Since this is my first post to my new blog, I could not do otherwise but to write a tribute about the today’s core PC operating systems, Windows and Linux.
Linux comes along with a lot of distribution for PC, the most famous of which are Mint, Ubuntu, Debian, Mageia, Fedora (top 5 hit list for the past 12 months). Everyone can see, there is a distribution for every taste. Most of the distributions are free and open to the public.
Windows come with a standard price for stand-alone licenses, or a reduced price for multiple licences.This means that Linux are able to be used by people or groups of people who don’t have enough or don’t want to pay money for their OS. Also, the free versions of Linux stand to the philosophy “computing and knowledge for everyone”.
To the performance now, many can agree that Linux distros are more functional than Windows. With a faster boot time, more stable and secure system, Linux are preferred for either servers or more hard-core usage, and less for the end-user. The customisation allowance from the user is a key attribute of Linux, making the PC actually a Personal Computer. All these changes can be made via the superuser mode, which allows the user to change everything in the system.
This customisation is not appeal to many. More people prefer to get a non-configurable-ready-to-use system and be able to change only some themes; it is much easier.But here comes the famous saying: why everyone uses Windows instead of Linux, which has more advantages? The answer is very simple; by the time that Linux was developed for the end-user (meaning a more user-friendly interface), Windows was already been used by most of the computers around the world. This comes along with the famous vicious cycle of the operating systems, between the users, the applications and the developers. Having more users in your OS means that more developers are creating applications for this OS, in order to have a higher profit. More applications mean more users, because there are more possibilities on the usage of the OS.
What does this mean? Certainly not the end of Linux. As a very light and multi-functional OS, it can be used in every PC, old or new, offering the advantages and possibilities that Windows cannot offer.
The real question is, can Linux eventually gain a higher percentage of users, and especially in a world of economic crisis that requests a lower cost in everything? The answer lies within the communities that support the Linux distros, and for how long they can keep supporting and creating new things for these.
P.S.1: I personally have a dual-boot, with both Windows and Linux Mint able to run on my PC. The necessity for using some applications, like unity3d, does not allow me to move permanently to a Linux distro.
P.S.2: Mac have not been included in the analysis, as they follow a completely different philosophy.