Operating Systems

With over decades of experience with various operating systems Aspen Systems Direct gives our customers the choice to choose any operating system for their new system as long as the hardware is supported. Please note that some operating systems may not support all of the latest hardware and components in your new customized system. Please check with our sales staff or hardware vendors to ensure that the operating system you choose has stable functioning drivers and support for your new hardware. Also please note that some operating systems require special licensing at additional costs like Microsoft Windows and RedHat Enterprise Linux.

Another advantage to working with Aspen Systems Direct is our Statement of Work (SOW). Customers are required to fill out a SOW on every system purchased from us. This process helps to ensure quick delivery of a system that is configured to fully meet your specific needs.

Here is a list of some popular operating systems that our customers request:

Linux Distributions

Arch Linux     [ Website ] [ Forums ] [ Documentation ]

Since 2002 Arch Linux has been the leading "rolling release" distribution. Arch's development team mainly focuses on minimalism, simplicity, and code elegance. Arch Linux uses a "rolling release" system which allows one-time installation and perpetual software upgrades for users who want the latest software packages.

CentOS    [ Website ] [ Forums ] [ Documentation ]

Community ENTerprise Operating System (CentOS) is a free enterprise class operating system that is derived entirely from the RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution. This is a free alternative to RHEL and is great for users that don't require support from RedHat.

Debian    [ Website ] [ Forums ] [ Documentation ]

Debian is one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems used throughout the world and has over 30,000 pre-compiled software packages that are easy to install with there well-known package management tools. Debian is known to have a very slow release cycle which increases stability and security.

Fedora    [ Website ] [ Forums ] [ Documentation ]

Fedora is another user-friendly Linux-based distribution that is sponsored by Red Hat. Fedora is a RPM-based project that was created in 2003 when Red Hat Linux was discontinued. Fedora is known for its large community, rapid development and frequent releases which gives you the latest software and technology on current hardware. Fedora is also known to be a test bed for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

openSUSE    [ Website ] [ Forums ] [ Documentation ]

openSUSE is a free, community-supported Linux-based operating system that is sponsored by SUSE/Novell. openSUSE uses the Red Hat Package Manager and is a test bed for SUSE Linux Enterprise. The target audience of the openSUSE distribution are Linux enthusiasts, developers, and to those who are interested in having bleeding-edge software.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux    [ Website ]

RHEL is the most popular Linux-based Enterprise operating system that is developed by RedHat and targets the commercial market. Redhat subscriptions offer the latest enterprise software, including bug fixes, security, and enhancements for any supported version.

Slackware Linux    [ Website ] [ Mailing List ]

Slackware Linux is one of the first Linux-based operating systems to hit the community in 1993. Slackware was created by Patrick Volkerding and originally derived from Softlanding Linux System (SLS). Slackware is very popular among hardcore Linux users and is the most stable "Unix-like" Linux distribution which doesn't feature any fancy gui tools for installation and package management.

Scientific Linux    [ Website ] [ Forums ] [ Documentation ]

Scientific Linux (SL) is another Linux distribution like CentOS based on RedHat Enterprise Linux that is produced by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. This is a popular Linux distribution among labs and universities around the world.

SUSE Linux Enterprise    [ Website ] [ Documentation ]

SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLES) was the original provider of the Enterprise Linux-based disbtribution which is currently developed by Novell. SLES is used by thousands of businesses, research laboratories, and universities across the world for mission-critical computing. SLES also supports more hardware and software than any other Enterprise Linux-based operating system.

Ubuntu Linux    [ Website ] [ Forums ] [ Documentation ]

Today Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distributions used on desktops across the world. Ubuntu is a fork of the Debian project's codebase and is strives to offer it's users an easy-to-use desktop operating system featuring the GNOME desktop environment. Ubuntu also offers a server edition which is starting to gain a lot of popularity today.


FreeBSD     [ Website ] [ Forums ] [ Users Handbook ]

FreeBSD is a completely free UNIX-like operating system that is typically used for servers and it well-known for it's rock-solid stability, performance, security, code elegance, and well-written documentation. FreeBSD and other BSD operating systems are open source derivatives of AT&T's Research UNIX® operating system.

NetBSD    [ Website ] [ Documentation ]

NetBSD is a free, secure, fast, and highly portable open source UNIX-like operating system. It is available in a variety of platforms from x86 servers and PC desktops to embedded ARM and MIPS based devices. NetBSD is well-known for its advanced features and clean design which makes it a great OS for research and production environments.

OpenBSD    [ Website ] [ Documentation ]

The OpenBSD project is a UNIX-like operating system that is known for quality documentation, open-source code, uncompromising stance on software licensing, and mainly focuses on security and code elegance. Popular open-source applications such as OpenSSH, OpenNTPD, OpenCVS, OpenBGPD was created by the OpenBSD team and is used in a number of operating systems today.

Microsoft Windows

Windows Server 2008 R2     [ Website ]

Windows 2008 Server R2 is a server operating system built on Windows NT 6.1 which and is the server variant of Windows 7. Windows 2008 Server is the first 64-bit-only operating system released by Microsoft and offers a variety of new features for Active Directory, support up to 256 logical processors, new features for IIS, and virtualization.

Windows 7    [ Website ]

Windows 7 is the latest release of Microsoft Windows and is one of the most popular operating systems in the world. Windows has come a long way over the past decade and offers consumers and businesses a stable and reliable environment which is compatible with most hardware available today. Windows 7 is also the most popular PC gaming operating system in the world.

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