UK report says Linux is ‘viable’

Proof’s in the pudding. This seems to ring true more often than not as entire countries begin to embrace the Linux OS. The BBC states that it is all about ‘viability’. Apparently, a recent report indicates that Open Source alternatives are becoming quite choice for many UK dept’s.

Where does this leave closed source software companies? In a world of hurt, if they do not stop to look at their current business models. In my opinion, the closed source business model is dying and people are beginning to smell death on companies like Microsoft. If MS is smart, they will learn to adapt by using Open Source more to their advantage rather than treating it as a threat.

Microsoft is the world’s largest software maker and its Windows operating system is found on nine out of every 10 personal computers.

It also makes products for servers, though has a smaller share of the market.

While companies such as Microsoft earn money by licensing and charging for use of their products, Linux code is freely available.

That means anyone can modify it or develop applications for it.

For some governments and firms, especially in the developing world, the result is more flexibility and reduced costs.

China, Japan and South Korea have agreed to work together and develop an Asian version of Linux.

Governments in Germany and France have installed Linux systems in recent months.