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11 Myths About GNU/Linux Operating System

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Linux is a best distribution for Server, Administration and Geeks. But when it comes to Desktop Computing, Linux is still far behind. Why? well when I asked the same question to myself I come to knew that there are a large number of prevalent myths about Linux. There I was forced to uncover the notion with the practical examples, and from now these myths would be history for you.

One of the most prevalent myth is – Linux means only text, matrix, no graphs.

Myth 1: Linux has no support for Image processing

Wrong! Look at the below screen-shot.

Linux Image Processing

Linux Image Processing

Myth 2: Linux can not do word processing

Wrong again. Give a close look at the below screen-shot.

Linux Word Processing

Linux Word Processing

Myth 3: Linux lacks well defined programming language Support

Well Linux is for low level coder and well defined general programming language has no support for Linux. Then what is this?

Linux Programming Language

Linux Programming Language

Myth 4: Linux has nothing of the genre called Games

what a core Low-Level Developer and geek will do with games. Why do not you check yourself.

Linux Games

Linux Games

Myth 5: Linux can not Play Music

Music is for those who free and geeks don’t have no time to listen music, hence no music playing. OK, then what the below screen shot tells you?

Linux Play Music

Linux Play Music

Myth 6: Linux can not play DVD

Video playing on Linux, it’s contradictory. Hahaha, see below.

Linux Play Video

Linux Play Video

Myth 7: Linux can not display regional/hindi fonts

Geeks know only one language and thus no regional language support on Linux. Well, I have nothing to say…

Linux Regional Font Support

Linux Regional Font Support

Myth 8: You can not chat on a Linux platform

When the hacker’s whose native OS is Linux, gets time to chat?. Give a second thought…

Chat on Linux

Chat on Linux

Myth 9: Linux can not process 3D

There are two types of development one is black and white text, other is graphics. Certainly Linux is meant for the prior group. Then what is this?

Linux 3D Processing

Linux 3D Processing

Myth 10: Linux don’t look cool

Linux is a land of coders, programmers, developers, hackers, hence nothing is cool about Linux, except a black screen with green text on it. Well, before you say this, tell me if windows or mac can do this, ever.

Linux Awesome Desktop

Linux Awesome Desktop

Myth 11: Linux is not very much Professional

Linux is Free and Open source, has no support from a company or developer, hence it is unprofessional. Are you serious? Below are the two screen shot of movies ‘Titanic‘ and ‘Avatar‘, both were developed in Linux.

Titanic Created Using Linux

Titanic Created Using Linux

Avatar Created Using Linux

Avatar Created Using Linux

So after going through this article, certainly some of the myths that would have been there, perhaps is lost, forever.

That’s all for now. Please take pain to provide us with your valuable comments. I will soon be here again, with another interesting article, Till then stay healthy, tuned and connected to Tecmint.

I am a major in computer science, love to research nix. I love to write codes and scripts, review distros, experiment Foss Technologies, write technical articles, Hack, of course Ethically. I am working as System Administrator (nix) for a NGO.

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23 Responses

  1. Budiman says:

    I never say Linux can’t do those things. And for those who think Linux can’t do those things, Linux can do more than you can imagine. Almost all supercomputers in this world use Linux. One more thing, the images are missing. :-)

    • Israel says:

      People who still think those things about GNU/Linux have no idea what it is, obviously. In Ubuntu there is a Software Center where even the most novice user can install (easily) all those programs, and MANY more. You can even install Steam, which is quite a bit heavier gaming than Sudoku. Besides all that there are low-latency Kernels to produce higher quality music than on windows.
      But of course we know all that anyhow….
      Besides Gedit (the default text editor in Gnome) blows most every default text Editor out of the water…. come on… Syntax highlighting…
      And of course, Android! Seriously, who even wants a iPhone, you can barely put music on that lockbox?!

    • Ness says:

      That really was my misconception almost 2 years ago — until I tried and, now become fully obsessed with, linux distros. But, however, the Microsoft Office which is my company’s only standard suite is pushing me to maintain a laptop for it. I am hoping an office suite better than Libre will come up in the future.

      • saiki4116 says:

        Don’t Worry. Libre Office is improving at a very rapid pace. The experience is much better compared to first time I have used LibreOffice

  2. Mushroom says:

    Screenshots aside, you should have named names. Like with the image editor, you didn’t say whether it was GIMP or digiKam or PhoTox or any of the other dozen available. (Or mention there *are* a dozen Photoshop-level editors available.) Same with most other entries. Good intentions you had but elementary school presentation.

  3. Adam Outler says:

    I can’t see the pictures in Linux.

  4. sslider999 says:

    They are all photoshoped.
    It’s all a lie.

  5. Shywim says:

    You speak of low-level programming language and you show html… Wait what ?

  6. A ridiculous post says:

    These are not myths. No one believes any of these things.

  7. Jon says:

    However, as of yet, there is no easy way to play a Bluray movie. You need to manually de-crypt it first and then play it, but you don’t get all the cool menus and effects. It’s being worked on, but it’s no where near the level it is for Windows. It will be one day, just like it took awhile for full DVD support.

  8. Prime says:

    Myth 10: Linux don’t look cool – Instead of the given screen shot, a desktop cube would have been better.

  9. veggen says:

    Your myths are myths. Noone thinks any of those.

  10. Săndel says:

    Yeah! It’s all bananas!

    Linux/GNU systems will never be as you described.
    They are an will remain way cooler an versatile :D

    Still… I’m under the impression you invented those “myths”
    I had heard hilarious statements from people who knew nothing about but
    this mythical collection. is stretching it…

  11. Sarah says:

    True they are all myths however I notice the little dock down the bottom and single menu bar layout at the top, fair enough.

    Would you be happier with a Mac? It is *NIX underneath, it can do everything listed here and it unlike most of those Dock-a-like apps which usually don’t actually work too well you’ll get the interface you want to boot.

    Gnome2 & 3′s default layout is, with the right theme applies quite eye catching same for KDE really so I’m not sure if saying “Linux is pretty” when it’s trying to do an impression of OS X is a good thing.

    • N.C. Weber says:

      The dock at the bottom just means he’s using the XFCE desktop environment. One thing Linux can do that Windows and Mac can’t: you can change you desktop environment to suit your tastes and needs. Me? I use Ubuntu’s Unity desktop, but other like KDE, LXDE, Cinnamon, and many others that are available.

  12. Eddie G. says:

    I for one, HAVE heard some people claim these myths when they cited as to why they would never use Linux. it’s funny, but I was once “afraid” to try Linux, because some of these myths I believed to be true. Just because we know better now….doesn’t mean that there are those out there who think these are all myths…I guess with all the FUD out there about Linux it all depends on your level of wanting to know the truth for yourself…..nice article though!

  13. I rarely hear those myths as arguments. And as you write, those are myths spread by uninformed people or those who are brainwashed by Microsoft. The real problems are when it comes to interoperability, branch specific software and compatibility of file formats.

    I have elaborated this here: http://it-tactics.blogspot.com/2011/07/why-companies-do-not-use-linux-on.html

  14. N.C. Weber says:

    This is a nice outline, but you could have provided more information. You should have named the programs that you have created screenshots for. For example, the photo editor and Word processor are programs that a person on Windows could try out to give them an idea of how they would work in the Linux environment. Getting people interested in the programs is a good way to get people interested in Linux. They may say, “If Linux has programs like this that I can use on my Windows machine, then what else does it have that doesn’t work on Windows.

    Another thing, showing Sudoku as an example of a game in Linux? That will hardly impress anyone since that game can be played on a black and white LCD handheld that runs on button batteries. Use something that grabs the imagination like 0 AD, or Xonotic, or Super Tux Kart Racing. Those games are much more impressive.

    I think it would be a good idea to expand on this article. Flesh it out a bit.

  15. Nishant Soni says:

    Pretty good list Avi. I hope this will encourage a few more windows users to switch over to the better world :)

  16. Lilltiger says:

    #3: Why noit show QtCreator/KDevelop/Eclips doing C++ or something like that, or the Unity3D engine scripting, insted of silly HTML.

    #4: Are you trying to give liux a bad name, that is not much of a game, Show some real games like Dota2/HoN/CK2.

    #5: Amarok is way more impressive music player.

    #8: Why not show Skype insted as it’s a well known app.

    #10: Show something real in Blender or Maya, not som silly cml viewer where it looks like something from the 80′s.

    #11: How about mentioning that 90% of all supercomputers runs linux, most webservers etc.

  17. me says:

    OK the reason I don’t use linux on my desktop for day to day work.

    1, It does not run the programs which I use as an embedded systems engineer which I wish to use in the way in which I wish to use them.
    2. I use my computer to do work, I do not use it for games and I dont expect people to be impressed by my ability to type long commands into a terminal.
    3. I dont love windows, but it is stable, not infested by spyware doesn’t need rebooting daily and doesn’t crash as linux fanboys would have us believe.
    4. I don’t care about software ‘freedom’ what ever that means.
    5. I don’t wish to be associated with the typical militant linux fanboy, socially inadequate, poor personal hygiene, inability to communicate with people, aggressively geeky.
    6. I understand computers better than most linux users who expect us to be impressed by their mastery of the command line, what they dont understand is that real computer users don’t feel the need to try to impress people.

  18. me says:

    What we have to remember is that your average obsessive linux nerd is looking for is someone to say how terrible windows is.Full of shit about how badly written any windows application is he is never happier than when he can type long commands into his terminal.

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