Solved Should I be comfortable with Linux?

May 19, 2019 at 00:00:14
Specs: Windows 10 , i3/16
I am new to Linux and want to know, is it truly the most private and secure OS? The whole open source and closed commercial source situation makes me question Linux over Windows, although I presume it should be the opposite. Is an open source OS truly safer and better? I’ve heard they display their update ideas online as well to decide together, does that not make it easier for people to mess with? Also, which one of the versions is the most secure? Ubuntu, Mint? I just need to grow trust regarding it. I want it for a business computer and I appreciate your help.

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May 19, 2019 at 00:21:35
I wouldn't worry about the security aspect. Almost all modern OSs are very secure as long as you take sensible precautions. The weakest link is always the end user.

More pertinent is what software your business needs to run, what compatibility with other businesses is required, and which OS best supports those programs. Also, bear in mind that more people are familiar with Windows than Linux, so additional training of newcomers may be required. Another factor to consider is what technical support you require; it's probably easier to find a company that will support Windows than Linux.

If you decide that Linux suits your business, which distribution you prefer is a personal choice. As they are freely available, you can try them all and see which you are most comfortable with. Alternatively, you may wish to take advice from your support company - they may be happier supporting a particular variety of Linux.

Choosing business software is a very different process to choosing software for a home computer. If you have any doubts it is normally a good investment to employ a consultant to advise you on the choice and follow-up support.

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May 19, 2019 at 08:41:58
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If you look into who uses Linux, you'll find that much of the US military uses it, along with NASA, CERN, NY Stock Exchange, etc.

Being that Linux is open source, its code can be freely modified, shared & distributed. For example, in the early 2000's, a guy from South Africa modified Debian & created Ubuntu. A few years later, a guy in France decided he could do better, so he took Ubuntu & modified it again, creating Mint.

Many distros are based on Ubuntu. There's the obvious ones such as Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, but there are plenty more - Elementary OS, Mint, Peppermint, Zorin OS, etc. Each version usually has additional editions based on the desktop environment (DE) used. For instance, within the Mint versions, there's Cinnamon, Mate, KDE, & Xfce editions. There's even an edition based on Debian rather than Ubuntu called LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition). Here's a breakdown of the more common DEs in use today:

I started experimenting with Linux right around the time Vista was released. I've tried many distros over the years & still try new ones occasionally, but my favorite is Mint. All my non-Windows systems currently run Mint 19.1 Xfce:

As for what business software is available, it would depend on what you need. There's usually Linux alternatives to Windows software. For instance, there are several office suites that are very similar to & also compatible with Microsoft Office - Libre Office, Open Office, WPS Office, etc. You might also be able to use Windows software on Linux by using Wine.

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May 19, 2019 at 19:02:27
Thank you both for the advice and information! That helped

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