How Linux aced ahead of its contemporaries?

The first tactic they apply was making the operating system an open source one, as mentioned earlier. So no user would have to essentially purchase the operating system, and hence there was no issue of procuring a licensed version or anything as such. The who’s who of the IT world back then thought this was not a very economically viable decision, but the founders still went ahead and what was to follow, left everyone thoroughly surprised. So this was the first time that an operating system of such stature and caliber was launched, in collaboration with a general public license, which is nothing but a mutual understanding and formal agreement between the general public and the operating system developers to use. This turned out to be a goldmine deal, and despite the free-clause, Linux soared so high that it continued to dominate the operating system arena till Windows came into the picture. Even today with the use of Linux Core in Android Phones, the relevance of Linus Torvalds’ brainchild continues to prevail.

Linux Versions you should know about…

  • Ubuntu
  • CentOS
  • Slackware
  • Arch Linux
  • Fedora
  • Debian
  • Gentoo

Also take a look at some of the allied software of Unix and Linux such as:-

  • LibreOffice
  • Apache
  • GNU Compiler

Apache in particular has captured a lot of market, at least when it comes to web servers. Though hard to quantify the total market share of Apache servers, one estimate puts it at around 77% of all servers used today for hosting websites. Boxtiger, who made a website recently for the best karaoke machine in the world, says that Apache was his natural choice because of its open source nature and the fact that WordPress operates off Apache servers with complete plug and play. Owning another 22 sites, Boxtiger also hosts all his other websites on Apache servers.

In this regard, I would like to talk about the software add-on that has been specifically customized for office environments. As I’ve listed above (and you guessed it quite correctly), it is LibreOffice which is a special Office Suit created for Linux. The biggest advantage of this system is that LibreOffice is once again free to source, and doesn’t require any specific package purchase or bulk purchase as such. Some of the most frequently terms associated with LibreOffice are as follows:-

  • LibreOffice Writer
  • LibreOffice Calc
  • LibreOffice Base
  • LibreOffice Draw
  • LibreOffice Math

Apache is yet another Linux software that enables users to begin and work on their own website. It is obviously not similar to the cut-out templates available today, but has nevertheless been popular.