- 1 1. Learn more about computing
- 2 2. Resurrect a slow or old PC
- 3 3. Experiment with security and to hack passwords
- 4 4. Build a media or game center
- 5 5. Mount a server for backups, streaming or downloads
- 6 6. Set up a home automation center
- 7 7. Work with hard drives and partitions
- 8 8. Build our own server
- 9 9. Give the performance a Chromebook deserves
- 10 10. Troubleshoot other computers and operating systems
I personally am a Windows user but learning to use Linux is something very important, this operating system allows us to give it many uses due to its numerous facets (there are dozens of distributions and each one has a different use).
We have compiled the 10 most common uses of Linux, there are many people who do not use it as a main system but, as I said, it allows us to recover old computers, fix our main PC or all kinds of things that we cannot even imagine. Who has not done any of these things with a Linux system?
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1. Learn more about computing
Although Windows is the most widespread operating system, a lot of things are based on Linux today (consoles, mobile phones, servers, etc.). Knowing this operating system will help you improve a lot on your computer skills.
To start with, I recommend that you use a simple operating system like Ubuntu or Linux Mint, and once it’s familiar to you, you should move on to Arch to experience a different and more serious feeling although there are a lot of possibilities.
2. Resurrect a slow or old PC
It is one of the most common and widespread uses of Linux. If you have an old PC you will see how the latest versions of Windows are no longer available for you or they don’t have the performance you want.
It may not be like a Windows PC again, but at least you’ll have, light and fast distribution on your old machine with its latest updates and some programs that would otherwise be impossible to install. It will be more than enough for basic tasks.
3. Experiment with security and to hack passwords
Some distributions like BackTrack or Wifislax allow us bypass some security systems that are impossible to circumvent so easily with Windows. In my case I have used these programs a lot to experiment but I have never connected to the neighbor’s website.
It is a way to learn a little more about how these systems work and increase your security measures. I do not recommend that you use it for bad things because otherwise I will teach your victims to eliminate intruders from their WiFi network. But don’t think of anonymous for that, theirs is another level.
4. Build a media or game center
If you have more or less decent hardware and you are not going to use the computer as a desktop platform, you do not need to install a system as such, it comes with configuring a Linux base such as XBMC and set up a media center.
If, on the other hand, you want something more dedicated to entertainment, you can ride a video game machine retro (with low powered PCs) or a last minute gaming machine like the famous Steam Machines. Remember that downloading games for Ubuntu today is not complicated.
5. Mount a server for backups, streaming or downloads
I’ve seen many cases where people don’t want to have a good machine running on a daily basis. To do this, a small box with less power consumption and we enable it for direct download, streaming tasks, backup server, etc.
There are many people who do it and best distributions of Linux to create this type of platform are Nas4Free, FreeNAS and even the great Ubuntu.
6. Set up a home automation center
It’s still a bit green, and when I studied it, it was governed by a few automatic actions. But the truth is that, with some knowledge and a small PC, we can set up a personal assistant to teach us how to manage our house correctly.
Set up a security system, control blinds, air conditioning, etc. They are not so crazy uses. You can give him a very original use in this sense and, with a Raspberry Pi, you can do really interesting things but… how much are you willing to spend?
7. Work with hard drives and partitions
There are distributions focused on this aspect, GParted and even some Live CDs with Linux allow us to manipulate all kinds of partitions. Programs like Clonezilla also allow us to work with a cloning system quickly and easily. These are things we all need in the end we always end up doing them with something different of Windows.
8. Build our own server
The Most of the websites you visit today are hosted on a Linux server. (very few platforms run Windows Server) and if you want to build your own, you’ll have to use Linux if you don’t want to die of headaches.
9. Give the performance a Chromebook deserves
Even if we underestimated Chrome OS, you would be surprised if you knew everything that this system can do, however, there are applications and sectors in which Chrome OS falters quite a bit.
To fix this you can install Linux on Dual Boot with Chrome OS for squeeze performance of our laptop to the maximum. Chromebooks have a lot of power and are wasted with Google’s OS.
10. Troubleshoot other computers and operating systems
And finally the least used use but more widespread, anyone who is going to solve a problem on a PC has a Live CD with Linux to check the PC quickly and save trouble and useless efforts.
If your computer won’t boot at least you can save the files and then format it with your favorite operating system. If you know something about Linux you can fix really complicated problems very easily.
These are the 10 most widespread uses of the Linux system and you what use do you give to Linux? I honestly don’t think that, in the short term, it will be able to surpass Windows, but it is there, in the shadows, waiting for its moment of glory on the PCs of home users.
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