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Unlike Windows or Max OSX, Linux comes in a variety of flavors. There’s Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian, Debian GNU, Fedora, Gentoo and more. It is guaranteed to confuse anyone who is looking to get started with Linux. So why use Linux at all, when there are out-of-the-box programs that are easier to use?
It is true that Linux has been related to the world of uber-geekdom. A majority of computer users just want to be able to turn on their computer and start interacting with the user interface. Linux does offer a user interface, but it does not come across as intuitive. This is in direct contrast to Windows and OSX. Then there is the fact that running programs is hit and miss on Linux. Not every program that is written will run on every version of Linux.
So why use Linux at all, much less any of the available versions? No simple answer exists for the average user, as they don’t see the benefit of being able to access their systems beyond files. However, Linux is the grease for those who want to fine tune their computer hardware into running like a well oiled machine.
Linux and its different variations give the user the ability to get down to the level of the hardware. They can communicate directly with the hard drive and find detailed information on files stored there. It is also used on networks, allowing remote users to log in and access accounts with ease. An administrator can log in, fix a problem for a user, and back out without disrupting the user’s experience.