Gitlab prohibits the use of Windows due to licensing costs… could Linux be the solution?

Come on that Gitlab gave something to talk about in the last few days and it looks like finding a way to cut costs didn’t just try to change some aspect of user accounts, because recently I had in mind the delete repositories with more than a year of inactivity, decision that caused the split in the community.

But this is not worrying, because after a few days GitLab withdrew its bet and decided to try to cut costs in another, smarter way.

And now, another Gitlab decision surprised many, Well, before the pandemic, the platform had already implemented remote working among several of its employees, which after more than two years of working in this way, has trickled down to their pockets.

Since the provision relating to the management of the computers of the IT team which awakens the decision of GitLab prohibit the use of Windows for the last.

The company cites several reasons, including the cost of licenses and the security aspect.. Since Gitlab is a web-based platform, the contradictions relate to the testing possibilities available to IT team members in various browsers, including Microsoft Edge.

“Due to Windows’ dominance of desktop operating systems, Windows is the most targeted platform for spyware, viruses and ransomware. macOS comes pre-installed on Apple computers, and Linux is available for free.

To approve the use of Windows, GitLab must purchase Windows Professional licenses, as Windows Home Edition does not comply with GitLab’s security guidelines. Since many laptop purchases were made by employees who were later reimbursed by GitLab, a remote employee typically purchases a laptop pre-installed with Windows Home Edition. Windows Home Edition is notoriously difficult to protect.

The move makes sense for some who think it allows Gitlab IT team members to focus on their work rather than the security aspect. Others are more of the opinion that Gitlab could also have opted for the provision (of members of its IT team) of computers more suitable for business use.

Our only approved Linux laptop vendor at this time is Dell. These laptops usually come preloaded with Ubuntu Linux to save money on unused Windows licenses. Dell does not currently sell laptops with Linux pre-installed in Australia and New Zealand; staff will have to install Linux themselves.

Current developments also mention the ability for members of the Gitlab IT team to use a Windows virtual machine inside a Linux host.

In reality, Gitlab’s decision is not new. Google must have opened up to macOS and Linux in the same way in the past. The decision followed the hacking of Google China installations (based on Windows PCs) in 2010.

“We switched from Windows PCs to the macOS operating system after hacker attacks in China,” a manager said, adding that “employees have the option of using Linux computers as their operating system.

On the web browser side, it is worth mentioning that there are also different views on the existing ones, but these are basically Chrome, Chromium (chrome) based browsers and Firefox. The problem with browsers is that Chrome, for example, doesn’t display menu items the same on different operating systems. Also, some selection style rules are interpreted differently depending on the platform the browser is running on.

Finally, it should be mentioned that GitLab approves the use of Mac or Linux among employees within its ranksin addition to the fact that he mentions for the moment that only Dell is the only authorized supplier who can acquire computers with Linux pre-installed.

To finish if you want to know more about the note, you can check the details in the following link.

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