Linux Advantages and Disadvantages: Part 1
This is the first article in a series on the advantages (and disadvantages) of Linux desktops over alternatives. While our magazine is all about how to accomplish things with Linux on your desktop, it is important that the why side is also addressed.
There are lots of studies of such issues as stability, security, performance, and reliability of Linux vs. Microsoft
- Studies paid for by Microsoft
- Studies that conclude Linux wins
Now, before you get excited that I am about to trash the other guys, this is stuff I won't bother you with. Read what you want. Then, if you feel Linux will favorably address your issues, you are ready to start reading here.
I assert that the biggest practical concern is whether Linux will do what you need on the desktop. Rather than, once again, get into a discussion of studies, it is much more direct to just see what you want to do and then see if the tools to do it are available for Linux. Any other approach is more like concluding you can't own a car made anywhere but the U.S. because you don't have metric tools.
If you look at how desktop computers are used in a bank, you will likely find them doing four tasks and only four tasks:
- Word processing
- Running a terminal emulator to access a database
Let's start here and see if Linux is ready for this environment.
Word processing is clearly a non-issue. Many Microsoft Windows users are already switching from Word to OpenOffice.org. OO.org offers compatibility to handle Word documents, a familiar interface and a non-proprietary file format as an alternative to Microsoft's .doc format.
The advantages of OO.org go way beyond this, however. With Word, it is common for a whole company to have to make a costly upgrade so that older systems can read documents created with newer versions of Word. This is a good sales approach for Microsoft but it is both costly and troublesome to desktop users and their administrators. As OO.org is free, there is no financial advantage for introducing incompatibilities.
A second advantage is security. For example, the quick save option of Word has resulted in many embarrassments and some serious security problems. Imagine someone taking a love letter to their girlfriend, deleting the text and then writing work correspondence. The quick saved file will contain the original letter and then the transactions to update it to the new letter. Enough said.
File size is another issue. Word documents tend to be much larger than the text they contain. This means more disk space, more complicated backups and, if you email these documents, slower email transfers and/or the need for more bandwidth.
LINUX is the operating system and LINUX will do what you need on the desktop. LINUX lot of studies of such issues as stability, security, and performance and reliability.While Microsoft Windows studies paid for by Microsoft and also studies that include LINUX wins.
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Advantages of Microsoft Access Based Accounting Systems
For those who are unfamiliar with MS Access it is a Windows based database system. Developing or modifying code is much easier and faster, hence cheaper, than doing the same thing in DOS, mini-computers or mainframes. Reports can be also be quickly added, modified, or new ones created based on already existing reports. However if you're inexperienced at doing programming or with MS Access keep in mind that computers only allow you to make mistakes much, much faster.
One big advantage of many of the following systems is that the source code either comes with the system or is available for an additional fee. This means that the systems can be adapted to suit your requirements.
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