Things Linux can do that Windows can’t
Foreword by Rajan Bhave: Linux always amazes me especially by it’s heavy adoption in cloud & IT sector. However, Windows 10 is always more preferable for consumers. But, there are some instances in which Linux outsmarts Windows. Today we are going to see things Linux can do that Windows can’t. Well written by my friend Vishwesh Thonte (AKA neoraz).
- Free and open source
Upgrade to the latest version without paying extra bucks. Get the latest security updates and cool new features without the need to pay for it.
- No long updating time and reboot
Linux distros get updated seamlessly. Mostly, you don’t have to reboot every time you download the latest updates. Also, restart time isn’t affected while being updated. So like windows, you won’t have to sit for hours just waiting for your system to boot, just to copy your favorite videos from your phone or USB.
- Allow multiple users simultaneously
Multiple users can log in and use the computer simultaneously. e.i. Run programs or commands in terminal using super users. These features are mostly used in Servers.
- Resurrect old hardware with useful and updated OS
New and updated version of Linux can be installed on an old system, free of cost. Linux will give the best your old hardware can support, no doubt in that!
- Better management of partitions without extra software
Some advanced partition managing features are available inbuilt in Linux versions. Features like resize and move partitions come in handy for installation of new os, multiboot, and memory management.
- Run live OS
Fully working Operating System features can be accessed and used through live CD or USB flash drive at 4GB you heard it right, just 4GB, without the need for HDD, you can run your OS. Live CD/ USB is portable and can be used on any system supported.
- Run without the need for costly Antivirus(not recommended)
You could run a Linux system without the risk of being attacked by viruses and malware. There’s already less risk when Linux is installed. So if you’re with Linux, you won’t need an antivirus. But nothing is perfect, so you should probably think about it.
- Repository for packages
Linux OS have dedicated repositories that can be used to install free and open source software with just some simple commands, or by graphical package installers. You don’t have to worry about the version or the architecture you require to install that software.
- Install the same copy of OS on multiple systems
The user can install the same version and copy of OS on multiple systems without worrying about piracy and legal issues like licenses and activation keys.
- Auto update programs
Linux users can auto-update installed programs without worrying about versions to install. Latest and best versions of the software can be installed with just a single command or by dedicated stores.
- No fragmentation issues
No need to worry about defragmentation of the hard drive when installing Linux. Can be up for weeks without the need to shut down or restart, no memory fragmentation issues (which may slow down your system).
- Programs removed completely
Once you uninstall a program, you won’t find any residual pieces of your software which may eventually slow down your system. You won’t even need to bother about cleaning registries.
- Use OS while installing
You can use the browser and some installed apps while you are installing the OS. You can also watch YouTube videos while your OS is being installed.
- Variety of Official environments (GUI) available
You can choose between the graphical environments to interact with your OS. Can choose between Gnome, KDE, Mate, Unity, Budgie, LXDE, Cinnamon, Enlightenment you can even remove your GUI completely if you want to.
- No pathname size limit
The pathname, (file names) in Linux does not have a limit. Whereas in Windows, there’s a limit of 248 characters. You cannot have the path name longer than that.
- Less malware
Linux OS doesn’t execute just any random file found on storage devices. Also, no file auto runs that may execute malicious software. Less malware, more secure.
- Mount most filesystems
Linux can literally mount any filesystem. So if you have important data and are unable to access it in your OS, give it a shot with Linux.
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