"Linux is a product of the Internet, and while most Linux
distributions can be obtained online at no charge, a few vendors
specialize in creating their own Linux kernels and clustering
products. These vendors charge a nominal fee for their products and
support services. So when it's time to select a Linux system, the
question becomes: To pay or not to pay?"
"However, before selecting any operating system, you should
consider what you need the operating system for. Will you be using
the OS for business-to-business purposes? Does the OS need to
handle a large volume of Internet transactions? Outline the
priorities of your organization and then compare the list with what
the different Linux distributions offer, and the one you need will
"As a result of Linux's proven performance and reliability, the
corporate world is beginning to take the OS seriously. Most of the
interest in Linux has been spurred by the sudden involvement of
major vendors, including IBM, HP, and Compaq, all of which
announced they are strategically supporting the operating system.
The major Linux vendors, Caldera, Red Hat, SuSE, and TurboLinux
have done their part to push Linux commercially. The next
generation of Linux applications will move with the shifts in the
marketplace. New Linux applications are emerging around portable
devices, network servers, and the Internet. Some features of the
top Linux vendors are listed below..."
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