Misconceptions about Linux?
Linux is a Kernel, not an Operating System.
Operating Systems that use Linux kernels are called Linux Distributions and the number of Linux Distro is too damn high. You can download and choose from a variety of Linux Distributions according to your taste and requirements. But in general, when someone says “Hey! I use Linux”, it means a Linux Distribution but the distro can be any like Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Kali Linux, backtrack, puppy Linux, etc.
Why Linux is used by Hackers?
Linux is Free
Unlike windows. many Linux distributions are free to use and they generally have their own website and you can download them from their official website. You don’t need to pay Licensing fees like windows.
Linus is Open-source
Linux is open source which means anyone can look at its code. We can see how it’s made, and how it works and therefore we can customize it too. If desired we can also share the modified versions. This also helps in contributions from multiple persons to make it better.
Linux is Secure
As it’s open source, programmers from all over the world can analyze the code for security flaws and report them and it will get fixed really soon. Linux has protected you from viruses also. In windows, the virus can delete system files but Linux uses smart authentication so you have to enter the password if you want to alter system files. Most of the malware target windows so Linux users are safe. And it’s the myth that there is no malware for Linux but yeah such malware is hard to find.
Many people buy pirated windows but most of the time they are backdoored or may have some hidden malicious program inside them. However, Linux is free and open source so one can see if any backdoor exists.
Optimization on Linux is Possible
If you are a geek you know how fragmentation affects the performance of your hard drive but in Linux, you don’t suffer from fragmentation.
If there are a lot of programs running on your windows machine then there are decent chances that windows will crash/hang. Linux uses a different strategy, it kills unused and processes that are not responding if the memory doesn’t have space for a new process.
Free Software in Linux
Windows users spend hours finding cracked versions and most of the time these cracks are Trojans Haha… But Linux has something called repositories. A repository is a collection of software on a server. You can install your desired software for free from these repositories.
So why need to find a crack when you have free software at your disposal?
Linux is incompatible in size and resource-friendly
Have you seen files like xyz.dll on windows? Well, they are required by programs to run. But what if there are two programs installed in your they need the same DLL file to work? Windows has nothing to do about it and it will ask the programs to install the DLL file in their respective folders.
Linux does this job better (like everything else) because whenever you install a program from a repository, Linux first checks what kind of components are required by the program, and if the components are already installed, Linux skips the download of those particular components and asks the programs to share the components to save space.
Linux is Lightweight
Linux is lightweight which is why it supports old hardware too. There are several Linux distributions that will even work even with 128 MB RAM. Due to the lightweight of Linux, we can see Linux kernel is used in many devices such as calculators, Smart TVs, CCTV, Car systems, bike dashboards, smart watches, etc. Hence, we can say that Linux is everywhere.
How to start using Linux?
Well, there are a lot (a lot means a lot) of Linux Distributions but not every Distro is suitable for a beginner.
According to Ultimate Hackers, you should begin your journey with Linux Mint as it as a has nice User Interface and you will be able to understand it easily. Linux Mint also supports a program named Wine which can be used to run some of your favorite Windows programs.
After you get familiar with Linux Mint learn to use Terminal to do your stuff. Once you learn the basics of Linux you can try Ubuntu, Kali Linux, Cent OS, etc.
We can download Ubuntu from Here!
Different Ways of Using Linux
- Install it as your main OS (delete that shitty windows)
- Install alongside windows (keep windows as well as Linux). You will be able to select one of them at boot.
- Boot Linux from your USB Stick. Put your Linux in your USB and plug it into any computer to use it.
- Install it “virtually”. You can install Linux in VMWare or Virtualbox or a similar program.