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Mark Vassilevskiy Author

What do you mean? Firstly, Windows is much slower; if you had no any issues with security on Windows, it doesn't mean that there's no security gaps. Also, if you can install linux almost on every computer and not only because of its Hardware Compability and optimization. On Linux you can control and do whatever you want, you don't need to download additional utilities which will track your network usage or clear your RAM, on linux you can do it without any programs and only yourself. So I wrote about this in my article and don't fully understand what's your issues

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Juan Hincapie

Not completely sure where did you get the hardware compatibility data…normally Linux distros have generic drivers that work most of the time, but with video cards and integrated chips from nvidia or even in some cases intel Linux struggles to provide a proper solution(you probably end up relying on privative drivers to make your hardware work) on the other hand, on windows everything just work. Regarding security it’s true that Linux and in general Unix based OS, tend to be more secure based on his authorization and permission works. Linux it’s good if you know what you’re doing and if you have some time to play around fixing and customizing stuff, the Interface is not the best, and is not as user friendly as windows or MacOS. Windows is an awesome alternative, if you don’t have an old pc(this is where Linux shine) and you can get the shell and other nice stuff with WSL. And if you have the money, go for a Mac OS and get the best of both worlds, user friendly, Unix based OS, quite fast and reliable

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Kevin Wimberly

No, windows is not "much slower". That is an ignorant statement to make and subjective. It is FASTER on old ass hardware because of the nature of how it works and how much it cannot do with a lite distro. An average user that has a clue about malware isn't going to have security issues, just as Linux isn't, and that is the out of the box experience with Vanilla WIndows these days. If you tweak Linux in ways to allow you to use apps that you want that just aren't readiliy available for Linux or the distro you selected, you CAN screw your security or brick the computer; however Wnndows, it just mostly works without opening yourself up to bricking your OS. You can install software on both that open you up to security issues, that is not exclusive to Windows as you make it appear. You can control a ton if useful things in Windows, which is why i commented your article topics are generic, vague, and talking about Windows from like pre 2015. You act like Windows isn't winning the market because it sucks, and it very clearly is the better with hardware when using it for all purposes. Linux is getting good. No argument there. It is fast if you have all the right things set up and the right distro set up to work with the hardware. But your article gives no real documentation or relevant facts to support your subjectivity, and I felt commenting as such might help you to make an article that sites facts, gives reference and specificity. If you could care less for the critique, so be it.

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Toomas Jaska • Edited on

Firstly, Windows is much slower;

I can kind of give you that. When I wanted to get decent web browsing experience on a potato, I uninstalled Win8 (it was preinstalled, yikes) and installed some light linux distribution. Yes, it was faster. But this is again totally use case dependent. I didn't get a full desktop experience from that distro, it just catered to my specific needs.

if you had no any issues with security on Windows, it doesn't mean that there's no security gaps.

I think your regular user will have a more secure experience out of the box with Win10 than with any Linux distro that they can potentionally sudo brick. But this is the meat of the issue here: linux users tend to be more technically aware/competent than Windows users, on average. Because they would have to be to use linux effectively, what with all the hardware and software compatibility issues they will face.

you don't need to download additional utilities which will track your network usage or clear your RAM

I'm not clear about the point you're making with the first part. Wasn't preinstalled software a bad thing in your article? If you're serious about tracking network activity you'll most likely install some third party software like TCPView. Depending on your linux distro, you may have to do that as well. Network usage is in Windows task manager out of the box.

The second point - I've never installed a RAM cleaner on windows. Windows is smart enough managing it. I have, however, configured linux swap files - but that's more to do with hardware limitations.