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Building a Linux Small-Business Server

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| Linux oldtimers have known for years that it's not necessary to go into hock 
| for expensive, proprietary networking gear, because Linux comes with a 
| powerhouse networking stack. It also comes with a host of first-rate network 
| services such as intrusion detection, firewalling, proxies; file, print, Web, 
| and e-mail services; excellent groupware and messaging; genuine secure remote 
| access and administration; secure wireless; diagnostic, monitoring, and 
| repair tools; backups and restores; and most everything else needed to run 
| the small-to-big enterprise.        



Open Source: What Companies Are Deploying Now

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| Small and mid-size companies have embraced Linux. Now they are taking
| up an even broader array of open source technologies.


Next Gen, Mission-Critical Apps To Be Deployed on Linux Says Report

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| By now it should be obvious to even the most casual industry observers
| that Linux operating systems - and open source-based software in general -
| have reached critical marketplace mass. Recent Linux deals and
| announcements by Oracle and Microsoft have only reinforced the "open
| source is enterprise-grade" message that IBM, Unisys and other "Master
| Brand" hardware, software and services vendors have been preaching for
| years. In short, open source, especially Linux, is becoming "legitimized"
| by the major vendors for enterprise environments, and user executives
| are more than happy to believe them.


CIO study finds Linux ready for prime-time

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| The company predicts a steep rise: only 18 percent of businesses
| will be using Linux in business-critical roles by the end of 2007.
| "Linux operating systems - and open source-based software in general
| - have reached critical marketplace mass," said the study's authors,
| Bruce Guptill and Bill McNee of Saugatuck Research. 


SourceLabs looks to tame open-source sprawl

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| SourceLabs has developed an application to bring order to
| corporations' thicket of open-source components.
| [...]
| The application, which runs on Windows or Linux, includes a copy of Swik, 
| wiki-based collaboration software developed by SourceLabs that lets IT 
| professionals share information on specific products.


Virtualization fits in small business

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| The advent of high-performance workstations and servers based on
| Windows, Linux and similar technologies brought the benefits of
| virtualization to small- and mid-size businesses that might have
| only a limited IT staff and an even more limited budget.


Small businesses are ripe for free software

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| Of course, the initial appeal for a business is the same advantage
| that I first noticed about many free software applications: the zero
| acquisition cost. The ability to acquire these programs for free
| allows you to spend your limited capital funds in areas that
| generate profits for your company. In my initial scenario, we
| purchased one more PC than originally planned with the savings.
| [...]
| Whether you are a new business, at the point where your start-up
| expenses are exceeding your revenues (if any revenues yet), or a
| current business owner wanting to be frugal with your expenses
| and investments, you can find a free software application for
| your company.


Are SMBs Missing the Open Source Boat?

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| "One of the frustrations shared by many SMBs is the lack of 
| affordable customization capabilities for business software,"
| said Red Hat Exchange Product Director Matt Mattox, "[but] this
| is where open source solutions can make the most headway. ... The
| longer-term opportunity is to engage the open source community to
| develop customized solutions for a wide variety of SMB niches.


Verio Targets SMBs With Linux-Based Managed Server Release

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| Verio's Linux MPS is built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 4 and
| comes bundled with dedicated, enterprise-level hardware, a highly
| secure managed hosting Get FREE CDN for 3 Months. 

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