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Linux and Solaris: An Analysis of Two Strategies for Enterprise Operating Systems

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There are a number of Linux and UNIX operating system platform choices available today for enterprise workloads, an advantage which gives IT executive's flexibility and reduces vendor risk. However, this choice also requires careful examination to select the best option among the wide range of proprietary UNIX and open source Linux offerings. One of the most contentious today is choosing between Linux and Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Solaris. At face value, these platforms seem similar - both may be obtained for "Free," both enjoy good availability of support offerings and administrator skills, and both are widely supported by application vendors.

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