What is the benefit of using Linux, for a non-programmer?
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I switched to Linux, because I got fed up with how poorly Microsoft performs. It works well for the average user, but because it is a jack-of-trades, it does everything, but does nothing well. At least nothing I use a computer for. I tried Linux and have never looked back. The main reason I switched was MS Word. It becomes difficult to use with documents larger than about a hundred pages and cannot handle documents larger than about four-hundred. (I deal with books that have between 300 and 1500 pages!) OpenOffice works wonderfully. This is just one example. I have found every Linux programme I have used to be at least as good as the MS equivalents. Of course, there are many I have not used, so there may be MS programmes that are better.
Linux is also convenient. No need to use and store CDs to install hardware. Good Linux OSs include hardware drivers. Installing a printer is as easy as plug it in and it is ready to go.
If someone wants an easy-to-easy system that can do everything Microsoft can do and do it better, I say switch. I only use Linux and I am as far from being a programmer as a person can get. I do not know how to use the terminal, but that has not stopped me from using and enjoying Linux.
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