Linux® is a free UNIX® based computer operating system originally
created by Linus Torvalds with the assistance of developers around the
world. You may have heard of UNIX® before in the context of mainframe
computers. Needless to say a lot has changed since then.
We have chosen the Linux® platform as a basis for our solutions
as it provides a number of key features vital to a small business requirement.
Free from licensing costs
Because all the solutions we provide are based on Open Source Software,
there is no costs incurred in buying software; you simply pay for
the configuration time.
Linux features a very open architecture that allows it to be installed
on a wide variety of hardware platforms from embedded devices, through
standard Intel and AMD based platforms to the latest multiprocessor
64 bit systems.This allows it to be completely tailored to the demands
of the system rather than a particular software vendors requirement.
Based on the UNIX® operating system, Linux® provides a very
solid platform for applications virtually free of program crashes
or software resource conflicts.
Server uptime is usually measured in years and months unlike 'other'
Linux systems are geared towards providing solutions based on a set
of tools that communicate via open standards rather than a single
application that handles everything.
This means that as different demands are placed on the system, such
as adding email capability or Windows file access, the same standard
tools can usually be implemented to provide data consistency and minimise
Unlike some operating systems, Linux® provides a very comprehensive
security model from the ground up. Users are only given the permissions
necessary to perform the required tasks. Programs are, by default,
not able to execute code out with their permissions. This means that
the threat from virus or worm attacks are vastly reduced. Secondly
the source code for the software is freely available.
This allows a large community of developers to inspect it for any
potential flaws or security breaches. When problems are found, it
is highly likely that the code is corrected far faster than commercial
rivals due to the community working together.
For more technical information on the Linux® operating system please
visit the Linux®