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20 Linux Misconceptions That Must Die

Linux will behave like Windows

  • February 22, 2011
  • By Matt Hartley
New Linux users still, after all these years, think it should be a free Windows clone. Well it's not. Matt Hartley presents 20 new user misconceptions that need to die once and for all.

Matt Hartley

1) Linux will behave like Windows.

The misconception that one OS acts just like another makes me crazy. It's like me going from a Toyota Prius to a sixteen wheeler "big rig" and expecting it to handle exactly the same.

The fact of the matter is that the Linux desktop has no singular way of presenting itself. That's the power behind Linux on the desktop. It can be customized for different needs and distributions, while relying on a variety of desktop and software packages to make it work a certain way.

Windows, on the other hand, has a "here it is" approach that works well enough for its intended audience.

2) Windows software looks better than Linux software. So you think that Windows software has the marketplace cornered on what's pretty? Take a look at some of the horrid looking applications running under the shareware/freeware license sometime.

And while you're at it, be prepared to be turned off cold with some very unattractive software. The fact of the matter is that all platforms have software that can look great as well as some that are horribly ugly.

Best to leave the complaint of "software sex appeal" to the individual application itself, rather than blaming the entire platform. Looking for pretty software? Try the KDE desktop. By its very nature, KDE applications tend to be more visually exciting than their GNOME counterparts. As to the functionality of each application, that really comes down to user preference.

3) You have to be a geek to operate Linux. How many non-geeks do you know that install their own operating systems? One? Zero? There's my point � no one except advanced users or "geeks" actually install operating systems without help from someone much more tech proficient.

As for the operation of the operating system, Linux on the desktop has been used for years in schools and retirement communities. Clearly, any perceived user difficulty is overcome quickly when the technical details are left to the professionals.

4) There is no software available for Linux...Read the rest of Matt Hartley's Linux Myths story at Datamation.com

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