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June 7th, 2011

Linux OSIn 1991, Linus Torvalds created Linux, a Unix-based operating system that is freely distributed and evolves via the contributions of users. After the dot-com bust, Linux was hailed as a possible “savior of computing,” and there were predictions the OS would take over corporate America (and home users, too). Needless to say, that never happened.

Specialty vs. commodity PCs

Instead, Linux has come to occupy a special niche or two, with a strong presence on Web servers and in engineering environments.

Generally speaking, however, you can get most office work done quite nicely on Windows PCs, CRE iMac rentals or “Linux boxes,” as they are sometimes called. All offer MS-Office-compatible software suites, access the Internet easily and connect to zillions of peripherals (printers, scanners, etc.). Generic, low-cost “commodity PCs” could run any Linux OS and handle basic business tasks.

Linux Operating System advantage?

Linux’s early adopters called the grueling installation one of Linux’s “life lessons,” but the OS now comes with slick installers. Many firms put their names on “distributions” of the OS (Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.) and CRE can install one on your computer rentals if you so desire.

If you are considering replacing a general-purpose Mac or PC with a Linux box, here are five solid pluses of Linux OS:

It’s free – You can download Linux free or pay a small price for a boxed version with all the programs you would otherwise have to download. On the Internet you can get free software for almost any purpose.

It’s stable – Complaints about Linux instability were valid early on, as device drivers didn’t always work, but Linux has gotten dramatically more stable.

It’s efficient – On older (slower) computers, Windows 7 is a challenge. Any Linux OS will run faster on aging systems than any current Windows version. Linux also runs fine on all makes and models of laptop rentals.

It’s secure – Neither Macs nor Linux PCs are immune to malware, but they are less susceptible than Windows PCs. Unix-based operating systems are designed from the ground up to be secure.

It’s simple – Frankly, Linux is easy to use. You have a choice of user interfaces and can customize things to your liking. For general computing and office tasks, Linux computers are grown up and ready for work. If you can use a Mac and/or a PC, you can use Linux.

CRE has the expertise to help you with everything from Mac Pro rentals for a new FX project or a slew of iPad rentals for your upcoming conference. Our experienced Account Executives will help you find a solution with a call or an e-mail, while our Quick Rental Quote form makes helping yourself fast and easy. We are always ready to help!

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