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Linux.com: Linux Advantages for Small Business

Dec 19, 1999, 18:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Nipp)

"Long known only as the mysterious box in the corporate server room which runs the intranet, or one of the many developers' databases, Linux also has a lot to offer to small businesses. It is safe to say at this point that Linux has managed to firmly entrench itself into the server rooms of corporate America. The stability and flexibility of Linux has led many organizations to implement it in various ways. The key point is that the benefits which Linux offers to large organizations are equally important to smaller businesses. A small business inherently has a much smaller budget to spend on computer systems, and Linux can provide these businesses with an extremely cost-effective and reliable solution to a wide range of computing needs."

"Linux has been proven over the years to be a rock solid server platform. Whether you need file and print services, or a Web server, e-mail, database, or more, Linux is a proven performer in all of these areas. File and print services can be offered to your desktop systems virtually regardless of the desktop operating system. The Apache Web server is the most popular Web server on the Internet, and Linux is a very popular platform on which to run Apache. Sendmail, which can be extremely complicated, is still the most popular mail server around, and can be configured for basic e-mail service without too much trouble. The server room, closet, or cubby of any small business can benefit from the use of Linux in any of these areas, and many more."

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