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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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Ubuntu

by AJ-Ubuntu-User In reply to Which Linux is the best f ...

Because of the Long term support of Dapper (6.06) and the distro's forum and IRC channel are the best support I have seen for any O/S in recent years (incl. windows).

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Not in MOST business settings

by Freebird54 In reply to Ubuntu

I use Ubuntu at home, and am very impressesed with it in that environment - but there are a few issues in many business settings that mitigate against it.

The first thing is that it is a little TOO comprehensive out the box (off the install) - as it can do nearly everything a home user could want. However, do you NEED your employees ripping DVD's on company time? More to the point, Firefox is deeply embedded as a rendering engine - and not all businesses want their employees on the net at all. The security model default is not sufficient either - though it can easily be changed to a more normal usage.

My vote would be Debian - for solidity, reasonable amount of standardization, and minimal work getting packages on and working for you without dependency **** :)

Suse and Red Hat have their place as far as support goes - and if Jaqui comes with it (to make it work) then gentoo is good too!

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Depends on where you are in the learning curve

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Which Linux is the best f ...

If you are the bottom looking at a big slope. I started with Mandrake 9.0. (Now Mandriva).
I had a lamp server up and running inside a week with no linux background and with NIC driver problem thrown in.

A more experienced colleague swore by slackware, but I never got round to trying that myself.

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I'm surprised that no one else has mentioned this...

by smallbiz-techwiz In reply to Which Linux is the best f ...

or maybe I just missed it somewhere, but business needs dictate which applications you must use. Likewise, the applications you must use dictate the operating system you must run them on (what versions are supported). No one in a serious business role installs their favorite operating system and then says, "Now, what can I use this for?".

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It kind of depends

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

The Red Hat support structure is top notch. If you are supporting multiple servers and need strong vendor support, I highly recommend Red Hat.

However, the desktop is another matter. I'm not a huge fan of Fedora and Ubuntu's security model is broken. So, I'm not sure what linux desktop to choose.

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Yep, it kind of depends on whether Linux works at all

by consultinator In reply to It kind of depends

First off, all my hardware in my small corporation runs *XP Home*, so I guess it is fine for the "corporate desktop"; second, Linux couldn't do what I needed it to do, neither could XP Pro.

The single most critical thing I need to do is connect to a remote server via the Cisco VPN. Past experience is that XP Pro had a problem running the VPN Client. (it probably works now; don't know, don't care.)

Recently, I had a go at using Ubuntu to see if I could get all the pieces to work and move away from Windows. Sure, the basic install went great and all basic functionality was there for browser, email and office documents. The problem was that even after following numerous how-to guides and trying out both the Cisco Linux VPN Client and open-source clients, I could not get connected using the VPN. Sorry folks, I would love to get away from OS lock-in, but when a mission-critical piece of software will not work after many hours of research and attempts, that is a show-stopper! BTW the Windows Cisco VPN Client installs and runs with a few mouse clicks--three minutes, tops!

In the end, the main issue for me is: Can I get stuff done without wasting a bunch of time.

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Talk to Cisco about that

by jmgarvin In reply to Yep, it kind of depends ...

They need to support their VPN software. If it didn't work in XP Pro, they should be told. If it didn't work in Ubuntu, they should be told.

How do they know there is a problem if nobody tells them?

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XP Home?

by Dumbterminal In reply to Yep, it kind of depends ...

You must not have a domain then.I'm not bashing MS, just pointing out that XP Home may work for your situation, but there are other things that keep it from being useful as a corporate desktop.

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I can

by Dumphrey In reply to Yep, it kind of depends ...

testify that Cisco'c VPN client does work on OSX, Win XP Pro, and linux (gentoo 2.6.18 kernel glibc 2.2). the linux install was a bit tichy until I "back dated" a few packages to perform the build. The Cisco tech was quite helpful.

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SuSe and Ubuntu

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

Redhat SuSe and Ubuntu so far are reliable
enough for daily use, this emaail was sent
using open SuSe 10.2 ... Hugh...

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