Choosing the best platform – Linux or Windows its so complicated. So if I ask you which one is the best system between Linux and Windows? On this topic, you can start an ever ending discussion. Windows OS is the most used operating system in the desktop world, but “most used” can’t prove itself to be the best option in a bigger prospect.
Linux or Windows: Which One is the Best Platform?
Linux has thousand of overriding factors that can prove; it’s the best platform than the Windows system. Here, I want to clear one thing that Linux is a kernel, and with the compilation of many essential software and drivers, it makes a distro.
There are hundreds of Linux distributions available in the market which itself stands apart from the crowd and capable to compete with Windows OS or MacOS. In this article, I will tell you some of the best things to know when you go for choosing the best OS platform between Linux or Windows.
1. Linux vs Windows: Basic Foundation
The Linux kernel, the base of the operating system, is developed and maintained by Linux Foundation where lots of community volunteer around the world are involved and make their best contribution. Linux distros are what we usually see as Linux OS. Around the world, many company and volunteers have created these Linux distros with compiling desktop environments, software, hardware drivers with the core Kernel.
Each Linux distribution has its development cycle, which is not related to the kernel development. Moreover, there are also many organizations and community enthusiasts who have created the desktop environment and window managers. Linux kernel and distros became popular, widely used and adored by the mass people because of the support and contribution from its vast community.
Now let me say something about the Windows system. There is only one company – Microsoft, who is doing all the development and maintenance for the whole OS; kernel, desktop environment, and much of the pre-installed software. You have to accept whatever they offer you; whether it’s useful or not.
2. System Stability
Windows system is not a lightweight or speedy instead tends to get sluggish over time. You may feel your system outdated if not adequately maintained. Linux system is much quicker and doesn’t demand lots of resources. It can run on age-old hardware and modern high-end machines as well.
3. Hardware Support
Windows OS demands high configuration for optimal performance. But if you have an old desktop or laptop with low hardware, then I strongly suggest you use lightweight Linux distro like Ubuntu or Mint Linux OS for giving it a second life.
Linux Kernel comes with full-fledged driver solution inbuilt for the age-old machine. But in the case of a Windows system, you will face driver and software compatibility issue, system freezing issue, hardware related drivers problem, etc. Moreover, Linux is also fully compatible with the most recent devices ensuring the highest performance.
4. Linux/Windows Security and Privacy
Security and personal privacy are the cornerstone factors for the Linux OS. That’s why it has anormous popularity among IT professionals. Linux system doesn’t provide root access or administrative privilege to the users by default. This is why the threats can’t hit the core of the Linux system except for some file and folders. But in Windows system, malware and viruses get access to the system files easily and can damage in large scale.
Linux kernel is open source thus it’s more secure and well maintained due to the involvement of a large community who scans the flaws regularly. Moreover, maximum viruses or threats are being created for Windows system keeping in mind. That’s why you need a good antivirus for Windows OS just at the beginning. Linux is not also immune from the threats, but if you follow the best practices, you probably will be safe than a Windows system.
In a container of Windows OS, your every steps and footprint are traced and recorded. Microsoft does keep all the personal information, and we don’t know with whom, it shares the information. On the other hand, it’s quite impossible to make any backdoor in Linux kernel.
5. Antivirus and Malware
Windows OS is the best home for viruses and malware threats. I believe you know it. After completing the Windows installation, I know you go searching for a good antivirus to protect the system. But in the case of Linux, you hardly need to think about it. Linux security and malware protection are Out-of-the-box
But you know; the threat is a threat, it may come anywhere anytime. Linux has a huge community to help you out. Whenever any malware or threats go into the Linux system, the community will provide you with a security patch to remove it within no time.
6. Linux And Windows: Customization
Linux is more customizable than Windows OS. In Windows system, everything comes pre-configured and as closed source. There is hardly anything that you can change as per your needs. There are a command shell “cmd,” still it’s not useful to make any root level changes. Now a day, the things are changing a bit with the tools of “PowerShell.” But that’s not enough to attract the developers’ community.
On the other hand, you can change every bit of the Linux system as per your requirements. The Linux kernel itself and all the software used in Linux comes as open source, and users can do any modification under specific rules. Linux CLI environment is too robust to perform root level task. Moreover, you can change overall look and feel of your Linux distros.
7. Administrative Privilege and Root Access
Linux provides root level administrative access through a command line interface where users can perform mission-oriented task effortlessly. With the help of root access, you can change every bit of things in the Linux ecosystem. But in Windows system, everything is pre-set by Microsoft. You hardly have any administrative privileges to perform root level task.
8. Install, Update and Upgrade
It’s easy and effortless to install and update systems or any third party software in Linux. All the software and system update files are included in a centralized repository which makes it safe and more accessible to update the system and software as well.
But in a Windows system, it’s hell difficult and time-consuming to update the system and third-party applications. Windows don’t only pull the updates from Microsoft site, but also it takes every software updates from app-specific software protocol.
9. Linux vs Windows: Gaming Area
Yes, I confess that there was a time when Linux was not a good choice as a gaming platform. Game developers were not interested in developing their games for this platform. But now the time has changed. Most of the latest and trending games, you will find it for Linux. Now you can play all the best Linux games or Steam games both offline and online. Moreover, it’s effortless to play games on Linux and about the gaming experience! You let me know in the comment section.
10. Office Suite
Like Photoshop, MS office suite is also such an outstanding software that also keeps the appeal to use Windows OS. A lot of users and organizations depends on this sort of productivity software. In the Linux world, there are many better options available to the MS office suite. LibreOffice is one of them which can give a good fight to the Microsoft Office suite.
11. Linux Server or Windows Server
If you consider about server security, stability, freedom of choices, hardware compatibility and cost-effectiveness, then Linux server beats the Windows-based server in every way. Windows is a popular option for desktop usages, and Linux is the best option for server mode system.
Linux server system offers a lot of customization options with a wide range of effective monitoring and analyzing tools. Linux server is less more vulnerable than Windows server regarding malware and online threats. It’s quite impossible to create any backdoor in Linux kernel whereas Windows system is sensitive to that situation.