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Aug 23, 2001, 16:40 (11 Talkback[s])
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"Over the last decade, Linux has evolved from the pet project of a Finnish university student to a worldwide platform. The undisputed strength of Linux in the server arena has led to widespread adoption in the business arena--case in point, the ubiquitous Apache Web server, which serves roughly 65 percent of the world's Web sites.

But Linux isn't limited to just servers anymore. In the last few years, desktop-oriented Linux distributions have exploded, with increasingly simpler installation and configuration routines and a slate of productivity apps. Linux's X Window System GUI, along with rapidly maturing desktop environments such as KDE and GNOME, is beginning to offer a computing experience that approaches the relative simplicity of Windows. With the advent of high-quality, Linux-native office apps such as KDE's KOffice suite and Ximian GNOME's Evolution and Gnumeric, Linux also has the potential to become an attractive alternative for corporate desktop deployment.

Though each of these distributions has something to offer business users, some are better suited for enterprise use than others. To help you choose the most appropriate version of Linux for your enterprise, we evaluated seven major Linux distributions in search of the perfect balance between utility, productivity, and support."

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