Linux is not just an operating system, but rather a mindset to be open and reliable for everyone. I’m one of the fans in the Linux fan club who wants to share my great experiences of using Linux for years with all HackerNoon readers.
Below I have answered some of the questions I encountered in HackerNoon’s Linux Writing Prompt:
1. Why do you prefer using Linux to macOS or Windows?
I prefer Linux over macOS or Windows because it’s very reliable and secure. I like the fact that I don’t have to worry about installing antivirus software to protect my computer from viruses or malware.
Additionally, Linux is supported by a huge community of developers and programmers, which means that if I get stuck with something, I can solve it much more easily than on macOS or Windows.
Due to the fact that it is open source, operating system vulnerabilities are likely to be patched sooner than any other operating system like Windows or macOS.
2. What is the best Linux distribution you have used?
Linux has gained so much popularity over the years that I believe there is a Linux distribution for every use case, with features ranging from advanced computing to specifically tailored needs for everyday tasks for users, professionals, programmers, developers, and multinationals Businesses rich organizations. So the choice is difficult and depends on the requirements.
However, the best Linux distro for me would be Ubuntu. It is the oldest and most popular Linux distribution to date. It’s super easy to use and reliable, and makes switching from Windows or macOS super easy thanks to its user-friendly interface for anyone starting out with Linux. Also, it has a large support base from developers around the world, making it a wonderful distro to try at least once.
3. What is the best thing you love about Linux?
I think the best thing about Linux would be that it is absolutely free and no one ever has to feel like stealing or using like a thief and pirated which is mostly the case with Windows.
Additionally, the best thing you can enjoy as a developer is Linux’s robust package manager, which makes installing any software a breeze. And of course you don’t have to restart the system like you do with Windows for the software to work. Also, the system updates are quick and painless than when you face the blue screen error in Windows.
4. What is your favorite customization for your Linux desktop?
I like the level of freedom and control that Linux gives a user by offering endless customization options that no other operating system has supported to date. My favorite thing to do is play and experiment with the terminal to make it more productive and efficient. My favorite is using Ohmyzsh with the basic Linux terminal.
Here is a collection of some awesome Linux customizations available.
5. What would you advise Linux beginners to do?
A piece of advice for Linux beginners of mine would be to start using Ubuntu if you are unsure which Linux distro is best for your use as this will help with a smooth transition from Windows or macOS to the Linux ecosystem helps.
Also, you don’t need to learn and memorize a bunch of Linux commands; It’s enough to know the few most used ones to get started, and you can always learn more advanced commands along the way. And remember – the Linux community is always here to support you. You can connect with thousands of people on StackOverflow and Reddit who faced the same issues when they started Linux. So there is nothing to worry about.
Here are some tips to make your journey easier.
6. What are some of the myths about Linux that you would like to dispel for our readers?
I have already pointed out some of the common myths in my answers. For example, you need to know many commands to use Linux, or Linux is difficult to use for beginners.
Another common myth, especially among developers, is the idea that Linux is good for servers but not for everyday use. The fact is that even the most experienced software developers and programmers prefer Linux for their day-to-day tasks, so there is no question that it is not good for any programming or software development activities.
7. What tools and plugins do you recommend with Linux for an amazing experience?
There are many tools and plugins for Linux for almost every use case. I would recommend the following: VSCode (code editor), Thunderbird (email client), Dolphin (file manager), DigiKam (image editor), VLC Media Player (video player), LibreOffice (office suite) and Shutter (screenshot tool) . ).
A list of Linux tools and applications can be found here.
8. In your experience, what are the disadvantages of Linux?
Like everything else, Linux has some disadvantages. For example, if you’re a gamer, you might be a little disappointed to know that not many game developers are interested in Linux and therefore very few games support Linux.
Being open source is also one of the disadvantages of Linux due to the lack of technical support. All you can do is turn to Reddit or StackOverflow and wait to find the right answer online in case something goes wrong.
9. What excites you about the future of Linux? What are your expectations for Linux in the coming years?
The future of Linux is definitely bright, and it’s certainly growing in popularity as new distributions come out with great features. Linux has already established itself as the heart of cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Obviously some really great technology is going to emerge in the next 30 years. Linux will most certainly be at the heart of these new innovations. But if I had to pick one area that Linux should emphasize in the years to come, it would have to be the desktop.
10. Will you still be using Linux if macOS or Windows were more privacy oriented and even a bit open source?
Absolutely, Linux is still growing and evolving 30 years since its birth, but the core ideas behind it remain the same, opening the doors to new horizons. And who wants to do without it when it looks as promising as the technology of the future?
That was all on my part. I really enjoyed answering these questions, and I think any Linux fan would, too.
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