Where do we begin in espousing the wonders of Linux?
Well, for a start, Linux is what we use as the operating system for our own business and we wouldn’t consider anything else. The features and benefits are endless, so here, in no particular order, are just a few.
- Low costYou don’t need to spend time and money to obtain licenses since Linux and much of its software come with the GNU General Public License. You can start to work immediately without worrying that your software may stop working anytime because the free trial version expires. Additionally, there are large repositories from which you can freely download high quality software for almost any task you can think of.
- StabilityLinux doesn’t need to be rebooted periodically to maintain performance levels. It doesn’t freeze up or slow down over time owing to memory leaks and such. Continuous up-times of hundreds of days (up to a year or more) are not uncommon.
- PerformanceLinux provides persistent high performance on workstations and on networks. It can handle very large numbers of users simultaneously and can make old computers sufficiently responsive to be useful again. Many studies have proven that on equal hardware, Linux is several times faster than Windows NT.
- Network frendlinessLinux was developed by a group of programmers over the Internet and, therefore has strong support for network functionality - client and server systems can be easily set up on any computer running Linux. It can perform tasks such as network backups more quickly and more reliably than alternative systems.
- FlexibilityLinux can be used for high performance server applications, desktop applications and embedded systems. You can save disk space by only installing the components needed for a particular use. You can also restrict the use of specific computers by installing, for example, only selected office applications instead of the whole suite.
- CompatibilityIt runs all common Unix software packages and can process all common file formats.
- ChoiceThe large number of Linux distributions gives you a choice. Each distribution is developed and supported by a different organisation. You can pick the one you like best; the core functionalities are the same; most software runs on most distributions.
- Fast and easy instillationMost Linux distributions come with user-friendly installation and set-up programs. Popular Linux distributions come with tools that make installation of additional software very user friendly as well.
- Full use of hard diskLinux continues to work well even when the hard disk is almost full.
- MultitaskingLinux is designed to do many things at the same time; e.g., a large printing job in the background won’t slow down your other work.
- SecurityLinux is one of the most secure operating systems. “Walls” and flexible file access permission systems prevent access by unwanted visitors or viruses. Linux users have the option to select and safely download software, free of charge, from online repositories containing thousands of high quality packages. No purchase transactions requiring credit card numbers or other sensitive personal information are necessary.
- Open sourceIf you develop software that requires knowledge or modification of the operating system code, Linux’s source code is at your fingertips. Most Linux applications are Open Source as well.
Today the combination of inexpensive computers and free high-quality Linux operating systems and software provide incredibly low-cost solutions for both basic home office use and high-performance business and science applications. The available choices of Linux distributions and Linux software may be overwhelming at first but, if you know where to look, it shouldn’t take long for you to find good on-line guidance. We can advise whenever required..
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