I have been on the hunt for those qualities that draw people to FOSS and after reading from a number of resources, i found these to stand out. its not too difficult to understand why numbers of FOSS users are steadily growing. Read this:
Stability: Once properly configured, Linux systems will generally run until the hardware fails or the system is shut down. Its not necessary to frequently reboot the Linux environment, it does not slow down due to memory leaks.
Freely distributed Source code: Unlike other commercial OS and applications, thousands of programmers have reviewed the source code to improve performance, eliminate bugs, and strengthen security. A programmer doesn’t need to re-invent the wheel, he only has to edit or enhance the source code and compile, and is highly work saving for human community.
Performance: Linux can handle several users and concurrent connections. Linux provides persistent high performance on servers and on networks. [We all know this] Over time Linux has constantly out performed other high end server operating systems. Its Modular nature ensures better performance as the behavior of applications can be changed by adding or removing modules. Unwanted services can be shut down without effecting other servers.
Multitasking: Linux supports multi-tasking, which is the ability to run more than one program or task”at the same time. A user can continue printing in the background while he edit his documents. Multiple users can log in and multiple communication sessions can be established at a time
Security: The Linux OS is one of the most secure. Native Unix permissions prevents unauthorized file and directory access. Access Control Lists and SE Linux make files and directories more secure. Security updates and bug fixing are quick and easily available online. Linux is a virus free.
Linux Networking: Linux is superior to many of the commercial operating systems in it its network features. Linux networking is highly customizable to many applications as well as secure. IPV4 and IPV6, multiple virtual interfaces etc are all catered for. There are many network services supported by Linux like NFS, NIS, Samba, SSH, SMTP, IMAP, LDAP, etc.
Linux has the best technical support: Some of Linux software are turned to commercial distributions and is supported by their vendors. The user-groups, Linux community and forums are active to support Linux operating system and applications.
Linux is flexible: Linux and Open Source Software applications can be adapted for your specific needs at low cost. Source Code is freely available and administrator has the right to modify and recompile to enhance it. A great pool of Open Source Software available and is great help for the fixing the known bugs in the application rather than waiting fro the vendor distribute it.
So would you consider a Linux OS? Am sure you would. After all, SoftSolutions would help to set you up quite easily…
FLOSS Away…Yes U Can.