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ComputerWorld: Three Unixlike systems may be better than Linux

Feb 12, 2000, 01:19 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simson L. Garfinkel)

"Before you deploy Linux within your organization, you should look beyond the hype and consider other Unixlike operating systems. Like Linux, these systems can be deployed without paying licensing fees. And like Linux, they are open source. But in many cases, these other Unixlike systems deliver better performance, more security and other features that today's Linux offerings still can't touch...."

"To be fair, the differences between the BSD systems and Linux are minor compared with the differences between these systems and Windows NT. All of the Unix systems use the same graphical user interface based on the X Windows System. They all have the ability to share files and printers to Windows 95/98/NT desktops using the Samba remote file system. They can all run the Apache Web server. And they all come with the free GNU C Compiler and development environment."

"But there are significant differences between Linux and the BSDs. The differences result from philosophy and the mix of individuals working on the different distributions."

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