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Why I Like Linux By Josh Blagden

What I like about Linux is that it combines the strengths of Mac OS X and Windows. Like Mac OS X, it's Unix-based, and can be made to look quite similar, along with having many of the same Terminal commands. Yet, like Windows, Linux can be installed on pretty much any PC, often without any tweaks or hacks, giving you the freedom of hardware vendor. With Windows, you can pick any vendor, but then you have to use Windows. With OS X, you're stuck with only one vendor - Apple - unless you're willing to make a Hackintosh. Sure, you still have to be a little concerned about hardware compatibility, but you're a lot more likely to find a compatible part for a Linux machine than for a Hackintosh, and it'll generally be a lot easier to get working. Vendor-neutrality might not seem like a big deal, but it certainly is when you see your favorite company make decisions you don’t like, the best example being Apple’s Macs from the last few years. With a vendor-neutral operating system, you can pick whatever hardware you like, and if your current vendor of choice makes some bad hardware choices, you can just pick a new vendor. For example, if you’re running Linux or Windows on a Mac and you want a new computer but don’t want one of Apple’s non-repairable and non-upgradable computers, you can just pick a different vendor, like Dell or MSI.

For all of the advantages of Linux, there are a number of things which aren't so great, and a ton of things which could better. For the things which aren't so great, there's the lack of mainstream software and the huge number of distributions, and the likelihood of programming errors. For the things which could be better, I have created a list, if you'd like to peruse it.

I’d really like Linux to get a strong footing in the OS market, but that’s not going to happen unless it becomes more user-friendly, gets more mainstream software, and becomes less prone to programming errors. Until then, Linux will remain an operating system for software developers and hobbyists, who don’t mind tinkering with their systems.

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