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osOpinion: Setting up a linux based server

Mar 31, 2000, 04:53 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Dillon)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"This started out when a co-worker needed to return a loaner server and needed to replace it with another box. It needed to be a drop in replacement, with all it's functions intact. The current OS was SCO UnixWare, and while it's a good stable OS, I thought it was prudent to check out other alternitives. One obvious choice was Linux, and as it turned out, it was perhaps the best, but not the only choice to replace this stalwart Intel Unix OS. I had less than a month to do it."

"Linux (namely RedHat 6.1) offered most of the above features and was very comparable on all counts. Advanced features like fail-over clusters, scalability, ect. were all available in the RedHat advanced package along with Sendmail, Apache, and other features like PAM autentication, SSL encryption, clustering, LDAP, 5 nines uptimes, ect. I had used Linux 5.x and 6.0 at home and felt 6.1 was Way Better than the older versions."

"In the end the difference came down to application support. Linux won that hands-down. The recent rash of Linux publicity has sparked a fresh wave of application developers and software companies of all stripes to port their legacy applications to Linux. It seems to have won that battle, as all of the code can be tuned to any specific platform, with little or no regard for restictive licencing provisions."

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