25 Apr 2019

10 Reasons To Change Windows For Linux In 2019

Probably many have already heard about the growing opposition of these two operating systems. The most popular Windows is gradually losing ground in the face of free software — GNU / Linux. Is this justified? Of course, I am not talking about the redistribution of the OS market, but the percentage of Linux users is growing steadily, which is only worth thousands of distributions that have appeared over these three decades. In general, today I decided to look at the situation from a certain angle, and present you ten reasons to change Windows to Linux in 2019.

Why it is worth changing Windows to Linux

Besides, before starting the article, I want to remind you that this is just a subjective opinion. It does not claim to be absolute truth, and if you want to express some opinion that is different from mine, then you are welcome to leave comments. It should also be noted that not all these ten reasons are the reason for changing one operating system to another. It is possible that explicitly in your case, Linux distributions may not have the necessary functionality. In this case, however, preference should be given to Windows.

The first reason: free

It is a slightly fishy reason, considering that in the CIS countries many people use Windows also for free. However, if we believe certain sanctions applicable to such users, and then it no longer looks so useless. Indeed, most Linux distributions are distributed under a free license, and this means that you can legally install them on your computers, and also use them freely.

The second reason: security

Another reason to change Windows to Linux is the security of the latter operating system. Viruses are written mainly for Windows, and therefore, on the same Linux, you can forget about antivirus software and other unpleasant things related to it. Unless you are very much into getting self-virus infected. Besides, we must understand that the principle of operation of any Linux distribution implies enhanced security. Specific actions with system files require root privileges. You can get them only with the permission of the user, and therefore the probability of infection by malware is significantly reduced.

Third reason: free software

Most programs for Linux distributions are free. Moreover, it is developed and maintained by the community and is open source. Therefore, you, with specific knowledge in the field of programming, you can be sure that the program performs this or that function, and there are no "surprises."

Fourth reason: performance

Linux itself is strikingly more productive than other operating systems (for this reason it is used on servers), even with the presence of graphical environments, Linux distributions continue to be of low PC resources. Moreover, if, say, you have some old laptop a decade or two ago, on which the new versions of Windows slow down, then the lightweight Linux distribution (with the Xfce or Mate graphical shell) will breathe new life into it. According to users, old PCs start to work much faster, and thoughts about changing the system fade into insignificance.

Fifth reason: universality

As I said, for the entire existence of Linux, a vast number of various distributions have appeared. They are all very similar to each other, and at the same time very different. For example, different package managers can be pre-installed there, various shells (fit every taste), and even a diverse package base. In general, there is something to choose from, and it is for this reason that many users stop on Linux operating systems.

Sixth reason: confidentiality

If in the same Windows, for example, some user data can be revealed, and then the policy of Linux and all free software, in general, is the respectful attitude to the personal space of each member of the community (user). For many, this is one of the main reasons to change Windows to Linux, especially in connection with recent events (when it turned out that specific data about users is leaking in Windows 10). In any case, using Linux be sure that all your data remains safe and secure, and no one except you has access to it.

Seventh reason: open source

As I said before, most Linux distributions are open source. It means that absolutely any user can see how a particular element of the operating system works. It also means that users can control the developers, not allowing them to implement some not very good features in the distribution.

Eighth reason: flexibility

Thanks to the flexibility, you can wholly and utterly shovel up your entire OS, making it all that your heart desires. It is valid both for customization of the interface and for other aspects of using the operating system. You can even self-edit the source code of the Linux kernel because its openness allows it.

The ninth reason: stability

Every properly configured Linux distribution has excellent durability. You do not have to reinstall it every six months or a year, because it is "clogged" (Windows users will understand), and you will not have to endure the brakes and lags after a certain amount of time. The system itself is built in such a way that all its elements work stably and efficiently, even five years after installation.

Tenth reason: the development of their skills

Using Linux, you will develop your computer skills. Gradually, you will begin to understand the difference between user and adduser, and why sudo should be used with great care. Moreover, by using one or another distribution kit, you will begin to better and more deeply understand the PC device, its elements, and software.


Are these ten reasons to change Windows to Linux enough? It is up to you to decide; however, as I said in the introduction, you should remember about the specific tasks that you perform on the computer. For example, if you are an avid gamer, and are thinking of switching to Linux - the solution is not the best, because games in Linux still have inferior development. And at the same time, if you are a programmer, a web developer, or even a freelancer, switching to this operating system may also mark a transition to a new level of development for you (in a particular area), and if so, go ahead!

About the author
Melisa Marzett is a former journalist, a translator, a creator and an author of plenty of guest posts. Currently writing for order proofreading online at quite reasonable prices, she enjoys life traveling throughout the world.


  1. There is a much simpler reason.

    Microsoft is not putting any effort to keep Windows alive.
    Azure and office365 are the main sources of income and proffit for Microsoft. Windows is becoming more and more a big burden to support.

    Each dolar spent on developping Windows is a dolar lost in developping much more profitable bussiness. And Microsoft exists for a single reason: Make money for their investors.

    If companies feel confortable deploying in Azure AKS, and AKS means lot of proffit for Microsoft, what sense does it make to spent money on Windows instead of developping new AKS based solutions (aks == linux + kubernetes + containers running on Azure).

  2. I think is best: "Five things I need to change to Linux":

    1. PC Computer: ... Today's computer compatibility with Linux
    2. OS Distributions: ... Alternatives: Distributions, Gnome, ...
    3. User Software: Free: Design (Ink, Gimp, ...) , Productivity (LibreOffice), ...
    4. Enterprise Software: Free: ERP (Odoo, ...), File Server (Samba, ...), Mail Server
    5. Knowledge: How to... (now is easy, but ... how to)

  3. As a long time Linux user? I can concur with these statements. I have lived through the "worst" of times with Linux only to see it bloom into the robust, secure, freely distributed, freely available, and inherently secure system it has become today. I left the World Of Windows in the year 2002...and I have NEVER gone back! I went from being a distro-hopper to making Fedora my main OS with Ubuntu...OpenSuSE...CEntOS...and only recently ElementaryOS my main operating systems on my desktops and laptops. Never again would I ever install anything from Microsoft, and while they might go around with their pre-fabricated slogan of "Microsoft Loves Linux"?...I prefer not to test those waters at any cost. My biggest complaint as of these modern times?...is that there seems to be this "push" to blend Microsoft with Linux..(the whole "WSL" Windows Sub-System for Linux) and they're trying hard to "convince" us long standing users of Linux to adopt and install their software (Like VisualStudio Code...and other apps that were once only available on a Windows computer!) to which I say?

    Its too late. You HAD your chance to "play nice" with Linux, and all you ever did? was block every attempt to mingle with all manner of side-stepping and blockages of all types. And now.....that Linux has "won"?.(and don't be fooled, yeah....Microsoft has a dominant share of the desktop / business market but Linux?..runs EVERYWHERE...Microsoft doeskin, Period.)..NOW you want to be our friend? No. I don't want your VSCode..(when there's VSCodium..a free and literally direct replacement for it!) I don't want your Microsoft Edge, not when Firefox has been my main browser for almost 20 years! I don't want your office suite, your Azure Web Cloud offerings, I want NOTHING that has the Microsoft emblem on it on ANY of my systems. Its too late for all of that. And now that I've started studying programming in both C++ and Python?...I find I don't need Microsoft in my life period!

    Sorry for the rant, I guess I'll just end with "Yes, I agree with your statements"!...LOL!