The Linux/Apache Model
Linux/Apache as a platform has been doing web-based networking, backed by large-scale community development, for a long time. The most mature SPAM filters , email handlers, RSS tools, web data-miners, and web automation tools are Linux/Apache based. For those tasks, that's what we may recommend. These services or components can be integrated easily with Microsoft Exchange and other Microsoft servers and systems.
Are we talking about “Open Systems” or “Open Software”?
No. We’re really trying to discuss the important business move toward open architectures. Enterprise or service architecture is not related to “open systems” or “open software”. For open systems, think “UNIX-like systems which have been standardized”. For open software, think free Linux software, free licensing, and community development.
Is Linux more “open” for business software architectures?
No. What matters are your software applications, not your systems. Linux is important, however, because most of the web runs on Apache web servers running on Linux, and the internet (worldwide) and intranet (corporate) ARE vital to open architectures.
Written by Keith Mitchell, Senior Developer at NSKinc