"For the first time, the strongest Linux distributions
surpass the weakest UNIX systems in overall functionality. Using
the version 2.4 Linux kernel has improved the features of the
operating system. In addition, all of the vendors studied - SuSE,
Red Hat, Caldera, Turbolinux, and Debian GNU - have increased the
breadth and depth of their bundled network infrastructure software.
The report provides detailed analysis against critical criteria:
scalability, RAS (reliability, availability, serviceability),
system management, Internet and web-application services, and
directory and security services. With these upgrades in place, the
leading distributions of Linux are able to serve as general-purpose
operating systems for a wide range of departmental and workgroup
Story[ The executive summary is freely available as a
downloadable PDF with a relatively simple registration. The full
report is for-pay. ]
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