If it’s a truly open-source desktop operating system you want, Linux is not only the leader but has little competition. You can view Linux ironically as a monopoly over the free world of operating systems. Linux can be a bit confusing to the non-nerd because it comes in a bunch of different “distributions” (distros) and thus you can’t just install an operating system called “Linux” like you could with macOS or even Windows. But because Linux and its distributions are all open source, they are heavily customizable, and that’s why the geeks love Linux.

Linux professionals don’t find as many jobs available but they often get paid better because Linux knowledge is rarer. Many businesses opt to use Linux over Windows because Linux operating systems are known as being very secure. Linux is also very popular to use for web servers to host websites like ours because they are cheaper yet very reliable.