Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Why Use Linux?

More than a decade has passed since Linus Torvalds put his operating
system code on the Internet, and millions have been putting Linux to good use.
It’s been a while since Linux was viewed as a “toy operating system” used only by
geek computer hobbyists. Big corporations, colleges, governments, school districts, nonprofit organizations, and everyday users are all turning to Linux to boost productivity at a low cost. If you’re still thinking about whether to join them, here are a few good reasons:
  • Linux puts you in control of your
    computing environment. Although much of the buzz around
    “free software” revolves around cost (and
    we’ll get to that argument in abound in the Linux
    space. If you’re not happy with the way one application
    works, there’s usually something else out there that
    can make you happy. Most applications are a lso endlessly
    customizable, so if there’s an annoying feature included
    as default, you can always turn it off or modify its

  • Linux is inexpensive to install,
    run, and update. Unlike proprietary operatin systems, you can
    take the DVD from this book and install openSUSE on as
    man computers as you need to. Configure Linux individually for
    your file server routers, web servers, and desktops. All
    these systems will run crash-free with little maintenance required and
    (if you like) automated updates that don’t even need user
    intervention to install.

  • Linux is ready for the desktop.
    Nearly everything you can do on a Windows machine can be done on
    openSUSE, from creating professional office documents and
    presentations to getting files on the Internet. It’s also not
    that hard to get used to after you’ve made the
    switch. When Grandma is running Linux, she’s less
    likely to see error messages and crashing programs, too.

  • Linux is a rock-solid server
    performer. The operating system (OS) made its first impression as a
    fast, secure, stable, scalable, and robust server OS. The current
    kernel easily handles multiprocessor machines, gigabytes of
    system memory, and terabytes of data. Most enterprise-level
    applications have Linux versions. Although this bookdoes not cover the
    Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES), openSUSE serves as a
    proving ground for new enterprise applications to be included in OES.

  • Linux thrives in a variety of environments.
    Linux drives many personal digital assistants, laptops, desktops, and
    specialized computers. You can put your ancient 486 processor to work
    as a router or file server with openSUSE. It also runs on AMD 64-bit
    Opteron processors, and did so for a year before 64-bit Windows XP was

  • Linux offers a royalty-free development
    platform for several operating systems. Because of the
    open-source development model and the high-quality, free tools
    available to developers, anyone from 13-year-old budding programmers to
    massive development shops can produce quality software relatively

  • Linux now offers big player support. Although
    the Linux community is still the best place to go for support when
    things go wrong, the presence of IBM, Novell, and other big companies
    in the support space can make even the most uneasy bean counter relax a

These are just a few good reasons to use linux. I was a previous windows user, until I learned how easy linux is to use, and how much help there is out there if you need it. Windows users, don't be afraid to make the switch to linux. You could do like I did, and start with a dual boot system that had Linux and windows on it. That way, if you want to use windows, you just boot to windows. If you want to use Linux, you boot to linux. I will be posting a tutorial regarding dual boot windows/linux systems on this blog very soon. Bookmark this blog and check back frequently.

By the way, openSUSE Linux and Ubuntu Linux are excellent for beginner users all the way up to advanced users. They are both good distros to start with if you are new to Linux.


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