For many years now Linux has offered an operating system for personal computers (PCs). Microsoft has had the monopoly on operating systems for personal computers since it first came out with Windows. Because of Microsoft’s popularity and complete dominance in operating systems, it is very brave and an absolutely huge goal for any company to attempt to try to compete against them in this area. Linux is one company that has done just that. They put out an operating system (OS) that provides a viable alternative to Windows operating system. Although Linux has not fully taken off as a major player in PC operating systems you can never tell what might happen in the fast-paced world of the Internet.
When it comes to servers and software for hosting web sites, Linux has done exceptionally well and has made a lot of inroads. Many, many web site owners prefer to host their web sites on a Linux server over a Microsoft server. It will be interesting to see how this trend develops with time and whether we will see the same trends for Linux with personal computers.
If you choose to install Linux on your PC as your operating system, you will also need to install programs that run on Linux. The programs that you have installed on your Windows operating system will not work with Linux. This is probably the most significant factor contributing to the slow progress of Linux with PC users. It is probably only when programs written for Linux OS can rival, in quality and in ease-of-use, those written for PCs that Linux will really take off.
The great thing about Linux and one of the things that has made it popular as a server and, on a smaller scale, as a desktop operating system is the open source aspect of the software. Open source means the code is open and other programmers can help to program and develop the technology. Another benefit for users is the fact that much of the software that is developed to run on Linux operating system is free. As the price of software that runs on Windows and Apple platforms skyrockets, the free aspect of Linux software is very appealing to many computer users.
Although Linux technology has proved to be popular among the technical community, that enthusiasm has not yet caught on among every day computer users. There are many possible reasons for his. Installation and set up of Linux software is not always as simple as clicking the Terms and Agreements box and clicking the next button. It can require quite a bit of work and for some it can be completely impossible to install. The technical understanding needed to deal with some of the error messages, and configuration problems is too much for many would-be uers. Once Linux becomes as user-friendly as Windows we may see more and more people moving over to Linux OS for PCs.