Linux: Sexy, Smart, and Cheap. The Perfect Date.

Yes yes, I realize it's no surprise we feel pretty attached to Linux here at Linux Journal, but that aside, what's not to love about Linux? Especially in the last few years, it's no longer a matter of whether Linux is ready for the desktop yet -- it's just a matter of when are people going to realize it? Thankfully, we're starting to see that. And here's why:

Linux is Sexy

Have you seen Compiz? Have you seen KDE4? Have you seen Enlightenment? The great thing about Linux is that you don't just have to claim one slick and sexy desktop, and become a fanboy. You can have several, and then apply updates to get more. Linux isn't tied to any one gorgeous interface, it's got many. What's better than one sexy, user friendly interface? Several!

Linux is Smart

Look, I've installed my fair share of operating systems. Linux used to be painful, but anymore, it's so simple. Add things like Wubi, and you don't even have to partition anymore. Updates for software are automatic (all software, not just OS specific), drivers are included for most hardware, and many distributions come on a single CD, packed with software.

Oh, and viruses? I won't say there's no concern, but I'll also say that I've never installed any anti-virus stuff. And I've never had a problem. Ever. Spyware? Same deal. Defragging? Never done it. Reinstalling? Well, yes, but because I like to, not because I've needed to. :)

Linux is Cheap

Free. As in Beer, as in speech, as in "found it on the side of the road" -- how ever it pleases you most, Linux is free. And it comes with so much 3rd party software (also free), that the most difficult part is deciding what to use. Oh, I know, "But what about the games!!!!" -- well, there are ways to play commercial games in Linux, but honestly, there are so many free, native games, that you could easily entertain yourself out of a job without ever spending a dime!

Flirting with Others is Encouraged

Guess what: With Linux, you don't have to tie yourself to a single distribution. You can try several. You can have them all on your computer at the same time. You can virtualize them. You can dual boot them. You can scatter them around your house, and remotely control them. I have a whole harem of Linux boxes in my house, and they are all quite happy. :)

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Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.

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