Linux Course Project
Network Operating Systems, UNIX/Linux with Lab
Linux Distributions for the Enterprise
By James Anderson
Professor: Yves Gollo
April 7, 2012
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Executive Summary 3-4
Executive Summary: In the workplace today there are many different options for operating systems be they providers of server related services or end-user desktops there is a different Linux distribution for many different applications. There are also a number of advantages and disadvantages to adding onto or switching network operating systems within a company. In the following pages I …show more content…
There is no official support but you can purchase packages from many different IT solutions companies if necessary, however there are many online support forums for Ubuntu that are free of charge as well. Depending on the scope of the support required it is important to find the balance between a costly support agreement and free software.
Performance and reliability:
With many ways to grade an operating systems performance one thing to look for is the stability of the distribution. Often when a new version or release of an operating system there are initial bugs that need to be worked out and over time they do once the operating has been relatively error free it is deemed “stable”. Ubuntu has been a favorite among those new to the Linux family.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Red hat Linux, created in 1994 by Marc Ewing named his distribution after a red Cornell University lacrosse hat he was given by his Grandmother. In the large family of Linux this is the more main stream and up-to-date operating system that will definitely get the job done. With two versions desktop or workstation geared toward the end user focused on applications, and the administrator using a stand-alone development environment with super user privileges (Red Hat, 2012).
Cost and Support:
Each desktop or workstation’s cost is dependent on the level of support required if you are a self supporting the basic desktop is only $49 US dollars for a one year subscription however that is a self