There are many articles on comparisons between different operating systems, such as Windows, macOS, GNU / Linux, etc. There are also many others with reasons to use a specific operating system, but in this article we will introduce several reasons why we should not use an operating system: Microsoft Windows. These reasons have been created taking as reference other UNIX-like and open source operating systems, such as Linux, FreeBSD, etc.
It is true that Microsoft Windows has a lot of software on its part, that there are many drivers and great support from manufacturers, for gamers it is the platform with the most titles, but that is due to the market share it has achieved. Most importantly, most equipment builders pre-install it on their products so that it reaches most of users almost by obligation. Many schools or educational centers also use it, so when someone gets used to it, it is more difficult to adapt it to another environment. Despite these benefits, little else does that operating system contribute and there are many more reasons to use other systems operational. In fact, in other sectors where the Wintel alliance did not do that damage, Windows is hardly present, such as servers, supercomputers, embedded, etc.
Our reasons why Windows should not be used are:
- Price range: the license has a price, it is not cheap at all. In addition, the software that exists for this platform is also paid in many cases, so the cost rises considerably (unless it is pirated, but that is illegal ...).
- Owners: it is a proprietary environment, with closed source software. But in addition, the software that exists for this platform is also usually closed. You will not be able to modify it, you will not be able to distribute it and what is worse, you will not know what it does exactly.
- Low security: UNIX environments are considerably more secure than Windows even with the default settings. And if we spend a while setting up and implementing security measures, they become extremely secure. Also, since they are not so popular, there is less malware for them. And due to its way of managing permissions and privileges, the malware that exists is usually not so problematic and when an infection occurs it is more because of the user's trust, rather than because of security holes or vulnerabilities.
- Lack of confidentiality- Maintaining data privacy or confidentiality in Windows is mission impossible. On the other hand, in the different Linux distros, a compilation and reporting of user information is not usually done in the way it is done in Windows. Or the software and systems that compose it are not so invasive.
- Poor performance- Generally almost all operating systems perform better than Windows, be it Linux, FreeBSD, etc. They tend to consume much less resources and dedicate them to what you really want, to run the software more agile. In addition, there are lightweight desktop environments, much lighter that can even run on an old or low-resource computer. By the way, add that, although I know that a lot of work has been done on NTFS, it still continues to generate fragmentation in the files, which makes the machine slower and slower with use ... It is not built to last!
- No flexibility: Windows only has one possible desktop environment, a package manager, a bootloader, a shell (CMD or also PowerShell in some versions), a single file manager, etc. If you like it well and if you don't like it, you can put up with it… That's the philosophy. On the other hand, in other free operating systems you can choose between different environments, different shells, different boot loaders, different file managers, a large number of file systems (FS), etc. And even do without any of these elements, such as working in text mode, if you don't want a graphical interface. Not only that, its high degree of configurability makes it even more flexible, and since it can be modified, it is extremely adaptable and portable.
- Poor Stability / Robustness: Windows is not as stable as expected, perhaps for most home users, but not for other tasks. Also, it is not a system that is robust as a rock, but rather something sensitive, especially its register. If we add errors and restarts due to updates to that, it can be exasperating. By the way, updates that seem to cause more problems lately than they fix. It seems that some damaged the WiFi, others deleted user files, some have left certain computers unable to boot or generated performance problems, and the last one in May seems to have been canceled by Microsoft because it caused the USB devices and the reader to SD cards stop working ...
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