Looking for Windows OS Alternatives? Linux Advantages, Features & Benefits

As alternative to Microsoft Windows, look no further than the Linux operating system.

In terms of bug-free, open source desktop and server computing and network management, the advantages and benefits of Linux as a Windows alternative far outweigh the disadvantages at a fraction of the cost of Windows. Plus, open source software is critically scrutinised by literally thousands of developers, with potential bugs spotted well before they’re encountered!

Linux was first released on 5th October 1991 by Linus Torvalds. Today’s version runs on a variety of computer hardware including mobiles, tablets, network routers, games consoles, televisions, desktops, mainframe systems and super-computers.

Did you know that 90% of the world’s super-computers run a form or variant of Linux?

Linux is packaged as a Linux Distribution for both desktop and fileserver user. Popular forms include:


  • Debian
  • Ubuntu
  • Fedora
  • openSUSE
  • SUSE Enterprise Server
  • Red Hat Enterprise
  • Mandriva (formerly Mandrake)
  • CentOS

Popular applications with Linux desktop systems include:


  • Mozilla Firefox
  • OpenOffice
  • StarOffice
  • LibreOffice
  • Gimp
  • wine



Linux – THE Windows Alternative: Advantages, Features & Benefits of Linux over Windows Operating System Software

So what are the Linux advantages, benefits and features, as a viable alternative to Windows Operating System? Check out our top 10 reasons to migrate to Linux below:


  • Linux Advantage No.1 - Linux GUI is optional

Windows GUI is an integral part of the operating system. Overall speed, performance, efficiency and reliability are greatly increased by running a Linux server without a GUI – Windows server versions cannot do this.


  • Linux Advantage No.2 - Linux Total cost of ownership

Windows operating systems can cost hundreds of pounds to purchase and thousands to maintain, especially when considering server versions and associated corporate licensing. Linux costs nothing to download and install. Although the cost of certain Linux server versions is far lower than Windows, in terms of TCO is a no match.


  • Linux Advantage No.3 - Linux offers greater security

Windows simply cannot compete as malicious files, spyware, adware, viruses (Trojans, Worms) are Windows based. Password protection on Windows platforms can easily be bypassed too.


  • Linux Advantage No.4 - Linux offers almost bug-free desktop, server and network-managed computing

The same cannot be said for Windows operating systems with patch updates and revisions being released at break-neck speed. Linux can often run for months and years without needing reboots and will continue to be a very secure operating system.


  • Linux Advantage No.5 – Linux is open source, enabling users to modify coding

In comparison, Windows is not open source and most Windows’ applications are not open source either.


  • Linux Advantage No.6 – Linux allows FULL access to source code. Windows doesn’t

In Linux, users can access and modify code to the exact kernel that is the foundation of the operating system. This cannot be done with Windows.


  • Linux Advantage No.7 – Linux offers full software licensing freedom.

With a Linux GPL licensed operating system, you can modify the software and even sell it (as long as the code is made fully available). You can also download a single user copy and install it onto as many systems as required. By comparison, Microsoft licensing allows none of this.


  • Linux Advantage No.8 – Linux command line

The command line prompt is an invaluable administration tool. Windows command line cannot be used to the same level as Linux.


  • Linux Advantage No.9 – Linux flexibility

Linux offers far greater flexibility and configuration freedom than Windows operating systems.


  • Linux Advantage No.10 – Linux transparency

Linux releases are never a mystery, due to the nature of “open-source” with release candidate’s always fully available (including timelines) to the general public. Alternatively, Microsoft Windows updates are normally revealed just before release.


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