It has not taken so many year to see Linux coming in the IT infrastructure.
One of the first segment that was "invaded" by Linux in the early years was the web servers with Apache. Now Apache is one of the most used web server software worldwide. After the web server, thanks to SUN and the portability of the Java language, the next step was the application server, with software like Tomcat, JBoss or JONAS. Since then, the penetration of Linux and the Open Sources software haven't stopped growing.
After the Web infrastructure, it was the turn of the database they use, with Postgres and MySQL. And we are still going beyond of this. Each day, you can discover a new Open Source project that can be used to play an important role in your infrastructure.
Studies show that you still prefer to have Windows on the desktops and Linux on the servers. Like other many IT professionals, I still find that Linux on the desktop is not yet for the standard desktop user. Using a Linux-based desktop still require some good knowledge of the OS that was not necessary to have when running Windows. Of course, you may rely on a Linux-skilled PC team that will perform more activity that if the desktop were running Windows. Hopefully, you can mix Linux and Windows together. Have a look at the section Linux and Windows coexistence for ideas, tips and methodologies in this kind of environments.
In this section of the site, you will understand what is really Open Source, from where it comes and also what it can do for you. After reading this section, I hope that I will help you to :
- Understand what is Open Source, from where it comes and what it has to offer
- Understand what Linux and the various Open Source software can do for you
- Remove your fear of this new way of doing software developement
- Convince you that, even in your infrastructure, Open Source can be a good choice