7 Superb Reasons Why You Should Use Linux For Programming

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3. You’re Free to Tinker

Linux offers the ideal place to put your skills to the test. You can access the source code to almost any part of your operating system, from the graphical interface down to the kernel.

Most of it won’t make sense to you, no matter how much experience you have. But having the freedom to dive in and experiment is a great way to learn, and with Linux, you don’t have to worry about running into any legal trouble when you do. The vast majority of software won’t ask you to agree to an end user license agreement. Open source licenses largely deal with using the code to make your own applications, with some stipulating that your program must also be free and open source.

4. There’s Support for Most Programming Languages

Need to write in C, C++, CSS, Java, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, or Vala? Linux supports all of them, and the list goes on. Sure, you will hit some roadblocks. Visual Basic only supports Windows, but you can use Apple’s Swift. Generally, if a programming language isn’t limited to a specific operating system, then it likely works on Linux.

If a language that you’d like to use isn’t already installed by default, you can typically get the packages from your distribution’s repositories. Search your default package managerfor the name of the language, and something you want should appear.

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