I love using certain Linux distros as my primary OS. But I’m solely using Windows as of now. The main reason being the availability of certain drivers (specifically audio drivers). Now, this is not meant to imply that one should not consider using Linux because such problems may arise. These problems may arise on any system. I’m just more comfortable with Windows than with Linux.
I started with Ubuntu, which is one of the most popular distros out there. I had then tried a few Ubuntu derivatives like Kubuntu before settling for Linux Mint, which is one of my favourites. Another favourite of mine is Elementary OS. If I had to recommend one, I’d go for Linux Mint.
You might have noticed that every distro I’ve mentioned here is Debian based. I have not tried one which is Arch Linux or Red Hat based. Although, I think I might have tried Fedora, and if I did, it was not for long.
What’s good? It’s flexible – a little too flexible for most people though. You can customise it to your liking if you have the knowhow. And in the process of tinkering, you get to learn a lot. And how can I talk about Linux without mentioning the Terminal?
The terminal is the core of the allure of Linux. You can install and update software, monitor your system, fix bugs and more simply with commands in the terminal. Yes, windows has command prompt and power shell as well – but it’s not as powerful as the terminal. I mostly used terminal for installing and updating software, and for managing and updating local and GitHub repositories.
And why did I switch back to windows? Because it was a little more than I could handle at the time. I needed my system to run smoothly to be able to work from home without much hassle, and my system has some issues with the audio drivers on Elementary OS. I realise that there must ea simple fix for this, but I did not have enough knowledge on the matter and neither died I have enough time to dig around at the time.
This is not to say that Linux is buggy. It is far from the case. Many companies run their servers on Linux because of its stability and flexibility. But like I said, it’s great if you have the knowhow and more importantly the time to invest in learning about the platform (yes, it’s fun – but you have to have the time for it). Or you can go with distros with large community around them, like Ubuntu or Linux Mint.
And one more thing, because of the way data storage is managed on Linux, you can switch between distros without losing much in terms of your personal data and configurations/settings. Just focus on backing up and moving (or not affecting) your home directory in the process of switching.
What are your thoughts on Linux?