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20 Reasons Linux Will Boom in a Post-Recession World

Linux will benefit due to total cost of ownership, cross platform compatibility, security, and other issues.
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The economy, as everyone is well aware, stinks. Yet the one factor that isn't being discussed enough in the media is how different technologies will likely evolve due to these new economic conditions.

One major change: while the days of costly software and expensive licensing is not likely to come to a complete end, I suspect we will see a sharp decrease in this area.

In this article, I’ll sharing twenty reasons why I believe we will see Linux "booming" in a post-recession world. Even though it's unlikely that the economic turmoil will prompt everyone to stop using proprietary operating systems completely, I am confident that a significant reduction in proprietary operating system usage is on the horizon.

1) Total cost of ownership – Despite what the marketing material from select proprietary software companies might like you to believe, the software provided by proprietary vendors comes at a cost. There's something to be said for having the ability to control the cost of your data and the software that runs it.

By using Linux, one can be assured that the future of any projects enabled by this open source solution will be in firm control of those who are running the controls. No faceless company is going to come along and suddenly change the rules as to how you run your projects or how their software can be used. With Linux based options in your arsenal, you're in control of your data. From beginning to end, you have control over how much or how little your company spends on Linux solutions.

2) Updates are automatic – For many desktop Linux users, it's something that we often take for granted. When we go to update our desktop operating system, we also have the option to update the software installed on our system as well...automatically.

This saves time and hassle for everyone involved as no one is left wondering if they have the latest application updates or if they need to be installed. In a post-recession world, time will be more valuable than ever. So anything that can be done to expedite keeping things running smoothly is a benefit for everyone.

3) Utilizing existing hardware – This point of using existing hardware might seem overly obvious to us. Yet one cannot ignore the fact that there is more involved with acquiring new hardware for new and existing computers. Being able to run with hardware already in our possession saves both time and money.

With this extra time saved, installs will run more smoothly as any hurdles can be tackled without needing to split time between tweaking things and checking on new hardware purchase orders, all in the same day. Linux allows existing computer towers and laptops to realize a second life with Linux distributions designed to run on the oldest hardware.

4) Utilizing existing peripherals – Ignoring the myth of Linux peripheral support being rather lackluster, the truth of the matter is that today's modern Linux distributions provide the very latest in CUPS (printing) and SANE (scanning) support.

There are seemingly unlimited numbers of peripherals out there that will work as needed on today's Linux desktop. Even for casual Linux enthusiasts such as myself, I have found nearly anything USB-based to be ready to go out of the box with little to no configuration required. Once again, no need to spend unnecessarily on the latest and greatest peripherals. Chances are very good that what you have will work without any extra effort.

5) Community supported – Perhaps one of the best kept secrets with modern Linux distributions is the unparalleled support available to non-profit and for profit groups alike. You’ll find forums and chat rooms for those not in a position to spend money for assistance. There are consulting firms and paid-support companies for users in the enterprise market needing something addressed right away.

At the heart of all solutions available is the belief that support should never be unobtainable due to a lack of financial resources.

6) New employment opportunities – Jobs. It's the one thing we all want to see more of – and as quickly as possible. The proprietary software world had a great run of it, now it's time to allow the open source world of Linux to continue its already wide-reaching expansion.

This means new job opportunities for those looking to support the growth of Linux for server and desktop-based solutions. Existing IT personnel may also find that by expanding into the Linux realm of expertise, they become more valuable to their existing employer.

7) New business opportunities – For those who've had enough of competing in a post-recession job market, there are self-employment opportunities abound for those willing to work the extra hours.

For example: consulting, administration support, book writing, documentation creation, and the list goes on. While the real money is clearly in supporting the enterprise world, those looking to get their feet wet could find alternative avenues. Training existing computer techs who support home users to also offer Linux-based offerings, in a seminar-like environment, might also be an effective income stream for techs looking to increase their bottom line.


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