"I recently met an old friend who told me that he would be
switching to Linux because it is cheap. Most people I asked often
told me that the reason they switched or plan to do is because the
software is cheap. A good idea, but not just because it is cheap,
there are many compelling good reasons to switch to Linux an
open-source software. When open-source software first came into
being, many professionals felt that it would not work. Today the
facts and figures of open-source reveal a different story. Many
company's production application servers run on Red Hat Linux, with
Apache and Tomcat to serve Web Pages. These budget sensitive
companies use Sendmail, an open-source mail server to send mail.
Some companies go a step further in using MySQL, an open-source
relational database system.
"Price does not matter. Most people think that with open-source
you do not pay a cent. But using open-source is about getting work
done with reliability, stability and performance improvement as
compared to other systems. Failure rate with Linux is almost absent
in contrast with other paid Operating Systems. The overheads for
running Linux is less and the added benefit is that it runs
applications faster than other Operating Systems..."
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