Linux has earned a mostly deserved reputation for being overly technical. While the IT guys may think Linux is all easy to install, it’s not unusual for the average SMB owner to go blank after reading the first few lines of the set-up-and-install instructions.
In order to gain broad support in the consumer and small business markets, Linux must be plug and play. Fortunately, it’s becoming more accessible to non-technical people, especially in the area of desktop operating systems.
If you want to try a Linux-based operating system, you’ll find over two hundred versions listed at DistroWatch. Which one should you choose for your business desktop?
But for small businesses that don’t have the tech savvy or the time to tinker with configurations and want to keep their tech really basic, Linspire will pay for itself in the amount of time it saves you. Fast downloads and easy to find-and-install applications — what more could you ask for?
Drew Robb is a Los Angeles-based freelancer specializing in technology and engineering. Originally from Scotland, he graduated with a degree in geology from Glasgow’s Strathclyde University. In recent years he has authored hundreds of articles as well as the book, Server Disk Management by CRC Press.
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