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For many reasons, Linux is a safer option over Windows. Realistically I wouldn't suggest most people use it as a main OS but for an HTPC (Plex included), PVR, etc - it's the best, most dynamic OS there is and there's a distro for just about everything.

Once you get over the little (sometimes overwhelming) hurdle, it suddenly becomes a lot more manageable. You learn that you can handle everything in bite sizes, there's how-to's for everything that show you step-by-step how to set things up.

I highly suggest people get an old laptop or a VM, install Linux on it and get something practical you'd like to use it for ie a Plex server and go for it!
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For many reasons, Linux is a safer option over Windows. Realistically I wouldn't suggest most people use it as a main OS but for an HTPC (Plex included), PVR, etc - it's the best, most dynamic OS there is and there's a distro for just about everything.

Once you get over the little (sometimes overwhelming) hurdle, it suddenly becomes a lot more manageable. You learn that you can handle everything in bite sizes, there's how-to's for everything that show you step-by-step how to set things up.

I highly suggest people get an old laptop or a VM, install Linux on it and get something practical you'd like to use it for ie a Plex server and go for it!

Agreed. Linux is good if you like fiddling around with stuff *all the time*

Personally like it due to speed, don't need to buy a new machine every few years to support extra fluff in windows, and slightly less vulnerabilities (less users means less reasons to hack and extort people via malware) but at the same time also means less programs. Installing anything is a pain in the ass (but it's secure*!)


* Linux is "inherently more secure" in the fact that you have to jump through more hoops to install and run something, whereas Windoz it's just "Agree agree next next install" vs "hey you're installing this, are you sure, list of what files are being modified or installed"
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Shouldn't a book about Linux be free, just out of principle?
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Shouldn't a book about Linux be free, just out of principle?
Not if someone wants to make $s out of freeware. How do you think Gill Bates got to be so rich!!

Also Shell Scripting is free as well for those interested - https://www.amazon.com/Shell-Scri...YDH291J6JJ
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(but it's secure!)
Linux is NOT inherently more secure. In the wrong hands its no more secure than Windows or any other operating system. There are significantly more "wrong hands" using Windows than Linux.
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Linux is NOT inherently more secure. In the wrong hands its no more secure than Windows or any other operating system. There are significantly more "wrong hands" using Windows than Linux.
I modify my previous statement with the following correction/addition:

Linux is "inherently more secure" in the fact that you have to jump through more hoops to install and run something, whereas Windoz it's just "Agree agree next next install" vs "hey you're installing this, are you sure, list of what files are being modified or installed"
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Not if someone wants to make $s out of freeware. How do you think Gill Bates got to be so rich!!

Also Shell Scripting is free as well for those interested - https://www.amazon.com/Shell-Scri...YDH291J6JJ
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Thanks OP, in 4 1.
Each OS has it's place, I'm not turning down a free educational tool.
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I modify my previous statement with the following correction/addition:

Linux is "inherently more secure" in the fact that you have to jump through more hoops to install and run something, whereas Windoz it's just "Agree agree next next install" vs "hey you're installing this, are you sure, list of what files are being modified or installed"
You also have to know those same "hoops" to keep Linux secure. Again, it's no more secure than Windows if you don't know how to keep it secure.

I've been a server admin for a couple decades and have been responsible for thousands of servers, both Window and Linux, across dozens of data centers and I've never had a Windows or Linux server OS hacked. Applications hacked? Yes. But that issue is not specific to the operating system. For example, Java application servers run on both Windows and Linux and if you don't know how to build secure code or manage the Java application server the OS you chose to use under it makes little difference. - Equifax anyone?

Also, look at Android, a Linux variant. It's running rampant with malware and crapware, that to your point is too easily installed. So, yes, Windows (no need for the ignorant "Windoz") does make it easy for people to install junk but that's a pretty weak comparison for a security discussion as it's also easier to install security updates.

My point is, yes, learn Linux. Use it if it suites you and fits a need but don't fall into the trap of believing any one OS is perfect, especially as it relates to security - that's just putting your head in the sand.
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Linux admin here - do it. If not as a starting block for a career change, to at least be familiar with alternatives. Eventually when W10 gets even more creepy with all the spying than it already is - you'd be glad to have an out. (And not pay the Apple Tax)
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For those just starting out, check out Ubuntu. It's simple to install Ubuntu on a chromebook.
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It's finally the year of Linux desktop. /s
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