The Benefits of Switching to Linux

The linux operating system powers everything from your phone to your thermostat, your car to your home computer. It runs the majority of the world’s top 500 supercomputers, and it is the choice for desktops, servers and embedded systems across the globe. It is one of the most reliable, secure and worry-free operating systems available.

The Linux kernel is the heart of the operating system. It controls memory and resources, performs low-level operations, and handles all communication between hardware devices and applications. The kernel is written in C programming language, with a few other languages used for specialized functionality and graphics.

Linux is an open source operating system, meaning that its code can be viewed and modified by anyone with the appropriate tools. The kernel itself is copyrighted, but other components of Linux are distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Whenever modifications are made to Linux or any GPL-licensed software component, the new version must be released under the same terms as the original. This ensures that any improvements and enhancements benefit the entire community.

Many different versions of linux exist, each tailored for specific uses and goals. These versions are called distributions, and each has its own unique interface and features. Distributions can be installed on a computer from scratch, or they can be used as “live” bootable media that can be accessed from optical discs and USB flash drives. These live distributions are particularly useful for demonstration purposes, or when someone needs a temporary operating system without installing it onto their computer.

Aside from its cost and open-source licensing, linux is also known for its reliability and security. The operating system has built-in virus protection and a strong community for support. The operating system’s stability can make a huge difference for businesses that rely on their computers for critical operations and for sysadmins who need their servers to stay up and running at all times.

When deciding to switch to a new operating system, it is important to consider your current infrastructure and how the operating system will be implemented. Most computer hardware is sold with a proprietary operating system installed by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). For example, IBM PC compatibles are usually shipped with Microsoft Windows; Apple’s Mac OS has always come pre-installed on Mac hardware; Sun Microsystems’ SPARC hardware was shipped with Solaris; and video game consoles such as Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch have their own proprietary operating systems.

When switching to a new operating system, it is essential that you have the proper infrastructure in place to ensure the smooth transition and continued operation of your library’s systems and services. This includes having a plan for backup and recovery in case of an outage or disaster, as well as having a clear path for upgrading to a new operating system as technology evolves. Additionally, if your library already purchases computers from an OEM, it may be a good idea to request that the machines be configured and tested with Linux before shipping them out.

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