September 8, 2013
WTF Is Linux: Downsides
Be sure to read Part 1 of this series.
Like all man-made things, Linux is not perfect. In fact, it’s about as far from perfect as it comes, but therein lies the beauty of it. It doesn’t need to be perfect. It just has to do what Linux does best. So with that noted, here are some downsides that Linux has.
Bipolar User Base
I use the word Bipolar here because it is really the only word I can think of that accurately describes the user base. On one hand, you have freeware groupies that stick around the various boards to contribute to the trolling and cock jokes, who whenever asked about something as simple as emptying a cache they immediately tense up and hiss out “Install Gentoo” like a desert snake defending the last dead mouse. And then on the other hand, you have the helpful and quite pleasant Richard Stallman trying hard to make it clear their life mission is to see Linux at its full potential and will gladly answer every question (within reason) that you can come up with. While it’s nice to say that they do make it worthwhile, you’ll probably get more trolling responses than actual help in the long run.
Microsoft backs Windows and Apple backs Mac, with both full support and help. And while the more popular Distributions of Linux do have a fairly substantial backing, almost all of the others have the support of a sideways potato chip supporting a freight train. It’s not necessarily the worst thing, but it does create this looming sense of doom every time you alter something within the system and it usually doesn’t go away for a few weeks.
The Cons Can Outweigh The Pros
While there are many good reasons to use Linux, there are also plenty of reasons that you should just stick with Windows or Apple. Obviously, if you want to play PC games, you should stick with Windows as that is the prime platform to play them on. Another situation is if the intent of the computer it’s installed on is for the uneducated (technologically speaking) and a problem arises, you can expect a long string of phone calls followed by a visit at your expense. And as painful as it is for me to say, there’s really no upgrade benefits to using Linux over Windows or Apple; it’s more of a side grade. It does everything they can do, except it doesn’t do it like they do and tends to do a lesser job than the real thing.
So, should you use Linux? That’s for you to decide, but before you go into it, you should consider the options. And by that I mean really think about it because you’re either sinking a lot of time or a lot of money into it and either way you’re paying the piper.
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