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By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2005-08-01 Print this article Print

Evaluation Shortlist Apple Computer Inc.s OS X and OS X Server Provide a nicely assembled mix of proprietary and open-source components, although both are limited to Apple hardware (

Microsoft Corp.s Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Offer easy-to-use administration tools and wide support for proprietary and open-source software (

Novell Inc.s SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and Red Hat Inc.s Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 These enterprise Linux distributions serve well as platforms for open-source and proprietary applications while adding support, certifications and per-system license costs ( and

Sun Microsystems Inc.s Solaris 10 Benefits from the wealth of open-source software and boasts server-focused technologies of its own, such as DTrace and Containers (

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As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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