In this article I will list 5 reasons why it would be beneficial for you to have a computer capable of booting more than 1 operating system:
To test your applications on different operating systems:
Having different operating systems allow you to debug errors in your application that are exclusive to a specific OS. On mobile application development, you can easily develop an Android application on either Windows, Linux or Mac OS X, but to develop an iOS application you need a Mac. If you have a dual-booting Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X and Windows 10, you can develop applications for all of the main mobile platforms including Android, iOS and Windows Phone as well as a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app.
You need to use applications that are exclusive or work better in other operating systems:
If you are a Linux user like me that has a Linux/Windows dual-boot system you can enjoy using applications that are available only on Windows and Mac such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Even though, you could try using Wine on Linux to run Photoshop or MS Office but sometimes they won’t run as good as they would on Windows. Also, the opposite is true as some great applications are exclusive to Linux such as Kdenlive, which is a powerful, professional-grade video editor that is completely free!
To use a lightweight operating system that is much faster:
For those of you that like to run older Windows versions such as XP, Vista and 7, you know that your computer after a month of regular use gets slower. For this problem, I would recommend that you install a lightweight Linux distribution alongside Windows so when you need to use your computer ASAP, you can enjoy using a smooth, snappy and instantly responsive OS that doesn’t get in your way. I personally use Linux Lite 2.8, which is an Ubuntu derivative that uses the XFCE desktop environment which is much faster than any Windows version including 10 on a modern computer.
You want to use an operating system that doesn’t get as much viruses as Windows:
Sometimes you want to visit websites that probably have a shady reputation (everyone has their reasons, lol) but you fear that your Windows computer may get a virus. Enter Linux! On Linux, it is very difficult to get a virus especially if you have an updated kernel so you can have a greater peace of mind while browsing the Web. You can also use Linux if for some reason you are worried about the privacy issues of Windows 10.
You want to control every aspect of the operating system you installed:
On Windows and Mac it is very difficult to customize certain aspects of the operating systems such as theming, removing unnecessary OS components and software bloat or modifying the OS’s kernel or system code, among others. However, on Linux there are certain distributions such as Arch Linux, Gentoo and Slackware that allow you to choose exactly which components you want install with the OS and fine tune the system configuration as you want it. With Linux, you can realize your vision of what your OS should be, but with Windows or Mac OS X, you would have to stick with the vision that Microsoft and Apple determined for their OS.