Myths About Linux That Cause New Users To Run Away From Linux
Why Are There Myths About Linux?
People started saying that Linux is hard to use, it’s only CLI and is only for power users. All these issues can easily be found in communities discussed by the other OSes’ users. How can one raise an issue that was resolved a way back in history?
Some Myths About Linux
This is the first thing comes in newbie mind when you try discussing Linux with him/her. Linux is hard to use! It is an obvious thing that has to happen with anyone whether trying out Linux for the first time or Mac or even Windows. I remember when I started using Windows 12 years ago. It was hard for me to even navigate through the operating system for accessing files & documents. Soon I got used to with it. I learned how Windows work and how we can install a new program or remove an existing one.
The same goes with Linux. If you use other Operating systems then it’ll take some time to understand Linux. As Linux & Windows are two different technologies. There are interface differences, there are different package managers to install packages in the Linux distros, etc.
What one can do to quickly learn Linux is to find online courses. We have so many free & premium courses available online that can teach Linux quickly & on your own pace.
The second issue that is often raised that does not exist is that it’s CLI. Again, if somebody tries Linux for at least a week will know that this is a myth and not at all an issue.Currently, we have so many types of Linux desktop environments. We have desktop environments for new Linux users, advanced users, users who want to customize their DE, users who want a simple & fast DE. For more information on Linux Desktop environments, I’ve written an article focusing on 5 of the popular Linux desktop environments. I’ve also written article on the Lightweight Desktop environments. All it shows is the developers’ hard to make Linux for everyone.
Really? If someone really thinks that, I’m sure he/she has never touched Linux. Actually, there are thousands of Linux apps available alone in the Ubuntu default repositories. Other than Ubuntu, 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.
This is the myth that I find least online. Mostly I see people around me talking about Linux like it’s not for desktops but servers. I’ve discussed this many times with my friends, relatives, and neighbors. 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. So I suggest to use Linux for at least once and see the rapid Linux development for desktop users.
If you don’t want to mess up with the installation of all these gaming tools, platforms and drivers, we have got Linux distributions that only focus on gaming. These Linux distributions come pre-installed with gaming platforms, tools, and drivers. So just install them & start playing you favorite games with the power of Linux.I recently wrote an article on the top Linux distributions for gaming. Read it for more information on Linux gaming distros.