Some critics of Linux say the open source operating system is too difficult to set up for small businesses. One Melbourne-based vendor claims to have overcome that issue.
Cybersource said it was offering a turnkey server package capable of supporting 30 to 40 typical office users for less than AU$2,000.
Ron Fabre, a product manager with the company, claimed Linux and open source software could deliver security, reliability and features that proprietary software houses such as Microsoft could not.
The AU$1,950 price tag on the Cybersource SBLS (Small Business Linux Server) includes hardware, delivery, installation and integration. Software features include "file serving, shared Internet function, Internet firewall and proxy accelerator, Internet email, Web publishing, anti-spam, anti-virus and standard networking services," Fabre added.
Ongoing support is available, and Cybersource plans to sell the SBLS through resellers and other partners.
"We want to take the challenge up to Microsoft. We know we deliver more features at less than a quarter of their price-tag," said Fabre.