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Fedora Core 5

Fedora Core 5

Fedora Core 5 is the latest Linux release from the Red Hat-sponsored <a href="http://www.fedora.redhat.com ">Fedora Project</a>, a free-to-download distribution that's mostly community developed and aimed at developers and hobbyists. As such it’s very much cutting edge, with Fedora Core regarded as a test bed for upcoming technologies. Technologies that could, eventually, make it into the commercial <a href="http://www.europe.redhat.com/software/rhel/">Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)</a> product, but only when fully proven and debugged. The Fedora release cycle is much shorter than for RHEL. Indeed, it’s just nine months since version 4 was released, although a lot has happened in that time.

March 24, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

Sun Solaris 10

Sun Solaris 10

For Sun customers, upgrading to Solaris 10 is very much a 'no-brainer', and for several very good reasons. To start with, it's faster than any previous Solaris implementation, with a slick new IP stack just one of many performance enhancements. Plus it’s a lot more secure, featuring a new integrated cryptographic framework based on the Trusted Solaris product. The Role Based Access Control (RBAC) technology, introduced a couple of releases back, has also been extended to give fine-grained control over both users and processes, while applications and services can now be isolated within their own virtual execution space using Solaris Containers (formerly N1 Grid Containers).

April 21, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

Windows Small Business Server 2008

Windows Small Business Server 2008

<p> Small companies with limited technical resources may be interested in Microsoft's new <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/sbs/en/us/default.aspx">Windows Small Business Server 2008</a> (SBS 2008), both in terms of its functionality and ease of use. However, it's not cheap &mdash; especially if you want to do more than the basics, as expert help will be required to fully exploit what the package has to offer. </p>

November 12, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

RHEL 6 offers greatly enhanced scalability and is well equipped to handle future technological advances. The switch to KVM virtualisation and server subscription tweaks may not be universally popular, but existing Red Hat customers and new Linux converts should still consider it.

January 11, 2011 by in Enterprise Software

Mandrakelinux 10.1 PowerPack+

Mandrakelinux 10.1 PowerPack+

Here’s a few things you don’t often hear in relation to a Linux package, but in the case of Mandrakelinux 10.1 they’re absolutely true. This new release is a refreshingly easy package to install with a choice of graphical interfaces, management tools and add-on applications that make it as easy to configure and use as Microsoft's Windows, both for desktop and server deployment.

January 6, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Some two years in development, the latest version of Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux platform, <a href="http://www.europe.redhat.com/rhel/">RHEL 5</a>, was finally launched on 14 March 2007. The open source performance, functionality and security updates are all present and correct, but of greatest significance is the newly integrated <a href="http://www.europe.redhat.com/rhel/virtualization/">Xen virtualisation technology</a> &mdash; marketed for the first time as suitable for production use &mdash; together with a complete revamp of the way the product is licensed.

April 3, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring

Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring

<p> Linux distros are a bit like buses (bear with me on this) &mdash; miss one and another is bound to come along sooner or later. In the case of <a href="http://www.mandriva.com/">Mandriva Linux</a>, it's the 2008 Spring edition that benefits from the usual long list of component updates together with full support for the <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/notebooks/0,1000000333,39386073,00.htm">Asus Eee PC</a>, improved synchronisation with mobile devices, PulseAudio sound infrastructure and a handful of other enhancements. </p>

May 28, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9

SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9

Having already updated its <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/os/0,39024180,39155022,00.htm">consumer focused Linux</a> last year, you could be forgiven for expecting Novell’s latest enterprise operating system to be little more than a rehash of that software. However, that’s not the case: there are significant performance, scalability and security enhancements in version 9 of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES 9), together with a raft of new and improved management features that help push it to the top of the Linux pile.

December 6, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

This welcome update brings Microsoft's Small Business Server into line with the rest of the Windows Server family, while also simplifying management and enhancing remote access. It's far from cheap, however, and smaller companies may be better off evaluating the Essentials version.

February 2, 2011 by in Enterprise Software