hard to understand.
If you want to learn how easy Y can be, there are plenty of us out there who use Linux that would love to help.
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What Is The Difference Between Server OS And Everyday OS?
Understanding how to differentiate a server OS from an everyday one is vital to our discussion. The differences are very specific.
An everyday OS will be able to run programs like MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. including running one of your favorite video games. It enables applications that make browsing the web and checking emails easy. It uses LAN and Bluetooth connections and is cheaper than a server OS.
Server OS, on the other hand, are expensive and rightfully so. These platforms enable unlimited user connections, a greater memory capacity, and act as universal servers for web, emails, and databases.
A server OS can handle multiple desktops as it is optimized for a network instead of catering to a single user.
What Is An Operating System?
An operating system in its most general definition is the software that allows a user to run crucial applications on his/her computing device. It helps to manage a computer’s hardware resources. It helps to support basic functions like scheduling tasks, and controlling peripherals.
Which OS Is Best For Personal Use?
When it comes to home use, traditional Windows and MAC OS are great options. At home, you don’t need powerful OS especially for simple tasks like writing or browsing the web. For gaming, the Windows operating system is well optimized than that of MAC.
Which Is The Fastest OS?
While discussing the fastest OS, there is no argument that Linux based OS is the lightest and fastest OS in the market right now. It doesn’t need a powerful processor unlike Windows to operate at an optimal level.
Linux based OS like Ubuntu Server, CentOS server, Fedora is great options especially for running business enterprises where substantial computing power is mandatory.
Free Operating System Alternatives
We understand that not everyone has enough dollars to afford a high-grade operating system for their computers. However, that’s not all the bad news as there are free OS alternatives which ensure that your computer keeps running. All the below options are available for download, hence you can simply install it today.
- Linux: Linux is absolutely free and will literally run on anything.
- Chrome OS: Chrome OS is available on a number of Low cost and some high-end laptops, like chrome books.
- Free BSD: With its roots connected to Linux, it is the modern-day version of the Berkeley Software Distribution.
- Syllable: Syllable is yet another free alternative for home and small business users only.
- ReactOS: Initially launched as a Windows 95 clone, this OS has come a long way since then.
Notable mentions go to OS like Haiku, MorphOS, Android.
OS Market Share
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Android: 39.19%, Windows: 35.12, iOS: 13.85%, MAC OS: 5 %, Linux: 0.77% are some numbers for the market share of these companies.
As of July 2019, Android’s pervasiveness through portable smartphones has made it an undisputed leader in the Operating Systems domain.
It is followed closely by Windows whose familiarity crosses boundaries beyond the United States. Apple iOS and Mac OS are understandably behind because of their exclusiveness to the Apple brand.Pro Tip: Before deciding on your operating system, try to identify what your requirements are. If you have a budget and want the best gaming and application experience then maybe you won’t mind spending a few bucks on the Windows Pro Version. For entrepreneurs, who might be looking for more than just an application running system, opt for a Linux based system for optimal results.
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10 Best Operating Systems In Market
Get ready to explore the top operating systems that are used worldwide.
- Mac OS
- Free BSD
- Chrome OS
Comparison Of The Top Operating Systems
|OS Name||Computer Architecture Supported||Target System Default||Security Threat||Best For||Price||Website|
|Workstation, Personal Computer||Huge||Apps, Gaming, Browsing||$119 – $199||Windows|
|Workstation, Personal Computer||Negligible||Apple Exclusive Apps||Free||Mac OS|
|Desktop/server||Negligible||Open Source Downloading, APPS||Free||Ubuntu|
|Desktop/server||Negligible||Coding, Corporate Use||Free||Fedora|
|Server, Workstation, NAS, embedded||Negligible||Networking||Free||FreeBSD|
Best For Apps, Browsing, Personal Use, Gaming, etc.
Price: $119 – $199$ (Pro)
Windows is the most popular and familiar operating system on this list. From Windows 95, all the way to the Windows 10, it has been the go-to operating software that is fueling the computing systems worldwide.
It is user-friendly, and starts up & resumes operations fast. The latest versions have more built-in security to keep you and your data safe.
- A robust User Interface which helps in easier navigation, with a start menu on the left side by listing out options and representing applications.
- The Task View feature lets the users switch between multiple workspaces at once, by displaying all the open Windows.
- Two separate user interfaces, one for mouse and keyboard, and the ‘Tablet Mode’ designed for touchscreens.
- Multifactor authentication technology for higher security like BIN, PIN, Fingerprint recognition, etc.
- Automatically compress system files to reduce the storage footprint.
Verdict: The Windows software is simply best because of how it has evolved with time. Its security system is state-of-the-art, its user interface allows convenient usage irrespective of the device that you are using it on. The only thing that will pinch some is its price.
Best for Open Source Downloading, Running Apps, Browsers, and Gaming.
Ubuntu is a Linux based OS that comes with everything that you are looking for in an operating system. It is perfect for organizations, schools, and home use. It is free to download, use, and share and that alone should be worth checking this app out.
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It is backed by Canonical which is a global software company, and now by the leading Ubuntu service providers.
- Ubuntu is an Open Source software, which allows it to be freely downloaded, used and shared by its users.
- It comes with a built-in firewall and virus protection software, by making it the most secure OS around.
- You get five years of security patches and updates.
- Ubuntu is fully translated into 50 different languages.
- It works and is compatible with all the latest laptops, desktops and touch screen devices.
Verdict: Ubuntu is a great option for those with holes for pockets. Its open-source feature is enticing enough to attract many users. But, it also makes up in quality by providing a robust interface, and security features that are too hard to pass on.
#3) Mac OS
Best For Apple-exclusive Apps, Dynamic Desktop, etc.
Price: Free with Apple Devices.
The Mac OS has been the staple of almost all Apple devices as we can remember. It has evolved with time to include the features that first and foremost define innovation.
In recent years, the MAC operating systems have been completely free with the occasional free upgrade by its developers. For Apple users, there is no other option except the MAC OS.
- The new dark mode gives your desktop interface a more dramatic look which is easier on the eyes.
- A dynamic desktop which helps to automatically organize your desktop files by kind, date or tag.
- Continuity camera that scans or photographs a document nearby your iPhone and automatically appears on your mac.
- Discover handpicked apps with the MAC app store.
- New iTunes that allows users to search for songs with few lyrics.
- Prevent websites from tracking your Mac by making your profile more anonymous online.
Verdict: Mac’s biggest accomplishment is how dynamic the look and design of its interface appears. It is probably one of the best looking OS today. Now, Apple is allowing its users to get their hands on this OS and all its upgrades for free, and this has alleviated a lot of burden from Apple users who are already paying heftily for the Apple devices.
Best For Open Source Development, Corporate Use, etc.
Fedora is another Linux based system which gives Ubuntu’s open-source features a run for the money. Fedora is reliable, user-friendly and makes for a powerful operating system for any laptop and desktop computer.
Fedora is the Operating system that is for casual users and caters to students, hobbyists, and professionals working in corporate environments.
- A sleek new user interface that allows the developers to focus on their code on Gnome 3 environment.
- It offers a complete open-source toolbox with languages, tools, and utilities in all just a click or commands away.
- Allows digging into powerful virtualization tools to get virtual machines up and running.
- Containerize the own applications or deploy applications out of the box with OCI (Open Container Initiative) image support.
Verdict: Although also good for personal use, fedora works best for developers in the corporate environment. It has all the tools and utilities that a developer needs to work on in their projects and is free of cost!
Best for Large workload processing, managing multiple databases, etc.
Solaris is a UNIX based operating system which was originally developed by Sun Microsystems in the mid-’90s. In 2010 it was renamed as Oracle Solaris after Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems. It is known for its scalability and several other features that made it possible such as Dtrace, ZFS and Time Slider.
- Provides the most advanced security features in the world such as process and user rights management, thereby allowing you to secure mission-critical data.
- It offers indisputable performance advantages for web, database, and java-based services.
- Delivers high-performance networking without any modification.
- Unlimited capacity for helping in managing file system and databases.
- Allows seamless inter-operability for solving hundreds of hardware and software problems.
Verdict: Oracle Solaris is considered as one of the best free open source OS in the industry by most of them. It allows for scalability, interoperability, data management and security that are all critical for businesses with the need for high-end operating software.
#6) Free BSD
Best For Networking, Internet and Intranet server compatibility.
FreeBSD, as the name suggests is a free UNIX based open-source software. It is compatible with a variety of platforms and mainly focuses on features such as speed, and stability. The most fascinating part about this software is its origin. It was built in the University of California by a large community.
- Advanced networking, compatibility, and security features which are still missing in many OS today.
- Ideal for internet and intranet services and can handle large loads and manages memory efficiently to maintain good responses for multiple simultaneous users.
- Advanced embedded platform catering to higher-end Intel-based appliances.
- Easy to install using CD-ROM, DVD or directly over the network using FTP and NPS.
Verdict: Free BSD’s biggest appeal is its ability to deliver a robust operating system, given the fact that it was built by a large community of students. It is best for networking, and is compatible across multiple devices and is very simple to install. Hence, give it a try.
Website: Free BSD
#7) Chrome OS
Best For a Web application.
Chrome OS is another Linux-kernel based operating software that is designed by Google. As it is derived from the free chromium OS, it uses the Google Chrome web browser as its principal user interface. This OS primarily supports web applications.
- An integrated media player that enables the users to play MP3’s, view JPEG’S and handle other multimedia files while offline.
- Remote application access and virtual desktop access.
- Chrome OS is designed to be compatible with all the Android applications.
- With Chrome OS it is possible to run Linux applications.
Verdict: Chrome OS is an operating software that works fine, but there is still a lot of promise to what it might eventually become. For now, it is good for multi-media, Linux and Android applications. For the other features, we will have to just wait and watch.
Website: Chrome OS
Best for Coding, Personal, and Business Use.
The CentOS is another community-driven open source free software that allows robust platform management. It is best for developers who are looking for an operating system that simply helps them to perform their coding tasks. That’s not to say that it has nothing to offer those who simply want to use it for mundane purposes.
- Extensive resources for coders looking to build, test and release their codes.
- Advanced networking, compatibility, and security features that are still missing in many OS today.
- It allows for seamless interoperability by solving hundreds of hardware and software problems.
- It provides the most advanced security features in the world such as process and user rights management, thereby allowing you to secure mission-critical data.
Verdict: We recommend CentOS to coders than for personal and home use. CentOS makes their coding work simpler and faster. Moreover, it is free.
Best For Running Apps.
Debian is again a Linux kernel-based free open-source OS. It comes with over 59000 packages and is a pre-compiled software bundled in a nice format. It is easy to install and offers a user-friendly interface.
- Faster and lighter than the other OS, irrespective of the processor speed.
- It comes with in-built security firewalls to protect valuable data.
- Easy to install through any medium.
- Advanced networking, compatibility, and security features which are still missing in many OS today.
Verdict: Debian might not be the most versatile of the Operating systems mentioned above, but its free open source feature makes it something that you should try if you are short on cash.
Best For Running Application.
Deepin is an open-source operating system based on Debian’s stable branch. It features DDE, (Deepin Desktop Environment built on QT. It has been praised for its beautiful aesthetics and very appealing interface.
- User-Friendly and Robust Aesthetics.
- Advanced security features.
- Simple Installation Procedure.
- Home to custom-tailored Deepin apps like font installer, file manager, screenshot, Deepin screen recorder, voice recorder, image and movie viewer, etc.
Verdict: Deepin can very well qualify as its own little niche OS. It is free and improves upon many shortcomings of Debian. With more modifications, it will compete with the top operating systems like Windows and Mac in no time.
An operating system is a fuel that is required to run your computer at your convenience. There are many OS out there that make it possible. Choose the best operating system that suits your needs and comfort.
If you are looking for personal use like gaming and browsing, then Windows is perfect for you. If you have an Apple device then you have no other option than using the MAC OS.
For businesses, there is the option of Linux and UNIX based OS. Whatever you choose the above list will help you clarify any confusion and make the right decision.
The Best OS must be capable of:
- Running critical computing applications.
- Manage a device’s software and hardware.
- Connect with the CPU for memory and storage allocation.