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Linux is an accessible and adaptable open-source operating system designed as an alternative to commercial operating systems. Linux is highly versatile, with many variants available, and can be used for everything from gaming to managing industrial systems.   

What are the benefits of using Linux? 

1. Linux is secure and private  

“Security through obscurity” is the slogan used for Windows and OS X. The idea is that these systems are secure because the source code is not exposed. “Linus’s Law” says that if there are enough pairs of eyes, any bugs will be superficial. This means that the larger the pool of developers and testers, the faster users will find and fix bugs.  

Linux systems rarely use anti-virus software. The permissions model is more secure, with minimal privileges given to the default user. Given the substantial number of Linux distributions, it is not easy to develop a virus that will work on all Linux versions.  

If a Linux distribution adds a data collection module, as Ubuntu did, users will shout loud and clear. The open nature of the Linux community ensures that someone will see the development and flag it in the Linux forums. Ubuntu’s installation had an opt-out option. It only targeted system metrics designed to improve the product. But the introduction of Ubuntu’s collectl module caused shockwaves.  

2. Linux is free

Linux is an open-source operating system, and most versions of Linux are available for free. The fact that something is both exceptionally good and free is a really big advantage.  

3. Linux is reliable and high-performance

Over time, Windows installations become slow. Users must reformat their computer to meet their needs and reinstall the operating system. Installing new software often requires a reboot. Neither of these cases applies to Linux installations, which provide a more reliable and stable computing environment.  

Linux is also the operating system of choice for many large enterprises. Amazon, Netflix, eBay, PayPal, and Facebook are some prime examples from the internet. Stock exchanges have moved to Linux servers because of the security and speed it offers. Even SpaceX uses Linux on its Starlink satellites.  

In supercomputers, Linux reigns supreme. According to the TOP500 database, the Linux operating system powers all 500 of the world’s fastest supercomputers. TOP500 has been tracking the world’s 500 most powerful supercomputers since 1986.  

4. Linux is also good for old hardware

As operating systems evolve, so do the minimum requirements for a computer. Hardware is ageing faster as new operating systems are released more frequently.  

Lightweight Linux distros are ideal for revitalizing these computers. MX Linux, Puppy Linux, or Pop!_OS are such distributions. These distros have minimal desktop clutter and low resource usage. Puppy Linux is a good example. Puppy runs smoothly and fast with as little as a 333 MHz processor and 256 MB of RAM.  

5. Linux is easier than ever to install and use

Just because it is free does not mean it is hard to install. You can install a modern Linux distribution in less than 30 minutes.  

An effective way to get to know Linux is to download the distribution to a USB drive and boot your computer. You can use all the applications and tools and access the Internet without having to install it on your hard drive.  

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