Why Windows 7 Users Should Switch To Linux. The end of Windows 7 compatibility leaves hundreds of millions of PC users stranded in a maintenance-free system that is vulnerable to hackers, malware and viruses.
Microsoft wants you to believe that upgrading to Windows 10 is the only real alternative to using the operating system now insecure, but it isn’t.
Users who want to avoid Windows 10, its confusing interface and its data processing tentacles can do so easily and for free.
When making the switch to Linux.
Spoiler: Linux Isn’t Scary
Now, if you think Linux is intimidating, confusing or (and I say it very well) for nerds: I listen to you. At first glance, it can often be seen that way.
But Linux suffers from poor marketing instead of a poor product. Without a multi-million dollar marketing campaign that promotes a specific flavor of Linux, enthusiasts must “sell” each system, usually for its technical merits, which is what makes things look like a niche.
However, it is 2020 and Linux-based operating systems (called “distributions”) such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint are very easy to use. They allow you to continue doing almost everything you currently do in Windows 7 with the same ease, but with security first.
5 Reasons to Switch to Linux
1. Maintained & Supported
Major Linux desktop distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora or Linux Mint receive continuous support and application updates, usually during the life of the launch, and all for free.
This generally includes new versions of major applications (such as web browsers and email clients), as well as software fixes and kernel patches that improve performance, stability, and security.
The main new versions of Linux distributions are released every two years and you have the option to update them or not.
But unlike Windows, where a “new version” often involves headaches, errors and endless restart, the distribution versions are more similar to the ‘service packs’ in that they don’t take long to install, they won’t slow down your system And don’t drastically change how everything works.
2. Secure by Design
By design, Linux is much less vulnerable to viruses and malware than Windows (especially patchy versions like Windows 7).
So sure, in fact, that you don’t have to run antivirus software on Linux systems like Ubuntu or Linux Mint.
You can install and run antivirus software for Linux if you wish, and you can also enable and configure a super-secure firewall.
But you don’t have to.
When security vulnerabilities are found in the Linux kernel or critical system software (note: found, but rarely exploited), they are quickly repaired, with an update released to all users, as soon as possible, through the distributions
3. Safer App Install
Modern Linux distributions come with a range of preinstalled software. They also give you access to even more (often free) applications through a dedicated software installation tool or a package manager.
Yes, you don’t need to use a web browser to download an application installer from a dark website, scan it for viruses, double-click it (hoping it doesn’t have spyware) and browse endless installation dialog boxes.
To install applications on Ubuntu or Linux Mint, use the integrated application Software Center, explore thousands and thousands of free applications based on the category (for example, office, music, video, etc.) and, when you see the application you want, you just have to press the “install” button to install it, all for free, without complications!
4. Control, absolute.
There’s an assumption that to “get on” with Linux you need to be pretty technical, or somehow interested in the inner workings of operating systems and computers and so on — but that’s not the case.
The “difference” between Windows and Linux is that Linux gives you the choice. You can pop open the hood to get access to the “engine” underneath if you want to. This doesn’t mean you have to or you’ll ever need to, but the choice is there.
5. System Updates Often Free Space
System updates don’t sound particularly sexy, but for Windows users, the way that this effort is approached can seem pretty strange.
See, updates to Linux distro don’t (usually) slow your system down or take up loads more space, or endlessly bug you to reboot your system to install them.
In fact, system updates on Linux tend to free up space, make your system faster and, kernel updates aside, rarely require a reboot (though Ubuntu LivePatch enables reboot-less kernel updates).