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Which Linux is the best for business?

By jasonhiner Moderator ·
A new TechRepublic poll asks, "Which Linux distribution do think is best suited for business use?

Red Hat/Fedora
SuSE
Ubuntu
Other"

What do you think and why?

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What the ****

by Mangauda In reply to no problems with Suse's n ...

Is this man really a CEO, CFO, blah blah blah (He has written that, that's why)...My God, people like you are killers of the spirit of open source...
Have you ever installed openSUSE by paying clear attention? Duff, it provides the simplest ever GUI for Linux installation, and what the **** about the crap talk of partitioning......
If I was Techrepublic's Site Manager, I would have already removed all this non-sense idiot posts of yours.....

Seriously, mind me.
And,one more thing, don't you try to use any distro of Linux, that'll again surely make you to post such stupidity here..

openSUSE, centOS, Fedora and UBUNTU are the BEST..

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Compliance? (My scheduled opportunity to show my ignorance.)

by CharlieSpencer In reply to I prefer SuSE for busines ...

Compliant with what? If SUSE is all I use, what am I concerned with it being compliant with? Is this a practical, real-world issue?

Why should I care if it's a Red Hat copy? Isn't the kernel in most current distros the same version?

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You have to go where there is support

by jmgarvin In reply to Which Linux is the best f ...

Red Hat and SuSe have excellent support. Having tried OpenSuSe 10, I can say I quite like the direction SuSe is going. Both companies provide excellent support and feedback mechanism and ensure hardware compatibility and the like as you migrate.

However, if you are going to be pragmatic about just the distro, I have to agree with Jaqui on Gentoo or Slackware.

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Redhat erm support

by AJ-Ubuntu-User In reply to You have to go where ther ...

We had a recent dealing with redhat and it took four weeks before we gave redhat the answer to the problem we paid them to fix. At the moment Ubuntu is very nice and very supportable phone/forum , I do how ever think that Debian should have been listed aswell as ubuntu.

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They must have gone down hill

by jmgarvin In reply to Redhat erm support

I haven't directly dealt with Red Hat support for about 3 years now, so it is possible that it isn't top notch anymore.

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I have

by Dumphrey In reply to You have to go where ther ...

used gentoo at home for 2 years now, and all I can say is the **** if I am going to install/support 45 workstaions at work. It would literaly take me weeks to do the installs. Alot of out hardware is 800Mhz machines with 256mb ram, and not even the same machine type to ,make cloning a viable option. Dont get me wrong, I am a fanatical gentoo user, but I don't think I would want to attempt to keep it going at work. I have had to many portage packages "broken" on an emerge only to find out it was the package, not my system. I hate working on red hat systems, but the package integrity is there, the support is there, and the longevity is there.

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What colour is plaid? this is the same type of question

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Which Linux is the best f ...

Which is best for business will depend upon what you want to use it for. If you are talking about for desk top use, then I would plunk for SimplyMEPIS 6, this is built on Debian Sarge and also allows the use of Ubuntu packages. It has the same two level access as most desktop software User / Administrator (i.e. Root). I recently did a comparison evaluation for use as desktop software of several Linux versions and posted a summary in another thread. I found many of the latest user level versions, did NOT give you the sort of full control Root access that you would need in the business environment MEPIS does.

I particularly liked the fact that the load DVD automatically senses the hardware and loads what is needed be it 32 bit or 64 bit system. Most of the others require you to load from different sets of discs. The default disc first loads a Live version so you can try it.

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What

by Dumphrey In reply to What colour is plaid? thi ...

sort of problems did you encounter in other desktop access levels? Or would you mind reposting the link to the thread?

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This depends on the Business

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Which Linux is the best f ...

For Big Business I would do exactly what IBM is doing Supplying SUSE and Red Hat Enterprise both have excellent backup service and great support.

For smaller business this depends on the particular business needs and from their needs I would chose accordingly.

There never has been a One Size Fits All Needs and there never will be so you go with what does the job best for the individual customer needs and here it's the Paid For copies of Linux that tend to come out on top if only for their Backup Service that is available.

However if you are looking purely at performance I would have to agree with Jaqui and go with one of the Distro's that he's recommended.

Col

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Pick based on Requirements

by swdswan In reply to This depends on the Busin ...

I agree with HAL9000. Every business needs to shop around and select for their business environment and requirements.

We reviewed 8 different versions of Linux in 2000/2001. This winter we revisited our top 3 picks. For our application, Red Hat required drivers not readliy available and on-going support. We never did get comfortable with SUSE as pre-sales information was weak. When Novell shook hands with Microsoft that ended our review. We were working with Corel when they shook ands with Microsoft and killed a very promising distibution.

Our distro is Mandriva. It installs easily. Performance is excellent. Drivers for other distros can be readily rebuilt for it, making support and application development simpler. Lessons learned on Mandriva freeware translate directly to commercial versions.

David Swan

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