OS4 Enterprise 4.0 is a custom Linux distribution compatible with Ubuntu and Debian Linux, but unlike its older brother OpenDesktop, this version is oriented towards the enterprise sector.
So, what's the difference between OS4 Enterprise 4.0 and OS4 OpenDesktop 13.2? The first and foremost different is the price. The Enterprise version costs $99.99 (€74) and the OpenDesktop version is free, as the name suggests.
According to the developer, OS4 Enterprise 4.0 is built on LTS technologies, which usually means that it makes use of Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin), which in turn means that it will also benefit from five years of security updates from Canonical.
Also, the release schedule is a little more spread out than our community driven distribution, OS4 OpenDesktop. Customers will get a full Microsoft compatible office suite (LibreOffice) and a Groupware suite as well, not to mention complete development environments.
OS4 Enterprise 4.0 also comes in two flavors, Desktop and Server. The Server version has Apache, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Postfix, Samba, a full clustering suite, LikeWise Active Directory, and OpenLDAP and GUI configuration utility, and support for WebObjects 5.4 and Oracle 11g.
The Desktop version on the other hand comes with GNUStep, Eclipse, Gambas2, Monodevelop, GCC, LibreOffice 3.4, Gimp, Evolution, Inkscape, Scribus, Glom, Audacity, and OpenShot Video Editor.
To top it all off, Wine (wine is not an emulator) is also included to ensure Microsoft compatibility.
“Built for the cloud, or the datacenter, OS4 Enterprise 4.0 delivers on all of your critical application needs whether on physical hardware or virtualization,” states the official announcement
Support Subscriptions are available for OS4 Enterprise 4.0 based on the number of deployed systems.
More details about this new OS4 release can be found in the official announcement. There you will also find a more comprehensive list of include packages.
You can buy OS4 Enterprise 4.0