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It is not uncommon for an ISP provider to advertise itself as a Linux ISP. Linux is a popular free operating system that's more or less interchangeable with UNIX. It is well-suited to ISP technologies like e-mail management, Usenet news serving, and ISP Web hosting. While Linux is a good match for an ISP, it is not provably better than true UNIX or other UNIX-like substitutes (like Solaris, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, AIX, Mac OS X, HP-UX, etc.) In short an ISP should not be chosen for Linux use alone -- other factors (especially ISP security and ISP safety) should also be considered.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|