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PC Magazine: Put Linux To Work: The Upstart NOS deserves a place in your server room

Sep 20, 1999, 05:29 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Winn L. Rosch)

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"You've probably been following the buzz surrounding Linux, the free (or nearly free) network operating system that has expanded into the business world. According to its advocates, Linux can bring both savings and increased reliability to your server room and take over a range of tasks from more costly OSs, such as Microsoft Windows NT, Novell's NetWare, and the popular Unix variants, such as AIX, SCO, and Solaris."

"But does Linux actually deliver enough to make it worth the potential investment in retraining? To find out, PC Magazine Labs set up a host of services from scratch using Linux and its associated utilities. We also examined the latest Intel-based hardware solutions from leading vendors to determine what kind of service and support you can expect to find."

"Our conclusion: Linux is a good solution for a range of server needs. It should certainly be on the radar screens of most medium- and large-business IS professionals-should probably be on their road maps as well. Linux works especially well as a platform for Internet-standard services, such as DNS, HTTP, FTP, and e-mail, where its low cost, open-source utilities, and relative ease of deployment are big draws. It also works well as a development platform for those who want to deploy a customized vertical application. You might want to think twice, however, with applications that demand the best performance or the best reliability; Linux offers no clustering support and has immature SMP support and limited file-system support and RAID functionality."

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