windows xp, 2003 or linux

  bracken13 13:37 08 Dec 2005

Here is my question for you

does a small business need windows server 2003 as well as windows xp, for a client server setup?

and are there any advatages if they chose linux over windows??

  Chegs ®™ 17:28 08 Dec 2005

I think the linux system would offer a hefty cost saving over windows.Although,its likely to be difficult to setup and use unless your familiar with the linux OS.

  Haol 18:32 08 Dec 2005

A server would run better on linux, I suggest using Ubuntu, they also ship it to you for free.

  bracken13 19:24 08 Dec 2005

okay thanks for that, but what about the windows element of things, would a firm need both or just the one?

  LastChip 01:00 09 Dec 2005

Linux can be integrated with Windows on a Server/Client basis by using Samba (in Linux), but it does require a certain amount of Linux expertise to set it up.

Depending on what the company wishes to run by way of applications and if it is a "green field" set-up, it may be possible to offer a complete Linux solution.

Someone like SuSE (now owned by Novell), I'm sure would be pleased to have the opportunity to advise and could also offer a complete support package with the solution if required. Novell of course, have long been recognised as network specialists.

One way or the other, the server is just a vehicle for bringing together the desktops within the company and of course, in the case of Windows XP, each desktop requires it's own licence, which in some cases, can be a considerable expense. Add to that licences for MS Office and you're probably looking at costs of around £3000 for a ten user operation (without the server licence).

Food for thought!

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