10: Loads and loads of free, open source software.
To paraphrase a recent advertisement, "there's a free app for that!"
Just about anything you need, any type of software, you can find a completely
free version, in many cases, superior to what you have to pay for in
Windows. Libre Office is 100% MS-Office compatible, and free. Shotwell and
KDEnlive are video editors nearly as good as Adobe Premier, and far superior
to Windows Movie Maker, The GIMP is at least as good as Photoshop, and the list
goes on and on and on.
9: Never having to Defragment a Hard Drive again!
That's right, you do not have to defragment Linux native hard drives EVER!
8: Runs many Windows programs under WINE
Yes, you can run a fairly high number of Windows programs in Linux using the
WINE Compatibility Layer. There is even a website (WINEHQ) where you can
find loads of help getting your Win Apps to work! (and if all else fails,
you can install VirtualBox and run an actual Windows Installation inside
Linux... or set up the computer to dual boot both and run either as needed)
Tired of viruses, trojans, worms, and malware of all sorts? Want to be far
safer from hacking? Then you want Linux. At last count there were over 40,000
viruses and malwares that can attack Windows computers... there are only 47
known viruses that attack Linux, and all of those are already blocked.
Linux is nearly immune, simply because the only way any malware can attack
a Linux System at its core is if it can somehow get your Root Password...
You may lose a few files if someone manages to create a new Linux virus and
it gets on your system before the developers learn of it, but it's nearly
impossible that it could actually hurt the Linux System itself.
6: Most Linux distro's (distributions) are free!
That's right, you pay well over $100 for a copy of Windows... plus all the
money for anti-virus software and all the other applications you need...
but you can get a complete Linux System, with most of the software you
need, right out of the box, 100% absolutely free. Or, if you want more,
you can get premium distros for tiny amounts of money (Zorin 8 Premium,
which is especially good for new users coming over from Windows, costs a
whopping $10, and comes with loads of apps for everything you can ever
think of, or you can get Zorin Core 8 for free and add the extras yourself.)
5: Amazingly Customizable.
Unlike Windows, Linux doesn't tell you how to use your computer... YOU
tell Linux how you want to use it. You can choose from a number of Window
Managers and Desktop Environments, and add lots of little tweak items
(panels, panel widgets, desktop widgets, animated wallpaper, cool 3D effects)
Pretty much anything you like! Make your computer uniquely yours, and have
everything set up in the way that most suits your work style.
4: Update everything at one time.
Unlike Windows Automatic Updates, Linux doesn't just update the OS, it
updates ALL your installed software as well. One click lets you update
everything, all at once! (With the sole exception being Windows programs
that you install under WINE)
3: Did I mention that Linux is free?
2: Excellent Support.
Most Linux versions have very good community support, and some also have
direct support by the creators. There are forums, websites, IRC channels
all dedicated to helping you learn and use Linux. And when bugs are found,
thousands of programmers around the world begin tracking them down and fixing
them, usually within hours, not months like Windows can sometimes take.
1: and the Number 1 Reason Linux beats Windows...
It's just 100 times cooler... and it's free, and it's secure and... and...
I hope you enjoyed my little top ten list... and I hope you will consider becoming a Linux Geek! I stand ready to help in any way I can, if anyone should need it.