Why there is no free Windows and Linux yes it is

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Why there is no free Windows and Linux yes it is


We analyze the different Windows and Linux business models to explain why there is no free Windows but Linux can survive without cost

We cannot deny that Windows is the most widely used desktop operating system worldwide, with a market share close to 90%, which means that Almost 9 out of 10 computers use it. Since always, Windows has been a payment system (and not exactly cheap), needing the corresponding license key to install or, from XP, to activate the system through the Internet. However, despite the existence of free alternatives, such as Linux, which allow users and companies to save money, Microsoft software is still the most used worldwide, why?

Linux, as a core, began its journey around 1991-1992, more or less at the same time as Windows 3.0. While Linux was already free and free since its inception, Windows was already starting to sell as a paid operating system.

As time has passed, Windows has evolved (Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 10, etc.) maintaining a business model as payment software, while Linux (or rather, the distributions that make the Kernel usable, such as Debian , Arch or Ubuntu) have remained, for the most part, free.

Windows is paid, but it is much more than an operating system

Windows is the most used in desktop environments around the world, and this is possible because Microsoft is one of the largest companies . This allows, for example, to reach agreements with manufacturers to include OEM licenses in new computers that are sold (license that we are already paying next to the price of the laptop) and, for those who do not buy these OEM licenses , buy them individually through the Internet for a price that ranges between 120 euros and 200 euros depending on the version we choose.

In the case of Windows Server is similar, that is, Microsoft sells licenses of its operating system (licenses of thousands of euros, depending on the type of server on which it will work and the computers it will control), and being a large company can get agreements and rebates in prices, both in the license of the server and the hosts.

However, when we pay for Windows, or a company pays for this system, we are not only paying to use the operating system, but we are also paying for personal support zado by the company's own technicians, one of the essential factors for any company. In addition, the Microsoft ecosystem is the most widespread, which means that companies are going to use Windows applications and, therefore, anyone who works or collaborates with this company must use Windows applications, be it the classic Office applications, such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint, as specific applications of each firm.

Why not a free Windows?

On December 28 we published an innocent one entitled " Windows One : the free version of Windows 10", making a parody of how it could be a free version of Windows 10 with absurd limitations.

Windows 10 was free for users who had Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 licenses and updated to Windows 10 during the first year, however, this system has always been paid for all users.

Different Microsoft agreements with PC manufacturers force them to install this e operating system and charge users a OEM license (license only valid for that hardware). Users who do not buy an OEM license can buy individual retail licenses, although it is true that piracy, in domestic environments, has always been a grAn issue for Microsoft and its operating system.

However, where Microsoft gets the money is from the OEM licenses it sells for laptops and businesses, who have to buy yes or yes VOLUME licenses for each of the computers they are going to use, licenses that are usually seen in batches to be cheaper but, in return, must be renewed.

If Microsoft launched a free Windows >, the income of the OEMs would disappear (since manufacturers would save that money on laptops and desktops, although the price of them would not go down), and there would be many companies that would equally opt for this system. Microsoft is a company, and like any company, it is to make money, just as Google does with our data or Apple selling hardware.

Linux dominates smartphones and the Internet of Things

Although on the PC the leader is Windows, the thing changes when we go to other devices. In the case of smartphones, for example, the most widely used operating system worldwide is Android, a system (or distribution) based on the Linux Kernel.

In addition, the Internet of Things , IoT, is dominated by Linux, as well as a large number of devices, such as car browsers or SmartTVs, which use small Linux-based distributions.

Linux, although it's open, it's not always free

Ubuntu, Debian, Arch Linux ... all these Linux distributions are totally free for all users, distributions that anyone You can take, install on your computer and use without worrying about licenses or additional payments.

However, this is not always the case, and there are companies that have known how to exploit the potential of Linux and, starting of an open source software, generate billions in current benefits. We're talking about Red Hat .

Red Hat is the company behind Red Hat Enterprise Linux , an open source but paid Linux distribution, starting from $ 49 of the desktop version to $ 5,000 in the version for IBM servers.

What differentiates Red Hat Enterprise Linux from other free Linux distros, and what allows it to be profitable, is which is mainly focused on companies, being able to adapt the distro to the needs of each particular company and offer personalized support, similar to Microsoft, not present in the rest of the distros that have a community-based support.

It may be unnecessary for a standard user to adapt a system to their needs (since the average user always has the same needs), and in terms of support and technical assistance it does not matter whether the support comes from the company or a community that surely helps faster and better, but for companies these are two essential factors, factors that have made Windows the most used operating system, essential and impossible to replace in large companies and, to a lesser extent, Red Hat Enterprise Linux also be, especially in technology companies or with large computer networks.

The Red Hat business model does not seek to stand up to Windows, but its goal is to be a competitor of VMWare, and also has a continuous feedback with the community, especially when launching patches or borrowing patches from the community for its own distribution.

Windows will be the king of the desktop, but in the Linux cloud it commands

On both desktop computers and signatures with centralized networks, Windows is the main operating system, both in its version of desktop for all hosts as in its Server version for the server that withTrola the company network. However, if we take a look at the cloud, the thing already changes.

When a company, or any user, is thinking about starting to offer a service from the cloud (be it a web, an application , etc.), it almost always does it by mounting a Linux server , such as Debian, Ubuntu or CentOS. When it comes to providing an Internet service, most of the tools and platforms are designed to work from Linux systems, in addition to being these free distributions, consume much less resources than a Windows Server (which when renting the VPS it is cheaper) and be generally safer than Windows to be open to the Internet.

It is very rare to find a web or an application's backend in a Windows Server , in addition to price (since, for compatibility issues, there would be no problem), because what developers are looking for in these cases is to reduce expenses and also use something stable, secure and, above all, easy to scale, three factors where Windows Server lags a lot.

And what about macOS? Is it free or paid?

macOS, formerly known as Mac OS X, is Apple's operating system, an operating system designed to work only on its own computers.

When we buy a Mac, we are already paying with it the operating system license, so we do not have to make any other investment to use this system. As macOS cannot be installed on a non-Apple computer, the company does not need to sell us individual license keys for its system, so, broadly speaking, it could be considered a free operating system (although, as we say , we have already paid the license with the hardware).

The macOS annual updates are also totally free, although this is something relatively new, since all the updates of Mac OS X, until 2014, were paid and had to be purchased from the App Store for 18 euros.

The entire ecosystem, both hardware and software, Apple is designed to work within the same ecosystem , with other equipment and devices of the company, so we can not include it in the comparison between Windows and Linux.

So ... Windows is better than Linux for being paid ?

Neither Windows is good nor Linux is bad . Both options are operating systems capable of satisfying the needs of any user, although it is true that Linux is considered an operating system for users a little more advanced than Windows, although today distributions such as Ubuntu are just as simple and intuitive to use that Windows.

Today we can find many cross-platform applications available for Windows and Linux, although it is true that most professional applications, such as the Office suite, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere and many others, are applications that are not available for Linux, which puts Windows at an advantage when used for professional purposes. The same goes for playing, and most triple A developers use DirectX (Windows) libraries for their games that, although they can run on Linux, the performance is not the same.

If we do not play and we will not use exclusive Windows applications, such as Photoshop, Linux can be without problems our operating system, a system that will also consume much less resources and will be more secure than Windows However, Windows is still the majority operating system, not only because of its exclusive applications, but because "it's what has always been used," and people, especially speaking from computer science, are usual beings who not only doesn't like it, but is afraid of change.

Support, both for users and companies, is another of the fundamental points that makes the difference between a paid Windows and a free Linux

Leaving aside the domestic users and the software that we have to use to carry out our work, companies can use Linux or Windows equally , nobody forces them to Use a specific system. However, as we have explained, except Red Hat, the support offered by Linux distributions to users is based primarily on the community, a group of volunteers who help solve problems in forums and communities. This implies that, if we have a problem, it will surely take several days to receive help, something that a company cannot afford.

In the case of Windows and Microsoft, support for problems comes from the hand of a technical service . Although for a domestic user this support is practically non-existent, facing companies it is one of the essential aspects to guarantee the correct functioning of the systems and the entire network. If there is any problem, just call or open a chat to give us personalized help, in real time, to help us solve any problem.

The Linux volunteer community is one of the better than there is in all Internet, but, for a company, it is not enough, and in the end the payment of the license of Windows, so much for desktop as for server, includes this support.

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