What Linux is what you should also have on your computer.
Practical and real reasons for why
we have been using nothing but
Linux for the last 20 years
for everything. Yes everything.
By : Khawar Nehal
8 Nov 2013
Technical vs Normal
Technical people use Linux vs Normal people.
This is like the Ferrari vs Toyota.
Most people just want a low cost car for the
So is Linux like a ferrari ?
Yes it is. You want performance, efficiency,
security, and the most out of your computers,
you need Linux. Look at google servers and
android smart phones and tablets. They both run
Linux. Even you TV set top box has it.
Cheaper vs Expensive
It is more cost effective than the alternatives if
some company like ATRC, google, samsung,
canonical, or redhat hacks it into it and provides
you with a version suited to your use.
Note they shall be providing applications along
with less modifications to the OS.
The common softwares have been made easy to
install as a single click and it has been working
for over 5 years perfectly.
If you want more specific software then it just
requires some investment in following the
documented steps or asking someone else to
support you in this.
Some complex to install softwares have been
automated and are available as cloud based
There is some computer science involved and
efforts to. If you are expecting an ERP, CRM or
SCM to be installable and usable in a single
click, then you can get a cloud solution. But
seriously, expecting to not invest more than that
in training corporation wide just won't make such
large applications practically useful.
Find mature, working and easy to use apps and
actually invest in using them. Forget easy to
install. You need to learn that only once.
You shall be glad you invested time in them.
Live CDs allow you to run a different distribution
from a CD without installation. To get an idea of
how it looks and the general design of the
integrators. Do not expect to use it without
installing. You can install to USB and forget your
laptop in case you are short of space.
You can also keep all you passwords encrypted
into a separate partition in your Live USB.
This shall provide you a lot of peace of mind and
very high security.
Encrypt only the partition for password data. Not
everything else. Backup the password data into
encrypted files on the unencrypted data/work
No headaches of exports of encryption
Want NSA/CIA proof encryption, talk to ATRC.
Most common and important software are
debugged and updated regularly. So the feature
requests and reliability of softwares is excellent.
You can concentrate on your work after selecting
a reliable software instead of constantly worrying
about the possibility of crashes.
If you have a very special requirement. Like
google wanted to make a smart phone OS so
they took linux and modified it a little and called
their distribution android.
Similarly a whole ERP, CRM or SCM software
cannot be just configured or scripted in their
specific language, you can even change every
line of code to suit your requirements from the
Power for technical users
Shells usage is optional. The lame users who do
not want to see “DOS” like functionality are like
IPAD users who do not want to use a paper and
pen or pencil. They are restricting themselves.
Most of the important work and applications are
based on scripts or work without any screen.
All programs offering services in servers do not
need a GUI. What they need is efficiency,
security and reliability.
A very simple feature, still not available in other
competing systems. For those who use it.
Other than one company selecting what to
package in a box. You have google making the
android. Samsung changing it to meet their
hardware. Ubuntu selecting the mac style with
gnome. PCLinuxOS with the more traditional
KDE and “PC” style. If do not want too many
choices, you can get companies like ATRC to
make you a desktop for your company's tastes.
More hardware support
There is a greater than 99.999% chance that a
hardware shall have a driver for Linux within 1
year of being created.
There is a 95% chance that a driver shall be
available upon introduction.
Just plug the hardware into a Linux machine to
see if it is supported. Or google it before buying
just to be sure and then you shall be having
hardware which is 100% supported.
Do not go for the cheapest hardware, it is not
worth your time.
More hardware support
If you go for the cheapest hardware you may
have to wait for someone to make the driver or
worse be told to make it yourself.
So then you can request the manufacturer to get
Do you really expect such manufacturers to
bother about software quality or availability ?
You may still be surprised at how fast drivers for
such hardware become available automatically.
It can run from digital watches (literally). They
are called android watches. To the world's
largest super computers.
The largest one now according to top500 (June
2013 report) is Tianhe-2 with 3,120,000 CPUs
and 1024 Terabytes of RAM.
It uses 17.8 Megawatts of power.
Yes it can run on your laptop also.
No launch deadlines
Commercial software needs to deliver on
deadlines to meet marketing requirements.
Linux distributions deliver a more reliable
experience out of the box with thoroughly tested
software. You can get both releases for almost
all softwares. The stable one called production.
Then the latest one that works, called stable.
And if you really want the edge, you can take the
latest code called a “nightly build”.
For reliability, take the production version.
Since most of the users using Linux have to
interact with other computers like running your
presentation on another computer. Many
software are able to write to different file formats
and communicate with other protocols. So much
that in many cases, people used to request
opening files and partitions via Linux in cases
where they were having trouble with the original
softwares designed to work on those proprietary
So if you want to be able to do the most in an
environment filled with IPADS, android phones,
USBs, WIFI based projectors, MACs, and other
hetrogeneous computing systems, Linux can
help you access the largest variety of files, disks
and networks. So much is accessible that some
inept companies shall not allow a Linux machine
to be connected to their systems because their
lame security policy depends on the inability of
proprietary systems's inability to access certain
formats or network protocols to deny access.
It is like allowing a person fluent in multiple
languages into a company dependent on having
multiple cultural backgrounds and security
dependent on using different languages to relay
messages not directly to others.
Like we can use Urdu in Dubai to relay a
message to people who understand only Urdu in
a group. While others understand only English.
Assuming they do not understand Urdu.
So Linux looks like a computer able to speak too
many languages in such an environment.
You can get commercial support. Just because
people do not mention it does not mean it is not
available. The quality is a lot better than what
you could get from paid commercial proprietary
vendors or third party because everyone can
look and work under the hood in Linux systems.
For proprietary systems, you need to pay a lot
more to an apple store or a tech support to even
get started because the hood is welded shut.
You can get your own selection of software
packed into a distribution for your company.
Configure or even change the software to your
specific requirements before deploying.
Security is higher. Look around to ask for a
person who knows the name of a Linux virus.
Just the name, not experienced a virus.
This shall tell a Lay man what security is and is
supposed to be like. If you want to know how this
works, call ATRC for details and we shall be
happy to train you.
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