They release a new version every six months where each version is named after the year and month of release (e.g. Contrast that with Windows (every 3-5 years) and OS X (every 1-2 years).

Just a few weeks ago, I installed Gnome on Ubuntu through apt-get so I could compare desktop environments.

The procedure was as standard as could be — I did nothing out of the ordinary — yet somehow it ended up breaking my desktop. Neither Unity nor Gnome worked properly, so I went back to Windows to cool off……and haven’t been back to Linux since.

According to these operating system usage stats, you’ll see that Linux crossed the 5% mark some time in late 2010 — and has been stuck there for about five years, only spiking to 5.9% once in June 2015 before settling back down. Linux has undeniably improved over recent years underlying issues that need to be addressed. Or can they be overcome with proper direction and collaboration? In truth, it’s a double-edged sword — despite the benefits of rapidly evolving software, it comes with a huge drawback.

It’s hard to say, but let’s take a look and see what could go right. If there’s something wrong with the kernel, an application, or a software package, anyone can contribute a fix or addition. On the one hand, if you use a closed source application like Photoshop or Unity 3D, you’re at the mercy of the developers.

I know I could spend a few hours on Google, digging through outdated questions and answers (because Linux evolves too quickly), hoping to fix the problem, but I have more important things to do.

Now think about the average computer user and how much trouble they have with computers.The bad news is that these communities alone aren’t enough.There needs to be some kind of central documentation that tracks and explains the entire Linux landscape — something that users can refer to without having to ask questions and wait for answers.I’ve been an on-and-off dual-boot Linux user for several years, and while there have been periods when I’ve gone using nothing but Linux for weeks at a time, I can’t really say that Linux has ever been my “main” operating system. Obviously that’s not the case as most distros are relatively stable, but when it comes to application setup and stability, it’s a completely different story.For some reason, things tend to break on Linux — not necessarily in catastrophic ways, but certainly in ways that are inconvenient and frustrating.If everything worked perfectly 100% of the time, then Linux would be amazing — but it would be disingenuous to say that that’s true of Linux right now. To be honest, all of the above issues wouldn’t be so bad if Linux had proper guidance for newbie users.