Maybe you are wondering why anyone would choose Linux, or what kind of people do. You dont have to be some IT genious hacker programmer to enjoy the many perks that come along with Linux. In fact, its probable that you have already used it at some point and not realized it. Most smart appliances use Linux, and all Androids and Chromebooks do. Millions of common everyday casual computer users with no tech expertise use Linux for various reasons all the time. You can be one of them easily and escape the monopolies of large tech corporations.
Well.. No. If you insist on keeping Windows around, then you have a few options. The first, is you could download The Linux Kernel through the Microsoft store and it gets embedded into the Windows Command Prompt giving you a Linux Shell. Alternatively, you can use an online Linux terminal. but these methods are just really to practice Linux Commands with no desktop, and like the first option, they are far from a true Linux experience. Another option is to use a Virtual Machine. A VM allows you to run a whole operating system independently of the one you have installed. This allows you to use Windows and use Linux inside of a VM in a little window that you can close any time you are finished. The Last option is to dual boot your computer. This is not difficult to do, but may be a little advanced for people who have not explored the BIOS on their computer, or the outside of their operating system a little bit. The idea is to split the hard drive into sections like a pie. You then share some of the free unused hard drive space with Linux, and some of the space with Windows. Once successfully dual booted, on start-up, the computer will ask you if you would like to boot into Linux, or boot into Windows, as they will both be installed. As a disclaimer, if you are not using Windows 10 home, make sure you have your Bitlocker key before attempting the dual boot method, otherwise you will be locked out and need to reinstall Windows. Click any of the yellow links above for a guide on how to set it up in the ways I have described.
The GNU General Public License (GNU GPL or GPL) is a widely-used free software license that guarantees end users the freedom to run, study, share, and modify the software. The license was originally written by Richard Stallman, former head of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), for the GNU Project, and grants the recipients of a computer program the rights of the Free Software Definition. The GPL is a copyleft license, which means that derivative work must be open-source and distributed under the same or equivalent license terms. GPL was the first copyleft license for general use.
Historically, the GPL license family has been one of the most popular software licenses in the free and open-source software domain. Prominent free-software programs licensed under the GPL include the Linux kernel and the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). David A. Wheeler argues that the copyleft provided by the GPL was crucial to the success of Linux-based systems, giving the programmers who contributed to the kernel the assurance that their work would benefit the whole world and remain free, rather than being exploited by software companies that would not have to give anything back to the community.
Sometimes Linux is written as GNU/Linux. The reason is that Linux is really just the kernel, but all other components are GNU FOSS (Free Open Source Software). As such, many believe that the OS should be known as GNU/Linux and not just Linux. GNU stands for GNU's Not Unix, signifying that although similar, Linux is not Unix, but is Unix-Like.
If nothing you have seen here is enough to convince you that you should have made the switch a long time ago, maybe realizing that you have no privacy as long as you are using Windows, will. It is very well known in the US that the NSA and CIA have made wide spread malware to infect you, and have been working side by side with Microsoft to give them access to all of your personal information as well. Ed Snowden has released several NSA documents proving this. With Linux, the code is created from the ground up. and is not maintained by any "corrupt big tech companies". the code is also open source. Which means there are alot more eyes scanning over its code all the time. There is no way an NSA backdoor can be slipped into the code and not be noticed by anyone. Your privacy is a guarantee. You can read about this here, here, and here. Some of the many leaked NSA programs are EternalBlue, DoublePulsar, Xkeyscore, and PRISMAre my Apple products safe?