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Winnipeg Free Press: Microtrader anything but conventional; sets up small/home offices with Linux

Dec 29, 2000, 22:56 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linda Rosborough)

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"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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