There are a lot of reasons why GNU/Linux makes sense in IT today whether on the server or the desktop/notebook:
- It’s great software developed by millions of developers around the world and distributed widely on the web with a Free Software licence that allows you to run, examine, modify and distribute the software.
- It’s fast and efficient because the priority is speed and efficiency, not marketing.
- It’s easy. Even my young grand daughter has no problem running it. Students, teachers, bankers, clerks, managers, writers, artists, photographers, videographers, etc. use it with no problems at all.
- It’s infinitely customizable if that’s what you want. Never again do you have to accept a single concept of an OS. GNU/Linux can be anything you want simply by removing one package and installing another. If you can’t find the package you like, you can write your own or hire a programmer. That’s unlikely to be necessary because there are hundreds of distributors and each distribution is customizable.
- There is a huge set of applications for GNU/Linux. In the past year a couple of gaps have been filled: gaming and video editting. If you want just a few applications or if you want hundreds, it’s easy to create the system you need.
- Package management means it’s simple to install/remove applications or to update your entire system with just a few clicks.
- You can manage 1000 PCs/servers as easily as one making GNU/Linux suitable for individuals or large organizations. It’s a true networked OS which allows secure management of all machines from any machine using openSSH and the package manager.
- Worried about malware? Malware is almost unheard of in GNU/Linux. I have been using GNU/Linux for more than a decade and never seen any. The bad guys make malware for that other OS because it’s such a fat soft target.
- It costs almost nothing to use, because it’s free for OEMs to install, or costs $0 for a download.
- You can buy it retail/pre-installed. You just have to look. Where I live that’s mostly on the web but it is available everywhere. If you’re lucky enough to live in Brazil, Russia, India, China and Malaysia etc. you can find it on retail shelves.
“Most of the reasons why people think they can not use Free and Open Source Software, and particularly GNU/Linux, is that they are thinking about the GNU/Linux of fifteen years ago, and not the GNU/Linux of today.”
see Ten Reasons Why You Can't Use GNU/Linux