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Canada Computes.com: E-smith server & gateway makes it easy to get into Linux

Apr 14, 2000, 09:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Issie Rabinovitch)

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"Everyone has heard of Linux by now. Everyone seems to have an opinion. Many people would like to try using it, but getting started isn't easy. I've found a Linux server product from a small company in Ottawa that is extremely useful, and makes it easy to get into Linux. In fact, it makes it so easy that you can avoid learning about Linux, and concentrate on reaping its benefits."

"The e-smith server & gateway is a customized version of the Red Hat distribution. All of the flexibility has been taken away. The installation procedure scrubs the hard disk, and takes it over completely. At the end of the process, the computer is an Internet gateway, a mail server, and a file, Web and collaboration server. That's it. Nothing more. It can't be used to run other applications or for any other purpose. This enhances its performance and stability, but makes it impossible to evaluate unless you're prepared to dedicate a computer to the job."

"The developers have simplified the standard Linux installation by making decisions in advance. They have decided how to partition the disk, how to organize directories, which server packages to install, and how to set permissions and security."

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