Swapnil Bhartiya wrote, “Linux is not for everyone, just the way not everyone likes roses; some like lilies.”
I disagree. GNU/Linux and Android/Linux are for everyone. Liking roses does not prevent me from growing lilies and enjoying that. Many millions of users from every walk of life attest to that. Contrary to Swapnil’s assertions, there are professional video and image editors that use GNU/Linux. Heck, I use Google Drive…
Google does not yet have a client application for GNU/Linux but others do. I don’t really need automatic synchronization of files on Drive with my local network. I still can use drive.google.com just fine with my browser. I installed grive and tested it for synchronizing a directory and it worked well allowing creation and deletion of shared files from both ends.
So, the key “negatives” he cites are illusions. There are particular packages of software that are not available for */Linux but these do not in any way limit your usage of your hardware. Those other operating systems do intentionally limit your usage of your hardware but */Linux does not. It’s Free Software. You are explicitly allowed to run, examine, modify and distribute the software according to its accompanying software. There is no keeper of the gate preventing you from doing anything with it. M$ wants to limit how many devices you can connect to their software and they want total control of your hardware. Apple wants to prevent you from running their software on any hardware you own except Apple’s hardware. That prevents anyone who does not own hardware bought from Apple from running most of it, even in a virtual machine.
So, if you want to use computers for your purposes, */Linux is for you. Hundreds of millions of users attest to that. It’s those other operating systems that are limited by design. What was Swapnil thinking? His article may have been relevant a decade ago but no longer. Since then many OEMs and retailers began delivering */Linux to ordinary consumers and professionals of all kinds and developers of every kind of software write for GNU/Linux and Android/Linux. Millions of applications attest to that. Literally, anything is possible with */Linux. The diversity of users and the licences make that happen.