All about Linux Servers for Small Business

  • Linux powers everything from humble, small business servers to Amazon, Facebook, Google, and the London Stock Exchange. Linux servers offer all the flexibility and power you’ll ever need. In this roundup we’ll look at some of the best general-purpose Linux servers for your small business.
  • All of the Linux small business servers mentioned here run well on modest hardware, plus, they’re reliable, stable and secure. You get a complete range of functionality, including essential services, networking and security.
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  • 1. ClearOS
  • ClearOS, which used to be called Clark Connect, is an integrated network, gateway, and server platform that bundles a wealth of useful features behind a well-organized browser-based administration interface. You get Web, print, messaging and file servers; networking and Internet gateway; VPN; sophisticated user- and resource-management; network charting; databases; and much more.
  • ClearOS has one of the best administration interfaces and superior documentation, so it’s a good fit for less-experienced admins or admins who just want to get up and running without a lot of fuss.


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  • 2. Ubuntu Server
  • If you follow Linux news at all, you know that Ubuntu gets a lot of attention, both positive and negative. If you put five Linux fans together in a room, you’ll have a hundred opinions and no agreement on anything, so don’t let geek controversies bother you. It’s what we do.
  • Ubuntu Server is a serious server operating system for small businesses that have a good system and network administrator.
  • Ubuntu is the #1 in the Linux desktop market and some use Ubuntu for the servers also. Ubuntu offers the following three editions.
  • 1. Ubuntu Desktop Edition
  • 2. Ubuntu Server Edition
  • 3. Ubuntu Notebook Remix
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  • 3. Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is the top dog in commercial Linux distributions. It has first-rate support and services, and provides rock-solid dependability. SUSE Enterprise Linux. If an organization doesn’t mind spending dollars on purchasing the red-hat support, this is always my #1 recommendation to any organization who runs mission critical applications.
  • On a side note, one of the reason I like Red Hat Linux for mission critical production application is that Red Hat tends to take some of the new features from Fedora, which is well tested by the community.
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  • 4.  SUSE Enterprise Linux
  • SUSE Enterprise Linux is the other big Linux name. SUSE, like RHEL, is a first-rate business operating system that won’t let you down. Priced similarly to RHEL, SUSE also offers great documentation and excellent management tools. SUSE offers one product that RHEL doesn’t: a point-of-service edition for retailers. It’s affordable even for a small shop, though the real cost of any POS is integrating it with your products and inventory, and keeping it updated.If you don’t need all that fancy stuff, SUSE Enterprise Linux is still an excellent general-purpose LAN server.
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  • 5. Debian and CentOS
  • There is a tie for the fifth spot in our roundup: Debian and CentOS Linux. These are my picks for the experienced Linux admin who doesn’t need commercial support or a lot of bells and whistles. Both are lean and efficient, and completely customizable to suit your needs. Both have good community support and a wealth of documentation.
  • Debian, like Red Hat, is one of the foundation Linux distributions. Unlike Red Hat, Debian is completely community-maintained and has no commercial interests. Debian and Red Hat represent both sides of Linux and open source.
  • A clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS usually runs a few weeks behind RHEL releases, all the Red Hat branding has been removed, and it cannot use Red Hat services like Red Hat Network. Security patches and updates are timely, and the excellent Red Hat manuals work fine with CentOS.
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Deepika Murty

Deepika Murty

Deepika Murthy is an ECommerce Strategist and Mobile app development expert. She architected several enterprise mobile applications for veltrod clients.

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