Nowadays ubuntu and other linux distros are becoming very popular.Lots of peoples has quit the use of windows and started using linux but here the question is that how easy linux is as compare to windows for home or office users (Non-techies).It is quite easy to install and configure for the techie peoples but when we talk about the people whose jobs are not related to computer or they just use computer for Listening music,Watching movies,Office work or email.
I have listed some reasons why windows is better than linux for non-techies based on my experience and the questions asked to me about linux by non-techies.
1) Which distro to use.
As all of us know linux has got tons of distro and this is the first confusing point for non-techies that which distro is best for them.
2) Where to get linux.
Linux is not much popular as windows so it is also possible that you won’t find linux CDs on all shops.
3) How to install Linux.
Although linux is not very difficult to install and distro like ubuntu has also provided Wubi install by using which you can easily install ubuntu with linux on NTFS parition.But it is still difficult to install linux for Non-techies.Partitions concept of linux is little difficult for them.
4) Configuring desktops and settings.
Desktop,network,control panel and screen saver all the setting is little different as compare to windows so in the first look most of the non-techies get confused on how to configure their desktop.
5) Installing Software.
This is the most confusing and difficult thing for non-techie because software installation is totally different in linux as compare to windows.We have to install from sources rather than just running a setup files.
6) Installing drivers.
Although linux has some driver so some of your devices will work plug and play but it will be real headache for non-techies to install drivers of devices which is not available in linux.
7) Playing music files.
Most of the peoples have songs or other music files in MP3,WMA or any other format and the thing is that linux by default doesn’t have codecs installed for playing these type of media files.You can also check my post How to play mp3 and other multimedia files in ubuntu
8) Playing games.
Not all the games are available for linux as if some games like counter strike are available for linux the difficult point is again the installation of game.
9) Softwares availability.
Almost all of the latest softwares are available for windows but not all of them are available for linux.This is also tricky point for non-techies for find the alternatives of the software which are not available in linux.
10) Difficult to get help.
Non-techies prefer to ask from others rather than searching on google as it is little easy for them to understand and if they ask for help from their family members or colleagues very few will be able to help them but if we talk about windows most of the peoples are familar with most of the windows features.
I also mention in reason 1 that partition table of linux is little confusing as compare to windows then partitions of linux looks like.
and if we have a look at windows partitions it looks like.
You can see which one is easier.
12) Requires research.
Linux requires little more research as compare to windows and non-techies don’t have time or they don’t wanna research on linux as this is not the part of their job so they prefers windows.
I have tried to posted as much reasons as currently i have in my mind if i have missed any reason please write in comments.
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