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ZDNet UK: Red Hat Linux 7 Professional Server

Apr 05, 2001, 16:59 (4 Talkback[s])

"MUCH HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT the merits of Linux, one of the biggest of which, from the small business perspective, is the value for money it represents. In particular, the latest Red Hat 7 Professional Server packs a huge amount of functionality into one box. For example, as well as the basic operating system, you get a copy of Apache, the most popular Web server on the Internet, plus email and database servers a copy of the backup program, ARCserve and enough extra applications to fill some 12 CD-ROMs. Another bonus is that you don't need to buy additional client licences-at least not for the core Linux software-and can run the package on relatively low-powered hardware."

"If it all sounds too good to be true, then in reality the package does suffer from one major drawback-manageability. Graphical management tools are available, but the main interface for server installations remains the command line. Text-based help files are the main source of instruction, backed up by far from adequate manuals. All of which is fine if you're a Unix support person in a large organisation, but it's far from perfect for the harassed manager of a small business looking to get a server up and running with the minimum of fuss."

"Minimum requirements for Red Hat 7 is a Pentium-class processor and 64MB of memory, plus a basic 600MB of free disk space for all the software. Most entry-level servers meet this requirement so hardware shouldn't be a problem and there's support for multiple processors and RAID storage if a more capable system is used."

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