If you're wondering--or perhaps even fearing--what other changes MicroSoft will bring to your desktop, this may be a good time to take matters into your own hands and choose a system that puts you in control. Here are just a few reasons you should give the linux operating system a try on your desktop or laptop. 1. It's Reliable There's a reason Linux has such a stronghold in the server world--many, actually, but one of the biggest is its reliability. 2. It's Fast Linux tends to require much less in the way of hardware resources than other operating systems do. 3. It's Secure WINDOWS IS THE MOST TARGETED OPERATING SYSTEM for viruses and other malware, primarily due to the fact that it's still the one that's most widely used. No operating system is perfectly secure, of course, but in the Linux world malware is a rarity for many reasons, and there are EXTRA-SECURE distributions available as well if that's a priority for you. 4. It's Well-Supported There are many paid support options for Linux users today, also an active community of users and developers that surrounds most distributions. 5. It's Always Improving The communities that tend to surround Linux distributions also tend to keep improving them continuously. 6. It's Diverse There's no vendor lock-in here to dictate how you must use your computer. 7. It's Open Source A world of custom tweaks and apps is before you, in other words. 8. It's FREE Linux doesn't cost anything, it's true, unless you choose a commercial option with paid support. But it's also FREE from patents and other restrictions that determine how it can be used. Free and open source is a really good combination, because it means you're in control. 9. It's Compatible Linux tends to offer much better interoperability than proprietary operating systems do.