Many people tend to use the operating system that their computers come with, frequently without any idea that alternatives are available. Usually, this operating system is Microsoft Windows. Occasionally, those users may have heard of this “Linux” that exists out there in the geekosphere, but aren’t sure what it actually is, or what it entails. So here’s a quick primer.
Linux is an operating system, much like Windows or Mac OS. It’s the interface between you and the computer, and enables you to run programs and applications. The chief difference between Windows and Linux is that (mostly) Linux is free. Linux also exists in several flavors, or distributions, and the differences between them are insignificant for the uninitiated. Currently, one of the most user-friendly ones for people coming from Windows is Ubuntu Linux, which by default comes pre-installed with web-browser, office software, media player, and all sorts of other goodies that you’d either have to download or buy were you stuck in a Windows system.
In fact, if you wanted to check your options, take a look at these 25 reasons to convert to Linux–it’s actually a smarter choice. And if you were worried that you wouldn’t be able to run your favorite Windows programs? Worry not: most Windows programs have an equivalent or can run on Linux. At last resort, you can always install Windows as a virtual system within Linux!
[Link: 25 Reasons to Convert to Linux]