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I've seen several reviews of Lion's server package that assert that of course you could do all of this on a Linux server just as well, if perhaps somewhat less easily. But they never seem to actually out and out say what the alternatives are.

What would you need to able replicate the abilities of OS X's server version in Linux? I'm putting down a list of the features listed on Apple's website below, but would be interested in stuff beyond that, pulled from here:

  • - a one-stop application for administering said server
  • Calendar, Wiki, Address Book and some sort of IM/Chat server
  • Mail serving
  • Web hosting
  • Some sort of directory services and authentication
  • Client management
  • Network and VPN management
  • Some sort of distributed computing system like Xgrid
  • Various monitoring and performance tools

I'm something of a server newbie, so I'm sure I'm missing something.

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What alternatives have you researched so far? – Daniel Beck Jan 6 '12 at 21:00
@DanielBeck Somewhat blindly, Apache for web hosting, Condor or the like for an Xgrid substitute, and one of a number of Wiki-servers for that bit. Though its entirely possible I've missed the mark entirely. – Fomite Jan 6 '12 at 21:04
I mean, chat is any jabber server, mail and wiki should be really easy, VPN is a basic tool you'll find options, any ldap server for directory services, etc. -- what you lose is ease of use, and that's why some people pay apple money for this. – Daniel Beck Jan 6 '12 at 21:16
@DanielBeck Indeed - what I was looking for was possibly recommendations that might not send a longtime Apple user into fits where they end up rocking in the corner. – Fomite Jan 6 '12 at 21:18
@EpiGrad: That might be impossible. – surfasb Jan 7 '12 at 2:40

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