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Comparison of Community Linux Distributions for the Enterprise

Apr 06, 2010, 22:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brad Reeves)

"Looking for ways to save money on your computing infrastructure? Heard about Linux uptime but need to do more research? You're not alone. Community Linux distros have become increasingly popular within the enterprise as organizations look to cut costs without compromising on functionality and reliability. But it can be tough to determine which distributions are best suited to different uses within the enterprise and how to approach a migration from a commercial Linux distribution like Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

"Today there are many good options available, including multiple distros and many third party support options. This article will help you set criteria, ask the right questions, and narrow your options so you can make an informed decision.

"Background

"To give a short historical perspective, it was actually FreeBSD — not Red Hat, as many believe — that was the original popular, free and open operating system. FreeBSD made the first inroads into the enterprise with a multitude of appealing features, an enthusiastic community of developers, and an unbeatable price point. Because it appealed to technologists, it typically came in through the back door, starting adoption at the grass-roots level. It could be deployed on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, reducing costs radically, and it had excellent support for SCSI drivers and RAID systems, which were originally lacking in Linux. In addition, BSD had the best networking speeds for many, many years. BSD was a quick, cheap fix that just plain worked."

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