Linux is a very perfect Operating System, but making it your default OS will take years. With my Linux Installation Guide you will be up and running the Top Performance Setup tomorrow! Your computer will run in the most secure, effective and trouble-free way, ready for any challenge you may face tomorrow. You will be comfortable with it shortly.
Otherwise you will need a few years to arrive where you can be tomorrow.
Linux Installation Guide is based on my 8 years of day-to-day usage of Linux Mint Mate.
|against you||for you||Microsoft Windows was created to meet the needs of employers firstly as a user part of an enterprise’s information network. Together with the Windows server, it was supposed to give employers the opportunity to restrict users from any use of the computer, except production. To do this, a variety of group policies for restricting access rights were built into Windows. When a user uses Windows at home, Microsoft restricts the user from anything - unless she pays for it. Lisnux was created to empower a user to have access to and enjoy everything there exists.|
|degrades performance after 6 months||stays robust||If you use Windows to brouse the web - most likely it will start fine, but will become hardly usable after 6 months - because it will collect tons of adware and malware from the Internet. There are thousands of people who write apps that will infect your browser and nag you for money. In Linux things like that don't exist.|
|Poor performance||Top performance||Windows does not reuse components - each app contains a full set of its modules and is unaware of the same modules in any other app. Linux reuses various components - which means the OS needs less code, less memory and less work to do.|
|Poor stability||Top stability||Windows users usually see a few crashes a day. Linux users may see a crash once a year - not every year.|
|Reboots required||Reboot-free||Windows users usually are required to reboot 20-30 times a day. Linux does not require reboots. Linux users may need to reboot once a year - not every year.|
|Poor security||security||Windows developed as a corporate LAN node, where IT support should take care of hundreds to thousands workstations - and often they do it remotely. There are lots of apps and methods to access Windows remotely. Linux developed as an Internet node, where security is a top priority.|
|vulnerabilities||no vulnerabilities||Windows systems are generally same throughout the world. Which is much like having same locks and keys in everybody's doors. As to Linux - there is multitude of Linux distros, and all of them are very different!|
|unmonitored sources||protected repositories||Downloading a Windows app a user does not know whether it comes from good people or from people that injected malware into it. While Linux apps may be downloaded only from the distro repository, maintained by development team.|
|empty computer||thousands of packages||Many people buy a computer and never buy anything else. They spend their lives with Notepad, Wordpad, Paint and Microsoft Works Starter Edition. While Linux offers you riches of thousands of packages that will empower you to achieve outstanding results in every walk of life.|
|quicker to the market||high-quality||Commercial apps are always created in a hurry to bring them to the market ASAP! In Linux world there is no hurry. Apps implement functionality that a developer wanted himself. He lets you use the app he created for himself.|
|lack of understanding||help from user communities||Microsoft does not care to make things easy for you, because Windows is forced upon you by your employer. You will hardly ever understand anything in windows, because Microsoft makes money explaining things to you. In Linux you will find out those things are not that difficult - because Linux is built by us and for us.|
|no knowledge growth||knowledge growth||When after a few years of use you are at last more or less comfortable with Windows - Microsoft releases a new version and forces it upon you by eliminating support of everything around. They reshuffle all controls and again you find yourself stunned and perplexed. In Linux you will build understanding that will guide you to the new versions. Over time things will grow easier and easier!|
|lost opportunities||unlimited opportunities||Windows’ philosophy is to restrict a user from doing this and that. As a result a user can not do most of what he wants. Linux's philosophy is give all there exists to a user and to empower him to achieve his goals.|
|viruses||no viruses||Windows computers are unprotected and same. They are like same locks in every door. You get a key and you can open any door in the world. As to Linux - there are no viruses, because Linux is not a product - it is a category of products. There is a multitude of Linux flavors that are built with different technologies. They are unique.|
|malware||no malware||Hackers use malware to steal control over a Windows computer - to send spam, mine bitcoins, launch ddos attacks or lock a computer to demand ransom. This doesn't happen in Linux computers because they are initially built as network nodes - with security in mind, and besides, are protected with their distro repositories.|
|bugs||no bugs||Apps, created with “quicker to the market” philosophy, are always full of bugs. The most evident bugs (showstoppers) are fixed, the rest are mentioned in Release Notes and Disclaimer (“Software is released as is.") In Linux there is no hurry.|
|cracks||no cracks||People can't afford to buy all they want. Windows users are under tremendous pressure every day - they can't afford all they want. They start using cracks.|
|License fees||no fees||License fees is a huge part of a corporate IT budget. While your competitors may input stolen serials and use the software for free. Linux don't require license fees!|
|limitations||no limitations||No one can afford anything they want - and Windows users know that very well. But Linux users can afford any package, whatever there exist, immediately!|
|No automation||Automation||In Windows you can not feed output of one app to another to process it there. In Linux apps have stdout and stdin streams, and you can use a pipe (|) to feed data from source app's stdout to target app's stdin to process it there automatically.|
|inconvenient to use||convenient to use||Microsoft did not care to create a 2-pane file manager, put focus into a hovered window, copy and paste with Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V in terminal - etc., etc., etc.|
|freezes||no freezes||Windows computers freeze few times a day. After that users restart their computers and check what's left of their documents. Linux computers never freeze!|
|reboots||no reboots||Windows users lose years waiting for their computers to restart. Usually they do it couple dozen times a day - 3 minutes per restart… That's at work. Then at home.|
|BSODs||no BSODs||Blue Screen of Death is shown by Windows when there is a major crash. Triggered by various events. Usually happens once a week. Never happens in Linux.|
|outage crash||outage safe||In Windows data is processed in memory, so a sudden power outage leads to a severe crash, lost data and unpredictable state of apps after power on. In Linux data is written into files, so a sudden power outage may have no or minimal effects.|
|stolen serials||legal||In Windows, if you are an active computer user, you'll have to buy new apps ($30-300 each) a few times a day. Most Windows users use stolen serials and cracks. In Linux you use everything for free. In return you send donations to developers you are especially grateful to. And if you ever develop an app - you'll let others use it.|
|Purchase||Donations||Linux is not free software – developers still must earn their living! It’s financed, but in a greener way!|
|Illusion||Mastery||With Windows your owning of your computer is an illusion. Microsoft uses you to their benefit. With Linux you are the master, you use your computer and your knowledge to your benefit.|
|Declining||Growing||More and more companies switch to Open Source software because it is of better quality. Even Microsoft bit by bit integrates Linux into Windows!|
|missing out||leveraging||With Windows you hardly understand and control your computer, you don't grow your knowledge. You are being used to grow Microsoft's bank account. With Linux you leverage your knowledge and your equipment to grow your earnings!|
|struggle||enjoyment||With Windows you struggle with computer that opposes your every desire. With Linux you can do everything, you enjoy all the opportunities computer can provide!|
|slave||master||With Windows you are - and always will be - a slave. You are being used. With Linux you are the master of all the opportunities in the world!|
|pay||earn||If you use Windows - you are a lifelong paying client. If you use Linux - you are a master of the world. Linux empowers you to grow your expertise and to earn with it.|
|Update to patch holes||Update to stay current||Windows rolls out updates to patch security holes or to retire the current version. Linux rolls out new versions to keep users at the forefront of improvement.|
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