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
"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..."