A variety of Linux distributions allow you to expand your deployments beyond your server. Here are 5 that work the best.
Linux is the best for your server room, any good IT guy will tell you that. In fact, there is a high chance that the backbone of your business’s digital world is powered by Linux. However, it’s probably not on any of your desktops. Windows continues to rule when it comes to desktop computing, the only operating systems for desktop that come against it is Mac OS X in the creative and marketing divisions. In recent year, Linux has become a viable desktop option due to it being more secure, user-friendly and very friendly to the bottom line. Now is a greater time than ever to explore Linux based desktop computing for your business.
Some of the ones we list in this blog have great enterprise-level support and, more importantly, have frequent security updates. All of them can run Windows applications through virtual machines.
Red Hat is a distro that has been around since the beginning of the Linux era and its focus has usually been the business application of the OS, rather than the consumer use. This means that it’s well penetrated into the business server market, but hasn’t, historically, been good in the desktop market. However, they also offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop. It’s a good choice for desktops and more stable and secure than a typical Microsoft Windows install.
Your standard install includes integrated email, calendar and contact management, office applications and virtualization capabilities to allow users to run Microsoft Windows.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, like Red Hat, offers both Server and Desktop configurations of its software. Because Linux is free and open-source, just about any applications available on one distro are available on the others. So, SUSE (and others listed here) integrates with Microsoft and others.
What is great about SUSE is that it has a smart security system built in that builds a firewall around each application. This means if a use unwittingly runs malicious software, it won’t infect their system or the business network.
Ubuntu is one of the favourites amongst Linux fanatics and probably the one you’ve heard the most about. In fact, many hardware vendors offer Ubuntu as a pre-installed operating system. Ubuntu also has the most available software through its only digital distribution system.
Included in their enterprise desktop version are a Microsoft compatible office suite, anti-virus software and a wide variety of open-source software. The developer community around Ubuntu evolve components quickly with a major focus on security.
Linux Mint isn’t designed with a large business in mind but has a great reputation for user-friendliness for new users. It’s built around Microsoft’s Windows interface using both Ubuntu and Debian Linux versions. It is important to know that there is no paid for support with this version of Linux – if you deploy this you should have a Linux whizz in your internal IT team.
Trusted End Node Security
If your number one concern in your business is security and privacy, then you should check out the Linux deployment designed by the US Air Force and approved by the National Security Agency – Trusted End Node Security. It doesn’t have a huge base of applications but it was built for security and it does just that.
The entire environment runs without requiring a hard drive – you can boot off a USB – so it’s super secure and there is no way that any traces of sensitive data can be left on a computer once a user is done with a session.