- Linux tends to always be pitched as a solution for ISPs or
students who can't afford a SGI or Sun workstation, but it has a
lot more potential than that.
- Linux easily matches (and often outdoes) commercial operating
systems in terms of cost, performance, software availability,
technical support and hardware support.
- The wealth of programming languages and development tools
available for Linux make it a joy to work with.
- Having the source code to the complete O/S is a massive boon
for anyone who has to modify a driver or write a new driver:
this is particularly the case for scientists who have a new
interface card (eg. a high speed A/D card) that comes with nothing
more than a Windows DLL or a Labview driver!
- Linux can be easy to introduce into a Mac/Windows based
environment if sold correctly; emphasis:
- the high reliability
- the technical strengths of Linux
- the neglible costs
- the ability to run on everything from an old 386SX
through to the latest dual Pentium Pro system
- the availability of quality software
- Linux (actually Debian 1.2 with a 2.0.29 kernel) has proven to
be highly reliable. The only downtime on the AFIMS Linux box has
been for moving the machine or upgrading the kernel!
- Python has proven to be an excellent choice for prototyping
real-world systems: the combination of an interactive interpreter
and an elegant language (with object orientation) greatly assisted
in the incremental development and prototyping of our system.