10 Reasons Why Not to Install Linux2:22 PM
- Power Management - If you're a laptop user, you may find Window's power management options a bit more useful than Linux's offerings. Power management is a work in progress in Linux at the moment. The current functions are sleep, hibernate (if you're lucky and your battery doesn't give out on you first), and dim display. These may or may not work on your laptops. There's also nothing to reduce the amount of power used while on battery (except if you're using Ubuntu, and then there's Jupiter).
- Applications - Don't get me wrong, Linux applications are great and they kick the butt of many of their Windows counterparts. However, if your work/school demands certain Windows applications, you may find it easier (and faster) to use Windows on its own as opposed to loading it up in a virtual machine. If you have a lot of hard drive space give dual booting a shot, but otherwise you may need to stick to playing with Linux on Live CD.
- Compatibility - This is becoming more and more of a non-issue, but still make sure that there are Linux programs that can open your files that are in proprietary formats.
- Games - There are tons of games on Linux for the casual gamer. But for the serious gamer, Linux has little to offer in the way of the most popular new games. You may be able to get some games to run in WINE or via a virtual machine, but the graphics just won't be the same.
- Interfaces - The user interfaces in Linux are very different from what you're accustomed to in Windows. If you're someone that doesn't like change, then switching to Linux may not be the greatest idea for you. There's more, a LOT more, that is different about Linux in comparison to Windows and you will basically be re-learning how to use your computer.
- Hardware - If you have a brand spanking new computer, give Linux a shot on Live CD and make sure all your hardware will work with it before you try installing it. While kernel level hardware support moves quicker than it used to, it takes time for that support to filter down through the different distributions. If you want to know if hardware support is coming to your favorite Linux distribution, try running the Sabayon Live CD, which is one of the distributions that uses the latest kernel. And if you like it, go ahead and install it. :)
- Community - Let's face it, the Linux community is not for everyone. I highly recommend you check out the community of the distribution you want to install to see if it's a good fit for you. If you are prone to asking vague questions and/or not researching your issues prior to posting on a forum about them, Linux just may not be the operating system for you. Since support is done by the community for free, there's a certain kind of give/take relationship going on that needs to be respected. No one can help you if you're too vague about your issue, and no one likes repeating themselves on an issue that's already been well documented.
- Documentation - Linux documentation tends to assume you know what you're doing unless it's geared towards novices. Take a look over the documentation for the distribution you want to install and make sure you can understand it. If you plan on doing command line work load up a Live CD and make sure you can understand the man pages for various commands.
- Documentation - Sometimes there isn't any. So using Linux does require some amount of ingenuity at times.
- Network - Do you have a lot of Windows machines on your network? There's Samba, which allows file sharing to take place between Windows machines and Linux machines, but it doesn't always work as expected. If you aren't prepared to do some major network troubleshooting and there are a lot of Windows machines on your network that you absolutely have to share files with, Linux may not be for you.
It was really difficult to come up with ten reasons why someone should not use Linux. Perhaps it would have been easier if I weren't so biased towards Linux. :D
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