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Old 04-01-2005, 01:20 PM   #1
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Best distro for a server and low spec?

I'm looking for a distro which has the following.....

mail server
and other networking server tools

this is to run on a PC with 64mb ram and an amd 500mhz processor, which distro would be best for this? it would be nice if it had a smal GUI
Old 04-01-2005, 01:55 PM   #2
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Why would you need a gui? You don't need gui at all for a server. Besides taking resources, it's also a security risk. That's the beauty of Linux and servers... no-gui.

Check out *BSD if you want security, stability and low-resource requirements. Slackware would be a nice Linux distribution for it though, if you really want Linux
Old 04-02-2005, 12:32 AM   #3
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The GUI isnt highly important, but it would be nice if there was one there. I'm no expert with linux, but I'm not a beginner either, so having the GUI would be good if I was having problems doing something in text mode.

I've got feather and damnsmalllinux, they are both great little distros, but last time I tried a small distro it had a lot of things missing which prevented me from installing other software.

I've got slackware 9, I'll give that a go, and if all works out I'll install slackware 10
Old 04-02-2005, 12:46 AM   #4
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I'd also throw in a vote for Slackware - I'm currently running 10.1 with Apache, ProFTPD, Qmail, MySQL, etc and it runs great - when I did the install I opted not to have Gnome or KDE as I manage everything via the terminal. This allowed me to just use the first disk as the second is for the Desktops, etc.
Old 04-05-2005, 09:29 AM   #5
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I would go for CentOS 4 without any X Server. I think it runs well on my old Compaq Deskpro 300Mhz (even with GNOME). The security update times are good and I haven't found any RHEL 4 package that doesn't work with it. You also have Apache, DNS, DHCP, Samba, SQL software in as standard.




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