20 Reasons Linux Will Boom in a Post-Recession World: Page 2

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8) Sustainable desktop and server platform environment – One of the things we have been criticized for here in the U.S. is spending money we don't have. And it seems self-evident that proprietary software spending may slowly become an expense that is difficult to justify. Some applications are arguably "mission critical," while there are just as many that are easily replaced with open source software running on Linux-based offerings instead. This in turn offers choices as to how we place importance on software.

In short, we can begin utilizing software that is not company dependent, thus allowing us to maintain a more sustainable software ecosystem in our offices and at home.

9) Room to grow in a tough market – Dell, along with smaller PC vendors, is selling Linux-based computers these days because the demand is growing. Clearly it's not at the same level seen with Microsoft Windows, but users of desktop Linux are proving to be a force to be reckoned with.

Linux offers no glass ceilings, the growth rate for this platform is completely dependent on where the community wishes to take it. Bundle this with its low barrier to entry and there will always be tremendous room to grow despite the tough economic market.

10) Cost friendly for those in need - Linux is free as in freedom. And in almost all cases, most distributions are free as in free beer as well. This means that any potential for economic reasons preventing someone from use Linux are completely nullified. So even if you're flat broke, nothing is stopping you from asking a friend for a blank CD, grabbing an ISO of some popular Linux distribution and installing it on a PC you already own.

11) Vulnerabilities dealt with quickly – I suppose most people would like to believe that when a security issue or related vulnerability is discovered, the issue is dealt with quickly. Unfortunately on the proprietary side of the fence, this is not always the case. With Linux as your platform of choice, you can rest assure that when a security flaw is discovered, it's being dealt with quickly and securely. Rather than waiting for the usual corporate talking head to give the right team the go-ahead for a patch to be released, you’ll find security vulnerabilities in Linux are dealt with swiftly, without excuses.

12) More choice in desktop management – You say KDE, I say GNOME. Others might instead point out that Xfce or LXDE is where it’s at for the ultimate desktop experience.

However you define your desktop environment, each of the selections for the Linux desktop is designed because Linux enthusiasts expect choices to be available. With proprietary operating systems, you’re stuck with whatever the OS you've selected gives you. This is not the case with Linux.

13) No proprietary vendor lock-in – Among the top five reasons I love the Linux desktop, one has to be the lack of any concern over proprietary vendor lock-in. With some proprietary applications, you might find yourself out of luck should you wish to export your data to a competing application. This is not the case when using open source software designed for the Linux platform.

Using agreed upon standards of cooperation, exported data from most Linux software translates into portability with the greatest of ease. And as more people seek open source alternatives to legacy software, portability is a critical piece of the software puzzle in this changing economy.

14) Plays well with other operating systems – Despite proprietary operating systems opting against working well with their open source counterparts, Linux is compatible with alternative operating systems by design. Whether it’s Windows virtualization on a Linux server or allowing Windows users to install Linux onto their PC through something like Ubuntu's Wubi, Linux makes platform cooperation simple. Distros bundled with Samba support provide file and printer sharing across the OS spectrum

One can only conclude that any perceived challenges with daisy-chaining operating systems comes from the proprietary side of the fence. Linux has certainly done more than its fair share to make cooperation an obtainable goal.


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