11 Myths About GNU/Linux Operating System

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.

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31 thoughts on “11 Myths About GNU/Linux Operating System”

  1. 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…

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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. :-)

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    • 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?!

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    • 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.

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