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Linux is more than just a Novel Concept

The choice is yours!

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LinuxThe choice is yours!

It is inevitable that choosing the right operating system is imperative to insure that you have a high performance, security, high delivery and applications that you wish to work with either at home or in office, either on desktop or on laptop. Today, Linux is moving into user space faster than ever before. Distros like Ubuntu and PCLinuxOS compete vividly with the much loved MS Windows. Linux is characteristically found to be one of the most unswerving, stable, secure, cost effective and well-organized system. Thanks to the intuitive GUI support which has come up to serve the young minds with desktop environments like KDE.

Linux, again is considered the numero uno for the demanding environment of Web, database and mail servers and the demand for Linux has been increasing ever since it was launched, though at a slow pace.

Few characteristics that differentiates Linux and its distros include;

  1. A major feature about Linux that it holds over other operating systems is the ease of writing drivers. These Linux drivers are often smaller than other operating system drivers.
  2. Linux is regarded as one of the best embedded operating systems.
  3. Linux is widely considered the best OS for Web servers. Even if you consider the price!
  4. Ubuntu has the simplest installer of all the Linux distros today.
  5. As a trait of a perfect OS, OpenSuse values aesthetics of great UI and features.
  6. Yet another desirable feature is to have good hardware device compatibility, and PCLinuxOS is now doing it better than the rest.
  7. A lot of people still look for traditional stability in an OS and it is Slackware which is designed to be steady and runs smooth.
  8. Fedora is a perfect Linux OS which has a Security-Enhanced Linux feature that executes a range of security policies and hits the list for its reliable security features.
  9. Since most distros are available for a free download, Linux has a strong support for functionality in the network, client and server systems.
  10. Its flexible file access permission system and walls prevent viruses and malwares.

If this couldn’t satisfy you by any chance, some other features which Linux boasts off include – high up-time, scalability, portability, robustness, user friendliness and ability to customize.

This reminds me of a famous quote, “Linux is not intelligent design; it’s an evolution.” One reason why Linux happens to be a developer’s choice is the ability of a platform to develop, share and enhance the existing platform. The rich diversity of people across different continents working on Linux has positively influenced the developments Linux has seen over the 2 decades.

Device manufacturers have already realized that Linux is a growing market and the open source paradigm has a decent share in the web and standalone software industry. It is also pure logic for manufacturers to understand that they have to support their hardware with open source drivers if they want to establish a name for themselves in the open source sector.

All operating systems have their respective pros and cons. But if you are a Linux enthusiast, you shall be amazed to find the flexibility and presence of tools available.

Linux is not just an operating system. It is an experience. Try it, feel it, share your experiences.

  1. One of the other advantages is that the Linux kernel (open source) can be complied to suit various architectures. This is the prime reason that we often hear some or the other devices in which Linux has been ported to. Though the multiple distros is often considered as a bane, I personally feel (as you mentioned) it is one of the reasons that the developer community is getting stronger. You can create a distro to suit your needs. There are distros (especially in Ubuntu) which are specially meant for Multimedia

  2. One of the other advantages is that the Linux kernel (open source) can be complied to suit various architectures. This is the prime reason that we often hear some or the other devices in which Linux has been ported to. Though the multiple distros is often considered as a bane, I personally feel (as you mentioned) it is one of the reasons that the developer community is getting stronger. You can create a distro to suit your needs. There are distros (especially in Ubuntu) which are specially meant for Multimedia

  3. I do use Ubuntu at home. But if we want to consider Linux taking fair amount of share of the OS market then there has to be one distro catering to all the great stuff provided by Fedora, Suse, Ubuntu, PcLinux etc. Then only Linux can be the real winner, I do have faith and believe that Linux will.

  4. I do use Ubuntu at home. But if we want to consider Linux taking fair amount of share of the OS market then there has to be one distro catering to all the great stuff provided by Fedora, Suse, Ubuntu, PcLinux etc. Then only Linux can be the real winner, I do have faith and believe that Linux will.

  5. > But if you are a Linux enthusiast, you
    > shall be amazed to find the flexibility
    > and presence of tools available.

    The enthusiasts already know about the greatness of Linux and FLOSS tools; its their brothers, friends, and parents to whom we need to demonstrate this superior technology. Unfortunately, I don't think that the parents are the ones who will be switching any time soon.

    But we can still spread the good word as far as it will go, which is usually as far as a new user is willing to try something new and different. Not everyone is willing to do this, unfortunately.

  6. > But if you are a Linux enthusiast, you
    > shall be amazed to find the flexibility
    > and presence of tools available.

    The enthusiasts already know about the greatness of Linux and FLOSS tools; its their brothers, friends, and parents to whom we need to demonstrate this superior technology. Unfortunately, I don't think that the parents are the ones who will be switching any time soon.

    But we can still spread the good word as far as it will go, which is usually as far as a new user is willing to try something new and different. Not everyone is willing to do this, unfortunately.

  7. First let tell you I am a Linux enthusiast and I've been using it since 1997 (RedHat 6.2). I do see more Linux these days on desktop than before, but most of the people I successfully convinced to switch to Ubuntu ended up returning to Windows. They all had the same problem: drivers. Until more developers start working on drivers and hardware manufacturers recognize Linux nothing will change much. Until February 2009 Market Share reported Linux is under 1% of the computers used by web surfers. We have a long way to go.

  8. First let tell you I am a Linux enthusiast and I've been using it since 1997 (RedHat 6.2). I do see more Linux these days on desktop than before, but most of the people I successfully convinced to switch to Ubuntu ended up returning to Windows. They all had the same problem: drivers. Until more developers start working on drivers and hardware manufacturers recognize Linux nothing will change much. Until February 2009 Market Share reported Linux is under 1% of the computers used by web surfers. We have a long way to go.

  9. I have Ubantu installed on an old pc but the rest run on Windows. Linux is great but Windows still rules the World and I need to be in the crowd ;-)

  10. I have Ubantu installed on an old pc but the rest run on Windows. Linux is great but Windows still rules the World and I need to be in the crowd ;-)

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