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Old 06-06-2010, 12:18 AM   #1
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Computer Science/Security Major - What distro?


Hi all, I'm just gonna be straight forward.

I'm gonna be attending an university in the fall. I'm probably gonna end up taking two majors since the school decided to pay for it simply because I'm too smart and I'm from Europe. So I was basically looking at the majors and I knew Computer Science was gonna be one, and then I decided to add Computer Security. A whole lot of the classes become transparent so I won't struggle too much. My Question is: What linux distro should I choose? I've been trying to read left and right articles about choosing a linux distro, but they're a bunch of silly talks. I know that backtrack is by far the best distro when it comes to computer/network security. Computer science is kinda broad, so you can't really tell which one is best. Please let me know. I'm gonna be primarily spending time programming in C, C++ and eventually C#. Maybe some java and python here and there.. What should I get?

Thank you all.

P.S. I have worked with linux before. I know how to patch a kernel .. dealing with dependencies and all that good stuff. The reason why I wanna go for a linux again is because a professor at MIT, which is the graduate school I'm hoping to get into eventually, told me that I should start, you know, working with linux and leave behind MAC and Windows for they're simply overused and linux is starting to become widely spread in the IT world. I decided to take his word, he's a freaking MIT professor after all.

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Old 06-06-2010, 01:20 AM   #2
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You shouldn't choose a single distribution or operating system because that will limit your exposure.
 
Old 06-06-2010, 01:25 AM   #3
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the most common as servers would be ( not in any kind of order )
Debain,RHEL ,Suse
toss in BSD and some ( should never have been installed fedora servers)

pick one of the major distros then rotate them , and install a new os every year or so .

or if you have disk room to spare then just install more than one

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Old 06-06-2010, 09:01 PM   #4
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the most common as servers would be ( not in any kind of order )
Debain,RHEL ,Suse
toss in BSD and some ( should never have been installed fedora servers)

pick one of the major distros then rotate them , and install a new os every year or so .

or if you have disk room to spare then just install more than one
Thanks for the suggestions, but SUSE and RHEL are business-powering OS's that require a subscription of some kind? Can I get the open source version (openSUSE, Fedora) and still be good to go ?
 
Old 06-09-2010, 02:45 PM   #5
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CentOS http://www.centos.org/ is a free version of RHEL (just minus the proprietary bits), much closer to RHEL than Fedora is. OpenSuse is quite similar to Suse, much more so than Fedora is to RHEL, IMHO. As with RHEL and Fedora, Suse Enterprise uses OpenSuse as a testbed, but it is far less bleeding edge (IMHO) than Fedora, which is a good thin IMHO.

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Old 06-15-2010, 03:36 AM   #6
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my thoughts are that if you are a university guy, then suse and red hat , or as the above thread metioned, centos...http://www.distrowatch.com is a place to look at all the distros out there...i just installed ultimate edition , an ubuntu os, and its cool, sort of blooted, but lots of software....good luck, allways wished i was a computer science grad
 
  


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