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[News] Small Business GNU/Linux Server in Review, Apache Surges Upwards

  • Subject: [News] Small Business GNU/Linux Server in Review, Apache Surges Upwards
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 08 Jan 2010 03:11:18 +0000
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The Small Business Server Replacement is Clear(OS)

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| When it comes to the Internet, Linux is a big win.
| Mail and web servers, databases, 
| computational clusters and supercomputers 
| all belong to the domain of free software. 
| When it comes to embedded devices, Linux is 
| also king of the roost.
| [...]
| Now, meet ClearOS, a free and open source 
| Linux distribution which does just that. 
| ClearFoundation released the stable version 
| of ClearOS 5.1 just before Christmas and it 
| is available for download.
| It might sound like a new kid on the block, 
| but actually ClearOS has a long history 
| going back to the turn of the century. It 
| was previously known as ClarkConnect, a 
| very popular distribution for setting up a 
| Linux server quickly and conveniently. 
| ClearOS is now built on CentOS, which is in 
| turn built from the source code of Red Hat 
| Enterprise Linux. As such, ClearOS has a 
| solid and reliable foundation.


January 2010 Web Server Survey

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| Apache gained approximately 3M hostnames 
| compared to the December 2009 survey, bringing 
| their total to 111.3M.



A Small Business Guide to Linux Desktop Software

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| While you can still download many free
| versions of Linux online, for convenience
| sake, several vendors offer user-friendly
| versions and charge a fee for support. Red Hat
| and Novell are the primary desktop Linux
| vendors, accounting for nearly 95 percent of
| the operating system revenue in 2008,
| according to IDC. Further, these two companies
| claimed 90 percent of worldwide Linux
| subscribers during 2008.
| âThe Linux desktop has developed very rapidly
| over the past few years,â said Nick Carr,
| marketing director of Red Hat. âFrom a
| technology viewpoint the Linux desktop is well
| developed, feature rich and mature. It is low
| cost, secure and manageable, and itâs very
| well suited to a wide range of customer
| deployments.â


A Linux answer to Windows SBS: ClearOS

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| Linux is used as a server all the time.
| From branch-offices using Linux and Samba
| to Google running, well everything, on
| Linux, it's the operating system for choice
| for most businesses. Except that is, for
| small offices. There, Microsoft's SBS
| (Small Business Server) is the server of
| choice. The Clear Foundation wants to
| change that with their ClearOS 5.1 small
| business server distribution.
| Why has Linux not done well here? It's an
| odd story. In some ways, Linux has
| historically done quite well for small
| businesses. Back in the late 1990s, the
| Cobalt appliance line did quite well in the
| market. Sun, in one of their less than
| bright moments, however, bought Cobalt for
| about $2 billion in 2000. By neglect, Sun
| had killed off Cobalt, and small business
| server Linux, by 2004.
| [...]
| Note, we didn't say 'Linux' server.
| ClearOS, formerly known as ClarkConnect,
| doesn't ask for its users to become expert
| Linux administrators. Indeed, its interface
| hides all of Linux's complexity away. While
| it's built solidly on Linux and other open-
| source programs, a non-technical user could
| use ClearOS and never know what was his
| server's hood.



Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google

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| "Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux," he said. "How
| are we doing? Forty is less than 60, so I don't like it. ... We have some
| work to do."

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