Windows is dead

There has been a noticeable increase in the use of Linux lately. This really is not a statement that should be too shocking, let’s face it Android, a linux based mobile OS, is the most popular phone operating system there is. But moving away from that there seems to be an increase in the use of Linux in IT infrastructure as well, in fact I have been told that even the RAF are starting to use Unix and Linux more and more.

For a geek like me this news could not be more pleasing to the ear. Since I first used Linux in 2003 I have been trying to convince people that it was the way forward; it tended to fall on deaf (or rather closed) ears, so when a system administrator boldly proclaimed to me that “Windows is dead and  Linux had killed it” I could not have been happier. Of course this is not the whole story. There has been a rise in the use of linux in both the mobile and the infrastructure markets, this much is true, but there is still no lack of Windows servers and let’s face it: in the home PC market as well as the office environment Windows remains king.

The reason I write this post is not to proclaim my love of Linux (or not just for that reason) but because I want to get opinions from more people working in the industry, so please let me know what systems you use at work or home, what your personal preference is and what way the market is moving.

To end I feel I should say that no matter what the actual situation is with Microsoft, Linux has never been more popular and that, in my opinion, can only be a good thing.

If you wish to respond to this please email me: m.gerstein@vertex-solutions.co.uk