Its been just an year when i heard the name LINUX.. frankly speaking i had no idea that there exist any other operating system other than windows. I mean that’s all i have been using since grade 5 on my desktop. when i came to college i heard there exists another operating system LINUX.. my basic question “WHY LINUX??” and the basic answer “ITS FREE” well it didn’t clicked me at once (b’coz i never paid for my XP either ) so it took me 2 semester to get the answer to the very 1st and basic question.. WHY LINUX ..NOT WINDOWS??
what i personally feel is that Linux is “different” .. and by different it doesn’t mean its less difficult, more difficult, better or worse… its just different.
Here this is my first blog post. I’d like to make some points that why linux is not for you.. I am a foss lover.. i wanna promote the linux.. i want everyone to use it.. let me get to the most frequent question in recent times “IS LINUX READY FOR DESKTOP?” i will go for YES.. as we see the user friendly desktop environments.. but still i will say that vast majority of people are not ready for linux yet.. Hopefully the people I’m talking about will be seeing clearly enough to know who they are by the end of this post.
Point number one: You should not use Linux if you’re not willing to use Linux.This get me to the title of the blog that linux is not windows. I think when most people hear that Linux can replace Windows they automatically think it’s going to be just like Windows. Let me put it to everyone this way. If you were to ask me as a Linux user why I use Linux, would I go on about how easy it is to use? Would I go on about how there’s a wizard for everything? How all my hardware is auto-detected and I never have to worry about anything ever? No. Its not that simple and i accept the fact. If we talk about the hardware support. its improving over the versions but there is no denial to the fact that its not simple that you have to do nothing. its not easy to troubleshoot the problems you face and you have to be patient for it.
So for all technical writers who think to do another monotonous Linux vs. Windows article you should probably think first about why you want to see how Linux compares in the first place. What’s your problem with Windows that you want Linux to fix? Does it fix that problem? If Linux was the perfect OS for everyone, everyone would use it, and the same goes for Windows and any other OS for that matter.
Point number two: You should not use Linux if you want to do everything Windows users can do. Want a platform that has hardware accelerated drivers for every card that supports such a thing? When a couple of my friends have asked me, “If I get Linux will I be able to play all the Games I play on Windows?” My answer is always “No, but there are games for Linux, and there will probably be more in the future.” So what am I saying when I give them that answer… what I’m really saying is that Games aren’t important to me, and I could care less if Linux is going to run the latest and greatest games because I could care less about the latest and greatest games. Does that mean Linux has no entertainment value? No. I can easily play Counter-Strike (Using Wine or WineX), and lots of other games both native and non-native to Linux. Unlike users who ask me this question though, I don’t use my computer primarily for games. But still if you wanna play latest games with heavy graphics that wine can’t handle well.. linux is not for you.
Point number three: You should not use Linux if you want carefree, but you probably shouldn’t use Windows either. One of the greatest arguments by technical writers, newbies, or first time Linux attempters is that Linux is not as easy and as care free when it comes to installing and maintaining. The major argument by Linux users is, “yes it is just as easy, you just don’t know how to get it that way.” well i don’t support the excuse. Most Linux distributions that aim for desktop usage are just as easy to install as Windows, at least with the right hardware. but it will not find the problems itself and not guide you to the solution but of course you ll get a plenty of help at the internet and to get there you have to work hard. u just cant be carefree.
Point number three continued: Updating Linux is more time consuming and in some ways more difficult than updating windows. First off, let’s be clear that Linux as a piece of software is just a kernel, so as most Linux users are familiar with, updating it causes you to have to recompile that kernel, unless someone else compiles it for you and you simply put it on there. Either way, the same process has to be done with a Windows kernel, it’s simply that the user may not see this because A) Microsoft doesn’t really update or overhaul the kernel until they have a completely new version and B) The minor changes they do make are mostly distributed in upgrades where users don’t know what it’s fixing anyway. Users do one thing in windows to upgrade; that is of course to click a button that says “upgrade.” Some Linux distributions make this possible. As we all know Debian’s apt-get is great for upgrading and installing new software, and other so-called “desktop distributions” have their own method of automatically downloading necessary packages and installing them. So yes, Linux can just as quickly add new software and kernel as Windows, it just usually doesn’t. You could load my Linux desktop with 1000s of buttons that all say “upgrade” and I’d avoid every one with a passion, why? Because I want to upgrade my system the way I want to. I want to know what I’m putting in, where I’m putting it, and why I’m putting it there. This is something I can do with Windows to some extent, but not fully, and particularly not on a kernel level. So when I update my Linux system it is quite often more time consuming than when I update Windows, but I wouldn’t give that up for the world, because I’m in control, not an upgrade application.
Point number Four: You should not use Linux if you’re trying to destroy Microsoft. Let me say that again for all of you analysts, technical writers, Linux “companies”, and supporters of this so called revolution.
Linux is not here to destroy Microsoft. It’s simply not. Remember what the number one Linux developer of all time said: “… just a hobby, won’t be anything big and professional …” If you ask me, the goal of Linux is not made by RedHat, SuSE, IBM, or even Linus himself. The goal of Linux is made up in the mind of the user you’re talking to, and their goal may be very different from yours. I’ve seen so many people say that the goal of Linux is now to take on the desktop, mainly Linux desktop developers and hardcore Linux desktop users. If you’re going to try and speak for an Operating System you should probably try to at least understand that the goals you’re talking about are not that piece of software’s, nor are they everyone who uses that piece of software, but they are yours, and quite possibly yours alone. Lastly, the ones that don’t fall into the first few categories are the ones like me. We say Linux is going to destroy Microsoft cause it is. Not because we want it to, not even cause we really care if it does. Sure I wouldn’t mind seeing people using Open Source Software and having products that are backed as much by the people who make them as the people who sell them, but hands down it’s not my number one goal. If it sounds selfish to say that I could really care less if Joe Blow is able to, or wants to run Linux, then so be it. The fact is, I really only care if I’m able to do everything I want on Linux, and the fact is, I can.
I’d like to conclude by saying that I realize a lot of my points seem to follow similar lines, they are almost sub points of one another. So if the article seemed a bit redundant at times, I do apologize. I feel as though these points, although pretty much all along the same line of thought are separate and simply tie in to each other very well. The ability and desire to use Linux as an OS requires that you have the ability and desire to learn it as your OS, and this would assume you are able to upgrade, install, and entertain yourself etc. Most people lack the desire to use Linux and therefore end up simply as people with the desire NOT to use windows, so they move to Linux very halfheartedly.
I ll end up by saying that linux is ready for everyone but everyone is not ready for linux.