As a product manager, I regularly meet with, and present to, customers and partners. Since these meetings often require communicating clearly in as few words as possible, I typically use key words or phrases to convey a breadth of information in a brief amount of time. My assumption is that the people I’m speaking to already understand the underlying content, and I am just making a reference to remind them of this information.
During a recent training session, I used the term ‘The Linux Advantage’ in my presentation. One person asked me to define what ‘The Linux Advantage’ actually is. Ever the politician, instead of just answering the question, I asked the audience for their definitions. I received the typical feedback: more secure, more virus resistant, etc. This is an excellent start, and arguably one of the most important factors in any enterprise video surveillance deployment. However, the advantages of choosing a Linux operating system go farther than this.
1. Linux is more secure.
The debate over operating system (OS) security is both complicated and typically takes on a certain intensity depending on your perspective. Regardless of your position, there are several key factors that improve the security of Linux:
2. The Linux OS kernel is open source and proprietary.
Taking an open source OS and then owning the creation and distribution of the OS kernel (the central part of the Linux OS) provides several key benefits:
3. The Linux OS is not dependent on third-party drivers or security updates.
A quick online search will provide you with plenty of additional resources focused on the security and reliability of operating systems. For example, Why Linux Is More Secure Than Windows.