I think there are a lot of plus sides to using Linux rather than Windows – it being free is one of the main ones – but I can see why most people don’t want to use it. Here are some reasons why I can’t see myself swapping to any Linux distro in the foreseeable future.
1. I like computers, but I don’t want to spend a lot of time trying to work out which Linux distribution is right for me and my computer.
2. There are lots of free open source programs available for Linux, but aside from general programs such as graphics editors and word processors there are few which can match up to paid versions in Windows.
3. The lack of games on Linux is a major problem for me. Yes, there are some games which can run on Linux, and maybe you can install emulators to get them to run, but with Windows the whole process is so simple.
4. If there are problems with a Windows computer, I can usually sort it with some help with Google. Linux seems to be a lot more complicated, and requires a much greater time investment to get the most out of it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because once you learn about the operating system it’s easier to customize, but it’s not something I want to be doing at the moment.
There are other reasons, but these are the main ones. I find it surprising that many Linux fans can’t understand why the general public isn’t too keen in swapping – it seems obvious to me when you look at the technical level of most PC users.