Sunday, March 8, 2009

25 Reasons to Convert to Linux

Businesses, educational institutions, governmental agencies and other organizations around the world are converting1 their computer operating systems from Microsoft Windows to Linux at an increasing pace. They are likewise converting their application programs from commercial software to free software (also referred to as open source software). There are at least 25 reasons for this situation, including:

http://www.linfo.org/reasons_to_convert.html

2 comments:

Brian o vretanos said...

One good reason (that doesn't seem to be important to managers and accountants) is usability in a medium-sized or large organisaton - Windows was designed for standalone single-user machines, and works badly in almost any other situation.

Hot-desking on Unix/Linux simply involves centralised authentication and filesystems. Windows needs to copy profiles, desktop, etc, etc, around the network which means ages to log on and off plus less reliability (pray your PC doesn't crash and lose your profile).

Running a Windows app remotely on a server, even onto a Windows client, is seriously painful and unreliable - compare this with how easy it is to use X over ssh.

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