Take a Swing at Linux for Small Business
With most business-grade Linux distributions, you already have every software package a small business could ever use.With most business-grade Linux distributions, you already have every software package a small business could ever use. Putting them all together, though, could be tough. If you know Linux well, its not a problem. If you dont, you should consider putting the small-business Linux software suites into the field. The best known of these is IBMs Small Business Suite for Linux (SBSL). This includes DB2, the WebSphere Application Server and Lotus Domino. These programs are integrated together to provide small businesses with all of the messaging, Web site and data management that they could ever need. Better still, if your customer wants to start play immediately, the packages install program lets you install the entire package, or only part of it, in as clean a manner as weve ever seen a back-office suite go up.
On the user side, SBSL also includes WebSphere design tools for Linux and Windows, and Lotus Notes, SmartSuite and Domino Designer for Windows. At a price of $499 per server and $90 per client with a hard limit of 100 users and full support for the Caldera, Red Hat, SuSE and TurboLinux distributions, SBSL is as attractive as a well-turned double play.