Linux has been in the ascendancy ever since the open source operating system was released, and has been improved and refined over time so that a typical distribution is now a polished and complete package comprising virtually everything the user needs, whether for a server or personal system.
Much of the web runs on Linux, and a great many smartphones, and numerous other systems, from the Raspberry Pi to the most powerful supercomputers. So is it time to switch from Windows to Linux? Here are five reasons why.
The cloud is all Linux
Workloads in the cloud are increasingly run on Linux or developed on Linux, even on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. This is partly because many of the cutting-edge technologies, such as containers and analytics tools, have been developed on Linux, but also because many of the cloud platforms, such as AWS and OpenStack, are based on the operating system to start off with.
As adoption of cloud services become more prevalent, the importance of Linux will only grow, and most firms are going to start using Linux if they are not already.
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