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Where is Linux's Answer to Microsoft's Small Business Server?

Nov 02, 2009, 14:04 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"But when it comes to small businesses, many businesses are sticking with Windows SBS (Small Business Server) 2003 or considering moving to SBS 2008. Uh... why? SBS pricing has increased considerably with the release of SBS 2008. The Standard SBS 2008, with five CALs (client access license) now costs $1,089. If you want a database with that, SQL Server for Small Business, it will run you $1,899.

The cost of Ubuntu 9.10 with an unlimited number of clients and MySQL 5.1.37 for your database work? $0.00. Now, of course, the upfront cost is only part of the story. That said, to run any server operating system, whether it's Windows, Linux, or what-have-you requires expert knowledge. Since a small business, particularly these days, are more likely to have expertise instead of money on tap, you'd think Linux would be growing quickly in small businesses.

"It's not."

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