Talking about me, I love Linux distro Fedora alot. Based on my previous blog posted long ago, I was told by Jasonbraganza to write another blog explaining why isn’t Linux everyone’s cup of tea/coffee.
It’s true that Linux is fast and good and also cool, to know more read my previous blog at https://wordpress.com/post/mayu405.wordpress.com/94
Coming to the point of this blog, I’m mentioning certain reasons as to why Linux is not liked by everyone
- Linux is not popular because everyone is different to you and I. Most people are just users. That is the market that Apple aim at. Everything just works. Don’t you worry your pretty little head about how it just does.
The next market is served by Windows. Here is a system that is geared up to run on the latest hardware and companies associated with us can make money by selling programs to consumers. We will make things run to a point, the rest is up to game developers, graphics programmers and office systems companies to supply you with what you need. A little knowledge/awareness required. Windows managed to get supremacy in the business world and people like to have what they have at work, at home.
Linux is a toolbox. It reigns supreme in the server market. It has learned to interface with the windows front-end so well, many windows users do not know they are interacting with Linux. Linux’s problem is that in the desktop market it is shooting itself in the foot on a regular basis. I read an article recently which explains it. Effectively all Kernel development in Linux is carefully monitored to keep access points the same. (Probably poor language choice). However the idea is that a new kernel does not require all the associated software to be rewritten. Desktops available on Linux are not so tidy. Therefore every upgrade generally means all the software needs to be brought up to scratch. This is why some programs stop working after an update. It means the person maintaining the packages has to ensure that they are still compatible.
Most people cannot cope with this. Plus the issue with drivers, networking etc. There are us who love this stuff and don’t mind fiddling and there are others to whom it is all Greek translated to Latin and don’t want to know.
2. Bit complicated: Linux is more complex than Windows or OS X. Sure, once you are familiar with Linux and its idiosyncrasies, it’s not hard to use. But the initial learning curve is steep.
As with several of the upcoming entries, this problem isn’t as severe as it was a few years ago. There are now a handful of distributions that work straight out of the box for most people, and setting them up is only slightly more difficult than a recent copy of Windows.
But even with those improvements, new users must, at least, sift through all the available distributions to find the easy ones, learn how to download the right install image, learn to burn the image to a disc or create a bootable USB thumb drive, get to the install portion, and decipher what each prompt is asking.
This is not an insignificant hurdle for many people. Good Linux users are good because they experiment and seek more information. If you are unable, or unwilling, to learn and work through Linux’s complexities, you may want to avoid Linux.
3.Gaming: A couple of years ago, gaming on Linux was a joke. There were a few open source games that, while fun, were nothing compared to the Call of Dutys, Battlefields, Skyrims, and Grand Theft Autos of the day. Yes, there were a handful of people that they got their game working on Wine by spending 3 days configuring it and accepting defeat on certain features. But serious gamers never bothered to go through all that work.
Today, things are definitely better. Ubuntu, Steam, and others are working hard on making gaming not only possible, but decent on Linux. Unfortunately though, it still has a long way to go before contending with Windows. A serious gamer could not live on Linux.
4. Competition of softwares: There are a number of software on the open-source for the same task to be performed. Seriously people find it more complex than anything else, choosing over a number of options as the solution.
5. Programs: Okay, they don’t exactly suck, particularly since most of them are free. But in many areas the competition is so much better.
Let me give you an example. I am an engineering student, and I absolutely need Windows. Linux programs for computer aided engineering are garbage compared to the competition like AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and Catia. And there is no sign this will change any time soon.
And it’s not just engineering. How about video editing? You can not do serious, professional video editing on a Linux rig. You need Windows or OS X.
Office work? Everyone keeps saying how great LibreOffice is, but for many tasks, Microsoft Office is the only way to go. Complex Excel operations do not transfer over to Calc. Heavily formatted Word documents break completely. And outside LibreOffice, Evolution and Zimbra are not suitable replacements for Microsoft Outlook in even the smallest enterprise setting.
Linux can not replace Windows or OS X for many people because the software is so lacking. Once you start getting out of servers, supercomputers, or strictly generic web surfing desktops, the software choices are poor at best.
6. More softwares available: Here’s another one that’s a pretty clear edge for Windows. It isn’t about being able to play the newest games, even if that is one of the most often raised issues against using Linux. Simply because Windows is the dominant operating system, there is much more (and usually higher quality) software available for it than for Linux. Much of it comes from evil Microsoft itself.
A good example goes straight to one of open source’s greatest recent successes: OpenOffice. OpenOffice is great software… considering it’s free. I use it when I’m in a pinch on somebody else’s computer. It’s almost certainly adequate for a light user or a student typing up a couple of essays. As a writer, however, I can’t imagine being stuck without Microsoft Office for long. When it comes to features like SmartArt, quick table generation, editing and review functions, and inserting basically any kind of object into a document, there is no comparison. When you go beyond the word processor to the presentation software or spreadsheets, the gap grows even wider.
Now of course much of our favorite Windows software can be run using an emulator such as Wine, or on a virtual machine running Windows — but if we find ourselves doing that all the time, why use Linux in the first place?
Ending the blog here!
I can hear the Linux fanboy fingers pounding on the keyboard right now. They plan on telling me about an obscure software package that I didn’t mention. They intend on regaling me with all the flaws in Windows or OS X. Or they will get really defensive… almost as if I mentioned politics or religion.
So let me say this before your fingers fly. I LOVE LINUX! I’m not trying to create an impenetrable picket line to stop people from using Linux. If you want to feel all warm and fuzzy by hearing how great Linux is, read my last post. Windows and OS X have plenty of faults as well, and if this were a Windows or OS X website, I would write about those.
I am aware that many of these “problems” also have positive effects that have helped shape Linux into the awesomeness it is today. I am also aware that Linux has made phenomenal strides in recent years. Hardware support, usability, compatibility, and much more are the best they’ve ever been, and are only getting better.
This post’s intention is to, as honestly and unbiased as I am capable, give constructive criticism on Linux’s weaknesses to inform the curious, and, hopefully, inspire more positive changes.
Now everyone can yell at me at comments. I have no issues listening to my mistakes so please go and comment me corrections or give me important information.