Replacing Windows With Linux

Linux is a computer operating systems such as Windows and MacOS. But unlike the Windows and MacOS, Linux is a free operating system. To be able to use the Windows we have to purchase a license from Microsoft that is the maker of the factory, whereas to be able to enjoy the MacOS, we even required to buy Apple computer or laptop.

Some of us may not realize that the Windows operating system we use is pirated goods. When buying a laptop for that matter we do not automatically get the Windows operating system. There is indeed a laptop sold with Windows operating systems, but the price is certainly much more expensive. As a result consumers then buy a laptop with a cheaper price, with consideration of later Windows be installed on its own at a cost of install range between $10-25. This is the beginning of thought-piracy against the Windows operating system, more cheap (even free if it can install itself).

Microsoft as a maker and owner of the Windows are certainly not silent so just seen his product was hijacked. Some effort is made such a sweeping pirated Windows towards the Cafe several years yesterday. Then do we as owners/users of personal computers will join the hit sweeping too? that's the question that exists in the mind of each personal computer owners like me. But regardless of the existence of a sweeping or not, we should remember that we have done wrong IE hijack and use the products belonging to others without permission.

Linux is present as free replacement Windows operating systems on personal computers. Features on Linux is currently not inferior to Windows. Maybe just the ease out of habit that can make people choose Windows than Linux. And Moreover if each knows what is in Linux surely they would choose Linux.

Some of the advantages of Linux for Windows:
  • Linux is free and non-free licenses, while the Windows and bordered with a paid license is layered.
  • Linux is more rarely infected (may not even be subject to viruses), whereas Windows is very vulnerable to virus attacks.
  • No need to restart when done install drivers or applications on Linux, unlike Windows should restart always.
  • Linux is better used on network system than Windows, even the majority of internet servers use Linux such as Redhat, CentOS and Ubuntu.
  • EXT file system on Linux is better than Windows NTFS and FAT32.
  • Linux does not depend on system registry like Windows.
  • Have a great forum with the support of the community, unlike Windows that rely on support from the manufacturer.
  • Linux can run some Windows-based application, whereas the Windows could not run Linux-based applications.
  • Linux can read a file system such as NTFS and FAT32 Windows, but Windows can not read the file system EXT in Linux.
  • Some standard applications like Office, Internet and Multimedia are already widely available on Linux.
  • And many more advantages of Linux which I don't know yet
In addition here are some weaknesses of Linux compared to Windows:
  • For beginners who are familiar with Windows, use Linux feels weird and difficult.
  • Often users with specific expertise could not find the application on Linux, such as Corel and AutoCAD.
  • The large number of Linux distributions sometimes confuse users.
  • Support hardware drivers are not as much as Windows.
  • Sometimes found a bug in the specific use, on a specific hardware or specific applications.
  • Security systems such as file permissions are sometimes troublesome users who've already facilitated by Windows.
  • Some process is still done with a script, unlike windows, mostly using click.
  • Windows environment of the already formed to cause problems on the compatibility if only we are using Linux, example: file format has changed occasionally LibreOffice results when opened with Microsoft Office (even if we save in the format LibreOffice cannot opened in Microsoft Office).
  • Will trouble if beginners learn Linux without guidance or tutorial, this is because there are several commands that must be made in the form of a script that is executed on a Terminal.
  • And certainly too many more weaknesses of Linux.
Here's a comparison of applications used in Linux and Windows

After do know the advantages and disadvantages of Linux as well as some existing applications on Linux, then here is some Windows to Linux migration steps:
  • Select a Linux distribution that fits the specifications of our computers.
  • If it lets try with a Live CD or Live USB distro to ensure we choose is in compliance and can walk normally on our computer.
  • Discover the applications that we need in linux, search on google or on the forum.
  • Backup data on other partitions, or even if it can be on another hard drive.
  • Learn properly how to install linux and making its own partition so that the error does not occur which result in loss of data.
  • For starters at least know basic commands in the Linux console, it aims to be able to easily do some pointers gleaned from forums or blogs.
  • Have an internet connection and make sure the modem we detected (via a Live CD or Live USB). It aims so that we are not the confusion after the install of Linux.

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