I’ve encountered numerous instances where business owners have questioned me about transitioning to Linux. Most of them shied away from the idea after I warned them of the potential pitfalls. I wasn’t trying to put them off the idea, but I had to make them aware of the massive differences compared to the usual Windows operating system. If you’re considering transitioning to Linux, I want you to consider the following things…
If you want to be able to work with Linux on a daily basis, you’ve got to know what you’re doing. There are different types of Linux implementations you can use. However, even the most user-friendly versions require extensive knowledge. You have to be willing to take the time to learn the operating system inside-out to get the most out of it. Then, your employees will need to learn a brand-new system from scratch. If you haven’t got the time to do this, it’s better to stick with Windows.
You probably don’t realise it, but a lot of what you do on the Windows operating system is crucial for your business. Many companies use bespoke software that can only be run on a Windows system in order to complete tasks. Transitioning to Linux will require a complete overhaul of that software, and that’ll take time and cost money. Of course, there are lots of Linux software programs like Totem and solutions for Linux server cloud backup services. However, a lot of popular Windows software isn’t compatible. Microsoft Office isn’t even technically supported on the Linux system.
Migrating over to Linux means that you’re going to have to deal with some hefty downtime. Getting used to all the bells and whistles of Linux will be difficult for you and your employees. You’ll have a lot of staff that simply aren’t used to using computers in the first place. They’ve probably spent the last few years finally getting to grips with Windows, and now you’re asking them to learn something new! Don’t underestimate how much time it’ll take to get over this hurdle. It can certainly be done, but you’ll need to be patient throughout the process.
Why Are You Transitioning, Anyway?
Do you know why you’re planning to transition to Linux, or do you just think it’s a good idea because of what you’ve heard? I’m not criticising that; I’m just wondering whether it’s totally necessary for your business. There are loads of benefits to Linux. Your systems will be much more secure; updates are very regular and best of all, it’s free! Still, some businesses can’t survive without Windows, and it’s worth taking those risks to ensure a smooth operation. You need to analyse whether you fall into that category before you make this big decision.
If you choose Linux, you’ll be choosing an operating system that is fantastic in so many ways. Once you get used to it, you’ll start reaping the benefits in the future. I wish you the best of luck with your choice!
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