Is Linux Right for Your Business?

Should you use Linux Operating System for your Business?

Some may wonder why I’d ask such a question. Some of you may not know what Linux is or much about it. Let me explain.

Linux is a free computer operating system like Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac, but free. It’s most similar to Mac, since built on a similar base software. If you already have one of these operating systems on your computer, you may wonder why switch? Or why should you care? If you’re computer is working fine for you, then maybe you shouldn’t care. But if your computer is not working well, Linux may be a good solution.

Linux Mint

My regular readers will know that I write about being productive and using your time wisely. The issue of switching to another computer operating systems is one that needs considered wisely. It is time consuming, and takes some technical thinking, so may not be for everyone. If you have a similar situation as mine, then you may want to switch. If your computers are working well or you want to buy a new one, you may not want switch. Take a look at my reasons for switching below.

Why I Switched to Linux

I have 4 computers that I or my family use. All 4 had one version or another of Windows on them. I had have tried Linux for several years, dual-booting a couple of the PCs with Linux and Windows. Dual-booting is where you have 2 operating systems on the PC and choose which one to use at start up. I hung onto windows because I wanted access to certain programs, like Photoshop, Dreamweaver and DVD authoring software. My frustrations from slowness issues and crashing drove me to check more into Linux and I found software in Linux to do all that I needed to do.

My wife would get frustrated when her PC running XP would not work right. My daughter would get frustrated when her PC running Vista would drag so slow. I switched to Linux on a couple of computers and as I saw the difference in reliability I wound up switching to Linux on all four. My wife and daughter love it. Our computers just work.

I use Linux Mint 13 which in my view is the best version I’ve seen to date. It loads onto the PC and finds the needed drivers almost without a glitch. On 4 different types of PC’s it loaded and works great. It comes with a full office suite for word processing, etc. For web browsing and basic office work it’s strong and reliable. And there is a Photoshop clone as well as Web Design and DVD editing/authoring programs. I’ve found a program for everything I have needed to do. It all works great and it’s all free.You could also dual-boot your PC and leave your other operating system as is so you can go back to it if needed or for a while during the transition.

Downside

There is always a downside to something like this. As I mentioned before, there is a little of a technical learning curve. Also, like any operating system there is a learning curve to get comfortable with the system, but it’s really not much if you’re used to windows.

You could also look at the time it takes to make the transition as a downside, but I look at it as an investment in the future time savings, since our systems actually work now. I do caution you to back up any critical files since there is always a chance of things not going as planned.

Your Decision

Using Linux or any new operating system is not for everyone, but it’s worth checking into if you are having issues with your current system. There are plenty of sites on the internet that will give you tips and help. Again, I would highly recommend Linux Mint 13 if you decide to do it. For me, I don’t regret the move and actually wish I’d made the move sooner.

Here’s to your Success!

Jerry D Ross

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