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Distribution: Debian for server, CrunchBang for everything that's not a server
Originally Posted by routers
instead of nonfree redhat but you can get the same thing with centos
centos is available for free, its base on redhat, the only things is redhat brand is removed
visit centos.org for more info
Yes, CentOS (Community enterprise Operating System) is an RHEL clone. Another option would be Scientific Linux:
SL is a Linux release put together by Fermilab, CERN, and various other labs and universities around the world. Its primary purpose is to reduce duplicated effort of the labs, and to have a common install base for the various experimenters.
The base SL distribution is basically Enterprise Linux, recompiled from source.
Our main goal for the base distribution is to have everything compatible with Enterprise, with only a few minor additions or changes. Examples of items that were added are Alpine, and OpenAFS.