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Linux: An OS different from the norm

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Since the inception of the computer, operating systems (OS) have been required to operate them. Throughout time, many operating systems were created with varying degrees of accessibility, security, and vulnerabilities — yet the two of the most common operating systems on the market to date remain to be Windows, with a market share of just above 71 percent and Apple (Mac OS), with a respective market share of 9.54 percent. اضافة اعلان

However, down in the trenches of the bottomless pits of OS that never made it, an underdog has been clawing its way through the gravel over the last several months. This undefeated champion who stands for true transparency and absolute control over your systems has continued, time and time again, to be referred to as one of the most underutilized powerhouses of the 21st century, and frankly, for a good reason.

Linux, an open-source OS that gives its users absolute control over their systems, has seen slow but steady growth in its user numbers over the last few months, mostly due to growing privacy concerns.

When using Windows or Mac OS, what most users don’t realize is that the system is proprietary, and as a result, closed off from access by the average consumer. In other words, these OS’s can add “bloat” to your computer — or apps that you never have and potentially never would download.

Additionally, both of the most commonly used operating software are often filled to the brim with systems that intentionally spy on you. Akin to how google tracks your movement across the web, users with Windows or Mac OS are constantly being monitored, and the data is then used either to fulfill personal needs for the company, or the data is sold to other companies seeking to fine-tune their products to attract the largest number of consumers.

This article will outline the top differences between the traditional OS’s that we all have grown accustomed to and Linux, the operating system that is free of spyware and bloat.

Access to source code

Linux’s operating system gives its users complete access to the source code of their kernel. It allows its userbase to modify anything and everything — even if it means the user is about to brick their computer.

As a result of the software being open source, most bugs, issues, or vulnerabilities are fixed on the fly by fellow users around the world, making the act of updating your OS almost a weekly activity.

However, this open-source code does mean that those that are maliciously looking to infiltrate the OS can screen for vulnerabilities too, therefore causing a pseudo-proxy war between black hat hackers and community members.

Windows and Mac OS, on the other hand, are entirely privatized. However, the source code to those operating systems is locked, and only a select few people within the corporations themselves have access to the source codes.


While we all know and love customizing the backgrounds of our desktops — what about customizing things on the back end?

What if you could fine-tune the total voltage incoming to your machine, enabling you to control the exact power that your machine is pumping out? Or potentially completely altering the boot process, wherein at the click of the start button, 20 different actions would be performed at lightning speed that you typically would have to perform manually on a Windows or Mac OS machine?

Therein lies the power of Linux, the entire system is essentially one big block of Legos, compiled together into a neat shape for you to play with. Pick it apart, color it in your favorite pallet, or break it down and build it up from scratch — the world is your oyster.

The latter operating systems, however have minimum customization, and in fact, limit most of your modifications to preset rulesets that may feel rather hindering to those that enjoy toying around with their systems.


To give credit where credit is due both Windows and Mac OS perform significantly better when it comes to being appealing to the general consumer.

Linux is relatively challenging to pick up for those that are not keen on going outside the realms of booting up their devices, opening a couple of tabs on a browser, and punching out a couple of paragraphs on their preferred typing software.

That being said, once users get the hang of Linux, they are able to perform everything that they typically would do on Mac OS or Windows on the fly and to task and complete much more complicated functions faster due to the sheer amount of customizability that the Linux has.

In terms of general speed, Linux is faster than any of the other operating software available on the market, this is a result of the aforementioned lack of bloatware. For reference, if you’re using Windows, feel free to open up your task navigator without having any other apps open and notice how your CPU is always hovering at around 20 percent capacity. With Linux however, unless you directly launch it yourself, the OS does not and cannot open any software without your direct command.


Last but not least, and possibly one of the most trial-proven benefits of the Linux OS, its security.

Remember when we mentioned that being open source makes it easier for hackers to scan the software for vulnerabilities?

Well, here’s the thing, as a malicious hacker, you only profit from those machines that you have hacked. Hacking is not what it appears to be in the movies — it’s a painstaking process that requires patience, dedication, and an incredible amount of ingenuity.

By nature, Linux is more challenging to hack. Without going into the details, the system is made to have minimal vulnerabilities. So, even if a hacker was able to find a weakness on a Linux user’s device, a few problems usually arise.

As mentioned, Linux only has a user base of 2.35 percent — a tiny number in comparison to the far wider scope of the Windows OS. In that case, ask yourself, why would a hacker even try hacking a system that is significantly harder to hack than Windows, and only aim to get 2.35 percent of the entire world’s device power under their thumb.

In essence, the fact that the operating system is so small and is inherently difficult to hack in general reduces the incentive for users with malicious intent to ever do anything about the weaknesses within the OS.

Last but not least, Linux has absolutely no tracking tools prebuilt into their system. As mentioned, the system is purely open-source, and as a result, there are no in-built tools that track your clicks and keystrokes, therefore reducing your total footprint on the web.

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