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Whirlwind Tech Tour: Linux distributions ranked for speed, security, performance, support

Dec 10, 2008, 18:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Caroline Hunter)

"Are there certain conditions under which you have found one Linux distribution to consistently outperform another in an enterprise setting? How so?

"Tony Iams, Vice President and Senior Analyst -- System Software Research, Ideas International Linux distributions can be distinguished by feature sets or other characteristics that appeal to particular user constituencies. For example, our research has shown in the past that SUSE Linux often is first to market with production-grade implementations of high-end, enterprise-oriented functions. By contrast, Red Hat stands out for the maturity of its Red Hat Network systems management platform. Ubuntu has proven to be popular as a desktop operating environment. Debian is respected for the strength of its package management system, which provides powerful tools to configure layered software on top of the Linux kernel. There is no single distribution that outperforms another across the board. Rather, users may find that a distribution is better than others for a particular use."

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