Open Source

There's no getting away from it. Microsoft licensing is expensive. Continually upgrading to new versions of their software and the frequent need to upgrade hardware as a result, is expensive. The continual training of staff to cope with upgrades is expensive.

Not only that, Microsoft products are targeted by criminals and spammers more than any other products simply due to their market share if nothing else. They need to be protected by anti-malware packages - an expensive and resource hungry business.

Microsoft operating systems, and the products that run on them, are typically resource hungry. As a result, higher specified computers are required to run them efficiently.

There is an alternative:

  • Servers - replace expensive MS Windows based servers with machines running Linux. There is Linux server software available that can perform virtually any function that you might put MS Windows server to. For example, Linux can quite happily run your email system, act as a file and print server, a web server, a backup server. It can provide VPN services, firewall and router gateway services and much much more.

    A Linux server is free to install; free from expensive user licenses; upgrades are provide freely; runs on cheaper, lesser specified hardware; doesn't suffer from the same level of security issues as Microsoft based servers

  • Desktops - the same argument made above for servers applies equally to the desktop environment. Linux desktop distributions are as easy to use as their MS Windows counterparts. They are stable and fast and will run on older equipment. Indeed, some distributions are designed to run on very old equipment that MS windows would never install on far less run. Those distributions absolutely fly on modern PCs.

    Unlike Microsoft Windows based machines, Linux operating systems come with virtually all the software any office is likely to need freely available either on the installation disk or downloadable. This includes an office suite compatible with MS Office so you can still exchange MS Word and Excel documents with suppliers and customers.

Generally, software designed for MS Windows will not run on Linux. However, through technologies such as Wine and Virtualbox, you may still be able to run that bespoke MS Windows application that you cannot do without.

To discuss the possibility of saving yourself significant amounts of money in the long term, call Alistair Hamilton on 07790 860067.
Subpages (1): Why Open Source?