Choose Linux for your business

You can look at Linux as a type of a “shadow” player. Even though Windows is omnipresent on practically every desktop or laptop in the world, Linux plays the game from behind the scenes. For example, did you know that Linux runs practically every supercomputer in the world? Well, 99.6% of them, to be exact. And did you know that Linux takes care of most of the servers, embedded systems and most of the smartphones? That alone is a good recommendation that you choose Linux for your business. Among others, several advantages play a major role in why should you go for Linux.

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Introduction

Linux operating system is probably the most well-known open-source OS in the world. It is a Unix-like  OS, and the key feature of Linux is the Linux kernel. It was released in September 1991, and its creator is now famous Fin Linus Torvalds.

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Viruses are not an issue

How many times have you formatted your Windows because a virus crashed it? Believe me; I do not want to return to that. Linux is practically immune to viruses and malware. Your business is safe, and you will not waste time nor money on formatting and re-installations.

Linux is quicker

Every businessman knows that time means money. With Linux, your system will boot-up much quicker, applications will open in no time, and the whole process will run smoothly, without any issues. And this fact alone means a few dollars saved.

Linux is completely free

If you go for Windows, prepare yourself for a lot of licensing, not just the OS itself, but the antivirus and the upgrades too. With Linux, usage and even distribution are absolutely free. You can save a good buck this way.

Linux Distro

An abbreviation of distribution, Linux distro is also an OS, but made from a software collection, unlike Linux alone, which is a unitary system.The distro is, of course, based on the Linux kernel and usually presented as a package management system. Linux customers in most cases get their operating systems by downloading one of the Linux distros. For instance, an embedded device user would get OpenWrt, a personal computer user would go for Linux Mint, and someone who needs to run a supercomputer would download Rocks Cluster Distribution.

One of the typical Linux Distros entails a Linux kernel, GNU tools and a window system with a window manager in a desktop environment. The majority of software included in a Distro is available in source code form and is free, open – source software. Some proprietary software required for device drivers, for example, may be part of the Distro package.

Many different forms of Linux Distros exist today. In fact, almost six hundred of them are out there, and almost five hundred of them are in everyday development. Distros have taken up all sorts of forms and are compatible with desktops, laptops, mobile phones, tablets and other devices.

Best Linux distros for small businesses

CentOS 7

Hailing from the Red Hat Enterprise, the CentOS certainly carries a good reputation.  Today it is one of the most popular distros for servers. It is excellent for serious appliances, but the downside is the lack of support if using free.

Clear OS 7

Clear OS 7 can be considered a cousin of the Cent OS. They both work on the same package, but ClearOS is primarily a server platform. It is very easy to use, and you can set up a firewall very quickly. There is support, but it comes at a price.

IPFire 2.19

This OS is excellent for small businesses because it creates a very secure environment for your network and controlling your employee’s behavior. Just set it up, and it will do all the hard work, ranging from managing IP addresses to firewall setup.

OpenSUSE

This OS is community-developed, it comes with a great package management system and uses the KDE window manager. Upgrades come every 18 months.