Why is Linux so unfriendly

Five reasons against Linux - that's why the switch (supposedly) fails

Hans-Christian Dirscherl

We name the 5 most common reasons and prejudices why the switch to Linux could fail. And give counter-arguments so that the switch from Windows to Linux will work after all!

Together with our sister publication PC-World, we have compiled some of the reasons why Windows users who wanted to switch to Linux gave up in frustration and returned to Windows. Overall, there seem to be five main reasons that lead to the failure of the switch from Windows to Linux. We present these five reasons and evaluate their relevance. Above all, however, we show solutions with which you can avoid or solve these five problem areas and thus successfully switch from Windows to Linux.

1. The favorite program does not run on Linux

Most of them are Professional programs from Adobe, especially Photoshop and Dreamweaver, which those who switch from Windows to Linux do not want to do without. The reference to Gimp doesn't help either - because Gimp is not a full replacement for Adobe, regardless of its strengths. If you want to use Gimp, this article will help you get started with this not so easy program: Gimp for Beginners - Tutorial for Free Image Editing.

In this respect, if you really need all of Photoshop's functions, you should either not switch completely to Linux (and keep a partition with Windows, for example) or look at suitable virtualization solutions such as Wine, which Photoshop can also use to a certain extent on Linux computers can be used.

Photoshop and Dreamweaver are specialized professional tools for corporate use. Hardly any private user really needs all the functions of Photoshop, the range of functions of Gimp should be completely sufficient for most users. And websites can also be created without Dreamweaver, especially in times when content management systems and blog software such as Wordpress form the basis for many professional websites. In addition, social media platforms have increasingly overtaken websites in recent years. Facebook and Twitter run in the browser and can therefore also be used on Linux computers without any problems. And you use Instagram on your smartphone anyway.

Playing on Linux : In addition to these professional application programs, there is another software group that speaks against the use of Linux: games. Because the game publishers still treat Linux second, if not third. After all, the situation is slowly improving a bit thanks to Steam OS and the Steam game platform from Valve.

Tip:Steam for Linux

Overall, however, Linux has recently become more attractive for gamers. There are now a number of ways to enjoy high quality games on Linux computers. For example, the WWII strategy game Hearts of Iron IV was also available for Linux from the start.

Here we show you in detail how you can enjoy high quality games on Linux too: The best Linux games for Steam, Ubuntu, Holarse, Gog, Shell

Private users who use Linux and neither need Photoshop nor do a lot of daddling can still be faced with the problem that they suddenly need Windows, for example when the child has a new one Educational software brings home that only runs under Windows. A virtual machine running Windows may help here. Or the learning software is also available as apps for iOS and / or Android, because more and more publishers such as USM are now also bringing out their well-known Windows learning software for the two most important mobile platforms. This then offers itself as an alternative for Linux users. A third solution would be cloud-based web applications to replace such Windows software.

Our assessment: The majority of private users can switch to Linux immediately without any problems, with the exception of hardcore daddlers. Especially in combination with an iPad or Android tablet, nothing stands in the way of switching to Linux.

2. The hardware is twitching

Basically, Linux has had excellent hardware detection for a long time. But every now and then it still happens that a certain graphics card or UMTS stick refuses to work after Linux has been installed. Workarounds that can be found in various Linux forums such as ubuntuusers may help here. Our Linuxwelt, which appears every two months, also offers tips for solving hardware problems again and again. Standard works such as Linux - The Comprehensive Manual by Michael Kofler can also help.

Sometimes even the really extensive Linux community doesn't help, for example when it comes to relatively unusual hardware components for which there are simply no Linux drivers. Or if a sub-component was simply not yet fully developed at the time of delivery. For example, the new Ubuntu Linux 8.04 sound system gave many users a headache at the time, because after the update to Ubuntu 8.04, the PCs and notebooks remained silent and could no longer play any sound. That was a long time ago, but such problems cannot be completely ruled out in spring 2019 either.

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Tuxedo: Brand new Linux laptops with an elegant look

Such hardware problems can be elegantly avoided by buying PCs or notebooks with Linux that are configured from the outset. A well-known supplier of desktop computers and notebooks with pre-installed and specially adapted Linux is the German company Tuxedo.

EnlargeTUXEDO InfinityBook Pro 13 - 13.3 inches

On top of that, you can choose from four different settings in the BIOS of the Tuxedo laptops.

Tuxedo not only sells various notebook models with plastic housings, but also notebooks with a high-quality metal look such as the Infinitybook. It offers a good feel, proves its suitability for everyday use and, on top of that, shines with a noble Macbook look. This Tuxedo notebook proved itself both in the long-term practical test and in the benchmark test.

However, if you should seriously damage the preinstalled Linux system, you can use Webfai from Tuxedo to reset it exactly to the delivery state and take over all the default settings and adjustments or optimization measures from Tuxedo. We actually had to use the recovery function of a Tuxedo notebook with Webfai once: Webfai - defective Linux system on Tuxedo computer in a jiffy like new.

Important: If you basically want to switch to Linux, but still want to keep one option open, then you can buy Tuxedo notebooks with a pre-installed dual boot for Linux and Windows. In this case, a selection menu appears when you switch on, in which you can choose between Linux and Windows.

Tuxedo offers Ubuntu, Opensuse and an adapted Tuxedo_OS based on Ubuntu with Budgie Desktop as pre-installed operating systems.