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