Research released last week from AMI-Partners indicates a growing trend toward Linux-based solutions among small and midsize businesses. According to the study a number of factors are contributing to the growth of Linux among SMBs. Reasons cited by the study include:
- Growing acceptance of open source solutions by consumers and in the office
- The popularity of web-enabled applications and email on Linux. These account for the majority of the software purchases made by companies deploying Linux.
- Low-cost and reliable solutions available on the Linux platform.
- Replacing old Windows server boxes with newer Linux server boxes
Linux is available in a number of versions referred to as distributions. Two of the most popular distributions of Linux can be found below:Ubuntu: The name of the Ubuntu distribution of Linux comes from an African word meaning either “humanity to others” or “I am what I am because of who we all are.”SUSE Linux: SUSE Linux is a distribution of Linux sponsored and available through Novell.