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ClearOS: Full featured + easy to setup and manage Windows SBS alternative

By robo_dev ·
I admit I've loaded a lot of different operating systems. Everything from DOS 3.3 to Sun Solaris, to every version of Windows ever made.

I know Linux and Unix, and like the way they tend to just work, but the lazy side of me quickly takes over when it comes to choosing an OS for ease of use. Sure, I can add on all sorts of neat Xwindows applets to try to make my Linux box as bonehead simple as my Windows box, but ultimately, I give in and just use Windows.

Until now.

ClearOS is, quite simply, a Linux server for those who are afraid of Linux.

It's a well polished flavor of RedHat Linux, all the applications you will ever need as a small business or home server user all 'in the box', wrapped up in a slick easy-to-open wrapper.

For those who are allergic to editing config files, ClearOS uses a stylish and flashy web interface to do all server admin tasks.

It has just about any server service you can imagine built in (Mail, Web server, VPN, Proxy, Content Filter, DNS server, DHCP server..the list goes on and on).

Of course the cost is free.

Personally I loaded it up as a VM on my VMware ESX server, and it runs like a top.

http://www.clearfoundation.com/Software/overview.html

http://itechlog.com/linux/2010/01/07/linux-clearos-to-rival-microsofts-sbs/

ClearOS is a powerful network and gateway server designed for small organizations and distributed environments. Though ClearOS comes with an extensive list of features and integrated services, the solution is easy to configure thanks to the intuitive web-based interface.

Take a look at how ClearOS features match the MS SBS:

Microsoft SBS
Centralized Authentication (Active Directory)
Mail, calendaring and instant messaging (Exchange)
Webserver (IIS)
Firewall (ISA)
Content management system (Sharepoint)
Antivirus (Forefront)
Database (MS-SQL Premium version only)
Remote Desktop Services
Virtual Private Network (VPN)

ClearOS Linux
Centralized Authentication (LDAP)
Primary Domain Controller (Samba)
File and Print Services (Samba and CUPS)
Mail (SMTP, POP, IMAP, Webmail)
Calendaring (Kolab groupware)
Webserver (Apache)
Firewall plus intrusion protection (iptables, Snort)
Antimalware (Clam Antivirus, Antiphishing, Antispyware)
Antispam (Spamassassin)
Database (MySQL)
Virtual Private Network (IPSec, OpenVPN, PPTP)
Web Proxy (Squid)

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