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01-A.8: Advantages and Disadvantages of Linux

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    Advantages of Using Linux

    Here are some of the major advantages of using Linux:

    • The FOSS essence promotes transparency.
    • Its design highlights its simplicity and modularity.
    • It is extremely customizable.
    • It is exceptionally reliable and stable.
    • It has a robust integration with the dominant programming languages, like C, C++, Python, Ruby, etc.
    • It places a priority on security and privacy.
    • It has a passionate community willing to provide support.

    Disadvantages of Using Linux

    • The main concern is there is no single, official version of Linux.
    • It is a bit more difficult to find distributions of Linux where you have vendor support.
    • Much of the commercial desktop software does not run on Linux.
    • It has gotten better, but there is still a pretty steep learning curve to move to Linux from Windows, or even MacOS.

    This page titled 01-A.8: Advantages and Disadvantages of Linux is shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Patrick McClanahan.

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