What Is Linux and Why Should I Care?
Mar 06, 2022 - 4 min read
You’ve heard of Linux, but you’re not sure what it is or why you should care about it. You may be wondering how it compares to other operating systems like Mac OS and Windows, which is where I come in I’m going to give you a primer on Linux and why it might be worth your time to check out the platform in more detail. If you’re interested in knowing what Linux is, how it works, and why people are so crazy about it, read on!
History Of The Linux.
Linux was first released in 1991 by Linus Torvalds not a university or government entity. Unlike many other versions of Unix, including Mac OS and Solaris, Linux is not proprietary; rather it’s open-source software available for free from numerous developers around the world. This allows organizations to customize their version of Linux for different uses. In addition, because of its status as open-source software, any developer can modify any piece of code found within Linux. It should be noted, however, that some companies sell versions of Linux under their brand names; these are often referred to as distributions. They may have features added (or removed) but they’re essentially identical to one another. As you might imagine, though, with thousands of users making changes in thousands of locations around the globe, ensuring consistency across distributions may be difficult. You also have situations where certain distributions work well on older hardware while others will perform better with newer hardware. The thing to remember here is that every distribution represents a slightly different set of priorities by what has been added and what has been removed. Ultimately, when choosing between various distributions you want to focus on which best meets your needs - whether those needs are security-related, operational efficiency, or something else entirely.
Who uses Linux?
Although many of us think of Linux as being for tech geeks, it’s a great option for beginners. Anyone who uses a computer regularly can benefit from switching to free open-source software. While all operating systems have their strengths and weaknesses, it’s hard to beat Linux when it comes to usability. And although there are thousands of Linux distributions available, most offer similar functionality making switching simple. Even better, you don’t need an IT degree to get started! Linux distros are user-friendly by design so that nearly anyone with basic computer skills can start using them immediately. This makes Linux ideal for beginners. A newcomer doesn’t need technical knowledge to use it or customize it. They just need some time—and a little patience! If you need help along the way, don’t be afraid to ask questions online or even in person if you know someone else using that particular distribution of Linux.
Common myths about Linux.
While there are plenty of myths about Linux, its purpose might still be a mystery to you. Here are some common misconceptions. It’s difficult: Setting up Linux can require more knowledge than other systems but it doesn’t have to be difficult in practice. Many people find it easier than using other operating systems because they can manage everything without support from someone else. Learning how to use it will take some time but it’s not hard once you’re used to it. And if you decide it’s not for you, that’s fine too—you’ll at least have learned something new! You won’t find any viruses on Linux: Many people assume that they don’t need anti-virus software on their computer if they’re using Linux because no viruses target those platforms. However, just because there aren’t viruses right now doesn’t mean they never will be.
Why everyone should start using it now?
Unlike Windows, Mac OS, or mobile platforms like Android and iOS, Linux isn’t managed by a single corporation that sells licenses to manufacturers. Instead, it’s an open-source platform with thousands of active developers who are constantly improving it—and best of all: It’s free. That means you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a license for new machines when their hardware starts getting outdated (you can just upgrade your PC). Plus, it runs on everything from your phone to your laptop to every server in your office. At first glance, there might not seem like much reason for anyone with one device to use Linux rather than simply stick with Windows or Mac OS. But if you dig into its history, you’ll see that Linux has been growing slowly for years behind the scenes, quietly gathering steam as companies swap out older devices for newer ones; soon it may overtake its competitors. So now’s a good time to take stock of what makes Linux so great and why it’s likely to be worth your time moving forward.