King of OS – Migrating from Unix OS to Linux OS

Intro – The Imminent Dominance of Linux

Amazon migrated To Linux 2002; IBM, Google, and Dell fully support its integration to their hardware technologies.  Make no mistake: Linux OS is the future for businesses entering the cloud-driven world of the 2020s.  While Unix has reliably served its customer base for decades, Linux offers a host of benefits (from cost-cutting to improved operating flexibility) that Unix simply cannot match.  If the world’s most successful retailer made the move over 15 years ago, and your company still hasn’t… you aren’t behind (yet), but you have certainly missed out on all that Linux OS offers its users.

Although from the same OS family as Unix, Linux is truly the next generation in operating systems for businesses of all sizes.  The key Linux operating benefits show in its hardware flexibility, adaptive “patch” technology, and overall lower administrative costs.  While we will touch on how these advantages manifest when migrating to the platform, we will focus most on a key metric – Linux has been anointed by the market as the future, and it will become the necessary OS for running future cloud and “smart” technologies.  Above the expense-savings and performative advantages, Linux will dominate the future OS market, easily navigating and implementing cloud computing for any business.

Hardware Adaptability

Let’s start with the performance-enhancing capabilities and hardware adaptability Linux OS possess over its predecessor, Unix OS.  At its fundamental level, Linux operates as an open-source coding platform, allowing any developer to offer his or her “two cents” to how to improve the “kernel” core Linux code.  Due to its pliable nature (Linux does not make layered assumptions other OS’s do), Linux can run TV’s, smartphones, cars, planes, cameras, thermostats, watches… literally anything.  That is the point – Linux OS seems to be the clear choice for powering all future non-computer devices.  Here’s a truly eye-opening example: the Large Hadron Collider utilizes Linux OS to store the petabytes of information it gathers through its experiments.  The Large Hadron Collider proved the existence of something we call the “God Molecule” – and it ran on Linux OS to do it.  

Open Source Feedback and the Linux “Kernel”

Aside from its hardware flexibility, the above-mentioned open source platform means Linux OS constantly gets feedback and improves upon past versions.  Any developer or company can submit source code, and operators at Linux figure out if the submitted code has a place in the “kernel” that makes up the underlying source code for Linux.  For that reason, a large portion of the tech community have become committed Linux users because they literally have a chance to change, modify, or patch the very source code with which they build programs and applications from.  Having such incredible flexibility to modify its software gives Linux an interactive advantage over Unix that is simply undeniable.

Linux and the Market’s Future

Back to the most important point for businesses: the market agrees that Linux is trending upward with unstoppable momentum.  From 2015 to 2017, just two years, Linux OS grew its user base by 5 percent to take over 35% of the global OS market share.  While Windows OS holds its global share of users steady at 39%, this fact is not borne of Windows OS’s superiority to Linux or future potential – Windows has had a massive advantage being installed on each piece of hardware sold by Microsoft.  An essential monopoly on tech devices throughout the 1990s, Windows maintains its run of dominance through having key applications that have been hard-wired into our lives, such as Microsoft Word and Office.  Since these programs require Windows OS, the system maintains its huge portion of market share. 

However, even Microsoft has begun contributing open-source code to Linux for a simple reason – it wants to work seamlessly with the true future OS of all our different “smart” devices.  While Microsoft continues to control a majority of the laptop/desktop market, most smart phones, smart TVs, airlines, and automobile entertainment systems employ a version of Linux OS (as stated above).  There is a good chance you interact with Linux OS on multiple devices everyday without fully realizing the breadth of its impact and influence!  The fact a company as competitively ruthless as Microsoft would embrace Linux speaks to its operating superiority over all other systems. 

Cloud Computing and Linux

To drive the point home, today’s biggest companies (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Android, etc…) all built their platforms on the back of Linux OS technology.  Cloud computing technology has embraced Linux’s open-source platform as well, making migrating from Unix to Linux not just a good idea, but an absolute necessity to continue competing in the 2020s marketplace.  By 2025, for example, SAP/4HANA cloud computing software will require its business partners to use Linux software.  At that point, if you haven’t migrated over from Unix, you will officially be explicitly limiting your business’ options to expand and grow into the future.  Used by all major tech companies and employed throughout cloud and “smart” technologies, Linux has already won the war and embedded itself as the future kind of Operating systems.  Unix had a wonderful run, but it is time to move to an open-source future. 

Conclusion – The Future Ubiquity of Linux​

It has been called the “Nikola Tesla” of computing technology – Linux OS has been a revelation that caused a tech revolution.  Within the next 10 years Linux will continue to grow as “smart” and cloud technologies proliferate, becoming ubiquitous in our society.  For your business to stay with the times, a migration from Unix over to Linux has become a necessary step in modernizing your company’s IT sector.   Now, the magnificent potential of migrating to Linux does not come without a few bumps – the initial migration may seem tedious, more expensive than expected.  There are several guides that help prepare a business for the migration process, and we recommend taking full advantage of them before making any big investment in migrating.  However, let us make it very clear – the migration to Linux has been not a nice priority, but an absolute necessity.  Migrate today to avoid the pain tomorrow!

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