"Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system assembled under the model of free and open source software development and distribution. The defining component of Linux is the Linux kernel, an operating system kernel first released October 5,1991 by Linus Torvalds." Thank you Wikipedia for that lucid definition. (When the OS first came out, I pronounced it "lahy-nuks," to pay homage to its creator. Needless to say, I was once again in the minority.)


Linux and You

Over the years, Linux has grown on me for three reasons:

  1. It's free
  2. It's open source
  3. It's still free and open source

If you've read some of my previous articles, you're no doubt aware that I am a proponent of tinkering, and an opponent of restrictions. Both Microsoft and Apple usually have great operating systems, and that's fine. They are entitled to make all the money they want for building a popular product. However, when it comes to the user having total control over an OS, Linux wins, hands down. (Let the marketing and sales people figure out how to make the money.)


Linux in Action

If you have an Android based phone or tablet (like I do, of course) then you have experience using Linux. Again, I prefer more flexibility and fewer restrictions than those provided by Apple and Microsoft. As you may have noticed in the past few years, the Android phone and tablet market has exploded. Why? IMHO, Android based products are cheaper and more flexible than their Apple counterpart. And when it comes to Windows trying to compete...let's just say...(actually, I can't say that.)


So, with Linux on the rise, what does this mean for you, the IT professional? According to a recent article, found at PCWorld and Dice, it means more money. A lot more money! Check out that PCWorld article to see just how much more money you could be making if you were a Linux expert. (I may have to pick up some light reading for myself this weekend.)


Linux and SAM

If you currently have Linux boxes in your world, then you, my friend, are a smart puppy. You get to enjoy tinkering to no end. And the more you tinker, the more you'll learn, which in turn will lead to more money for you; the undervalued, under-appreciated, and unsung hero of your company. Of course, we here at SolarWinds actually do appreciate your hard work, and that's why we created SAM templates to monitor Linux boxes! Take a look at some of these templates below:


SAM Templates for Linux: