Different types of operating systems for your Business

Free Operating systems and software versus Microsoft

Free Operating systems and software versus Microsoft

Most people will have heard the words Open Source which basically means that it is widely available for the general public to use for free and software developers to change and adapt the coding to improve or add features. One of the more popular types of Open Source is Linux and it may surprise you to know that it will do everything Microsoft will do, of course the architecture, user interface and the way it accomplishes tasks is completely different and alien to the average computer user.

Linux operating systems like Windows comes in many flavours but the one I like most is Ubuntu it comes in a Server and desktop version, however it is no serious threat to Microsoft as yet. One of the downsides to Linux is that nearly all popular software packages are written for Microsoft Operating Systems and so can never be used on a Linux distribution. This does not completely rule out Linux because included with Linux distributions are many applications including photo editing, graphic design, an alternative to Microsoft Office plus many more useful features.

A plus side to Linux is that because the Microsoft operating system is a dominating force in the market and nearly all the applications are written for it, Viruses are very rare in the world of Linux in fact I have never heard of any Linux user in 10 years say they have ever had a virus. Most of the larger companies have been using Linux Servers for years in fact if you have a website and it is hosted I can almost guarantee you that your hosting provider will be using some flavour of Linux as the operating system for the Server your website sits on.

Linux Servers are great work horses and far more secure and less vulnerable to attack than a Microsoft Server, a typical Linux server can be used for mail, websites, ftp, databases, file and print the list goes on. I have introduced Linux servers for companies that want specific features like ftp or website hosting and although this can be achieved using a Microsoft Server, Linux was free.

Linux operating systems for desktops are also relentless workers and as mentioned previously these come pre-packaged with desktop publishing and other useful applications, however there is a downside. Incompatibility issues with hardware and cross platform working can produce complications not to mention familiarising yourself with its features. But like anything these can be overcome with a little perseverance and knowledge.

  • So is Linux operating system a good alternative to Microsoft? The answer is yes
  • Are there complications? The answer is yes
  • Will computers purchased in the shop have Linux installed? The answer is no or at least not in the foreseeable future.
  • Is Linux operating system freely available? The answer is yes
  • Is there a place in my business for a Linux Server? The answer is yes depending what you want it for and cross compatibility has been considered.

Microsoft Security Essentials Virus Protection

What we think about Microsoft Security Essentials Virus protectionMicrosoft Security Essentials Virus protection

Microsoft Security Essentials has been around for some time under a different name OneCare and Microsoft did drop it at one point but I always suspected that they would bring it back once they had solved all its little problems as it’s not like Microsoft to just drop out of the market. It’s of great debate to how effective it really is, I think Microsoft have got it right, simple clean interface little involvement from the end user and very little impact on performance of the computer.

However I don’t think it’s 100% there yet but who better to combat viruses designed to destroy your Windows operating system than Microsoft. In my opinion it is one of the better free virus protection programs available and it’s even free to small businesses with less than 10 users however it makes more sense for enterprise businesses to have MacAfee or Norton with subscription based costs.

We have tested Microsoft Security Essentials Virus Protection on one of our computers and found it to be an effective virus solution for the home and small business and it detected and cleaned the common viruses, bots and malware with no problem also it didn’t flag a single clean file as malicious and we had nothing to complain about with rootkit detection.

I’ve always said the most hungry resource programs are Outlook, ITunes and Firewalls, most of the popular Virus programs come with Firewall protection, why? When Windows firewall does a good job for the home user.

I think Microsoft Security Essentials Virus Protection is one to keep an eye on and can only see good things from it as Microsoft develop it even further, now with Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows 7 together it is five times less vunerable to Malware infection than previous editions. I just hope Microsoft don’t spoil it by deciding to make even more profit by charging for it at different levels and versions like they have Windows.