Rather, free and open source software holds numerous other compelling advantages for businesses, some of them even more valuable than the software’s low price.
1. Free Software:
Most software can be obtained without cost for Linux. For example, one thing that has kept people from Linux is the lack of office software. That has changed with Open Office, and now you can edit documents and presentations from the popular Microsoft software. The conversion isn’t 100% perfect, but it has worked remarkably well in allowing me to correspond and use documents that people send me via e-mail or the web.
2. Runs on old hardware:
It runs just fine on old machines no matter what the application is and what kind of resources it is using. One use of an old machine like that could be a file server and you can make a great storage server for that you need to buy a Hard Disk. Look into using Samba, a server application for Linux that allows you to make your machine share the disk as a Windows share.
Linux has the advantage of the code being in the public domain. This can be a double-edged sword; while you can look at the code, and developers can fix holes rapidly, it also means hackers can find bad code. I have been very impressed with the security of Linux, and the programs that run on it. With some distributions, on installation the computer will ask you what levels of security you would like for your system. You can be very trusting, or you can be paranoid. Linux gives you this flexibility.
If you have used other operating systems, once you have made the switch to Linux, you will notice that Linux has an edge over Windows here. I can remember rebooting Windows many times over the years, because an application crashed, and I couldn’t continue working. Linux can crash also, but it is much harder to do. If an application crashes in Linux, it will usually not harm the kernel or other processes.
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