Even Microsoft Uses Linux, So Why Dont We??

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Linux. It’s that one open-source operating system that nerds love talking about. But, Linux isn’t just meant for nerds. In fact, virtually all of the largest tech companies in the world use Linux in one form or other thanks to its superior performance when it comes to back-end development. In fact, even Microsoft has switched over from Windows to Linux for their networks, databases, and cloud infrastructure. But, if Linux is so good, why hasn’t the average person even tried it, especially when it’s free? Well, one of the main reasons that Linux never gained that much popularity is because its low cost doesn’t really mean much to the vast majority of customers. The vast majority of people just be prebuilt machines and Windows/macOS comes preinstalled for no extra cost. Also, even if you were building your own PC, Microsoft has made it extremely easy to get an unlicensed version of Windows running permanently. On top of this, Linux is usually not as user-friendly because it doesn’t come preinstalled with much software. Not to mention, you often have to use the command line to accomplish simple tasks. This video explains the top reasons that Linux is not very popular despite its free nature and apparent superiority.

Did you know that microsoft actually uses linux   to run much of its cloud infrastructure? and it’s  not like they’re forced to either. before 2015,   microsoft used to build watered down versions  of windows for running networks, databases,   and other cloud infrastructure. so, the switch  to linux was very much a voluntary

One. while   to put aside their ego and switch to linux,   too surprising given that linux is usually   the preferred os for backend infrastructure. it’s  simply more stable, reliable, secure, flexible,   hearing this, i don’t think you’d be surprised   to hear that microsoft isn’t the only one that  uses

Linux. amazon, dell, facebook, google,   of their business. yet, despite it’s popularity   amongst these institutions, linux is virtually  nonexistent amongst everyday consumers. well,   technically, android is built on linux and android  is the most popular operating system in the world,   so you could make that argument

For linux, but  i’m talking about the consumer pc market. there,   use linux. this isn’t to say that linux isn’t   hardcore users like programmers, engineers,   and tech enthusiasts have not only been using  linux themselves, but they’ve been preaching   about why it’s way better than windows and mac.  yet,

No one else seems to care. so, if linux   truly is the objectively better os and if even  one of the top advantages that many linux  enthusiasts cite is the fact that linux   is free. they argue that instead of paying $100  for a windows license, you can pay no money for   linux. this way, you’d not only be saving money, 

But you’d also be getting a superior os. from   their perspective, this scenario is clearly a win  win, but from the average consumer’s perspective,   it’s not quite that simple. here’s the thing,  linux being free doesn’t mean much to the average   consumer because to them, windows and macos are  also free. it’s not

Like they have to go out and   buy a license for either of these. they just go  out and buy the computer and the os comes along   with the purchase. so, not only would the average  consumer not save money by switching to linux, but   they’d also feel that they’re not using something  that they paid for. really, the only

People who   can save money by using linux is people who build  their own pcs. and pc builders are by far the   minority within the pc market. not to mention,  a substantial portion of pc builders are gamers   and windows is simply the best choice for gaming  because that’s what games are built for. and yes,   there

Are ways that you can run windows games on  linux, but this kind of defeats the entire purpose   of linux. one of the biggest advantages of linux  is that it can run many things better natively,   but games are not usually one of those things  because they’re specifically coded to run on   windows. also, if someone is willing

To spend  a thousand dollars or thousands of dollars on   a gaming pc, i highly doubt that the cost of a  windows license is a serious consideration. even   if it was, if they’re savvy enough to build a pc,  they’re probably savvy enough to migrate windows   from an old computer or just pirate it. and that  brings us to

Our next point which is that getting   windows for free is extraordinarily easy. while  windows is not free on paper, microsoft has gone   out of their way to make sure that you can get it  for free if you want to. you don’t even need to   pirate it. you can literally download it straight  from microsoft’s website and install

Onto your   literally no consequences for not activating   windows. you get 30 days to activate, but even if  you don’t, the only thing you lose is your ability   to personalize. in other words, you don’t lose  any functionality whatsoever. so, for end users,   whether you’re buying a prebuilt or a building  your

Own pc, linux offers virtually no financial   benefit. someone who does financially benefit  from choosing linux, however, is institutions.   schools, universities, companies, and computer  manufacturers all have to pay for windows   licenses. now, i’m sure they don’t pay anywhere  near as much as $100 per license given that

They   probably get some sort of bulk order discount.  but, even if it’s $30 or $40 per license, when   these institutions are ordering tens of thousands  or even hundreds of thousands of computers,   windows does end up costing them several hundred  thousand dollars if not millions. so, switching   to linux could be a

Smart financial decision,  but this option quickly becomes impossible when   one of the biggest obstacles for linux adoption  is that it’s just not that easy to use. linux   past several years especially ubuntu. but,   some level of familiarity with the command line  is still extremely helpful when it comes to using  

Linux. to many tech enthusiasts, this is what  makes linux so great. instead of having to deal   with generic user interfaces that are built for  general consumption, you can use the command line   to do very specific tasks. while this is great for  people who are comfortable with the command line,   this just seems completely

Unnecessary to people  who aren’t. the customizability and flexibility   applicable to the average person. virtually all   these people are primarily doing extremely generic  tasks like working on word docs and excel sheets   or replying to emails. and the freedom that the  command line offers doesn’t seem like a freedom  

At all. to them, the command line simply comes off  as an unnecessarily complicated way to accomplish   extremely straight forward tasks. even for the  people who could benefit from the command line,   more time than not, they don’t want to spend time  learning about it because it seems super daunting.   they often feel like they

Need to know coding to  use the command line, and they often fear that   they’re one wrong command away from corrupting  something and destroying their computer. this   is especially true when you’re running a command  using administrative authority. it just feels like   you’re messing with something that you shouldn’t 

Be messing with. aside from having to deal with   the command line, with linux, you also have to  deal with installing everything manually. once   again, this is actually one of the advantages of  linux. linux comes with virtually no bloatware,   so you can install only what you need. this is  one of the reasons why linux machines

With the   same specs tend to run faster and smoother than  windows machines. but, the average user doesn’t   always view this situation in the same light. for  them, all this means is that linux does not work   that’s a disadvantage. many of them actually   like much of the software that linux users would  classify as

Bloatware. take mac os for example.   macs generally come preinstalled with apple tv,  apple music, icloud, facetime, and imessage. for   a power user who’s only looking to use their mac  for productive purposes like coding, software like   apple tv and icloud may seem completely useless.  they’re probably never going to open

Apple tv   on this machine and they far prefer github over  icloud. but, for the everyday user, they may love   that their photos are automatically synced through  icloud and that they can text through imesage. for   them, all of this preinstalled software isn’t  bloware, it’s what makes the computer functional   out

Of the box. as apple likes to call it “it  just works”. both windows and macos just work.   linux on the other hand doesn’t. and even though  that’s what makes linux so flexible, customizable,   and free, most people simply don’t care enough  users will swear by linux, the bottomline is that  the average person simply has no

Need of it. in   fact, even power users don’t really need it simply  because macos and windows have actually gotten   pretty good at emulating the best features of  linux. take coding for example. one of the main   reasons that developers love linux is because it’s  based on unix. unix is an os that’s specifically  

Designed with programmers in mind. windows is not  based on unix, so it often makes sense to choose   linux over windows. but, something that is based  on unix is macos. so, not only does mac offer many   of the same coding advantages as linux, but it’s  also more user friendly and polished. this is why   macos is extremely

Popular amongst developers.  globally, the mac only has 8.9% marketshare,   but amongst developers, it has 44% marketshare.  aside from most people not having any need for   makes them less productive. for example,   not all linux distros come with wifi drivers which  means that you’ll have to manually install drivers  

Just to connect to the internet. but, atleast  that’s only a one time issue. something that   you’ll have to constantly deal with is lack of  support. even something as rudimentary and basic   as microsoft office is not natively supported on  linux. so, you’ll have to jump through a bunch of   loopholes just to get access

To basic software.  this same rule also applies to software like   photoshop, premiere pro, autodesk inventor, and  basically anything else that doesn’t directly   involve coding. but atleast, you can make those  software work by jumping through a few hoops.   simply will not work on linux whatsoever. for   example,

Nothing to do with pearson education  works. if you’re a student and have a bunch   of classes that use pearson, this makes linux  completely unviable. so, that’s pretty much all   of the objective reasons that the pc community at  large hasn’t adopted linux. linux’s free nature   isn’t all that helpful, the command

Line and ui is  rather daunting, and linux often poses a lot more   challenges than solutions for most people. but,  there’s a subjective side to all of this as well,   and i don’t think this video would be complete  if we didn’t discuss that as well. the truth   social stigma. usually, linux is associated  

With nerds and broke people. in terms of social  prestige, mac would probably be first place,   windows would be second place, and linux would be  last place. so, why would the average person want   to go out of their way to downgrade themselves  socially when they can just get a mac or windows   machine. the answer is that

There is no reason and  in certain use cases, almost all of these use  cases are professional. they involve databases,   things the average person will never deal with   from the backend. also, even amongst the people  who do use linux for professional purposes,   i bet most of them have a windows or mac machine  at home

For personal use cases. while there will   linux is better for personal use as well,   this is simply not true. and honestly, i think a  lot of these guys have an ulterior motive. many   of them use linux not because it’s superior but  because of ideological reasons. they’re usually   anti big tech and think that open

Source projects  like linux should be supported and developed as   much as possible. and this is usually the root  reason that they’re so pro linux, but as for the   rest of us, well, we usually just don’t care. as  murray bauman once said “people don’t spend their   lives trying to get a look at what’s behind the 

Curtain. they like the curtain. it provides them   stability, comfort, definition.” and within the  pc market, macos and windows are that curtain.   below. also, drop a like if you think that linux   deserves more credit. and of course, consider  checking out our discord community to suggest   to see more questions logically answered.

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