Winning Strategies for Linux Desktop

Linux: The winning moves.

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LinuxThe winning moves.

There has been a lot of debate over several blogs on why Linux desktop would score over others and why would it not. The discussion is undoubtedly going to last long. The Linux desktop has also undergone many a polls, criticisms and appreciations alongside. Unique features and robustness over old hardware along with performance benchmarks that this desktop provides has always led to Linux enthusiasts being very optimistic about the advantages of the same and is a reason for a strong belief in the operating system.

Few strategies and tips that make Linux desktop score over others and compete in the target segment include the following cases;

  1. Windows and Mac have had a strong hand in the community of novice user as well as designers over a long period of time and it would take Linux community to put in quite an effort to score over them in the all purpose category. The smart thing to do here would be to measure up where these desktops lack, measure up the grey areas and build a desktop which serves these niche usages. That is what distributions like Ubuntu are doing today.
  2. Most Linux desktops aim at casual computer users to use and get acquainted to it. However, targeting certain features and performance bottlenecks shall help getting more Linux fans, be it computers or mobile applications. The key lies in selecting a particular target market and delivering the best to them in order to satisfy and surpass the expectations of these users.
  3. To get Windows users move their baggage to Linux club, a Linux desktop should ideally be designed considering the extensive features such as hibernate, sleep, power saving options and instant on/off options. Another important feature which Linux takes care of is the battery life of a laptop while running a Linux distro.
  4. The form factor is another front which needs to be changed and worked on really well for the Linux desktop to succeed. It should be different from a generic laptop in more than one way. Key things to work is to change the perception people have towards GNU/Linux by highlighting features which make it stand apart and taking care of issues which create a dilemma in a user’s mind to switch to a free operating system for any good.
  5. The pricing strategies for the same need to be spot on. May be at times, the free factor suppresses the value of the product. Often, it is better to serve a niche and be the leader than try and imitate features of a different operating system which has a higher follower count. The aim should be to make it of being more value to the users and if this makes a distro a paid affair, the value for money shall be quantifiable.

I found that Joe Brockmeier phrases the entire scenario very precisely. He says that the three important things that Linux desktop actually needs are applications, multimedia and polish. These three things have it in them to add more value to the users. The Linux desktop more than anything else needs an extensive support of its die hard proponents which will be helpful in creating a buzz and hence serve the purpose by establishing a strong word of mouth.

Have companies started moving towards Linux?

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As the organizations are hit badly by recession, they are looking towards their goal of high performance and delivery; while cutting down on costs. To secure a stable stand in a highly competitive environment they are required to enhance their profitability by increasing productivity. Various companies have successfully made a move to replace their operations from Windows to Linux. Linux plays a promising role of delivering higher performance, better security, freedom from being locked into a single vendor and ultimately lowering the costs. If I consider on the various benefits offered by Linux over its competitors, you will be thrilled to know how fast Linux has taken itself on rolls and has been playing an ever-increasing role to meet the business challenges. The Linux users will know the literal meaning of being blessed with the flexibility and diversity in running of Linux.

An advantage of Linux OS is that it is multiuser and can be easily accessed from anywhere on the network. This allows the user to have full remote access; unlike single user console based OS which requires the user to be physically present and limits the access to a single user at a time. Here in I am not comparing it with MS Windows which has good networking options as well. Linux is also used extensively because it avoids the MS/Windows “DLL HELL“, which causes Windows or its applications to fail when a newer or incompatible run-time dynamic linked library (DLL) is installed. Moreover, Linux allows the networking to be cycled even without shutting down the entire computer which saves time while performing system reboots and at the same time enhances Linux system uptime.

For Linux OS, the kernel is the base. It is responsible for enabling multi-tasking, multi-user, multi-threading, multi-processing, security, interfacing with hardware. The network Linux can support almost any hardware efficiently and earn savings for the companies by running on both old as well as a new hardware, ruling out the problem of premature hardware replacements. The GNU General Public License (GPL) for Open Source software has led to the rapid development as it allows the users to freely copy modify and share the source code. Today companies dealing in telecommunications to software to hardware are betting their future on Linux.

Linux is regarded as the development platform by the enterprises because it is more secure, easy to install and network, more bug free and maximize value than its competitors. In addition to this, high reliability, flexibility, compatibility and scalability of Linux helps in cutting down of management costs. Unlike free Linux, Windows costs a great deal of money for installation of its versions. Again, almost all the settings in Windows are stored in Windows registry; without which none of the applications are functional. This later leads to slower performance and security threats.

To sum it up, companies are looking towards advanced versions and undoubtedly the merits of Linux are likely to stay with Linux later as well. This is a smart move taken by several companies as most of the problems which are faced while using other OS can be eliminated with the use of Linux, building a new platform for the management to save time and earn savings.