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LinuxPlanet: NetMax Professional: Bringing Linux to the Less Technically Inclined

Aug 28, 2003, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Weiss)

"The Linux operating system is the poster child for the open-source software movement, as it was developed in a global, self-organizing collaboration made up mostly of volunteers. The Linux software itself has evolved into a platform that is stable, secure, highly capable of serving all networking functions, and perhaps most notably, available free-of-charge.

"But although Linux is obtainable without cost, the technical know-how needed to leverage the power of the platform can be high, requiring significant training or the added support costs of experts. Consequently, a number of vendors have taken to packaging Linux in their own style, with their own support tools, oriented toward users and organizations with different strengths or interests.

"Cybernet Systems has come up with NetMax Professional Suite in an effort to release an out-of-the-box turnkey Linux solution requiring very little technical knowledge to configure and maintain, as compared to traditional Linux distributions. It labels NetMax an 'Internet Appliance Server,' meaning it can handle all the usual networking tasks an organization may need--from Web serving to e-mail to firewall protection--with the 'plug-and-play' ease of an off-the-shelf appliance..."

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