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Internet Week: Linux Targets The Data Center

Nov 12, 1999, 15:47 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Oliver Rist)

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"Like Randy Moss to the NFL or Leonardo DiCaprio to Hollywood, Linux is definitely the fair-haired golden child, flavor of the moment to the computer industry. But like every operating system issue, the question of where and when to use this talented new-comer has become a debate of near religious zealotry in most camps."

"We've asked ourselves the "Where and why Linux?" question a number of times and have come to the same conclusions favored by most of those not caught on one side or the other of the Microsoft-Linux jihad. Namely, that Linux is great for niche serving applications (just as it has been for years), is making inroads as a stand-alone network-serving platform, but is still not really a viable option for general-purpose business desktop computing."

"So when the topic of testing Linux distributions cropped up, we had to decide on our focus very carefully. After some debate, we decided to check out only commercial Linux distributions and test them with an eye toward standard-network and Web-serving suitability. Basically, do these distributions have what the average IT manager is looking for in terms of a standardized server platform?"

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