It’s time to talk again on why attorneys and law firms should switch from their current operating systems to Linux.
My last article explained how you can switch to Linux without facing compatibility issues or other “transitioning pains.”
Given that most software now runs “in the cloud” and that many common applications are also available on Linux-based operating systems, most lawyers should be able to migrate their business over with minimal difficulty.
This switch will lead to plenty of benefits for your firm, so let’s talk a bit about what some of those benefits might be.
(Hint: It’ll save you plenty of cash.)
So let’s get to it.
Lowering Your Software Costs with a Linux-Based Operating System
LibreOffice and many other applications are free of charge. Imagine this:
Not having to pay a premium just to use Microsoft Office or any similar applications.
And not having to pay for your OS itself or any upgrades to it since many flavors of Linux are offered free too.
Think about it like this: When you shop for computers at best buy, the price of the Windows license is built into the machine’s price.
So if you buy a system that has Linux pre-installed instead, you’re not paying that built-in cost for Windows. System 76 is a great place to do just that. This allows you to get a more capable computer for the same number of dollars.
By using open-source software, you’ll also find yourself saving on constant upgrade costs.
The upgrades from one version of the OS to the next will be free. No more paying to upgrade from one version of Windows to another.
Also, no more paying for the newest versions of Office. If you’re one of the many law firms that pay for Office 365 solely to have the newest version of Office, then you’ll be able to get rid of the subscription (since LibreOffice, various email clients, and other pieces of software are free).
No matter which way you look at it, getting rid of these unnecessary costs is a great thing for your bottom line.
How Switching to Linux Saves Lawyers Lifetime Hardware Costs
Lawyers can also lower their lifetime hardware costs by switching to a Linux based operating system.
Your machines will last must longer, simple as that. Let’s look at how Linux makes it happen.
Linux-based operating systems are much (much) more efficient than Windows. As a result, a Linux system can run on older hardware.
Consider this: I’m currently typing this article on a machine running Ubuntu 16.04. The minimum system requirements for this operating system only call for 384 MB of RAM.
Windows 10, by contrast, calls for 1,024 MB (which equals one gigabyte).
While the “minimum” requirements aren’t what you would want to run in order to have a good computing experience, it just goes to show that the system requirements for Linux are substantially lower.
Hardware you purchase today will be able to run newer versions of Linux for much longer than new hardware will be able to run any future versions of Windows. This, in turn, means that you’ll be replacing your hardware less frequently.
Now, think of how often your IT person has to deal with machines running slow due to malware downloaded by your employees.
This is practically a non-issue in a Linux based law office. Ubuntu actually describes Linux anti-virus software as being unnecessary.
In short, once you have everything up and running, you’ll have far fewer instances in which you run up a bill for an IT guy who’s selling outdated technology in an effort to keep his job alive.
Hopefully, the above-discussion shows the gist of why using Linux will save lawyers plenty of sweet, sweet cash.
Have you tried using a flavor of Linux in your law practice? If so, how’d it work out for you? Please chime in through the comment form below!