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23 Responses

  1. Anex jose says:

    Hi, I have a doubt! which is more used in the world? Linus based servers or Microsoft based servers! Europe mainly what type are used!!

  2. John S says:

    Linux is in Chrome OS, parts of Android and is the most popular server system on the planet. But the real lacking market for Linux is still the desktop PC. Mainly because Linux has some real issues trying to work with all the hardware out there.

    Many hardware makers never bother to make drivers for Linux and so you have some reverse engineering going on to get some hardware to work on Linux. Also many users are rather used to certain apps like Microsoft Office, iTunes, music streaming services, gaming, business or educational requirements, printer support and so on.

    Most people when they go to buy a PC will be given a choice between Windows, Mac’s or Chrombooks. You really have to either replace the native OS with Linux or you’ll be faced with limited choices in models. Dell, HP, System 76 are good places to look for Linux installed computers.

    My biggest complaints of Linux are reduced battery life, wifi issues, poor graphic hardware support, limited gaming support, not a lot of good OS support other than forums and self help.

    • Gary says:

      “Many hardware makers never bother to make drivers for Linux and so you have some reverse engineering going on to get some hardware to work on Linux.”

      The main issue is that some hardware makers only give out proprietary drivers. If you look at manufacturers like Intel that made their drivers open and let the open source community handle the development for them. The open source community always outdo themselves, and Linux runs wonderfully on Intel hardware.

    • Nenad says:

      As a gamer I had preordered GTX 1080 and the card worked as expected from I plugged it in. I don’t know what reverse engineering even is so i guess I’ve never done any of that. The proprietary driver does not come prebaked so I had to download that, but no big deal as I am used to the driver-hell on Windows.

      I agree that it would be nice if all games had Linux support, but come on… we had practically NO games just a couple of years ago, now we have about 3000 games at steam! There is no f* way I will be able to play them all.

      There are so many games for Linux popping up on almost a daily basis that I want to pick up, but that would both ruin me and I would not have time to play them all. From my experience games on Linux is only a possible issue if you specifically want to play something that is windows-only, but do you apply that same critique to consoles and the many exclusive releases? I think not, because then you are so focused on those games you actually do have.

      That’s how I treat Linux. I don’t really have time to focus on what i don’t have, and to be honest I don’t really care because I get so much fun from what I do have! Gaming on Linux have been awesome so far and when looking at all the great news I see coming to Linux, I’m now sure that Linux is my new home. Happy Holidays!

  3. Mark says:

    I was amazed to find that where Linux was actually used after reading this article http://linux.exposed/2015/10/20/places-you-will-find-linux/ the biggest surprise coming from Microsoft! Who would have thought they would turn to linux to run some parts of their cloud platform?

  4. Anonymous says:

    As a sysadmin working and certified at an expert level in both windows and virtualization I try to stay away from Linux as much as possible (unfortunately hypervisors and networking devices require me touching it). Simple operations are overly complex to configure (yes I know how to use linux, trust me I tried to like it), a problem that exists in both windows and Linux could take double or even triple the amount of time to solve in Linux and honestly I would rather put my efforts into something else than the never ending time suck that is Linux (you would understand if dealing with these systems in an enterprise business environment under time crunch).

    In my consulting days I have seen many different environments and the biggest complaint among the internal IT staff is the time suck that is linux and IMO the only thing linux is good for is running an Apache web server but then again if I wanted web security I would use IIS. From the comments in this article it looks like everyone is either a 1. Programmer, 2. CS student or 3. Linux fanboy (Avishek Kumar I’m talking to you).

  5. Luc Filiatrault says:

    It is about time that Linux makes surface. The cost of ownership of Windows is a big consideration. The only issue that prevents Linux to emerge at the rank it deserves is the Office compatibility. “Open Office” and preferably “Libre Office” have used reverse engineering to be able to be compatible as much as they can with the files format of Microsoft Office but it is not perfect. Microsoft should be forced to publish the secrecy they use. The other aspect I think is a perception problem: Because it is free it hides something, OR, It is too good to be true.
    I can tell you:” Linux is the only thing I know that is too good to be true … but it’s true.
    I remember the last computers migration I did for a big company we needed 10 to 12 reboot taking about 4 minutes each time. Do the math !
    When the enterprises realize all the times the users and the IT guys have to wait for the numerous reboots we have to perform on Windows after almost every update: this time is a loss of productivity that should be accounted for on top of the numerous licenses costs and also the cost to manage those licenses.
    Companies that refrain themselves to migrating massively to Linux should at least consider to migrate their servers: like this they will save the ACL costs. They would benefit also of a more reliable bank of servers.
    The support issue makes me laugh: lot of organization are afraid of the free (libre) software because it may lack support.
    In all my career of 30 years in I.T. I can’t remember when I had to call Microsoft besides revalidating a system code so that my license was still valid.
    With Linux we are free and free from tether.

    Cheers,

    • Joseph Horn says:

      thank you for posting this comment. i would like to use it in a homework assignment for my IT Linux class, its about why companies are not using Linux and i thing you summed it up quite nicely, so much so that now i will have problems writing the rest of my page.

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