As everyone knows already, Linux has recently recorded massive growth, with its market share increasing almost every single month as more users decided to give the platform a go.
This data pretty much speaks by itself. While Windows seems losing ground, Linux is growing, so initially, there’s a really obvious transition that’s happening from Microsoft’s operating system to the world of Linux.
The en-masse switch to Linux isn’t necessarily surprising whenever we look at the recent changes that happened for Windows users.
Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 in January this year, asking users still running this year’s operating system to upgrade to Windows 10.
For a lot of, however, Windows 7 was the only method to go so far as Microsoft’s operating-system was concerned. Which happened for 2 reasons.
First, it’s because Windows 7 only agreed to be running smoothly on their own devices, and these users don’t wish to spend extra on new hardware to enjoy the entire Windows 10 feature package. While Windows 10 can operate on Windows 7 systems all right, Microsoft recommends users to buy new computers, as new-generation hardware is needed for many features, for example Windows Hello biometric authentication.
And second of, it’s the different approach that Microsoft is using for Windows 10. Windows 7 is considered by many the last Windows version with a traditional desktop approach, while Windows 10 utilizes a modern indisputable fact that includes an application store, an electronic assistant, an Action Center, and so much more.
Considering both of these reasons, the change to Windows 10 is one thing that lots of users just don’t accept. But at the end of your day, what’s pushing these to Linux?
Judging in the feedback that everyone can read online, and which Microsoft itself should check out whether it really wants to decelerate this migration to Linux, a primary reason relates to Microsoft in general.
Some of those who switched to Linux say they’ve had enough in the Windows world and switching to an open-source platform guarantees more transparency, improved security, and a whole lot.
Microsoft itself has attempted to improve during these exact same areas, with major investments produced in terms of the transparency and security provided to Windows 10 users. If the company managed to improve here is something that’s still debatable, until then, it appears as though Microsoft’s efforts aren’t enough to prevent the growing appetite for Linux.
The modern approach that Microsoft turned to with Windows 10 certainly didn’t help, particularly with all of the controversy around such things as telemetry and data collection. And features that have been forced on users, including Cortana and more recently the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser, have convinced some that it’s time for you to explore the non-Windows world too, as well as in their case, Linux is very often the first stop.
At the end of your day, I don’t believe that the migration from Windows to Linux is dependant on only a single thing, but rather to some handful of struggles in the Microsoft world that may be far more easy resolved with an open-source platform.
What made you switch from Windows to Linux? Tell us in the box following the jump.