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Smart Partner: Dressed To Thrill; In-depth Review Of Linux 2.4 Kernel

Feb 12, 2001, 17:02 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Do you want to look good--I mean Ricky Martin- or Jennifer Lopez-good--to your enterprise customers? Then try on Linux 2.4, the new look of enterprise operating systems. In the past, we've found that Linux makes an outstanding Web or file server. On the Web, armed with the Apache Web server, Linux 2.2.x machines have long stood with the BSD servers as the best, least expensive Web servers. In offices, powered by the Samba server message block (SMB) service, Linux makes for a fine Windows-compatible file server."

"Linux 2.4, however, is ready for more--much more--with its enterprise-class features, including major-league symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), multithreaded networking with improved CPU performance, improved memory handling, logical volume management, better handling of RAID drives, and a kernel-level Web daemon. Put them together and you not only have a great Web server and departmental file server, you also have a server capable of enterprise services from massive database engines to enterprise wide file serving."

"Only testing on large-scale test beds will be able to tell if Linux 2.4 can keep up with W2K Server in enterprise deployments. We think Linux 2.4 shows every sign of being ready and able to handle enterprise services against not just the likes of W2K, but Solaris and HP-UX, as well."

"Has the time come to suit up with Linux 2.4, walk into your enterprise customer's office, and tell them it's time for Linux? In our opinion, the answer is a yes--if you know Linux well. This Linux is as scalable as any enterprise system and has a low admission price that many customers will find attractive."

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