In the vast and sometimes mysterious universe of operating systems, I stand as a patron of GNU/Linux, a beacon of freedom and innovation. I champion my support routinely on my YouTube channel and official Morrolinux website. However, this exceptional platform is often shrouded in misconceptions and myths. During my time at the most recent Linux Day Italia conference in Milan, I tackled these misunderstandings head-on, debunking the myths that have long surrounded the open source world. Let me take you through five of these myths, refuting them one by one.
While Linux is free, it’s not synonymous with “cheap” or “low quality.” This operating system forms the backbone of many of the world’s most powerful tech and government corporations. Influential companies like Intel and Google contribute to its development. The true power of Linux lies in its stability, security, and flexibility, which are not related to its cost effectiveness.
Many misinterpret the DIY charm of Linux as a necessity, not a choice. Embracing Linux, I have found, is a learning journey that culminates in mastery of the information systems. The level of customization and understanding Linux allows is akin to a craftsman knowing every aspect of their creation. This knowledge translates into highly sought-after skills in today’s job market.
Gone are the days of Linux’s austere past with its counterintuitive tools and poorly documented procedures. Nowadays, intuitive distributions and accessible software stores make Linux as user-friendly as any mainstream operating system for most common operations. The real challenge lies not in Linux’s difficulty but in overcoming resistance to change and established habits.
Once a haven for developers and IT professionals, Linux has evolved into a full-fledged gaming platform. Tools such as Proton allow users to run Windows games on Linux, and there’s a growing library of native games as well. Development work by the Valve corporation with Proton, the Steam community, and the Steam Deck desktop signals a thriving ecosystem keen on bridging platform gaps. You can read much more on this in my blog posting about games on Linux.
Linux is robust against malware, but this should not breed complacency. The detection of malicious apps in Canonical’s Snap Store is a stark reminder of the security risks. The rising desktop popularity of Linux is starting to draw more attention from cybercriminals, despite the statistically lower threat compared to other operating systems.
As a staunch advocate for GNU/Linux, I urge users not to let old clichés or stereotypes cloud their view of this evolving technology. Linux is constantly adapting to meet the needs of our digital world. By addressing these myths, we not only enlighten newcomers but also encourage seasoned users to challenge their perceptions, leading to a more conscious and empowered use of the system. If you speak Italian, take a look at the recording of my talk.