Are there Myths about Linux?
While the world has started understanding the power of Linux; there are events where utilizing Linux for personal use still makes new users scared and nervous. And odds are they have fallen prey to at least one of the numerous Myths about Linux out there.
Why Are There Myths About Linux?
One may ask that for what good reason we are examining this subject. Why just Myths about Linux are spread in the groups? Why not about other operating systems? Doesn’t that imply that there are issues with Linux that is the reason individuals are yelling about those?
It’s easy to reply! There are dependably issues with all OS’s, regardless of whether it be Windows, Macintosh or whatever other OS that exists.
In most cases of myths about Linux, these are created by people who have not used Linux even once in their life time. If they would have used it at least once, they could have a different opinion. They listen from somebody and forwarded the issue without confirming its existence.
So here is an attempt from mycodingx to clear the some of the most common myths about Linux.
Some Myths about Linux
Linux is Hard to Install
Today, installing Linux is really easier than installing Windows. Obviously, lots of people don’t install Windows themselves rather; it comes preinstalled on their machines, and now that choice is also available with Linux as well.
If not, nonetheless, the best activity is first experiment with the Linux distribution you’re keen on by means of a Live CD or Live USB. At that point, once you choose you like it, you can either install as dual boot, so both Linux and Windows are accessible all the time, or you can install Linux rather than Windows.
In any case, installation has become extremely simple over the years, particularly on distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora and Linux Mint. Most include a step-by-step wizard and very easy-to-understand graphical tools; they also typically offer a way to automate the process. A full installation will probably take no more than 30 minutes, including basic apps.
It’s Hard to Use and is Just for Experts
This is the first thing comes into the mind of new users when you try discussing Linux with them. At such occasions you need to ask them only one question; when you used a computer for the very first time, how hard was it for you?
The answer would be that they just didn’t know how to navigate or use the operating system. Creating new files, installing software, troubleshooting issues, everything seems complicated at beginning.
They didn’t quit at that point and kept using it and gradually, got comfortable with it. Linux is no different. Things might seem a little complicated in the beginning but give it enough time before being make any conclusions about it.
Linux Is CLI (Command Line Interface)/you need to know commands
This is another myth that scares a new user. Using the command line interface for an operating system? And in worst case this could be a nightmare for many users.
No doubt Linux has a powerful command line interface. And you can even use Linux entirely in the command line. But this is not what you have to do while using desktop Linux. If you know a few commands, it will help you troubleshoot issues you may encounter. But you don’t have to know commands or become a command line expert for that.
Most beginner friendly Linux distributions provide a complete graphical interface. You might never need to use the command line. The inclusion of attractive graphical user interfaces and other usability improvements in many distributions means that even elementary school children can use Linux easily.
Linux Does Not Provide Lots of Apps
Another myth that circulates around the new user is that Linux does not have enough applications. And it’s not true. Actually, there are thousands of Linux apps available alone in the default app stores. Other than default app stores, there are thousands of developers, third party services that provide Linux apps.
Most of the Linux apps are free and open source that means anyone can download the source code, customize it and create his own app using that code. This makes an app to survive in all the conditions. If the code developer drops the development, there are hundreds of developers to take on the development.
It’s true that Linux doesn’t have as many applications as Windows. But it is not true that Linux doesn’t have enough or good applications. At times, you might not find your favorite application in Linux, but there might already be a Linux alternative application.
Linux Is For Servers only
Linux is an excellent choice for servers, clouds, internet of things and many others. It’s the dominant choice for supercomputers. But it’s not good enough for average computer user, this is another myth about Linux.
There are people talking about Linux like it’s not for desktops but servers. And you can see such discussion all around the IT industry. But, today approximately every Linux distro provides versions for desktops and servers both. Some of them are Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, CentOS and a lot more.
We even have Linux distributions that are focused on new Desktop users such as, Linux Mint, Zorin OS, Linux Lite etc.
There’s No Support for Linux
Vendors of proprietary software love to strike more fear into business users’ hearts by painting a picture of the Linux user alone at sea, without anyone to ask for help. Once again, completely false!
First of all, every Linux distribution has an online community with excellent forums for getting help. There are also forums dedicated to small businesses and for newcomers in need of extra explanation. For those who want even more assurance, commercial Linux versions such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop come with vendor support. It’s entirely up to you which route to choose.
In this article, I tried discussing few of the myths that I often come around. I hope this article will help readers understand that Linux is as easy to use as other OS’s might be. It has got more power, security and of course it’s fun to use Linux.
As a Windows user, people might find it a little bit overwhelming at the beginning but do give it some time and effort. And above all, stop believing in those Linux myths.