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By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2005-04-18 Print this article Print

Evaluation Shortlist Apple Computer Inc.s Mac OS X Server Offers a slick graphical interface and good access to most open-source software (

Debian/Fedora These all-free operating system alternatives enjoy good community support and work well when running completely open-source software stacks
Windows Server 2003 Offers the easiest-to-use administration tools and very wide support for both proprietary and open-source software (

Novells SuSE Enterprise Linux Server 9 and Red Hats Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 These distros offer fewer frills than OES but cost less because of their lack of client access licenses ( and, respectively)

Sun Microsystems Inc.s Solaris 10 Boasts good application support, compelling administration features and a low cost (

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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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