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Linux DistributionsStrictly, Linux is a single product. The very core of an operating system. However, when we speak of Linux, we actually mean the core operating system, plus many, many utility programs and applications. When packaged together, the whole becomes known as a Linux distribution.

Linux distributions include the Linux kernel, supporting utilities and libraries and usually a large number of applications software to fulfil the distribution's intended use.

Typically, Linux is packaged in a format known as a Linux distribution for desktop or server use. There are many such distributions, some good, others excellent. After many years of experience, SCS have honed this list of distributions down to just three, which we believe to be the most robust and secure:

Red Hat: Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers handle millions of dollars in trades, purchases, and analysis every day. Scaling from the small business to global enterprises, it is one of the most powerful and reliable server operating systems available.

Centos: CentOS is a Linux distribution which provides a free enterprise class computing platform which has 100% binary compatibility with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Offering the same power, scalability and reliability as the Red Hat Enterprise Linux server, without the need to buy into Red Hat support contracts.

Ubuntu: Ubuntu is a distribution designed for the desktop. It has become one of the most popular desktop distributions, noted for its intuitive, easy to use interface. Ubuntu is composed of many software packages and comes installed with a wide range of applications software including: Word-Processors, Spreadsheets, Email and Browsers. In fact, everything you would normally need on the desktop. All with the added bonus of not having to purchase licences for each application.


Whether you need Linux on the server or desktop, contact us today for friendly advice on how Linux might work for you.