Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Businesses don't need to buy Linux

Filed under

The 451 Group has issued a report that shows that companies are beginning to pick up something serious Linux users have known since day one: You don't have to buy Linux to use it.

Oh make no mistake about it, if you don't have experienced Linux administrators on staff trying to run your business on Linux while picking up how to run it is just plain stupid. But, if you or your staff already knows Linux, it's another story entirely.

The 451 Group found that free community Linux distributions can be viable alternatives for major corporations. As Jay Lyman, a 451 Group analyst wrote, "Community distributions such as CentOS, Debian, and Gentoo are gaining enterprise respect for quality code, stability, response and, of course, for being 'free as in beer' and 'free as in freedom.' These community distributions are becoming a more significant market factor with growing enterprise acceptance and use of them."

What driving this, Lyman points out, is not just the free Linux price-tag, but the simple fact that it's much easier for companies to find IT staff who already know Linux. Experienced Linux managers may not be as common as Windows system operators but they're not rare either.

More Here

More in Tux Machines

openSUSE Tumbleweed Gets New Major Snapshot, Leap 42.1 RC1 Coming Next Week

On October 9, Douglas DeMaio wrote about the latest major snapshot released for the rolling-release edition of the openSUSE Linux operating system, Tumbleweed, which adds some of the latest software versions. Read more

Amazon’s AWS IoT platform taps three Linux SBCs

Amazon’s new “AWS IoT” cloud IoT platform offers Starter Kits built around Linux-ready SBCs like the BeagleBone Green, DragonBoard 410c, and Intel Edison. Amazon made its first big Internet of Things play by launching an IoT managed cloud platform for aggregating and processing IoT endpoint data, built around its Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform. Available now in beta form, AWS IoT, is being made available in the form of a series of AWS IoT Starter Kits, which bundle popular hacker boards with the AWS IoT Device SDK, and in some cases other hardware such as Grove sensors. Three of the 10 kits runs Linux, including kits for the DragonBoard 410c, BeagleBone Green, and Intel Edison (see farther below). Read more

KDBUS Continues Maturing, But Will We See It For Linux 4.4?

New KDBUS patches continue being published for this in-kernel IPC mechanism based on D-Bus, but it hasn't been communicated yet whether Linux 4.4 is the next target for hoping to mainline this controversial code. Just yesterday was a set of 44 patches in attempting to cleanup the KDBUS code further. There's also been an assortment of other KDBUS patches floating around the kernel mailing list. Read more

Bodhi: Detour and Forum Themes now Moksha Compatible

Today I am happy to announce we have completed work on the first couple of themes we are updating to be compatible with Moksha. Read more