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By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2006-01-09 Print this article Print

Evaluation Shortlist Apples Mac OS X Server 10.4 The Apple operating system does rival Windows Server 2003 in the ease of use of its management tools, but the limited hardware on which OS X runs is a big drawback (

Novell Inc.s SuSE Enterprise Linux Server 9 and Red Hat Inc.s Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 These enterprise Linux distros offer a bit broader architecture support than does Windows Server, but they dont match the breadth of R2s software catalog or the smoothness of its graphical management tools ( and

Sun Microsystems Inc.s Solaris 10 Suns Solaris 10 is more constrained in terms of supported hardware and software than Windows Server is, but Solaris boasts some slick and useful technologies, such as DTrace and Containers, that Windows does not (

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