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Things To Know and Think About When Replacing Windows By Linux

Updated on August 31, 2011

Every computer user on the planet is different. We have different tastes and want different things for our computers. When it comes to choosing an operating system, there are many rivals. By far, majority choose Microsoft Windows. Another handful will pick Linux and some may choose Mac OS. If you are a Windows user and would like to use Linux instead, read further.

First of all, ask yourself why would you like to move to Linux? Is it because you feel Linux is better than Windows or are you simply being anti-Windows? Many people do not consider this question as something serious. "Oh an operating system is an operating system." Wrong. Windows suits most users needs. Those who either like to be different or just get sick of security patches move to other operating systems. Once you have assessed why you'd like to change, the next step in migrating is deciding which Linux distribution you'd like to use.

There is are many (over 40) different distributions of Linux. Not sure which one to choose? Many users use Ubuntu which, like all other Linux distro's, is free. I do suggest you do some research into the different Linux's available and make an informed decision.

Cost also plays a huge part. While Linux can be installed on many computers with no restrictions and for free, Windows must be purchased for each individual computer and licensed. Hence, the more computers you have, the higher the cost. Linux = free.

Next on the list is support. For both Windows and Linux, there is professional support available but for a fee. But if you have an internet connection, most problems are easily solved on a forum or someone's blog. Linux is community based and everyone can lend a helping hand.

Another point for those wanting to move to Linux is that while Linux users can use a program called WINE to run Windows programs on Linux, this is not guaranteed and the program may not work. A useful suggestion is to look up the company that created WINE-HQ and search the site for whichever program it is you'd like to use. This way one can be sure that the program will work. It may not be perfect, but remember it was designed for Windows.

The above mentioned items are merely things to think about before migrating to Linux. Once you have decided on a Linux distro, first try to browse the operating system before you install it to be sure this is what you want.

Windows and Linux can run side by side as long as the system requirements are met. The installation can be done by a professional or by yourself as long as you know what you are doing.

I use Windows for gaming purposes but Ubuntu for everything else. As an Ubuntu user for almost a year, I would recommend it to anyone looking at a Linux distro. The last comment I have to make must be expressed in capital letters:


Which operating system do you use?

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    • KMattox profile image

      KMattox 6 years ago from USA

      Been using Linux for 6 years now. Absolutely positively no regrets! Linux just gets better and better. And by the way, there are hundreds of different distributions!

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      CiscoPixie 7 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all?

      thanks for the comment ThreeGo! i have had many bad experiences with Windows so migrating was the best thing i could do

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      ThreeGo 7 years ago

      I was forced to migrate to Linux when my Windows XP installation imploded, rendering my computer inoperable at a time when I didn't have the money to get it repaired. I'd even lost my XP disks, so I couldn't reformat. I used a xubuntu live CD to recover my data, then wiped the hdd and installed, figuring I'd mess around with it until I got Windows back up and running.

      I've never looked back. I'm now studying network security full time, and looking at pursuing a degree in computer science, all because Windows XP broke down one day in 2007.

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      CiscoPixie 7 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all?

      thank you for commenting. I guess there are people who prefer different things, and it's a good thing. The world would be boring if we were all alike!

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      cedkhader 7 years ago

      I find WINXP very user-friendly. I have a Kaspersky Internet security 2009 with a built-in Firewall and security. I dont need to do a daily update for the OS or applications. So, i dont have much troubles with updating and rebooting.

      I am very happy with WIN-XP. I also use Centos 5.3 as a training field for my work with RHEL 5.x servers.

      It doe not make me happy to type the commands and to find/edit the config files and to do all the hackers' stuff, but it gives the feeling of achieving first-clss jobs.

      I Like Windows, and vice versa , I dont Like Linux, but I have to use it because of its superior features.


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      free ubuntu now 8 years ago from

      Try LinuxMint. It will be less intimidating for newbies because multimedia codecs and flash are pre-installed and work out of the box. It has a task bar and menu appearance that's not much different than Windows. Ubuntu is awesome, but you have to add flash, codecs, and such, although the Package Manager makes it simple to do this.

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      CiscoPixie 8 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all?

      It's definately good!

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      mynameisnotpaul 8 years ago from Kentuckeh'

      I've always wanted to try Linux out, but for some reason have always resisted the urge. I might buy a cheap laptop solely for the OS to go on!