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This white paper discusses how your company can have a virus-free IT environment.
Zebis has been deploying and supporting this scenario for years.
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At Last: Maintenance Free Computing
Easy, Consistent, Stable

A software option now available on many new computers eliminates the hassles and obstacles considered to be a normal part of computer use. With this option, viruses are no longer a threat and the computer's performance and usability, instead of degrading over time, never waiver from the first day the computer is turned on. These improvements are by way of the GNU/Linux (GNU is pronounced like the animal) operating system which has, until recently, only been available for high end servers and workstations.

An operating system, or "OS", is the software that enables applications (eg: Photoshop, WordPerfect, Opera, Bloomberg Terminal, e-mail programs, etc.) to run. Generally, the OS is not much of a thought to the end user of the computer as the user interacts with applications and the applications, in turn, interact with the operating system. The application creators decide for what OS they will create their software. When purchasing a computer, the user decides what applications they want. For example, one may think, "I'm an investor so, I need Bloomberg Terminal", or "I'm a photographer, so I need Photoshop CS4 64-bit", or, "I work with high end video editing, so I need AutoDesk Smoke". As Bloomberg Terminal and Photoshop CS4 64-bit are created for Microsoft Windows exclusively and Autodesk creates Smoke for GNU/Linux exclusively , the user is directed to an OS by their application choice. What has changed is that many companies are now offering their products for more than one OS.

If an operating system is such a background component of the computer system, why is it worth considering? It is true that the operating system does operate in the background and most computer users spend their time interacting with applications, such as those described above, and thus minimally, if ever, directly interact with the OS. The OS, however, plays a substantial part in determining system security, virus susceptibility, stability, and performance.

The area on which application companies are focussing their multi-OS resources is that of "general productivity" which includes word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, web browsing, e-mail, media playback, and other related tasks. The support of GNU/Linux is exciting because, for technical reasons beyond the scope of this article, it is not susceptible to the viruses, security issues, adware, or other obstacles that make using computers tedious. A computer with GNU/Linux, unlike computers with less stable operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X, will always be easy to use, never display annoying pop-ups relating to updates or ads, be completely dependable, and always work with little to no maintenance. Many top software companies are hiring more proficient developers to make their applications available for the stable GNU/Linux OS which will increase the number of computer users who will benefit from maintenance free computing. If your computer use falls in to the category of "general productivity", then getting a new computer with GNU/Linux will eliminate all computer frustrations and inconsistent operation.
In the current world of unreliable and insecure software it is important to know how secure your operating system (OS) is and make informed choices about which operating system to use and how to protect yourself from inherent OS insecurities.

Studies and contests are occasionally held in order to find computing insecurities, resulting, in part, by the OS installed on the computer. OS vulnerability is determined by how long it takes to access the computer from outside, without permission to do so. As in prior years, Mac OS X was accessed within minutes of the contest starting, with Windows falling shortly after. Totally unbreakable, as usual, was Ubuntu GNU/Linux.

The really interesting fact here, is that Ubuntu is a very user friendly, easy to use, stable OS: and yet, few people take advantage of its existence. For great security and ease of use, consider upgrading to Ubuntu. The switch is painless and simple.
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