Server Operating System - Linux

The Community Enterprise Operating System The Linux operating system is the mascot of the open source paradigm shift.

CentOS is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by Red Hat, considered by some to be THE linux vendor. CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendors redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible.

This distribution (without extra software) allows you to use your server as a:

 

  • file server (Windows - SMB, AFP, NFS)
  • print server (LPD, Windows - SMB, IPP)
  • email server (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4)
  • web server (HTTP, PHP)
  • terminal server (X-Windows)
  • database server (MySQL, PostgreSQL)
  • boot server to boot diskless workstations that can run remote desktop clients (RDP), essentially turning them into thin clients.
  • host for virtualisation (for running multiple operating systems at once)

 


Red Hat's Enterprise edition of Linux can be purchased if you require vendor support.
For extra functionality the other products we recommend can be added to give you a full and complete solution you can trust and depend on.

Office Suite - LibreOffice

LibreOffice: Drop in replacement for MS Office LibreOffice is almost a drop-in replacement for the Microsoft Office line of products (excluding Office 2007/2010 due to the proprietary ribbon interface). LibreOffice runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Apple Mac OS X and others.

The following components are available:
  • Writer (word processor) 
  • Calc (spreadsheet)
  • Impress (presentations)
  • Draw (drawing)
  • Base (single-user database)

 


If you are currently a modest Microsoft Office user you will find LibreOffice a breeze to use and like us will grow to prefer it. And, just like Firefox, you can extend the functionality of LibreOffice by installing freely downloadable extensions.

Desktop Operating System - Linux

Linux can be used on the Desktop as well as the server!
Most modern Linux distrubutions are very usable as home and business desktops enabling you to perform all your current tasks: Internet, Office Applications, and Multimedia.
Numerous distributions are available:
There are many more available - These are the most common ones.

For a good, stable Operating System we recommend Ubuntu. If you want to try something on the leading  (bleeding?) edge then Fedora is for you. Linux makes for a very good, user-friendly desktop operating system.