10 Reasons Why Linux Is Better Than Windows

​It is often seen that people get confused over choosing Windows or Linux as a host operating system in both server and desktop spaces. People will focus on aspects of cost, the functionality provided, hardware compatibility, support, reliability, security, pre-built software, cloud-readiness, etc. before they finalize. In this regard, this article covers ten reasons for using Linux over Windows.  

10 Reasons Why Linux Is Better Than Windows

1. Total cost of ownership

linux less costly than windows

The most obvious advantage is that Linux is free whereas Windows is not.  Windows license cost is different for both desktop and server versions.  In the case of Linux OS either it can be desktop or server, distro comes with no cost.  Not only the OS even the related applications are completely free and open source.

For personal use, a single Windows OS license fee may appear inexpensive but when considered for business, more employees mean more cost.  Not only the OS license cost, but the organization also needs to be ready to pay for applications like MS Office, Exchange, SharePoint that run on Windows.

In the Windows world, you cannot modify the OS as its source code is not open source. The same is the case with proprietary applications running on it. However, in the case of Linux, a user can download even the source code of a Linux OS, change it and use it spending no money.  Though some Linux distros charge for support, they are inexpensive when compared to the Windows license price.  

2. Beginner friendly and easy to use

linux mint easy to use

Windows OS is one of the simplest desktop OS available today.  Its graphical user-friendliness is exceptional. Though Windows has a relatively minimal learning curve, Linux distros like Ubuntu, Elementary OS, Linux Mint, etc. are striving to improve the user experience that makes the transition from Windows to Linux smooth and easy.

Linux distros allow the user to choose one of the various desktop environments available: Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, Xfce, LXDE, GNOME, etc. If a Windows user is looking to migrate to Linux, WINE (Wine Is Not an Emulator) can be installed to have a feel of MS Windows on a Linux system.  

3. Reliability

Linux is more reliable when compared to Windows. Linux will rock with its top-notch design, built-in security resulting in un-parallel up-time. Developers of Linux distros are much active and release major and minor updates from time to time.  

Traditionally Unix-like systems are known for running for years without a single failure or having a situation that demands a restart. This is an important factor especially choosing a server system.  Definitely Linux being a UNIX-like system, it will be a better choice.  

4. Hardware

linux better hardware support

Linux systems are known for consuming fewer system resources (RAM, disk space, etc.) when compared to Windows.  Hardware vendors already realized the popularity of Linux and started making Linux compliant hardware/drivers. When running the OS on older hardware, Windows is slower.

Linux distros like Lubuntu, Knoppix, LXLE, antiX, Puppy Linux are best suitable for aging machines.  Old horses like 386 or 486 machines with decent RAM (>= 124/256) can run Linux.  

5. Software

No doubt that Windows has a large set of commercial software available.  Linux, on the other hand, makes use of open-source software available for free.  Linux armed with easy-to-use package managers which aid in installing and un-installing desired software applications. Linux is armed with decent desktop themes certainly run faster than Windows.

For developers, the Linux terminal offers a superior environment when compared to Windows.  The exhaustive GNU compilers and utilities will be definitely useful for programming. Administrators can make use of package managers to manage software and of course, Linux has the unbeatable CLI interface.

Have you heard about Tiny Core Linux? It comes at only 11MB in size with a graphical desktop environment.  You can choose to install from the hundreds of available Linux distros based on your needs.  

Following table presents a partial list of Linux distros filtered based on need:

linux vast software support

6. Security

linux is more secure than windows

Microsoft Windows OS is infamous for being vulnerable to malware, trojans, and viruses.  Linux is almost non-vulnerable and more secure due to its inherent design. Linux does not require the use of commercial anti-virus/anti-malware packages. Linux respects privacy. Unlike windows, it does not generate logs and upload data from your machine. A user should be well aware of Windows privacy policy.

7. Freedom

Linux can be installed and used as a desktop, firewall, file server, or web server.  Linux allows a user to control every aspect of the operating system. As Linux is an open-source operating system, it allows a user to modify its source (even source code of applications) itself as per the user requirements.  

Linux allows the user to install only the desired software nothing else (no bloatware). Linux allows full freedom to install open source applications in its vast repository. Windows will bore you with its default desktop theme whereas with Linux you can choose from many desktop themes available.​You can breathe fresh air after choosing a Linux distro from an available list of Linux distros.

With the USB live-mode option, you can give a try to test a Linux distro before you finalize one for you.  Booting via live mode does not install the OS on a hard disk. Just go and give it a try, you will fall in love.

8. Annoying crashes and reboots

There are times when Windows suddenly shows an annoying message saying that the machine needs to be restarted. Apart from showing “Applying update of 5 of 361.” kind messages,  Windows will confuse you with several types of updates critical, security, definition, update rollup, service pack, tool, feature pack.  I did not remember how many times the Windows rebooted last time to apply an update.

When undergoing a software update or installing/uninstalling software on Linux systems, generally it does not need a machine reboot.  Most of the system configuration changes can be done while the system is up.

9. Server segment

linux server

Linux is installed on the majority of servers demonstrating that it is the best choice with a minimal resource footprint. Even rivals are using Linux on their offerings. As software applications are moving to cloud platforms, windows servers are getting phased out to make room for Linux servers. The majority of the supercomputers run on Linux.

Though the battle between Linux and Windows continues in desktop-segment when it comes to server-segment Linux evolves as a clear winner. Organizations rely on servers because they want their applications to run 24x7x365 with no or limited downtime. Linux already became the favorite of most of the datacenters.

10. Linux is everywhere

linux is everywhere

Yes, Linux is everywhere. From the smallest device to the largest supercomputer, Linux is everywhere.  It can be a car, router, phone, medical devices, plane, TV, satellite, watch, or school tablet, Linux will be there.

The inventor Linus Torvalds himself would not have imagined this kind of success when he was writing the Linux kernel first time. Kudos to Linus and Stallman for their contribution.  


​There is a saying – variety is the spice of life.  It is true for Linux distros.  There are more than 600 active different distros to choose from. Each is different on its own and meant for a specific purpose. Linux distros are highly customizable when compared to Windows.  The above reasons mentioned are is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more than you could with Linux. Linux is powerful, flexible, secure, reliable, stable, fun… than Windows. One should always keep in mind that – free is not the best just like expensive is not the best.

Linux will undoubtedly emerge as the winner when all aspects are considered. There is no reason why you would not choose Linux instead of Windows.  Let us know your thoughts on how you feel about Linux.  

About the author

Ramakrishna Jujare is a post-graduate in Computer Applications and loves to code, review Linux distros, open-source software and write how-to articles.  In his free time, he enjoys nature and music.


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16 Comments Text
  • I have had real problems finding a browser that will work on WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux)
    Ubuntu 18.04 . This is not REAL Linux. Microsoft does not support “X” apps in a bash window, but it
    is possible using an “X” Server such as XMing. I have found that most browsers require GTK 1.3 which
    is not available on WSL Ubuntu. I have tried ’em all: firefox, opera, chromium- browser, palemoon,
    hv3, dooble, konqueror … .

    Yes I can use a Windows browser launched from Linux but I want a ‘native’ Linux one.

    Firefox works kinda but when (not if) it crashes you cannot re-use the same profile when you restart
    it! And so you lose your open tabs. I won’t go into the details but here are the only 2 that work at
    all reliably:

    1. Arora: not supported since 2010) SLOW) video?) <=okay

    2. Epiphany aka GNOME Web: video no) download yes) <=best

    And so my primary Linux browser is now Epiphany. When I absolutely need video, I fire up firefox.

  • Yeah. Now linux more better. I’ve used linux for 7 years at home and my work place. I can get what i need in linux for daily computing. Thank you for Linux developers.

    • i agree 100 % with anyone who thinks linux is better i use mint 20 and it is fantastic. thanks .

  • I use both, but most of the stuff I use is not available for Linux. I can use some Linux alternatives, but the support for a lot of industry standard packages is not there. Other things I find easier on Linux. My Linux box is currently crashing more than my Windows laptop too, but it is an old machine and could have hardware issues. I’ve tried Linux many times as my primary OS, but have had to go back to Windows to save time fiddling with formatting issues in files etc. If I could use Linux all the time I would.

    Prefer to host websites on Linux though. So pros and cons for me.


  • I’m writing a paper on why everyone should linux instead of windows(or something to that effect). what sources would you recommend?

  • Ye linux is pretty good ngl,but btw if u guys wanna run a multiple tasks and dekstops at the same time,u need to use windows,linux wont work bc idk somehing bad happened like crashes,caches,and so much more…
    but yeah i still prefer linux for pros and cons,i use windows and linux

  • Item #6 makes me cringe – so Ihave to investigate all or even half of these distro to find what may work?

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