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SysAdmin: The All Linux Office

Jan 02, 2000, 16:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bryan C. Andregg)

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"Linux is the low-cost, high-powered Internet serving environment that is being adopted by many companies as their server room operating system, and that's all its good for. This popular sentiment is changing as more people are watching the growth of the Linux desktop with a close eye. Projects like GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment) and KDE are providing the base, while companies like Corel and StarDivision are providing the applications. This combination offers the user a familiar drag-and-drop, window-based desktop in addition to the stability of Linux. The remote manageability and native Internet Protocol support gives administrators more time to really focus on their other jobs: reading news and playing Quake. This article provides an overview of how to set up an all Linux office that's compatible with users' expectations...."

"Linux distributions have a decided advantage over other operating systems when it comes to managing the software that is installed. The reason for this advantage is the Package Manager. Many administrators who like a fine amount of control over their software do not like package managers for the wrong reasons. They think that packages have to come from the vendor. The best part about package managers is the ability for the local administrators to build their own local, pre-configured packages."

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