Going to Switch Linux? Read This Before You Do…
Did you switch to Linux? Congratulations on finally making it. Or you’re in a state of almost making a switch. We’ve got your back.
We know where you’ll get stuck and that’s what this post is for!
Let’s talk about difficult things and easy things when you switch from Windows to Linux.
1. Keyboard Shortcuts
It’s better on Linux, but some shortcuts might not be same as Windows. You’ll have to find those, search them using your favorite search engine. All distros have shortcuts in Keyboard settings and you can check there, change if you like and add some more. Some Desktop Environments have other places to set shortcuts like “Desktop Window Manager” on XFCE where you get to set more shortcuts. If you’re a shortcut junkie, you’ll love Linux. If you’re a GUI person, it should still feel at home.
If you’re a game heavily and you switched to Linux… We’re sorry go back to Windows. Despite Steam supporting many games on Linux and Linux getting good closed-source Linux drivers lately from NVIDIA. Linux is still a bad OS to game on, unless it’s your consoles. Some games do run on Play on Linux, but if you need play on Linux on Linux why should you switch from Windows? If you’ve been using Linux and had to use PoL a few time, that’d be accepted. Basically, you’re wasting the power of your high-end gaming machine if you chose to run Linux on it. That’s all we’ve got to say.
3. Designers and Audio/Video Editors
While there are alternatives for Photoshop, InDesign and others on Linux and they cannot be considered as replacements. They are not as good and aren’t the standard, aren’t used by most of the professionals. The Adobe Suite integrates so well that you could export from on to another and even do a thing on After Effects and see the changes on Premiere Pro project. Same thing goes with editing Audio using Audition, while you edit Video on Premiere Pro. If you only edit Videos, Photos, or anything else you can do that with Linux, we’ve already warned about professionalism.
Yes, I’ve heard enough about LibreOffice and OpenOffice. Formatting becomes a mess if you have to use MS Office and LibreOffice for a document. LibreOffice documents open fine on MS Office but vice versa isn’t true. The problem is Microsoft Office is the standard and everyone uses it. The solution is to use only Linux to create documents and export them as PDF to conserve formatting. If you must export for a collaboration, Google Docs is a cloud-based alternative. Microsoft has an online version of Office, which you can use free. You can collaborate too. WPS Office, self-tagged as most-compatible Office, says it’s compatible with Office so you might want to try it instead of LibreOffice on Linux. It’s available for Linux, Windows, Android, iOS.
If you’re a heavy gamer, stay on Windows. If you have to use Office apps, don’t bring MS Office documents to LibreOffice, use MS Office online or Google Docs. If your job needs heavy use of Office (and offline), you’re better with Office on Windows/Mac. If you’re a professional designer, get to the Windows. Casual designing can be done on Linux.
A casual user should enjoy the fluidity of Linux. You can browse the web, no update disturbances, and do pretty much everything you used to do on Windows and some more.
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