10 Major Reasons To Switch To Linux
By Max Rubin,
Agricultural Chemist Linux
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It Doesn't Crash
has been time-proven to be a reliable operating system.
Although the desktop is not a new place for Linux,
most Linux-based systems have been used as servers
and embedded systems. High-visibility Web sites such
as Google use Linux-based systems, but you also can
find Linux inside the TiVo set-top box in many livingrooms.
has proved to be so reliable and secure that it is
commonly found in dedicated firewall and router systems
used by high-profile companies to secure their networks.
For more than ten years, it has not been uncommon
for Linux systems to run for months or years without
needing a single reboot.
Viruses Are Few and Far Between
it is possible to create a virus to target Linux systems,
the design of the system itself makes it very difficult
to become infected. A single user could cause local
damage to his or her files by running a virus on his
or her system; however, this would be an isolated
instance rather than something could spread out of
addition, virtually all Linux vendors offer free on-line
security updates. The general philosophy of the Linux
community has been to address possible security issues
before they become a problem rather than hoping the
susceptibility will go unnoticed.
was designed and written to be easily portable to
different hardware. For the desktop user, this means
that Linux has been and likely always will be the
first operating system to take advantage of advances
in hardware technology such as AMD's 64-bit processor
Freedom of Choice
offers freedom of choice as far as which manufacturer
you purchase the software from as well as which application
programs you wish to use. Being able to pick the manufacturer
means you have a real choice as far as type of support
you receive. Being open-source software, new manufacturers
can enter the market to address customer needs.
of application programs means that you can select
the tools that best address your needs. For example,
three popular word processors are available. All three
are free and interoperate with Microsoft Word, but
each offers unique advantages and disadvantages. The
same is true of Web browsers.
itself and many common applications follow open standards.
This means an update on one system will not make other
Applications, Applications, Applications
Linux distribution comes with hundreds and possibly
thousands of application programs included. This alone
can save you thousands of dollars for each desktop
system you configure. Although this is a very small
subset, consider that the OpenOffice.org office suite
is included as well as the GIMP, a program similar
to (and many people say more capable than Adobe Photoshop);
Scribus, a document layout program similar to Quark
Xpress; Evolution, an e-mail system equivalent to
Microsoft's Outlook Express; and hundreds more.
the more technically inclined, development tools,
such as compilers for the C, C++, Ada, Fortran, Pascal
and other languages, are included as well as Perl,
PHP and Python interpreters. Editors and versioning
tools also are included in this category.
you are looking for Instant Messaging clients, backup
tools or Web site development packages, they likely
are all included within your base Linux distribution.
and more computers are being connected to networks.
No system would be complete if it did not include
tools to allow it to interoperate with computers running
other operating systems. Once again, Linux is very
strong in this area.
includes Samba, software that allows Linux to act
as a client on a Microsoft Windows-based network.
In fact, Samba includes server facilities such that
you could run a Linux system as the server for a group
of Linux and Windows-based client systems.
addition, Linux includes software to network with
Apple networks and Novell's Netware. NFS, the networking
technology developed on UNIX systems also is included.
It's a Community Relationship, Not a Customer Relationship
operating systems are the products of single vendors.
Linux, on the other hand, is openly developed, and
this technology is shared among vendors. This means
you become part of a community rather than a customer
of a single manufacturer. Also, the supplier community
easily can adjust to the needs of various user communities
rather than spouting a "one size fits all"
means you can select a Linux vendor that appears to
best address your needs and feel confident that you
could switch vendors at a later time without losing
your investment - both in terms of costs and learning.
It's Not How Big Your Processor Is...
of a combination of the internal design of Linux and
development contributions from a diverse community,
Linux tends to be more frugal in the use of computer
resources. This may manifest itself in a single desktop
system running faster with Linux than with another
operating system, but the advantages go far beyond
that. It is possible, for example, to configure a
single Linux system to act as a terminal server and
then use outdated hardware as what are called thin
server/thin client configuration makes it possible
for older, less powerful hardware to share the resources
of a single powerful system thus extending the life
of older machines.
Linux Is Configurable
is a true multi-user operating system. Each user can
have his or her own individual configuration all on
one computer. This includes the look of the desktop,
what icons are displayed, what programs are started
automatically when the user logs in and even what
language the desktop is in.
lastly no Bill schmendrick character telling you what
you can and cannot do.
Z. Rubin Agricultural Chemist Linux as well
as vintage computing http://www.vintagecomputermanuals.com
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