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LinuxPlanet: Collax Takes Appliance Approach to Push Linux into SMBs

Feb 24, 2006, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"The term 'software appliances' is starting to gain traction in the Linux arena of late, as vendors are looking for better ways to package the free operating system and deliver it to customers who may not have the skills or the desire to learn about Linux. In the early days of the Internet, a software appliance would have been called a 'turnkey solution,' so the idea is nothing new.

"But that hasn't stopped a number of Linux vendors from pushing their software appliance wares into the market, a move that is seeing some early signs of success.

"One such vendor is Collax, a Munich, Germany firm with strong ties to the pre-Novell SUSE Linux operation in that country. Collax, though, is no SUSE clone. In fact, they are taking Linux into a market that SUSE, Red Hat, and the other major commercial vendors haven't really bothered with: the small- to medium-sized business (SMB) channel.

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