Linux is a UNIX like Operating System, famous for its reliability and security features, that runs on all kinds of computers. Linux was started by Linus Torvalds in 1991. The Linux Kernel and most applications it offers, are mostly GPL licensed, called Open Source. You can find more about Linux in general here.

The StartCom Linux operating systems, are based on the RedHat Enterprise and Fedora source code each modified with reliability, security and efficiency in mind, to fit the tasks assigned to each flavor of StartCom Linux.

The newest StartCom Enterprise Linux AS-5.0.4 joins a series of successful and reliable operating systems build and distributed over the last three years by StartCom Ltd. This latest release provides full support for virtualization – the running of multiple instances of operating systems on one physical hardware unit. And depending on the installation preferences, AS-5.0.4 can function as server platform as well as advanced client workstation.

This release is using the latest in open source technology and with its known stability, reliability and security allows for mission-critical server deployments. The Global File System (GFS) provided in AS-5.0.4 allows the building and maintaining of high availability computer clusters, mainly used for data centers.

The natural support of the XEN hypervisor, makes the running of multiple virtualized server instances possible. The benefits of server virtualization are consolidation, increased utilization, an ability to rapidly provision and start a virtual machine, and increased ability to dynamically respond to hardware failures by moving a virtual machine to different hardware.

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