Linux will continue its soaring success in 2009. Yes, Linux is free and free is good but what about its other advantages over commercial Unix flavors and Windows? Here are the top seven reasons why Linux will continue to smash the competition in the face of the economy, the Cloud, and the smart administrator.
1. Frugality - In the Data Center or on the Desktop, Linux is a frugal choice for those who need to save space, money, and time. If you care about getting the most out of your current hardware, you need to take a very close look at Linux which still runs comfortably on standard Pentium II and Pentium III technology. Don't cast off your old hardware, put it to use. No need for continuous upgrades here. Bigger, better, faster, and more isn't spoken here.
2. Value - Even if you choose to select a commercial support option for Linux through Novell, Red Hat, IBM, HP, or Canonical, you'll have the best support and operating environment that your money can possibly purchase. The best operating system in the world backed by expert support--what else do you need?
3. Leveraged Skills - You already have people who know Solaris, AIX, or HP-UX? Congratulations, you have the necessary skills at your disposal to successfully deploy and support Linux in your environment. Linux is Unix. Sure, there are subtle differences but those are easy to learn. Rest assured that ksh, bash, csh and all their respective commands work exactly the same in Linux as they do in commercial flavors. Success is yours for the taking.
4. Virtualization - Linux is the platform of choice for the major (VMware and Citrix) Virtualization companies who could use or create any platform for their technology. Red Hat and Ubuntu are rising fast in this space and soon you'll have several choices for any virtualization flavor you desire--as long as you desire Linux-powered flavors.
5. Licensing - You won't burn a bunch of money on licensing your operating system or paying out all your hard-earned profits on client access licenses. Play it smart in '09 and save those license fees for something worthwhile like much-deserved employee bonuses, training, or even employee retention.
6. Performance - Quick question. Which operating system performs better on commodity hardware than any other available system today? You guessed correctly if you said Linux. Stellar performance is why Cloud Computing companies like Amazon.com use it for their platform of choice. Need great performance for your Oracle database? Ask Oracle about their Linux solutions.
7. Choice - Do you need a system that's security optimized? How about one that is a great Desktop system? Need an enterprise-class server system? Could you use a customer-operated kiosk? There is a distribution for almost every need or want. Go to Distrowatch.com and take your pick. Don't like any of the 200 or so there? Create your own custom distribution by going to rpath.com or grabbing VMware's Virtual Appliance Studio and have at it.
Can you think of more reasons why Linux will continue its success in 2009? I'd love to hear what you think.