Linux continues to challenge Microsoft’s dominance in the market and grow in use world wide. Server growth is explosive but there’s still slowness on desktop computers because of a lack of applications – such as Microsoft Office – for businesses to use.
USA Today writes Open-source operating systems will not spread unless users have applications to run on them. As Linux matures and customers more seriously consider adopting it and its cousins, developers are constructing programs that increase the operating system’s appeal.
This snowball effect is contributing to the rising profile of open standards. Some applications are entirely open source, and their code is available for developers to examine and improve. Others are proprietary systems designed to run on open-source platforms. In either format, such applications add versatility and usefulness to the operating systems.
If you can work with a consultant who has a long track record of success you might find that Linux and associated applications can save your business a significant amount of software licensing costs compared to using Microsoft software.
However, the costs for training and moving to Linux need to carefully be considered.
USA Today also writes Officials in Kenosha, Wis., are among those who have been convinced to give Linux a chance. Working through the management firm Comsys, town officials installed Linux servers provided by Penguin Computing to run business applications to manage town business.
Optaros, a company launched last year, is trying to guide organizations through transitions to open-source software. The company’s founder and chief executive officer, Bob Gett, and his team believe government organizations, among others, are good choices for his firm’s software consulting services.
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