The use of commercial Linux is becoming a craze now. People are now actually aware that using a functional operating system does not come free. It is of course a common belief that Linux, just like Windows is free. In reality, Windows is not free, it just so happened that most desktop computers come preloaded with this operating system, which is why consumers think it is free.
There are many options of commercial Linux that are available and these are called Distributions. Each of these distributions offers their own advantages and disadvantages. Among the most patronized distributions include; Red Hat, Canonical and Novell. There are of course thousands more of small independent companies that make Linux distributions.
There are a lot of big advantages of using commercial Linux support for your PC system. Among them include:
• 24/7 priority customer support
• Fixed costs on support
• Expert advice from skilled people who are very much familiar with the OS from inside and out
• Easy to use graphical interfaces
• Less malware and viruses
• Crash-free system
• Round-the-clock tech support
Advantages of Commercial Linux for Business Purposes:
If you are determined to use Linux for commercial purposes, then you must be on the lookout for the best distribution that will protect your assets.
Canonical is a commercial distribution for Ubuntu Linux. This is a commercial distribution that aims to provide development and engineering service. It offers 9/5 standard customer support and a somewhat expensive 24/7 priority support.
Novell supports, owns and develops SUSE Linux, and it offers distribution in SLED and SLES. This is a good business choice because it offers competitive support cost for Standard and Priority supports, add the fact that users get to depend on the rock-solid stability of Novell.
Red Hat is another Linux distribution, and it is considered as the most popular of them all. Red Hat is actually the company that has become the standard by which every Linux distributions are based. It offers excellent training and support and the most sought-after technical certification in the industry. The down side of using Red Hat is that it only offers standard 12/5 customer support. Obviously, the company thinks that business desktop issues are non-critical.
To know which among the top three Linux distributions is economically best, here are the pricing details per annum:
Canonical support costs $250 per machine, $900 for the desktop priority support, $ 750 for the standard server and $2750 for the 24/7 server.
Novell support costs $120 per computer unit, $220 for desktop 24/7, $799 for server standard and $1499 for 24/7 server.
Red Hat costs $80 per machine, $299 for the option for standard corporate workstation support, $799 for standard server and $1299 for 24/7 server.
Based on the price and coverage options, Red Hat offers the most economical advantages as it comes out as the winner for server support options while Novell is the winner when it comes to coverage for corporate desktop. The high cost offered by Canonical is the reason that deters users from choosing it.
Statistically, more users are choosing Red Hat because of the winning combination of cheap desktop support and the 24/7 server support that it offers. It is indeed an economical choice, and it allows for maximum support for the least amount of dollars.