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ZDNET: Is Linux a Legitimate Network OS?

Sep 27, 1999, 14:03 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Miller)

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"Does Linux bring both savings and increased reliability to your server room as it takes over a range of tasks from a more costly OS, such as Windows NT, NetWare and popular Unix variants? Does it actually deliver enough to make it worth the retraining investment? PC Magazine Labs set up a host of services from scratch using Linux and its associated utilities to find out."

"The 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. Linux works especially well as a platform for Internet-standard services, such as DNS, HTTP, FTP and email, where its low cost, open-source utilities and relative ease of deployment are big draws..."

"You pay no licensing fee -- even if you use Linux to serve a thousand users. Compare that with a Windows NT Server license -- $1,999 for 5 clients, $3,999 for 25 clients -- and you'll see it's little wonder an entire community has sprung up to support Linux..."

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