Are You Ready to Switch from Windows Into the Linux Desktop
Are You Ready to Switch from Windows Into the Linux Desktop

Are you ready to switch to a Linux laptop?

You may not realize that the Linux operating system permeates aspects of your online life already. Most websites you visit are hosted on servers that run the Linux OS. In fact, most hosting providers offer promotional pricing for Linux hosting, as opposed to Windows hosting. Many smartphones use at least some form of Linux code, and smart technology like smart-fridges and smartwatches tend to use aspects of the Linux OS.

There are many reasons on why Windows users might want to stay with the same operating system and that is mainly because of the familiar environment and the fact that they are used to using the same operating system for years and any change seems unpleasant.

However, moving to the Linux-based system is relatively easy now. The Linux operating system is very easy to install and use, and the developers and made it in such a fashion that it would mimic the Windows Operating system so that the users would feel at home when it comes to shifting from their traditional Windows operating system to the new Linux OS. Several linux-based laptops are competitively priced, and sometimes even cheaper than regular laptops.

 

But are you ready for the shift? Here are a few pointers that will help you better understand if you are ready to shift from windows into the Linux desktop.  First let’s have a look at the Linux Desktop software.

The reasons that are holding you back

1. The branding and quality from Microsoft. Microsoft is indeed an influential brand when it comes to its operating system and users trust it because of its years of influence in the market as a top brand.

2. The familiarity of the environment while using the Microsoft OS.

3. Unsure if all the software they need will work with the Linux OS or not.

4. Confusion due to unfamiliarity with the OS which might result in a few initial days of exploration which may be intimidating to non-techies.

Are you ready for the change?

Here are a few reasons why you might actually want to change your OS to Linux:

1. Security: One of the most important reasons is that the Linux systems might be regarded as Virus free.

2. The speed of the system: Linux systems are much faster than the systems using Microsoft OS.

3. Customization: In Linux, you can change almost everything to suit your preferences and needs. There are many examples of different kind of changes on various threads and forums and within a matter of few minutes, you can have a Linux OS looking completely different from the default one that came in the box.

4. You can even try the Linux demo which can easily come in a DVD or Pendrive and it can be viewed without changing the current OS of the laptop just to see if the demo really makes you feel like changing over to the Linux OS.

5. Dual boot with Windows: you can install both the operating systems and have them running side by side without any issues.

6. The Linux OS has the ability to run all the software that you were currently using on Windows OS.

7. Ease of maintenance. Linux is easy to maintain and updates your Linux systems without any hassle.

New Linux Malware Could be a Huge Problem
New Linux Malware Could be a Huge Problem

No Operating system is virus free

Linux generally known by everyone as the safest operating system is turning out to be a misconception. If you are wondering to migrate to a Linux-based system (like Mac) or your hosting your own website on a Linux-based hosting plan, then don’t deceive yourself by assuming it to be completely malware free. Previously, Apple used to brag about Mac’s being virus free but after encountering a huge rise in malware attacks it has removed it’s content that said “They are virus free”. In this fast and highly connected world, hardly anything is safe from malware attack. Long gone are the times when Linux was the most secure operating system and because of these high risk of attacks, even Red Hat has removed the label of “secure and virus free” from Linux.

 

In the recent studies conducted by the Russian security organisation there are evidences of Linux being infected by malware. As per the study, they outlined three major problem in Linux.

Which are listed below

*The Trojan collects information about the infected computer and further transferring it to command and control server.
*Then cryptocurrency mining utility is downloaded and launched.
*Subsequently attacking other computers of the network and installing its own copy on them.

How to stay safe

1) Malware infection is a big concern so the best practice would be to keep your system up to date. It is recommended to check your system for updates once every fortnight.  If not, at least keep your kernel updated.

2) Don’t get lured by open WiFi networks ,they can turn out to be a big threat.  These days its quite easy with the help of right software and wireless setup tools to track down into unencrypted WiFi traffic. A virtual private network would serve as the best source of defense when you are away from secured networks.

3) I would recommend you installing and running firewalls in Linux .They can be great when it comes to outsiders sneaking into your network and establishing unwanted connections.

4) Running Antivirus scans regularly can prove to be useful.

Yet a sensible advise would be to keep a backup of your data. Even if the things turn out to be worse, you would still have your data safely and securely backed up. Though Linux is authentic and upright but still it is not completely immune from malware attacks as evident from recent studies. By following these measures and guidelines, you can ensure safe and secure Linux system.Stay safe and secure.