Linux has lengthy been thought-about a worthy different to Windows, and it’s additionally not a secret that so many individuals really carried out the swap to the open-source world for numerous causes, beginning with the need for a completely-free working system and ending with the seek for elevated safety.

Judging from the market share statistics that analysis corporations present each month, nonetheless, the Linux world hasn’t essentially benefited considerably from this transition from Windows.

In March, for instance, Windows had a world market share of 89.21%, which signifies that practically 9 in 10 PCs on the market have been operating Microsoft’s working system. For comparability, Linux secured a 1.36% market share, which signifies that not even 1 PCs in 10 was on Linux.

But leaving apart these statistics, it’s not a secret that lots of those that are actually really dedicated to the world of Linux are former Windows customers. And on the similar time, it’s additionally very well-known that among the customers a part of the ability person Windows neighborhood are additionally contemplating a swap to Linux as we communicate.

Plenty of those that ultimately check out Linux, nonetheless, come again to Windows, sometimes just a few days after putting in the working system on their units. And there are such a lot of causes for this, together with issues like {hardware} and software program points, bugs they don’t know how one can repair, or just an expertise that’s not essentially acquainted.

A reddit dialogue thread the place customers debate the explanations to return to Windows has gone viral not too long ago. And folks share their tales on the migration to Linux, many explaining that sticking with Microsoft isn’t such a nasty factor, regardless of issues that pushed them to different working system, equivalent to telemetry providers.

“My experiences with Linux have all the time ended up with me spending hours simply attempting to get staple items working. Mint: why is my trackpad all uneven? Ubuntu: why isn't my calendar synching? Why does my desktop picture hold showing on the lockscreen? KDE why doesn't home windows+d not take me to desktop? Pop os: why doesn't my taskbar seem? How do I get chromium to react to swipe gestures? These are simply single examples however I all the time find yourself on these boards with solutions from 2017 the place I’m coming into random terminal codes, putting in packets that I don’t know what they do, and praying that it really works. It simply will get exhausting once I simply want issues to work in order that I can work,” the thread starter explains.

At first look, lots of the customers who return to Windows simply don’t give sufficient time to Linux and anticipate a simple expertise from one finish to a different. And after all, some anticipate Linux to work equally to Windows, one thing that’s clearly not potential in each regard for numerous causes.

“I’ve tried VERY exhausting to get away from Windows however I simply can't… Gaming is essential in my life and Linux (regardless of having massively elevated it's gaming capabilities within the final 2 years) simply isn't there but… Also some primary stuff like exterior exhausting drives that don't join mechanically while you flip in your PC…. Basic stuff that simply aggravated me quite a bit,” somebody says.

So on the finish of the day, the swap from Windows to Linux after which again to Windows would possibly really clarify the market share above. Despite many individuals migrating to Linux, many really return, ultimately studying to just accept the drawbacks of Microsoft’s working system.

And that’s why we’re asking you, the Linux person. Is it actually that onerous to make the swap from Windows to Linux? What’s the perfect recommendation for somebody wanting into giving up on Windows?

Share your feedback within the field after the bounce.