Linux has started to become more and more popular in the world of business. Many Linux ‘distros’ were already popular due to some server applications, but Linux has rarely graced an office desktop. The main reason is usually because business managers (and many tech managers in those businesses) don’t understand the advantages of Linux. Many of them simply go with whatever is considered an industry standard. Many new startups buy Apple computers; just because of the brand name and perceived value.
Nowadays, many basic offices and hospitals using Windows XP are equipping their staff with expensive Apple laptops. It seems like business technology is completely out of balance. I get the impression people are either spending too much for the technology they require or too little for what should be a very secure and up-to-date system for critical tasks. However, in this article, we’re going to discuss why it makes sense to use Linux instead of both Windows or iOS.
You save a lot on software costs
One of the biggest tech investments people make is in software. Far too many businesses spend money on operating systems, upgrades and expensive software. They even pay ludicrous amounts of money to technical support firms just to fix something very simple.
With Linux, you get access to a whole library of open source software such as graphic editors and office programs. These will help you make the most of your business, and come at no additional cost. With a shift to software as a service, it makes sense to look for other options. Getting small businesses off the ground without paying ludicrous prices for software is borderline impossible if you go for nothing but apple.
You still have access to many useful services
People often think that if they use Linux, they can’t access a lot of industry-standard tools and interfaces. It’s true that it’s more difficult, (but not impossible) to run software that you’re used to. Many industry-standard tools such as virtual desktop workflows, and even cloud-based tools are still accessible and usable within Linux.
For example, Netverify is an automated KYC compliance process that helps businesses ensure that their customers have legitimate personal information that can be used to identify them. However, it’s not limited to popular operating systems, and works on just about anything – including Linux. Many helpful business tools are moving to the cloud. This means that you no longer have to pay for, or even download software – you can simply just use it online.
Some final words
Using Linux used to be something that only experienced tech and computer users would even consider. The convenience of buying a Windows or Mac computer is just too great to bother looking for the right Linux distribution to install. Especially when you also need to consider how to teach your staff to use it.
If you’re going to grow a small business, then cutting costs is vital. This means you’ll need to look for more ways to save money on your operating costs. When it comes to business computing, you can save a huge sum of money by starting with Linux.