Fear is a strong motivator. It makes people stop, look and listen. It makes people get out of the way of trains and buses. It’s the same in IT. I’ve often said FLOSS and GNU/Linux are the right ways to do IT for good reasons but there are still those who claim there are evils which make that impossible. Not so, according to Admire Moyo in South Africa.
“Adopting open source software (OSS) is not risky. In fact, not adopting it is a much bigger risk.”
Thanks to R.C. for supplying this link.
He’s right, of course. The flexibility, low cost, and performance of Free/Libre Open Source Software is too great an asset to leave to your competitors whether you are an individual or a huge business. Even if you don’t like to compete, you can get the best value from your investment in IT using FLOSS. Big businesses and techies figured that out long ago. It has taken nearly a decade for the rest of us to catch on but it’s happening. All the OEMs are shipping tons of GNU/Linux servers and desktops/notebooks and many are shipping many more tablets, smartphones and all kinds of intelligent gadgets.
Some people fear change but changing for the better is nothing to fear. It’s something to embrace like a spouse or a newborn.
If FLOSS is still a new concept for you here is a brief reading-list:
- About Debian GNU/Linux, one of hundreds of distributions of FLOSS operating systems and applications for clients and servers in handy, easily managed packages.
- Check out the Linux kernel, heart of the GNU/Linux operating system and the Android/Linux operating system, both widely used on clients and servers of all kinds.
- On the web, GNU/Linux and FLOSS web servers, according to Netcraft and even more according to w3techs and databases are everywhere.
- French police: we saved millions of euros by adopting Ubuntu
- Google, governments and many other businesses switched servers and clients to GNU/Linux. They didn’t do that because they like to take risks but because it works.
- Business selling GNU/Linux to grand parents works too.
So, fear not. Cross the stream. Climb the hill. The view is worth it.