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Dangers of Free Linux

free linux dangerAre there any dangers of using “free” Linux?

Linux is used by many and a simple search turns up many different versions, most of which are free with a few paid exceptions.  The advantage of Linux is that the core or kernel is free for distribution.  This enables various companies to take the core and develop it into their own unique Linux operating system.  These versions, which are available for use, are referred to as distributions.  There are many kinds of distributions that are available for the user but there is no support offered for free Linux.

One can say that the dangers one encounters are minimal when compared to the various viruses that are rampant on Microsoft Windows.  All that one needs is a probably a good firewall as users mostly encounter only bugs and hardly any viruses on the system.  However, Linux is prone to certain vulnerabilities and if one encounters them, the possibility of a fix might be remote if the Linux came free. There are, however, other versions and flavors of the operating system that are readily available to the user.

While free versions are good enough most of the time, it is always better to go in for paid versions from well-known companies so that you can make use of their engineering support.  Sometimes there is a free version which is offered for the user to try out before upgrading to a paid one.  However, if the user is satisfied with the complimentary one, then there is no need to upgrade but many special features may not have been included in it. So another disadvantage of free Linux is the limitations that it brings along with it.

Although Linux core comes free and will always be free, to get the desired specs, customer service and to get rid of the bugs, pay a little extra and get specialized Linux for your system.  So before going in for free Linux, the individual as well as the business organization must verify whether

-    the code is stable enough,

-    changes can be anticipated,

-    software updating and upgrade are available

-    and finally, whether there is a large enough software available out there.

So if you are okay with the limitations of freeware, then go ahead. Else, pay more to get more out of Linux. 

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.