Windows fag here, born and bred
Why should I go for something else like Linux? I am genuinely interested and want genuine recommendation
USE CASES OF DISTROS:
Too much time on their hands: Gentoo
Boring office stuff like spread sheets: Red Hat, CentOS
Gaming and noobs general: Ubuntu
Entry-level coding: Debian
Reale serious coding, top-end server stuff and hacking: Arch
Because it's FOSS and you have full control of the OS. Auditioned repos and package manager will protect you from malware/viruses that are installed with other programs and will make management of installed apps easier(see chocolatey for Windows).
Also it doesn't need 2GB of RAM and 20GB on your drive to work.
if you compare both OS they have their pros & their cons. Linux is not perfect, but it can improve with the time (most things you can criticize are related to hardware support (drivers and thus not related to linux, but more with companies that doesn't do stuff for it), and the other problems are related to some software, like systemd, alsa/pulseaudio, xorg and other shit like that.
tl;dr : windows is worse than linux and will never improve. Linux is good, with some cons that can be fixed.
Tweaking/customizing your workflow
The main difference is that YOU decide how your computer does what you want. With some time and effort you'll have a computer that's completely catered to your workflow, and you will refuse to go back.
It's the little thing that matter to me, for example in most Linux WMs you can scroll using the mousewheel in a window that isn't highlighted. Occasionally I'll be chatting on IRC or Skype while still browsing the web, and this allows me to scroll through pages and threads without having to lose text focus on IRC.
You'll notice these kinds of little things that makes your life easier with Linux.
Because you're a developer that has no interest in .net, and you want to work with sane toolchains and cli tools for your hobby/job.
If that's not you, then there may be no practical reason, supposing you don't buy in to the botnet meme.
PS the other faggots in this thread are probably just a bunch of neets/IT fags that run Linux expressly to:
-avoid the botnet
-feel technically superior to their colleagues at work
Or, they genuinely believe in FOSS and going out of their way to support it (which is cool).
These may or may not seem like "practical" reasons
to you, but will to others.
How about just hobbyists?
I use Linux because I like tinkering. For my job, I use the computer supplied to me by my job, which runs Windows in my company's domain.
Your generalization is very off, considering people with jobs shouldn't be using their home computers for work anyway, and if they are then their job is shit.
I'm so tired of these threads.
> Why use Linux? Too stupid to Google lel
> Anons why don't you give some REAL reasons? ;)
> Wow I just wanted some help youre all neckbeads I'm using Windows/iPhone 12 combo forever now good job have fun with gentoo fags
Fair enough. This is /g/ so I wasn't really expecting any rational conversation. Yes, I was over generalizing.
I used it for "hobbyist" purposes years ago as well. Whether or not hobbyist use cases count as "practical" in OPs case (which is the question I was replying to) depends on him.
>Fair enough. This is /g/ so I wasn't really expecting any rational conversation
You are right though. Unless you're passionate about free software and contributing to open source projects, there are few practical reasons.
They're a bit better for home servers if you're in to that, I suppose.
There's always overhead from running Wine as you're running extra code, but it's apparently good enough to be sold commercially. I don't know how well it would work on Linux though, you'd have to try it, but I'd expect it to be usable.
Speaking in the first person plural is hubristic.
You are not the king or representative of all Linux users.
The other misuse of the 1st person plural is basking in reflected glory.
Linux has made my life hell. None of my work applications work natively on this piece of shit OS. I have to do practically everything that requires Windows in my workplace while my colleagues keep asking me why I wouldn't just finish this inane shit at home.
I also don't have the time to tinker around with the retarded conf files all over the place every time an update decides to break something again. Like this one time I booted up my computer on a Sunday evening to finish up some of my work for tomorrow. Guess what? X was fucked AGAIN. It took me 5 hours to fix and even still xrandr wasn't detecting my second screen like it used to. I went to bed 3am that day.
I have no idea why anyone would ever use this piece of shit for anything. Do not fall for it.
I've been using GNU/Linux part-time since 1998 and exclusively since 2003.
I'm not egocentric enough to speak for millions of people without being democratically elected to do so.
Practical reason? Disregarding specific proprietary programs, there is very little downside. Linux will work out of the box and will never slow down or crash. There are program problems here and there, but crashes are utter fiction.