Why do developers love Linux so much for Programming

The basic interface – The shell / Terminal and 99% of the basic executables can be strung together to make amazingly useful utilities. Shell scripts are the most favorite programming utility which is very simple and easy to Understand.

Developers want their entire world to be easily manipulated in a programming language.

The Reason why developers love Linux

1. Free Operating System: Linux is a free of cost Operating System. No matter how many computers you install it on, the cost of Linux will always remains zero.

2. Platform Independent: Linux runs on just about any hardware, from mobile phones to supercomputers. The open source nature of the kernel and software means it can be ported to another architecture by using third party tools. The end user doesn’t need to care about the underlying hardware.

3. Multi-user: You must be having multiple accounts on a Windows 10 machine, but that doesn’t make it truly multi-user. Can you log on more than one user at a time in Windows 10 but Not by default. To have concurrent user sessions for Windows 10, you have to download a third-party tool but In Linux, you can do this by default.

4. Transparency: Any user can know exactly when a feature-freeze happens for a release of any distribution and all Linux distributions work under the full-disclosure model.

5. Interoperability: Linux plays well with other systems. It recognises that there’s a place for Windows and Mac OS X and will install alongside them, share files with them, and generally be nice to them, because many developers like to work with mac and windows.

6. Drivers : You don’t have to install drivers seperately after installing operating system. The majority of hardware is supported directly by the Linux kernel, so you can just plug and play.

7. Support: Threat detection and solution is very fast, as Linux is mainly community driven and whenever any Linux user posts any kind of threat, several developers start working on it from different parts of the world.


Most Software developer prefer to use Linux as a development environment because

Open source 

Since Linux is Free and Open source, source code is freely available, as a software developer and computer science student this is really helpful. So I can check high quality source codes easily.

No restrictions to pull you back 

No need to endlessly wait for a feature update or security patch and hurdles of updating user license.

A Linux system is very stable and less prone to malwares and viruses.

Less Hardware requirement 

I have seen some Linux systems working with le ss than 256 MB ram. Compared with a Windows system the hardware requirement for a Linux system is very low. You don’t have to have bleeding edge hardware to run Linux distributions.

Programming tools 

Most of the general programming tools are native to Linux, like python, Ruby, Git, C, C++, php. And most of them are available by default in most of the Linux distributions. You don’t have to install it separately.

Shell is layered to the Linux system so some scripting languages are available to the Linux system by default, and as a programmer it is really helpful.

Nilkanth Shet Shirodkar is the founder & CEO of Redicals. A Software Engineer and a passionate Web developer by heart. He just love – working with computers

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