Linux Application Servers

Written by Ivan Gale
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The open source community saw Linux technology as a blessing when Linus Torvalds unveiled his first operating system. To many, seeing the smiling Linux penguin on a computer or server means an assurance of easy operability and dependability. Open source software allows programmers to fix problems and errors easily, because the code is open and available to all.

The Finnish programmer first created Linux in the early 1990s. Now, however, it has taken a life of its own. Since the programming code is freely available to all, it is a cheap alternative for an operating system. A perceived drawback, however, is that there is no company to go to when one's Linux-driven server experiences problems. In response to these concerns, some companies have marketed their servers driven by Linux along with their own customer service guarantees. The other alternatives for IT managers depend on their resourcefulness and whether they can find solutions to their problems on web-based technical support forums.

The Benefits of Using Linux

Linux is free software, and an attractive alternative to other licensed operating systems, which do not allow outside developers access to their proprietary software. Its influence has extended beyond the coding of its Linux operating systems. Indeed, Torvalds has had a big effect in the open-source movement that has been gaining momentum worldwide.

This freedom to tinker with Linux software means many experienced developers have improved Linux operating systems with each generation. They have creatively come up with new software tailored to a variety of applications and business fields. These possibilities make Linux applications appealing to a variety of businesses.

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