Why choose Linux?

Why should we use Linux to begin with? Some might claim that Windows or MAC operating systems are what should be used in our day to day way of processing data, I cannot disagree more. With a little bit of extra work, Linux users can begin to benefit from useful features, for example, total control over their system, virus-free environment, helpful community of users, fast development and patching, and most importantly no installation cost! Should you choose to go with another operating system, you risk losing most of the aforementioned benefits!

Top distributions of Linux

There are many different versions of Linux distributions, where do you start when it comes to choosing a flavour…? If you’re thinking of using Linux it’s more advantageous to know the common versions used and their purpose. Secondly, it comes down to your requirements for your chosen distro. Linux has been traditionally in the past by coders computer geeks.

Let’s break down the best top 3 versions of Linux.

Red hat Linux – used mainly for web servers.

This distribution is great as a website hosting solution for Linux. combined with a secure code base and workable environment it’s suited more as the framework for a web hosting solution.

  • Designed as a web hosting environment
  • Enhanced security
  • Improved storage
  • Allows live kernel patching.

Ubuntu – used as a desktop environment. Packed with free applications.

 

Ubuntu is a great solution for a desktop environment, and it can be installed and ready to go in around 30 minutes. It’s a free distribution and contains office and image editing applications and comes pre-loaded with a browser and application library.

  • Designed as a desktop environment
  • Comes pre-loaded with applications
  • It’s free to install and use
  • You can run this from a flash drive

Kali Linux – used mainly by the security industry for pen-testing.

Kali Linux a Linux distribution designed a security platform for penetration testing and security staging. Comes pre-loaded with lots of applications and its own unique desktop environment.

  • Designed for penetration testing
  • Comes pre-loaded with applications
  • It’s free to install and use
  • You can run this from a flash drive

Which distribution (or version) of Linux should I use?

You have two choices: a personal distribution that is constructed to suit your needs; or a business distribution that aims to benefit your business’ needs.

Firstly, let’s discuss a personal distribution, its implications and the benefits it will provide to you, the user. What you would have already realised is that the personal aspect of this distribution implies that it is constructed to help you by complimenting your strong points and strengthening your weaknesses. In fact, you can construct your own personal Linux version as long as you have the time and desire. The system’s open code will allow you to seek the knowledgeable community’s help and to transform the operating system into your best friend. I would recommend that anyone who wants to create their own personalised Linux system should choose the personal distribution.

Secondly, we have the business distribution (version). It is mainly, if not only, designed to assist small, medium and big businesses with their work- whatever it might be. This distribution has been created with specialised proprietary tools and support packages that lessen the strain of administrating a huge number of installations—which is perfect for workplaces with many computers! The business distribution version is not that useful to single users but rather to companies which want to increase their efficacy while decreasing their administrative difficulties. I would recommend this distro only to those who want to share it among their employees or co-workers.

Conclusion

Well, as I mentioned before, it all depends on what use you have for the Linux operating system. If you want to use it as a single user, go for the personalised distribution; if, however, you want to use it in your business, definitely choose the business version!