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ApacheThe world’s favourite Web server, Apache is included as a standard component in most Linux distributions. However, it’s not the only Web server available for the Linux platform with others such as Zeus Web Server (ZWS) also available.

December 19, 2005 by


Market Overview

Apart from differences as you go from one release to another, a proprietary operating system like Windows is the same no matter how you get it. Linux distributions (or 'distros') differ considerably, however.

December 19, 2005 by


Key Business Issues

There are lots of good reasons for choosing Linux, and open source software in general, but giving Bill Gates a bloody nose isn’t one of them. For a start he’s unlikely to notice -- but more importantly, it’s a far from trivial decision.

December 19, 2005 by


Ubuntu Linux 5.10

Ubuntu is a well integrated, practical and absolutely free Linux distribution. There may be worries about support, but the Canonical organisation is building a good reputation and the head of steam in the wider Ubuntu community should provide decent local support from third parties, too.

November 24, 2005 by Peter Judge


Novell Linux Desktop 9

If you manage a lot of corporate desktops, then Novell's Linux Desktop is well worth a look -- particularly if you're happy with ZENworks. Linux pricing and Novell's corporate-style support could make this a useful option for business.

November 22, 2005 by Peter Judge


Mandriva Linux 2006

Mandriva occupies the middle ground between consumer-focused and business-orientated Linux distributions. It's generally well put together, but lacks some details.

November 21, 2005 by Peter Judge


Red Hat Desktop 4

Businesses that need to support a reasonable number (>10) of Linux PCs may find that Red Hat Desktop 4 delivers an attractive total cost of ownership (TCO).

November 15, 2005 by Peter Judge


SUSE Linux 10

SUSE Linux 10 is a full Windows/Microsoft Office replacement on one DVD at a bargain price. Home users could do a lot worse, and even IT managers may learn to love it.

November 14, 2005 by Peter Judge


Microsoft Windows Vista Preview

Microsoft has more to do on its new operating system, but this first beta suggests that Windows Vista will be up to par with Linux and Apple Mac OS X.

October 19, 2005 by Robert Vamosi

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Windows Vista Beta 1

Take a look inside the forthcoming operating system from Microsoft. Although it's not due for release until late 2006, a few features are worth checking out.

August 22, 2005 by Staff Writer


Sun Solaris 10

Significant performance, availability and feature enhancements make Solaris 10 an automatic choice for existing Sun customers. But as an alternative to Linux, it doesn’t yet deliver.

April 21, 2005 by Alan Stevens


Mandrakelinux 10.1 PowerPack+

It may lack the high profile of other Linux distributions, but Mandrakelinux 10.1 is one of the easiest to get to grips with -- if not the easiest of the lot. This new release also has lots to offer both novices and experts alike.

January 6, 2005 by Alan Stevens


SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9

This is a significant update, with important scalability and management enhancements positioning it ahead of the competition, and as a rival to Microsoft's latest Windows Server 2003 product.

December 6, 2004 by Alan Stevens


SuSE Linux 9.1 Professional

If you’re looking for relatively straightforward Linux-based office productivity, you should have few problems with this distribution.

May 18, 2004 by Jonathan Bennett


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