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5 Linux Myths That Push New Users Away

All things that escape the public a bit "moretream"Usually they are surrounded by myths, with Linux on desktops would be no different. Let's talk now about 5 of them that sometimes new users end up" hearing from some "and eventually moving them away from systems based on this kernel.

With 2017 coming to an end, 2018 comes to celebrate nothing more, nothing less, than the seventh anniversary of the blog Diolinux, who would say, huh !? After 7 years, the Linux desktop scenario has changed a lot, maybe even more than I can remember, but some myths still persist in the minds of many, let's talk about five of them.

1 – Linux is hard to use

This is undoubtedly one of the biggest myths, but let's go in pieces.

I think with a little reflection you might be realizing that a statement like this doesn't make much sense. You see, define for me what is "easy" and what is "difficult".

Is playing the guitar easy or difficult? I believe the answer is: It depends. Depends on your prior knowledge, if you already know how to play the guitar becomes simpler, if you were born with "the gift for music", probably be simpler too, having the habit also helps.

Keep in mind that "easy and hard" are two completely relative things and vary from person to person.

What usually happens for some to come to this conclusion is the lack of prior instruction, one of the reasons for the creation of the blog Diolinux (and the channel too) was precisely this, with this, the path is more smooth.

Most people who have had some frustration using Linux are usually people who already understand Windows a little and feel lost in this new universe.

This feeling of being good and suddenly being thrown into a universe where your knowledge is not so much, especially for routine things like using the computer, never good, something natural to humans. Once this is identified, you are better able to overcome new challenges.

Changes are always complicated, but can be very worthwhile. I know a lot of tech-savvy people (not exactly Linux) who use distros like Linux Mint on their computers daily to do common tasks, there's no way to call Linux "hard" by watching them. However, it is worth noting the distribution, there are Linux distros more suitable for novice users than others, this can bring a very different experience, combined with the various interfaces that Linux provides, certainly some are more intuitive than others.

2 – I need to use commands to do everything on Linux

No, I don't need. But I think we can talk more about that.

First of all, we should not face the possibility of operating the operating system via commands like something bad, distros Linux, Windows, macOS, BSDs and other systems invariably have the possibility of operating via terminal.

There are thousands of internet tutorials on macOS and Windows where commands are used, official business support is often informed of commands, so don't be alarmed. On Linux you can really do everything from the terminal, but that doesn't mean everything NEED it will be done through him.

I believe that sometimes this print comes from old manuals and articles spread around blogs, the internet, and the generalist way of treating distros. An example: Let's say I want to show you how to install the GIMP image editor on Ubuntu-based distros, all from the terminal will have the same command, something like: sudo apt install gimp, however, showing a tutorial via interface will depend on the interface, doing this in KDE Plasmas, GNOME, Cinnamon, Pantheon, XFCE all have minor differences, which makes the process of making a comprehensive tutorial overly laborious.

Perhaps the lack of a "default distro" causes this, so when a system stands out or has a desktop focus, we usually pay more attention, and for "us," I mean the media. Perhaps it is important for popular Linux blogs and websites to start worrying about putting tutorials that involve the graphical environment as well, this will start giving the right impression about Linux, where you only use the terminal when you want.

In the middle of 2017, even on Linux, use commands for anyone who wants. Just choose a desktop-focused distro and you won't have that "problem".

I really don't know where this myth comes from, or rather, I don't know why it persists; where I come from I even have an idea.

Early on in the development of Linux and its evolution from about 92 to 2004, the need for the terminal was actually greater. In these first 10 years of existence people who used Linux were usually enthusiastic or professional, as in the server world Linux has always been a great alternative and on servers usually don't use graphical tools (not the same way as desktops), so distros they ended up having these traits too.

Graphic environments were still beginning to develop as well. But like everything, Linux distros also evolve, a tremendous mistake To think that everything goes on like this would be the same as thinking that Windows has the same characteristics as its first 10 or 15 years of development.

To be honest, distractions with real desktop appeal started to come to an interesting point in 2010, with Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10, Linux Mint 9 and 10, among others, with a nice leap in quality in 2012, in 2017, still There are things to be improved (and there always will be), but the current point can already be considered simple for home use.

The Linux Kernel is almost 26 years old today and a lot of water has already rolled under that bridge, so let's stop it and end this myth once and for all.

3 – Linux doesn't have enough programs

There are people who live by creating barriers and no bridges, fact. These will always look for some problem to avoid recommendations, while it would be very simple to show the various options that exist and almost certainly they would suit the public, or most of it.

It's hard to list software because such a list would be almost endless, but surely you find many popular applications in the Linux world that are cross-platform and famous in the Windows world as well. In addition, I always tell people to stick to program functionality, not to the name necessarily.

Example, you don't need WinRAR to open .rar files, you need software that does that, you don't need PowerPoint, you need to make presentations, and there are plenty of ways to solve any such problem, a basic Google search will reveal your options (see the video above, it will help too).

Each user has different needs, so it's up to you, and only you, to assess whether the software or features you want are on Linux. Not always having "a million" options for the same quality signal software, there are dozens of internet browsers, but most people only use Chrome and Firefox, to name just one example, and both are available for Linux (so Opera, Vivaldi, Chromium, Yandex, and many others).

4 – Linux has no good games

And once again camos on the merits of "good and bad", as already commented, this will once again depend on your taste and the games you enjoy playing. I know a lot of people who are passionate about games, but curiously, most of them are there, watch and consume content on all releases, but hardly play them all, either for price, or even taste, for preferring specific titles. I am like this, I like to see reviews of all releases practically, but I rarely play them all.

Linux currently has a wide range of titles available, this actually inferior library of Windows, there's no denying it, but depending on what you enjoy playing, it can be a system for you, no doubt.

I play a lot on Linux (and on Windows too) and I can say that a very cool library already tends to grow, since Linux games started to be released in mass only in 2014 and the first year, although fruitful, does not compare to the following.

There will always be one who will say, "Ah, but there is no such game ", and it will never end, because there will always be a game that will not be on the platform, even if Linux will have 90% of the titles that exist in Windows, I still say that one or the other is missing, I think that kind of thing We cannot change, however, a new competing PC platform for Windows would do well for consumers in many ways, competition arouses quality, and it would be great to be able to save money on the operating system license and spend that amount on games, wouldn't it? It is important that we encourage this market for our own good.

5 – Linux for servers only, not for desktops

When one claims this, a lot of tears must fall from the thousands of developers of KDE, GNOME, XFCE, MATE, Cinnamon, Deepin, Pantheon, and so many other interfaces made just for desktop system operability.

I think there is still a big confusion of "what is the purpose of Linux", people say the system is for this or that.

The big point here: Linux has no purpose, who gives purpose who uses it for something. The Linux kernel is simply made to work with hardware, which every project that uses Linux as its base will do, give the utility and focus to it.

Google uses for Android, Canonical to make Ubuntu, Amazon uses on servers, Microsoft uses for virtualization, Tesla uses on smart cars and my mother uses to access Facebook, so to say that Linux "s" serves for something specific would be to underestimate the creativity of millions of people around the world.

There are many people who use Linux on their desktop routinely, I'm writing this article from a distro right now.

Some other myths

There are a few more interesting myths to cover here, but as I've talked about them extensively on other occasions, I'll just leave the references, hope you can check it out.

Pay attention to "having viruses", this does not mean to be equivalently vulnerable, see Android, and also to the fact that popularity is not related to the quality of security of the system and yes to how much it is aimed at.

– Linux has hardware support issue

I had a nice chat on Peperaio Harware a few weeks ago to talk about it, check it out here.

Even with all this information, there will still be people who will not consider Linux for their home, business or personal use and frankly, fine by me, I see no problem with anyone who likes to use Windows, but I really believe these myths are not. For good reason, simply saying "I like another system better" than pointing out these "problems" would be perfectly conceivable.

As a platform, Linux distros are generally free, more secure and with many options for customization, appearance and usability, ie testing at least just a matter of curiosity and internet to download, there are virtually no barriers.

See you next time!

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