2INTRODUCTIONI.RedHata.Comparison and contrast of workstation and server versionsi.Cost of Ownershipii.Training and Supportiii.Performance and Reliabilityiv.AvailabilityII.SuSea.Comparison and contrast of workstation and server versionsi.Cost of Ownershipii.Training and Supportiii.Performance and Reliabilityiv.AvailabilityIII.Ubuntua.Comparison and contrast of workstation and server versionsi.Cost of Ownershipii.Training and Supportiii.Performance and Reliabilityiv.AvailabilityCONCLUSIONREFERENCES
3IntroductionIn an ever-changing technological world, one company has dominated everything fromcorporate enterprising all the way down to personal use computers. That company dominatingthe computing industry is Microsoft. However, just as businesses compete and evolve so doesour technological world of computing. Linux has become a great competitor for Microsoft due toits ability to evolve to meet the needs of the tasks users set before it. Though both operatingsystems has its own advantages and disadvantages, Linux is being sought out by most businessesdue to its open-source capability.Linux being an open-source operating system presents options for users that Microsoftoperating systems do not. This is not limited to increased security; however, security tends to beone of the biggest concerns for most businesses. Having a unique operating system that can runyour specific applications and support your specific networks add to the total security and that isan important feature most businesses. Depending on the task or how Linux is to be used we mustconsider the different distributions of Linux. We will have to compare the different distributionsof Linux to find the feasibility of using Linux in a server environment and a workstationenvironment. Distributions such as RedHat, SuSe, and Ubuntu are the three we will bediscussing. We will discuss these distributions advantages and disadvantages for both server andworkstation environments to help the company grasp a better understanding of Linux. We willhave to look at the resources and support for each distribution of Linux before considering aswitch.
4RedHatRed Hat Enterprise Linux is a Linux distribution designed for servers and workstations.Though Red Hat is based on the open-source Fedora project it’s design is a stable platform withlong-term support. Red Hat uses trademark laws to prevent their official software from beingredistributed. However, the core software is free and open-source.Red Hat Enterprise Linux is made by Red HatInc.for commercial use, so it is not freeunlike other distributions. Originally called Red Hat Commercial Linux it was released in March2003. The main distribution targets are servers, mainframes, and supercomputer-basedbusinesses.