CMP Media's CRN Test Center Says Linux Accomplishes Microsoft Windows Tasks at 93 Percent Software Cost Savings

Nov 30, 2001, 00:00 ET from CMP Media LLC

    JERICHO, N.Y., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- CRN, CMP Media's news weekly for
 builders of technology solutions, features a cover story in its Dec. 3 issue
 in which its CRN Test Center put together a Microsoft Windows-free network
 with a Linux server and five workstations at a 93 percent software cost
 savings to a comparable Windows solution.
     The Test Center reached the following conclusion: Linux and associated
 Linux applications can accomplish many of the same tasks as the Wintel
 standard at a much lower initial cost -- in this case, for 93 percent less
 than the software cost of a similar Windows-based network -- and without many
 of the licensing hassles presented by traditional software platforms. The
 total software cost for the Linux based solution was $317 vs. $4,688 for the
 Windows network solution.
     The Test Center's "non-Windows" network included Linux distributions from
 Red Hat, Mandrake and Caldera for the desktop and server implementations. To
 reflect the mishmash of equipment usually found in a small-business
 environment, the Test Center used a menagerie of hardware to gauge various
 Linux configurations.
     This included computers ranging from older Intel Pentium II-based systems
 to systems based on the latest Intel and Advanced Micro Devices processors as
 well as storage devices, such as SCSI and IDE hard drives and CD-ROM and DVD
 drives.
     Broadband Internet connectivity was supplied via a cable modem linked
 directly to a Linux-based server or shared via a Linksys broadband router.
 Test Center engineers found the installation of the various Linux
 distributions surprisingly easy. Caldera, Mandrake and Red Hat have gone to
 great lengths to simplify the process, and their products generally had no
 problems identifying the hardware and successfully installing Linux on any of
 the test systems.
     Although Linux's corporate inroads have primarily been on the server front
 and questions remain about the profitability of a Linux-powered desktop, a
 select few solution providers are already closing deals and reaping rewards
 from selling Linux-based solutions.
     "For most business uses, Linux desktops and available applications can
 perform the tasks people need, reliably and efficiently," said Evan
 Liebovitch, a partner at Starnix, a Linux-centric VAR based in Toronto.
 
     About CRN and the CRN Test Center
     CRN is the nation's leading trade newsweekly that provides breaking
 industry news and analysis for solution providers, integrators and
 e-businesses driving the economy.  It is the most trusted source of news for
 117,500 channel professionals.  A media leader in the high-tech industry, CRN
 provides the most comprehensive suite of online resources: http://www.crn.com,
 the site where industry news breaks first; CRN Direct, a daily newspaper that
 brings personalized news to solution providers' desktops; and CRN News Radio,
 a daily news broadcast covering the solution provider channel and the industry
     The CRN Test Center is the technology-evaluation department of CRN,
 providing unbiased product, technology and channel-program analysis
 specifically targeted at solution providers. The CRN Test Center produces
 single-product reviews, technology news, technology demonstrations at
 tradeshows, and product roundups featuring channel-program evaluations. Top
 products receive the coveted "Editor's Choice" or "Recommended" designations
 
     CMP Media LLC (http://www.cmpnet.com) is a leading high-tech media company
 providing essential information and marketing services to the entire
 technology spectrum -- the builders, sellers and users of technology
 worldwide. Capitalizing on its editorial strength, CMP is uniquely positioned
 to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated media solutions tailored to meet
 their individual needs.  Its diverse products and services include newspapers,
 magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education
 and training, trade shows and conferences, custom publishing, testing and
 consulting.
 
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    JERICHO, N.Y., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- CRN, CMP Media's news weekly for
 builders of technology solutions, features a cover story in its Dec. 3 issue
 in which its CRN Test Center put together a Microsoft Windows-free network
 with a Linux server and five workstations at a 93 percent software cost
 savings to a comparable Windows solution.
     The Test Center reached the following conclusion: Linux and associated
 Linux applications can accomplish many of the same tasks as the Wintel
 standard at a much lower initial cost -- in this case, for 93 percent less
 than the software cost of a similar Windows-based network -- and without many
 of the licensing hassles presented by traditional software platforms. The
 total software cost for the Linux based solution was $317 vs. $4,688 for the
 Windows network solution.
     The Test Center's "non-Windows" network included Linux distributions from
 Red Hat, Mandrake and Caldera for the desktop and server implementations. To
 reflect the mishmash of equipment usually found in a small-business
 environment, the Test Center used a menagerie of hardware to gauge various
 Linux configurations.
     This included computers ranging from older Intel Pentium II-based systems
 to systems based on the latest Intel and Advanced Micro Devices processors as
 well as storage devices, such as SCSI and IDE hard drives and CD-ROM and DVD
 drives.
     Broadband Internet connectivity was supplied via a cable modem linked
 directly to a Linux-based server or shared via a Linksys broadband router.
 Test Center engineers found the installation of the various Linux
 distributions surprisingly easy. Caldera, Mandrake and Red Hat have gone to
 great lengths to simplify the process, and their products generally had no
 problems identifying the hardware and successfully installing Linux on any of
 the test systems.
     Although Linux's corporate inroads have primarily been on the server front
 and questions remain about the profitability of a Linux-powered desktop, a
 select few solution providers are already closing deals and reaping rewards
 from selling Linux-based solutions.
     "For most business uses, Linux desktops and available applications can
 perform the tasks people need, reliably and efficiently," said Evan
 Liebovitch, a partner at Starnix, a Linux-centric VAR based in Toronto.
 
     About CRN and the CRN Test Center
     CRN is the nation's leading trade newsweekly that provides breaking
 industry news and analysis for solution providers, integrators and
 e-businesses driving the economy.  It is the most trusted source of news for
 117,500 channel professionals.  A media leader in the high-tech industry, CRN
 provides the most comprehensive suite of online resources: http://www.crn.com,
 the site where industry news breaks first; CRN Direct, a daily newspaper that
 brings personalized news to solution providers' desktops; and CRN News Radio,
 a daily news broadcast covering the solution provider channel and the industry
     The CRN Test Center is the technology-evaluation department of CRN,
 providing unbiased product, technology and channel-program analysis
 specifically targeted at solution providers. The CRN Test Center produces
 single-product reviews, technology news, technology demonstrations at
 tradeshows, and product roundups featuring channel-program evaluations. Top
 products receive the coveted "Editor's Choice" or "Recommended" designations
 
     CMP Media LLC (http://www.cmpnet.com) is a leading high-tech media company
 providing essential information and marketing services to the entire
 technology spectrum -- the builders, sellers and users of technology
 worldwide. Capitalizing on its editorial strength, CMP is uniquely positioned
 to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated media solutions tailored to meet
 their individual needs.  Its diverse products and services include newspapers,
 magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education
 and training, trade shows and conferences, custom publishing, testing and
 consulting.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X60958424
 
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