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By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2005-06-27 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 (

Novells SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and Red Hats Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 These enterprise Linux distributions offer software slates similar to those of Debian and Fedora while adding support, certification and per-system license costs ( and

Red Hats Fedora Core 4 Does a good job of balancing stability and leading-edge components (

Software in the Public Interests Debian 3.1 Boasts excellent software management tools and broad architecture support (

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

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