"Since its debut in 1991, Linux has continued to
quickly evolve as a desktop alternative operating system, as well
as an alternative network OS.
We looked at four popular Linux distributions--Caldera OpenLinux
Server 3.1, Mandrake ProSuite 8.0, Red Hat Professional Server 7.1
and SuSE Linux Professional 7.2--to see how they worked alongside
Windows NT, the technology most likely to be used on the same class
of hardware as that used for most Linux installations.
We were particularly interested in how Linux behaved in key
networking and Internet application support situations. In testing
the latest versions, we found that there were significant
differences, even though all of the tools are based on the same
Linux core. From Red Hat's support to Caldera's installation ease
and SuSE's strong security and administration, each distribution
has features tailored to a particular set of needs and a company's
place along the Linux adoption curve."