I don’t know about anybody else, but I am really sick of Microsoft and all of their updates and bugs. I work with Microsoft Windows Servers and Desktops on a daily basis and most of the problems I see are mainly with user experience design.
I decided to upgrade to Linux on my laptop. Specifically, Ubuntu Linux version 18.04. Linux is open source and free. That’s right…free. Meaning costing nothing. You can use Microsoft Windows for free as well, however if you have done as many Microsoft audits as I have you realize that if you really want and need it then pay for it and genuine Windows licenses can cost as much as $180.
I finally took the plunge and downloaded and installed Linux on my laptop. I really felt a sense of freedom while installing it. I made sure to make a list of software that I wanted installed. Amazingly, I found most of the same software that I wanted in Windows was also available in Ubuntu. I work in IT so most of the stuff I installed is related to my job.
Another thing I like about Ubuntu Linux is that the footprint is so small. What I mean by that is that it doesn’t take up as much room on the hard drive. My Windows 10 install was right about 32 GB for base install. The Ubuntu install was 8 GB. It’s so much lighter.
The next thing that I like is the documentation and community for Ubuntu. There is so much more quality documentation and a community that is dedicated to making Linux better. Here is a link to show you what I am talking about: https://www.ubuntu.com/#community. Microsoft has documentation, but there is so much of it that it all becomes white noise and gets hard to find a solution to a problem. There is so much more versatility in Linux than in Microsoft. I can do anything with it like build an email server, web server, game, surf the web, make IOT (smart TV’s, Alexa, WiFi and the list goes on and on). Anything that matters on the internet is run on Linux web servers. Microsoft has a strong market share in the business sector, but not as strong as you think. A lot of the Microsoft servers will run as virtual servers, which means you can run a bunch of servers on one piece of hardware. The virtual server will most likely be a server that runs some version of Linux. Sure Microsoft may be trying to up their game by putting Linux in Microsoft and calling it a “Developers Update”, but I digress.
So, in conclusion, Linux has the same programs, is lighter, more versatile, and has better documentation. I am so happy that I upgraded to Linux.