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InfoWorld: Linux Servers Battle for Enterprise Recognition

Aug 06, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Logan G. Harbaugh)

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"Linux is working its way into datacenters and has great penetration as a Web server. The allure of the open-source OS is clear: Administrators can take a very inexpensive distribution, add assorted server software, apply all the necessary patches, configure the system for good security, and end up with a great enterprise server platform.

"For those with less Linux experience or without the resources to pull everything together, several stable, secure enterprise server releases from the major Linux vendors are available. I recently tested four: Mandrake Linux ProSuite 9.1, Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server ES 2.1, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Turbolinux Enterprise Server 8.

"All four vendors offer substantial features in their enterprise versions--features not included in the standard distributions. The included software apps are not necessarily the latest editions; the vendors selected the most stable, bug-free versions. These servers also boast enhanced manageability and scalability. None, however, stands out as a clear winner, although each has some bragging points..."

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