"Brent Crighton doesn't mind being unconventional. In fact,
he seems to thrive on it. "It's a scary place when you walk
in," Crighton jokes about his computer business, Microtrader.
Located in an unassuming strip mall in East St. Paul, Microtrader
is a treasure trove of used and new computer equipment, including a
lot of high-end gear."
"In addition to selling to home users, Crighton and his staff of
15 also serve small business, delivering high-speed Internet
solutions using the Linux operating system. Aiming to provide an
alternative to conventional options, Crighton and his staff build
SOHO-Linux office servers using used computers."
"Crighton swears by the e-Smith Server and Gateway, a product
which uses the Linux operating system and is backed by Linux
publisher Red Hat Inc. Microtrader's SOHO-Linux server allows
sharing of a single Internet connection, file and print server
sharing, Web page hosting and includes firewall protection.
Crighton estimates the company has rolled out 75 to 100 Linux
boxes for local business clients -- from auto dealers to insurance
agents -- in the last year."
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