Linux has come a long way and now is considered enterprise class. What people basically look for in any OS is given amply by Linux – it is both very stable and very secure. Linux OS can easily be customized, and there is a huge community eager to help out.
Migrating to a different operating system – Is it really easy to change to Linux OS?
Migrating to a different operating system is never easy. It can be a rather frustrating and costly experience. Buying new upgraded hardware to keep up with costly new software releases is often an exercise in futility.
Linux OS brings in cost savings and increased efficiency
Running a Linux distribution at home or in a small office environment can be a productive endeavor that brings cost savings and increased efficiency. Adopting a Linux server system instead of playing catch-up with a Microsoft infrastructure is often a smart business move for enterprise environments.
However, the process of giving up a comfort zone around a familiar operating system often seems more of a challenge than it actually is. Individual users and SMBs can move into the Linux desktop in stages. The software is free, and users already have suitable hardware that can function with both platforms.
The growing use of cloud-based software lets office workers use their workstations without realizing any major change occurred. Many larger enterprises already run their own Linux server silos and integrate Linux desktop use where it fits more easily.
“Migrating to Linux is based on the use case. If you are home or are a developer, you are going to want to use all the power available in Linux. That is a no-brainer. There is no one easy way to migrate to another operating system. No one use case fits all. It is dependent on the user base,” Mike Vitale, chief technology officer for TalkPoint, told LinuxInsider.
What are the obvious advantages of a Linux OS?
One of those Linux technologies is the Chrome OS and the low-cost laptop computers now powered by the Linux-based Chrome browser OS.
For users already familiar with Google’s Chrome browser or the open source Chromium browser project, using a Chromebook or cloud-based delivery system makes migrating to Linux an easy walk in the park.
“One of the issues, regardless of which OS is used, is the browser capabilities. We have found that 85 percent of the time the user is in a browser,” Thomas Deng, cofounder and Senior Vice President of Product Management for Splashtop, told LinuxInsider.
There’s a growing interest in people adapting to newer technologies with quick learning curves, Deng observed. People use a variety of products. So migrating to an OS that resembles what they use on another device makes for a smoother transition.
What Are The Migrating Measures
As for marketing, software and hardware makers need to put less emphasis on the operating system
“What developers really need to do is change the focus, so users get comfortable with Linux in their homes without dwelling on using a non-Windows or non-Mac operating system. Whatever you use has to be able to do the things you want it to do. Something like Chromebook does that with Linux under the covers,” he pointed out.
Computer makers must first start to break that mold of “it is Windows” or “it is a Mac.” Until that happens, migrating to Linux will be a steep climb, White concluded.
“It is not about branding the OS,” he said. “It is about the capabilities of the devices the OS runs.”