Introduction

== Over the past few years, commodity computing solutions — the Linux operating system, Intel x86 and compatible processors, and open and de facto standards-based networking, storage, and peripheral hardware — have become capable enough that they now rival or surpass the equivalent proprietary products. Today, businesses can mix and match components from different vendors, can adopt and extend infrastructure using free and open source software, and, in general, can exert much greater control over complex and costly issues like upgrades and customization. As a result, enterprise computing centers in all industries continue to aggressively replace and expand aging systems with commodity technology. Of course, technology of any kind is only valuable if it's reliable, responsive, suitable, and effective in generating results. As with all significant purchases, making informed decisions is key. Yet, if there's one issue impeding even more rapid adoption of Linux and commodity information technology, it's the dearth of practical and pragmatic information about how to apply Linux to business problems. Indeed, vertical industries, such as Government, Retail & Telecom, have no source of information focused solely on deploying and tuning Linux to meet their unique requirements. UNTIL NOW. Linux Magazine is pleased to announce Linux Solutions. Linux Solutions is an integrated educational & marketing program delivering critical Linux information to IT executives in the Government, Retail & Telecom industries. In conjunction with FOSE, Retail Systems and SuperComm, Linux Solutions will provide best practice recommendations and comparative analyses from industry experts, plus end-user case studies, through the following media properties: Linux Solutions Conferences at each industry tradeshow Linux Pavilions at each industry tradeshow Linux Solutions Guides in the April (Government), May (Retail) & June (Telecom) issues of Linux Magazine ==

Over the past few years, commodity computing
solutions — the Linux operating system, Intel x86 and
compatible processors, and open and de facto standards-based
networking, storage, and peripheral hardware — have become
capable enough that they now rival or surpass the equivalent
proprietary products.

Today, businesses can mix and match components
from different vendors, can adopt and extend infrastructure using
free and open source software, and, in general, can exert much
greater control over complex and costly issues like upgrades and
customization. As a result, enterprise computing centers in all
industries continue to aggressively replace and expand aging
systems with commodity technology.

Of course, technology of any kind is only
valuable if it’s reliable, responsive, suitable, and effective in
generating results. As with all significant purchases, making
informed decisions is key. Yet, if there’s one issue impeding even
more rapid adoption of Linux and commodity information technology,
it’s the dearth of practical and pragmatic information about how to
apply Linux to business problems. Indeed, vertical industries, such
as Government, Retail & Telecom, have no source of information
focused solely on deploying and tuning Linux to meet their unique
requirements.

UNTIL NOW.

Linux Magazine is pleased to announce Linux
Solutions. Linux Solutions is an integrated educational &
marketing program delivering critical Linux information to IT
executives in the Government, Retail & Telecom industries.

In conjunction with FOSE, Retail Systems and
SuperComm, Linux Solutions will provide best practice
recommendations and comparative analyses from industry experts,
plus end-user case studies, through the following media
properties:

  • Linux Solutions
    Conferences at each industry tradeshow
  • Linux Pavilions at each
    industry tradeshow
  • Linux Solutions Guides
    in the April (Government), May (Retail) & June (Telecom) issues
    of Linux Magazine
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