Best Linux Vendors for Small Business Computing
You can always download Linux for free and install it yourself, but that's not always the best option for a small business.
You can always download Linux for free and install it yourself, but that's not always the best option for a small business. You probably won't find Linux computers on the shelves of your local stores, because most Linux computer vendors are independent shops and don't have big advertising budgets to get media attention like Apple and Microsoft.
Small Business Linux Vendors
This article, courtesy of Small Business Computing, introduces five of the best Linux computer vendors for small business.
ZaReason: A Reliable Small Business Linux Vendor
ZaReason is a family business based in Berkeley, California. Its founders are CEO Cathy Malmrose and CTO Earl Malmrose, and their son Kory is a part-time employee. The Malmroses have plans to open shops worldwide, and their first overseas store opens soon in Wellington, New Zealand.
ZaReason offers a good line of laptops, desktops, tower and rack servers, and the ZaTab tablet computer. If they don't stock what you want, just ask for your own customizations. ZaReason supports multiple Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, and Fedora.
They also use hardware with open specifications, so you won't run into any of the annoying proprietary roadblocks so beloved of the big-name vendors, such as low-budget graphics or networking chips that require Windows drivers. Your ZaReason computers can be re-purposed to run any operating system with no licensing or technical hassles. Every ZaReason computer just works, and the company offers excellent support.
Emperor Linux: A Good Choice Since 1999
Emperor Linux has been around since 1999, which is a long time when you consider that the first, very immature version of Linux was released into the world in 1991. Emperor Linux specializes in Linux laptops and tablets, from very small to very large. Its Raven tablet includes handwriting recognition, pressure sensitivity for graphics applications, biometric fingerprint scanner, and dynamic rotation.
Emperor Linux will install its own Emperor Linux distribution, which is a customized version of Fedora 16, or Red Hat Enterprise Linux, OpenSUSE, Slackware, Debian, CentOS, or Ubuntu.
Unlike most Linux computer vendors, Emperor will also set up a dual-boot Linux and Windows system for you. Most Linux vendors avoid Windows because it is expensive to set up the necessary infrastructure to manage Windows software licenses.