Linux Gazette: Setting Up a Linux Server Network

A small business acquires a stable network by installing
Linux on their servers.

“The computer systems of a small business often leave something
to be desired, especially in New Jersey. Sometimes a collection of
off-the-shelf PCs running generic office applications gets the job
done, but they’re not the most efficient way of doing it.”

“One of the main obstacles to upgrading any business’ computers
is when the employees become dependent on one system, program or
way of doing things. The thought of making any change, however
minor, often strikes holy terror into the heart of any boss or
company owner. Cindy Wallace, owner of Binding Specialties in
Camden, New Jersey, is no exception. After discussing our options,
Cindy and I decided the best route to take for getting the
company’s computers networked was a Linux-based file server. This
would allow transparent access to important files from every
workstation in the office, with user-level security for important
confidential data. The biggest change in this type of setup would
be each user having to log on to their computer instead of just
accepting the default generic desktop. Using Linux would also save
quite a bit of money, because even a five-user license for
Intel-architecture server software from that other software company
can cost up to $1000, without a mail or web server. Although we
have only a few people using the computers, this would be limiting
from day one and would waste more money as the company expanded.
Another important consideration was ease of administration, since I
spend much of my time in the shop working on production.”