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Microsoft.com: Microsoft Small Business Server - How Does Linux Compare?

Feb 06, 2001, 07:49 (56 Talkback[s])

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"Because Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 includes the mature, multipurpose Windows® 2000 Server operating system, plus SQL Server[tm] 2000 and Exchange 2000 Server, there are thousands of compatible business applications available to run on top of Small Business Server. Even operating system offerings with the backing of companies such as IBM will struggle versus Windows in terms of application choices available to run on them...."

"Linux is an open-source operating system with limited company-based support. The open-source nature of the product means that many Linux deployments are somewhat unique and custom built with various solution pieces pulled together. Thus a small-business customer becomes highly reliant on the technology provider who designs and implements the Linux-based network. If that technology provider is not available to continue to provide support, there is not likely to be another provider who can easily step in and have the knowledge to take over support of that custom-built network...."

"The open-source nature of Linux means that the company lacks a centralized strategy for keeping pace with emerging technologies and hardware. And that means Linux is typically much slower than Microsoft and Microsoft partners to consistently deliver the tools needed to stay current with new hardware requirements and new technologies."

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