Desktop Platforms – Linux | Open Source Desktops

Linux isn’t just for servers. It also serves as a powerful desktop platform for businesses. One of the main benefits is the cost. Outside of contracting tech support, Linux distributions are free as are many open source apps. This makes it attractive to businesses on tight budgets or those that just want more control over their systems.

Advantages of Linux

In a world where Windows and Mac tend to be kings, Linux might sound like a bad idea. However, once users familiarize themselves with a few differences, it’s just as easy to use. Plus, there are free open source alternatives to most Windows and Mac tools, such as productivity suites, email and messaging and collaboration.

Some of the top advantages of Linux as a desktop OS include:

  • Free to install and use
  • Ability to choose the distro that works best for your needs
  • Usually compatible with both open source and licensed software
  • Light-weight OS which works well on older systems
  • Similar interfaces to Windows
  • Low learning curve

Getting Started

While employees and even IT staff may be hesitant, it’s easy to get started with Linux. With a little training, Linux is easy to use. The best approach is to choose a distro that best fits your business goals and already includes the apps your business most commonly uses. Some of the most popular options include:
  • KDE
  • MATE
  • XFCE
  • Cinnamon
While you don’t have to use Linux desktops if you use a Linux server, the two work well together. However, you should ensure that your Linux server distribution plays well with your desktop distribution.

For businesses considering switching to Linux for their desktop environment, contact ISOutsource to discuss the process, benefits and support options. We’re happy to help manage both your Linux servers and desktops.