Linux in the workplace

It’s 2020 and time for Linux to shine in the workplace. If you’re sitting behind a desk and reading this at work, you may not realize that a good part of your companies network already runs on Linux though. The webserver hosting your website, that runs on Apache which is a Linux based OS built just for serving up websites. Email generally runs through Linux based servers as well, you only have a client that reads it on your desktop. SMTP, IMAP and POP3 are just protocals for delivering it though.

So why aren’t more offices using Linux on the desktop? There are certainly some pros to it. Keep in mind that most malware is usually written for Windows desktops and delivered through malicious websites or via email links. You don’t have to worry as much with that using Linux since it won’t execute commands that it doesn’t recognize.

Not counting the extra security that Linux in the workplace offers, also consider that Linux comes with Office Applications already built in. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook are all part of the Linux OS. It’s all here, all ready to go. Plus the OS is faster since there is less bloatware. If you’re worried about the learning curve, there isn’t one. Just click on that Start button in the bottom left and there it is. Internet browser, email and calculator. What else do you really need?

Plus any IT person who is worth their salt will be overjoyed that you are finally leaving Microsoft and going over Linux. It’s actually less work for them since they don’t need to track licenses and worry about malicious malware coming and shutting down their network.

Give it a shot. One of the best things about Linux is that it runs well on older computers. So there is no need to blow your profits on new computers for the staff. Let them keep their older machines and just put a new skin on the operating system. It’s secure, fast and complete. Keep in mind that the Apple Mac OS is built on Linux.

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