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To make an informed decision on which computer Operating System you should choose for yourself or your company, there are a number of factors to be considered beyond simply looking at the initial price. Large IT companies often make a lot of noise about the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of a system as it’s a good way to obscure the typically high price of their software. Unfortunately studies suggest that the TCO of a typical Linux based IT solution is almost half that of a Windows based solution. So moving on to the features of Linux …

Basic Feature List

  • Runs on PC’s, Laptops, Netbooks
  • Very quick and extremely reliable
  • Huge base of available software
  • Established technology – 20 years old!
  • Supported by OSI, FSF, GNU
  • Many free distributions to choose from
  • Free and commercial support available

Advanced Feature List

  • Networking, IPV4 and IPV6
  • Windows network file share / printing
  • Windows document compatibility
  • Outlook / Exchange compatibility
  • Firefox, Chrome and Opera browsers
  • Support for .NET, Flash , Java
  • Fantastic Multimedia support

Features for Gurus

  • Virtualization with KVM, XEN, VMWare
  • Cluster filesystems OCFS2, GFS
  • Compilers available for most languages
  • Support for majority of PC hardware
  • Range of failover and HA facilities
  • Support for 32bit and 64bit CPUs

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