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  • 1. Adapting Linux on WAN's
    • By Neal Friedman
  • 2. What is Linux?
    • Linux is defined as an open-source version of the UNIX operating system.
    • Unix was first concieved and implented in 1969 at AT&T's Bell Laboratories
    • In 1991, the first Linux Kernel was created by Linus Torvalds
  • 3. What's so Great About Linux?
    • Linux is completely Open Source.
    • Linux is for the most part ”free”
    • Linux is secure
    • Linux isnt new, its been in development for longer than Windows.
    • Less hardware dependant
    • Easy for IT to manage
  • 4. If Linux is so Good, Why Haven't I Heard of it?
    • Windows is the most commonly used OS
    • People seem to believe that Linux is difficult to use.
    • For a very long time it was a bit unstable
    • The way the economy works, things that are free don't get advertised
  • 5. Wide Area Networks (WAN) and Why IT Likes to Use Windows
    • In past years, many incoming employees to a company were not tech savvy people.
    • Simplicity. Everyone knows the windows interface. Everyone can do basic things on it.
    • Companies would rather spend a lot of money to get something that will bring up the least amount of user problems
    • The Past: Windows has always been the most prominently used OS in the business field
  • 6. Servers
    • Servers can be run by Linux, Windows, or Mac
    • Guess which is most commonly used and least commonly used?
    • Answer: Windows, Linux, Mac. Respectively.
    • Linux servers are the most secure.
    • Also least hardware dependant
  • 7. How Would Ubuntu Simplify the Business Environment
    • Most commonly used tools in a business:
      • Email: In Linux you could use Mozilla Thunderbird or Evolution mail.
      • Web Browsing: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome
      • Office Suite: Open Office (includes ports of word, excel, access, powerpoint, etc)
      • Custom made software: Linux is an excelent environment for programming and it can run software in any language
      • There is a huge list of software for linux. Most of which is free and there is a port of just about everything that Windows has including: VPN, pdf viewer, media players, etc.
  • 8. What About Security?
    • If you have experienced lots of viruses and spam threatening your Windows system, you aren't alone
    • Unix systems have regular users (the client) and a super user called root
      • Users only have acces to using certain programs and files in their ”home” directory
      • With root access anything is possible
        • Root is managed on a seperate password and adds a layer of security that Windows doesnt have.
  • 9. So I Won't Get Viruses Anymore?
    • Theres probably a 1% chance that you will get a virus on your Unix system
      • There are too many different kinds of Unix distributions.
      • Most viruses are made for windows due to its widespread use
  • 10. So if Linux is that Great, It Must Cost a Fortune
    • Most Linux distributions are free of charge!
      • They also come with thousands of pages of easy to understand support
      • Many linux distributers have very helpful help hot lines.
      • How could it be free?
        • Some distributions are side projects for developers
        • Many are considered charitable organizations and survive off donations
  • 11. Ubuntu Desktop
  • 12. Links to Linux Related things
    • Ubuntu Homepage
    • French police: we saved millions of euros by adopting Ubuntu
    • Fedora Project
    • Mandriva Linux
    • Suse Linux
    • Guide for Switching to Ubuntu from Windows
  • 13. Documentation (Manual)
    • The developers of Ubuntu have already created a very neat and easy to understand manual so I believed it unfit to recreate it.
    • Here is the link: Ubuntu Documenation
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