Linux is an operating system, just as Windows is. What’s different is they way it’s designed. Linux is built with security, stability and performance as the primary features. In addition, it’s extremely stable (meaning fewer server reboots) and highly efficient (meaning you can do more with less hardware).
“So, what can Linux do for me?”
Well, it can be a file and print server. It can be a mail and web server. It can be a database server to run your accounting system. It can do pretty much anything you want it to. And it will do it more cost effectively than Windows. Cost means not only purchase cost, but also setup and maintenance costs. As well as costs associated with server downtime. Linux minimizes all these costs and creates a network environment where you don’t have to think about your servers and instead can focus on getting your work done, on time, every time.
“If I use Linux on my servers, do my workstations have to be Linux as well?”
Of course not. Linux servers can inter-operate with all versions of Windows, Unix, even Mac workstations. A network built on Linux servers will look and feel exactly like a network built on Windows servers. To the users, they’re indistinguishable. The only difference you’ll see is how well your network runs.
“Can I use it as my desktop as well?”
You bet! Linux is an excellent desktop environment. It’s what I use and what more and more people are using instead of Windows or Mac. Imagine, all the user-friendly features and zippy performance of a Mac, but on cheaper hardware. Linux will run virtually on any computer that will run Windows XP or newer versions of Windows. It’s lean and mean and a joy to drive! Once you’ve spent a little time with it, you’ll wonder how you ever got anything done in Windows. “So why does anyone run Windows?” Well, Linux isn’t for everybody. It won’t run most Windows software, although there are Linux equivalents to nearly all Windows programs. However, if you need to run some specific Windows software, and that software can’t be made to run under Linux, then you would need to use Windows on your workstation.
We are experts in Linux and have experience with several of the more popular Linux distributions including Ubuntu, Debian and Redhat.