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Why Linux?

Why should you use Linux rather than Windows?

Raspberry Pi
The server for this Website is only about 10 cm in size.


Linux requires less resources. It runs faster, in less memory, and the system needs less disc space. Linux can then also run on an older, smaller Computer. Linux is still somewhat more stable. Security updates are applied in smaller units and almost never require a reboot.

The graphical user interface can compete with Windows and macOS. The differences are mostly a question of familiarity and taste. All these interfaces are well configurable, with some effort one interface can be made to look like the other.

Part of a computing clusters
About 50 Linux computers operate as a "Computing Cluster".


Linux is available at no cost. Optionally included in this are a large number of, also free, applications that can fulfil the needs of a wide community of users. Although the cost for the initial Windows installation is included in the price of the hardware and is usually not recoverable, larger upgrades to Windows cost money, or lead to you upgrading the hardware instead to obtain the newer Windows version.

Data protection

There are hardly any commercial interests behind Linux. It leans toward the protection of privacy. Companies like Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook are more interested to sell products, to collect and pass on Data, and to bring targeted advertising to your screen.


The design of Linux derives from Unix, an operating system where the separation between system and user, and separation between different users, are of central relevance. From this computer and network security flow naturally, where Windows did require these features to be added later.

Android mobile
An Android mobile phone.

Openness and quality

Linux and the application software are open source. The software is developed and scrutinised by the public. This fosters quality and stability, and it also leads to the free availability of the software.

The community of software developers is open, budding programmers can join in and acquire knowledge, as well as contribute and distribute valuable software.


Linux runs on very different devices. The majority of websites run on Linux, as does server hosting, the cloud, computing clusters etc. On desktop and laptop computers Linux can compete with macOS and Windows. Tiny Raspberry Pi computers introduce the interested user to the control of hardware and similar tinkering. The majority of mobile phones run Linux (Android). Linux runs on many network components such as Internet routers, Ethernet switches, broadband modems. Linux is also embedded in cars, aircraft, televisions and satellites.