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NetworkWorldFusion: Enterprise Linux Server Distributions

Jun 27, 2003, 13:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Henderson)

"When we pitted Red Hat Enterprise Linux against several flavors of UnitedLinux to see how each fared as an enterprise server platform, we found each edition of the popular GNU/Linux operating system to represent a distinct method on how to build bare metal into a working server. Installation is different, configuration options are different, and hardware support varies across these Linux flavors.

"We selected Red Hat's Enterprise Linux as the Network World Blue Ribbon winner in this test because while the systems were somewhat comparable in terms of performance and management wares, Red Hat offers more hardware support, is easier to configure and offers more security options.

"Red Hat Enterprise Linux comes in numerous flavors, ranging from a $179 desktop/workstation edition called Enterprise Linux WS Basic Edition to the Enterprise Linux AS Premium Edition we tested. The premium edition, which costs about $2,500, is distinguished from its siblings by clustering capabilities, additional hardware support and service options..."

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