Windows 7, Microsoft’s new Operating system is on it’s way to be released mid 2009 and because of its, in comparison to prior abominations from Redmod more modular structure, lighter appearance and promotion of Netbook usage some have already announced the death of the Linux world. Here are five reasons why this won’t be the case and why you should not erase Linux from your hard drive as soon as Windows 7 hits the shelves.
#1 Wait for the release before praising it
It seems there is some kind of mass hypnosis going on, every single tech site seems to be exited about what Redmond will bring to live a few months from now, forgotten is the Vista disaster, forgotten all broken promises of the Past. The OS isn’t released, it’s not done and has never been used in productive Environments by the average user. You don’t know yet how users will react, if adaption will increase compared to Vista and if users forgot about all the bad publicity it brought with it.
Companies choose Linux because they want to be independent of one supplier, no longer be forced to change the way the work depending on how their OS wants them to but to make your OS work the way you want. While home users probably never touch the source code of any application they use on their PC, this is something larger companies can effectively use to create their own slick application and operating system for their own needs. Windows 7 will bring some modularity, but you will still have to use Microsoft’s choice of components not your own. More and more public institutions, especially outside of the United States don’t want to depend on foreign controlled infrastructure any longer and are slowly but steadily making progress adapting Linux systems. The German foreign ministry and the French Gendarmerie are good, prominent examples of this.
#3 cost of transition
One of the killer arguments against the use of Linux has always been the cost of transition to Linux powered solutions from the ones from Redmond. You had to train your employees, buy new service contracts with Linux companies, maybe get some new hardware and so on. Nonetheless a lot of companies and even home users made the switch, got used to the new environment and build upon in. The cost of transition works both ways, reverting back to solutions from Redmond will cost a lot of money in form of licenses, re-development of your own applications, training employees etc and of course your loss of independence as mentioned in #2 which will lead to even more cost.