Why Windows is Better than Linux

My Experiences with Linux

I have tried a few of the large "user friendly" Linux distros. Spent a few days or weeks of my free time trying to make everything work, but couldn't. For me the lack of drivers were the biggest problem also (connecting either my broadcom wifi card or the mobile internet card to use the internet).

Most of the people have other (better) things to do in life than mess around with their computer all the time just to have a all round working operating system. While I'm not debating that Linux as an OS is better than Windows, Windows is just easier to use and with Plug-and-Play Microsoft really beats all its competitors. In fact, that is exactly why Microsoft beat all its competitors in the early 90s.

Below I will list some reasons why Linux, as a primary operating system on computers (of course you can partition your disk and install both, just to play around with Linux), does not come close to Windows:

No, or Limited Drivers

For example, there is no, or very limited wireless card drivers which means there is no internet connection on your computer. Nowadays Internet is pretty much a must have to have a really productive work experience. Of course, you can (and should) work offline, but you need to check your emails, send your work to other colleagues or the boss. Also for Linux, to make sure that everything does work, you constantly need internet connection (for new updates and drivers). Windows is not as Internet connection dependent.

Updating

With Linux you can update ALL of your programs with a single click. In Windows, only the operating system upgrades, not everything. Me personally, I don’t want the operating system to know what programs are installed. In this respect Privacy is better in windows.

Linux advocates say that to have your updates take affect, you don’t need to reboot your operating system. In Windows you don’t need to either. They just install when you start windows the next time.

Softwares and Applications you can Download is Limited

Those of you who have even looked at other operating system applications beside Windows (this also applies to Max OS-es, although to a lesser extent) the available programs, applications, softwares, drivers, plugins and who knows what else.

3D Desktop: Linux Compiz Fusion vs. Windows

The reason why this isn’t an advantage is because for most people Windows computers are just workstations, they don’t care much how it looks as long as they can get their job done. Me personally, the way those windows came up just really annoyed me (I know, I can turn it off, but that too requires some time and effort, I can spend better).

Installing Software is More Difficult

You have to type in commands, always type in your username and password. In Windows you just press two of three icons with the automatic pop-up installation wizard.

Additional Programs Installed During Installation Process

When you install Linux many additional programs are installed also, many of which you will probably never use, like and instant messenger. During Windows installation only those apps are installed that everyone uses, so no wasting of your hard drive space. And they are not as easy in Linux to delete as in Windows. Same goes for the package manager in Linux, although they are pretty much just installer files, the average user doesn’t need most of it.

Limited Plug-And-Play

Hardware drivers are not recognized and downloaded automatically in Linux distros. This probably doesn’t need much explanation; you just plugin your new camera, printer or whatever, and it just works with Windows

Wine

There is a program called Wine for Linux, which runs Windows programs under Linux, however many programs don’t work too well with Wine. Also when you have to use and other program to run a program or application in your operating system is just doesn’t feel rights (somewhat lame, should I say?).

Open Source

This would be and advantage for Linux if most Windows users cared to mess around with the coding of the operating system, but as most Windows owners are users, not developers, this isn’t really an advantage of Linux.

No Official Online Place to Turn to When You Have a Technical Problem

 I know there are commercial companies and websites for Linux too, but the feeling is just not the same when you turn to a company that has made ALL the components of its operating system from the first to the last code letter. Also forums for support aren’t the ideal; when you need to have a technical problem to be fixed right away, forum help process of I get back.

No Standardization

Many packages (Linux name for programs and applications) just don’t install in other distros, or you need other packages (dependencies) to install, which might still need another package.

Graphical User Interphase (GUI)

Its user interface (GUI) is a lot different than that of Windows (The order of apps and programs, and the subfolder system is different in a many ways).

Better Gaming Experience

Many say that Linux is more powerful for playing RAM resource demanding games. Most people do not play games on windows, maybe only simple games like solitaire or minesweeper when they are bored. You don’t need Linux for that

Safer

With all the anti-virus, -malware, -spyware, -Trojan Horse, and -keylogger programs out there, these are not much of an issue. In my years of experience with Windows these programs were pretty effective in finding and deleting them. Also with all the system optimizing programs, Windows can be run smoothly.

More Stable

Many people say that Linux is a lot more stable, and it doesn’t crash. I have used Windows for as long as I can remember, and it never crashed on me. It even froze only a few times, but when you save your work with CTRL+S often you don’t really loose your work, in fact, when I am working in MS Word, I usually save my work after each paragraph or so (again, it just takes two keys to press simultaneously to do so, and no popup windows will disturb you about the location of saving). 

Boot-up Speed

Windows loads within one or two minutes too. Meanwhile it loads, I always do other things, and by the time I finish those, Windows is up and running. Who should care if an operating system loads within 1 minute or 2 minutes, this is an argument only for those who want to bash windows in everyway possible

Regular Clean Installs

Every year or so you should backup (save it at an external driver, pendrive, DVDs, etc) your files, and documents, and clean install your OS just get rid of all the custom settings, apps, softwares, etc that you have not used in a long time, and don’t need anymore. With everything out of box in Windows, Installing and setting everything up again is a snap.

Warranty

As there is a central company behind the operating system, and you payed for it, they provide a guarantee, that if the operating system in not working properly, they will fix it, or replace it. In Microsoft’s case that is 30 days. Also many retailers, where you by your computer with preinstalled Windows on it, will tell you in their contract that if you install another operating system (most notably a Linux distro) on the computer you bought, you will loose their warranty.

End User Agreement for Windows Link:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/eula/home.mspx 

My Opinion

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not a big Windows fan boy, I just want an operating system that saves me time, not wastes my time. And among the three big, worthwhile tries (Windows, Mac OS, Linux), Windows accomplishes that by far the best.

Having said all that, Linux has a huge potential, especially, and mostly, because it is free. If Linux (any of its distros) is able to get a user friendly, everything-out-of-box type operating system (I know Linux is only the Kernel, but average users don’t care about that either), than it will really be popular. And seeing Mac OS-es, which has a Unix kernel similar to Linux, it can be done.

What Do YOU Say?

Please share your opinion! Which operating System do you use? Why? How experienced are you?

Update 2010

UPDATE 2010: I have discovered a disto called PCLinuxOS. I was a pretty much out of the box type OS, since it had the wireless card driver a media player codecs preinstalled, all of which were missing in the 4-5 big distros I have prior to this on. I don't use PCLinuxOS (abbreviated: PCLOS) too much either, as I am used to WIndows, and the little tips and stuff, however, PCLOS has to potential for me to replace Windows in a few years as my primary OS.

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No Linux (urgs) 3 years ago

You are 100% right. I dont have to add any command.


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newfyworld 3 years ago from out in the Boonies

I completely disagree. Linux is, in my opinion, better than Windows. I only use Windows if I want to play Sims 3. That's it. Every time I use Windows, I hate every second of it. The only thing that's on my mind while I'm using Windows is how much I hate it. First of all, for the GUI part of Linux, a lot of Linux users do not even use the GUI. Second, Compiz Fusion is just a compositor. It's not even a GUI. There's many out there; GNOME, KDE, Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce, Lxde, etc. Linux is one of the most customizable OS's out there.

Now, that being said, it doesn't mean that you HAVE to customize it. Ubuntu, a very popular Linux distro, comes with a lot of drivers. And you don't need to use terminal commands to install programs. Ubuntu has a software center where you can install programs.

With linux, you can have amazing boot up speeds. And as for backuping and clean installing, there is no need for that. Unlike Windows, Linux doesn't get slow and rusty after time passes by. Also, Linux is great for all computers, whether it's alienware, or your mom's old computer. Linux doesn't consume all your RAM like Windows does.

Plus, you can dual boot Linux and Windows, so you will have both. I actually have a hub articles for dual booting Linux and Windows.

And if you don't want to spend the time learning Linux around, there's a distro called Zorin OS. This distro is aims towards Windows users just like you. It really is a great OS for those who who are used to computers, or those who are illiterate towards technology. In fact, you can make Linux look just like your Windows OS if you are REALLY touchy towards change.

Now, I don't mean to offend you at ALL. This is all just my opinion. If you have some free time, try to look into Linux one more time, preferably Ubuntu. Thanks.


JohnOS 3 years ago

Alrighty... First and foremost, most people that doing gaming do it on a Windows computer, not linux.

Second, wine happens to be a great workaround to using proprietary programs and such that was only developed for Windows computers.

Third, I should point out that running "two or more" anti-virus programs on Windows will bog down your system as bad as a virus, plus they will not work well together... so, don't do it.

Fourth, the writer of this article has many more years of experience with windows than any linux distro... I believe the ratio is a week or so to years... In the beginning when I was first using linux I was having the same issues... however I did more research.

Fifth, "I don't want linux to know what programs I run" You think Windows doesn't know what is installed on it...?

Sixth, linux tends to be more secure against viruses, trojans and other online "ickies". This isn't because it's safer, they were developed with Windows in mind. More users, more targets. Linux is NOT secure, nobody cares about the 2% of the people in the world using it though.

Seventh, yearly clean installs of windows? Are you repurchasing those new keys too? I doubt it but, most people when they buy a computer it doesn't come with a Windows installation disc. Not to mention most "users" don't know how to do an install of an OS without hurting themself.

Yeah... I am not too fond of this article...

Windows is best OS for gaming. Linux is unable to run most ganes.

They both have decent driver support.

It really comes down to what the end user wants to do.


Lei00 3 years ago

"In this respect Privacy is better in windows."

LMFAO :D OMG sooo funny !


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Sutarman Ngadi 4 years ago

even now i was using Windows XP, i was loving linux more than windows.. why???


anup 4 years ago

@jingaling,bubba

being IT/networking prof doesnt mean that u know everything about Linux

I am an average PC user and i may have far more linux knowledge than u guys.

I WANT 2 TELL 2 EVERYONE WHO THINKS LINUX IS VIRUS FREE OS

1. there are several critical reports of linux being hacked by viruses which are given "root" permissions

2.it is good that linux supports most hardware drivers but still u will face some one or other serious hardware issues and that can drive u mad

3. there is really grub bootloader problem in popular distros where u can not boot into ur fav distro after 1st install or after taking huge update.You will go very mad about this,u will search entire forums but still no solution

4.power of linux is being open source & its greatest weakness is also being open source

5.u will screw up ur system after taking update or upgrade;if u upgrade ur kernel there is no guarantee that it will boot up properly

6.compare "chmod" with just click of "exe" and tell which one is easy.

7.Installation part is trickier,it requires knowledge of swap partition,ext2/ext4/etc partition,etc...and even drives are seen as hda1,hda2 in linux installation...it can confuse u.

i have tried many distros for past 5 years,I started with ubuntu,linuxmint,pclinuxos,opensuse,fedora,pinguyos,list goes on.....Out of all pclinuxos is the best BUT i have finally switched to windows because every distro i have tried had serious hardware issues because of lack of particular driver,even forums dont include proper solutions.I installed Linuxmint 13 KDE 15 days back after taking update it just didnt boot up;I tried searching forums to fix this problem for 72 hours but couldnt solve it,I tried to fix grub issue but couldnt

Linuxmint 13 kde has buggy software manager[GUI] it doesnt install packages-this is a known bug but devs are arrogant in fixing this bug

there is no bluetooth driver for Linuxmint 13 - i solved this driver issue in 48 hrs....the buggy list goes on n on where i wasted my precious time

I talked about only one distro - there are other distros too......

LET ME TELL U - LINUX SYSTEMS ALSO CRASH BADLY AND THEY ARE NOT EASILY FIXABLE AS WINDOWS IS.

finally i have made my choice stick to windows and dont srew up ur system

i just want to prove that linux is not better than windows.


Aku 4 years ago

Bubba just cause you are very experienced in computers doesn't mean anything I've been using windows ever since i was 5 and I haven't run into one problem yet. Its called 1. Don't go to retarded sites that you know will most likely get you a virus 2. have more than one Anti-Virus 3. never ever buy stuff that you know are scams....COMMON SENSE! I respect this guy's opinion...he did very well!


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Csanad 4 years ago from Budapest, Hungary Author

I did try a few versions of Ubuntu, as well as other distros.

By the way, I now beginning to use my Android tablet more than my Windows laptop.


anonymous 4 years ago

What I find odd is that the author of this article (an 'average pc user') Seems to have not tried ubuntu. It seems to me that most people use ubuntu as their first Linux Distro. It doesn't have any of the problems outlined in the article (except for the software bloat, but that's there so it works out of the box).

It comes with a huge array of drivers for every network card imaginable, software can be installed through the Ubuntu Software Center and it pretty much has no viruses. Also, the new GUI is incredibly easy to use, to the point where it bores the average nerd.

I have nothing against Windows (except for its instability, viruses, resource consumption and the lack of control it gives the user) and I don't use Ubuntu anymore (Arch Linux is just too cool to not use). But for the 'average pc user', there are Linux Distros that will work better than windows.


bakabreak 4 years ago

It's funny to see people simply assume that having 10+ years on your OS of choice gives you the right to bash other people views. (Yes, Bubba. And Jingaling too)

And then, each time someone disagrees with your views, you simply label them as a "fanboy". (or "fangirl")

Common courtesy is something long disregarded in the internet. It's pathetic.

How do you keep doing your job for years with that kind of attitude? Do you really work as an IT consultant, or are you just making those up?


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Csanad 4 years ago from Budapest, Hungary Author

I have tried close to ten different distros, and a number of desktop GUIs. Whereas distros are becoming easier to use, they are still far from the ease of use of Window (currently Vista is my primary and PCLinuxOS is my secondary OS). Most people never install any OS they just want to use it. Instally softwares in windows is much easier then in linux (if they are not in the repository), and the codec and driver (wifi card) issue is still a huge problem in linux (except for PCLinuxOS). As for crashing, it hardly ever was an issue for me in windows, neither was viruses, malware, etc, you just need a good free antivirus. I don't know what is difficult in installing window. Windows is easier to fix (you don't usually need command lines, just ask any IT expert either online or offline.)

Don't get me wrong, I would love to see linux to be as easy then windows, and although it made huge steps towards that direction it is still lags behind in a numbeer of ways.


Paul 4 years ago

I have my 65 year old mother in law on pinguy os. This is easier to install than windows bar none. Operating system and every program you ever need installed good to go in 20 minutes flat with rock solid stability blazing speed and immense security. Is windows more difficult to fix? Yes is it free? No. Is performance on her old celeron shocking? Absolutely. Does pinguy load every driver, never crash and "just work out of the box" yep. Windows just sucks the life out of you and takes away hours of your life you'll never get back.

Ps I think you are an uneducated muppet


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KMattox 5 years ago from USA

Windows is okay. It works most of the time. I stopped using it for many reasons. It's okay if you prefer Windows. I personally don't like Windows. You're right it is easier in many ways like downloads. However that is exactly what makes it unsafe and buggy. Anything with a .exe extension in Windows will attempt to operate. When that happens the file could be anything and that is partly what makes it susceptible to viruses are Trojan horses.

Linux has become much easier to use and install then it used to be. These days most distributions have drivers for most hardware. If that hardware doesn't have a driver it likely will soon. Free office applications in many different flavors, usable games in may forms, software repositories for proven safe virus free software for your distribution that will work.

It is actually an advantage that Linux distributions are so different from one to another. They have different methods of installation which is partly why they are so well protected from viruses and other unpleasantries.

If you enjoy Windows that's okay. To each his own.


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djeff37 5 years ago from Converse, TX

I would like to list the many different ways in which Linux is better than Windows, but I won't because I am greatful that Microsoft produce such a poor operating system. If it was as good as Linux then the many Linux users would probably have to worry about the malware that plagues Windows. The hackers and producers of malware follow nature in that follow the path of least resistance and thatis Windows.


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pranksteroo7 5 years ago from New Delhi

Windows the Best!!! and will remain!!


M$ Basha 5 years ago

I love how I go to this http://hubpages.com/technology/A-Basic-Review-of-L... article by the same author, Csanad, and before I get halfway through the first paragrath i read this:

"The advantage of Linux as opposed to Windows is that (beside being free), is that it is extremely easy to install and set up. Anyone who has installed Windows before, knows, what a time a time consuming issue it is to search, download and then install all the proper and necessary drivers and utilities."

but wait didnt he, in this article you are reading right now, say:

"No, or Limited Drivers

For example, there is no, or very limited wireless card drivers which means there is no internet connection on your computer."

and:

"Regular Clean Installs

Every year or so you should backup (save it at an external driver, pendrive, DVDs, etc) your files, and documents, and clean install your OS just get rid of all the custom settings, apps, softwares, etc that you have not used in a long time, and don’t need anymore. With everything out of box in Windows, Installing and setting everything up again is a snap."

I rest my case.


M$ Basha 5 years ago

Come on I can name three distro that come with easy setup, like windows, and i have only used 4 distros. Ive used Ubuntu(10.04 onwards), LinuxMint(11), PinguyOs(10.10-11.04beta) and PuppyLinux which has no setup, it runs off your usb to fix broken computers, namely windows computers.

And each of these distros have a central company behind them, except for PinguyOs (based off Ubuntu), while stil costing the pricely sum of $0.

I really could not be bother to read the entire article so there was a few points.

(I also bash apple fanboys)


jon l 5 years ago

For practical reasons windows wins and most primary school kids can use the operating system as for linux it has always seem a niche system used by computer programmers and viewed as an under dog to windows.Having the choice a world without windows would be great


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Csanad 5 years ago from Budapest, Hungary Author

I'm not saying that Windows is more secure (obviously that is not true). What I was trying to say is that Windows is a more user friendly OS. For example I could never connect to internet because I need to download the wifi card driver (you need internet to connect to internet, what kind of logic is that?). If any linux distro manages to be as automatically set up as Windows, than it really will crush windows, until then it is just a promising start.


Jingaling 5 years ago

I absolutely, 100% agree wirh Bubba. A lot of that post was absolute rubbish. Im an IT professional woth over 10 years experience in the industry. Linux is absolutely far more secure than windows, the file system works in such a way to make virus almost impossible to infect. Windows on the other hand is a viruss wet dream. why do u think so many anti virus programs exist for win but hardly any for lin? because it isnt required!

Im sorry but if u try to tell me that ur windows os has NEVER crashed that is an obsurdity. windows crashes daily, fact! no extra programs? ? ? what about minesweeper, solitair, hearts, windows media player, wordpad, paint, windows backup, works. to name just a few. linux distros come with very little installed by default on the most part.

im all for open debat but please, if u r going to blog, get ur facts straight!


Bubba 5 years ago

You've got to be kidding me. Obviously, you're on crack. In addition to the other stupid, inane, and utterly b.s. observations you make in your post, Windows is safer than Linux? You're going to try and convince people that Windows is safer than Linux...really....seriously? How much is microSOFT paying you to write that shit. I have 20 years of networking experience designing and installing systems for some of the most prestigious fortune 500 companies in the world. Do they have Windows OS on their workstation computers? Sure. And what do you think is guarding all the portals? What is the last line of defense in that network? You guessed it; Linux. With windows it's not a matter of "if" you get a virus, worm, trojan, or some other type of exploit; it's simply a matter of "when." This is why the Linux kernel is what stands between all those windows systems and the outside world. Also, how dare you say that windows is more stable than Linux. Get real, man. Your buffoonery is only matched by the sheer number of people following you. It's pretty much common knowledge among even the uninitiated that windows is the least stable OS on planet earth. Linux, on the other hand is the most stable, secure, efficient OS in our solar system. Is it for everyone? No. Is the learning curve steep? Absolutely.But pretty much everything else you wrote in your post is complete crap.


Patrick 5 years ago

Did I really just ship that with grammar bugs? Not a good look.


Patrick 5 years ago

You spent all that time writing that instead of doing what? Just kidding.

I just want to let you know you are probably using linux every day. Chances are the set-top box that runs your cable or satellite television is built on Linux. The same with a ton of devices you rely on and find highly usable.

As for the desktop, yeah, you are probably right. It isn't for everyone. It takes to much critical thinking, specialized knowledge, patience, and community interaction to run Linux. I do it, but then again my IQ is in the buck fifties.

You did make some good points. Respect.


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Csanad 6 years ago from Budapest, Hungary Author

Thanks for your comment mgarrahan.

Yes, in fact I am an average user, and you are right that Linux is geared towards those who really want to control all aspects of their operating system. This hub's purpose was to present the point of view of the average user. I feel there are just too many praises of Linux on the Internet, and not presenting the real, unhyped review of Linux for the average user, and way to many bashing of MS Windows. Based on my research Linux is much better for power users, but only to them, and not for the average user.


mgarrahan 6 years ago

I respect your opinion, though I believe you're selling Linux a bit short. You seem like your average, everyday PC user, which is exactly the type of user that Windows is best suited for. Linux is best suited for those who are more serious about having 100% control of the functionality, performance, and appearance of their system. I personally like the fact that I can take an operating system and tweak it to my exact specifications.

It's a personal preference really, and depends on your own level of interest in your computer. If you just want something that runs and will do the job, then Windows is a good choice. If you want to have more of a say over HOW your computer runs, and want it optimized for certain tasks, then Linux is probably your best bet. It's also nice that Linux distros are free.

Good all around write-up though, some interesting viewpoints.

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