Which Linux Distro for a Production Environment?
I know that there are always posts about this basically everywhere, but I'm hoping that my question is specific enough to get a good answer.
First off I'm starting a new job and am blessed to able to do it from home. It's a remote IT job and I've been given a short list of required programs/commands:
REQUIRED Programs (cannot change and must work through gui):
visio viewer (possibly getting the full version)
shrewsoft vpn client
remote desktop connection (linux equivalent must be able to connect to Windows systems)
google drive sync
Desktop environment (either installable or pre-installed)
General MUST-haves through gui:
feature-full text editor (gedit)
multiple monitor support
Multiple desktops/virtual desktops
Most/every application requiring configuration
Important utilities requiring lots of configuration
Crashing after a simple update
old versions of required applications
slower than Windows (ubuntu unity at least with my setup)
All of these programs must be able to run at least as well as windows (One would hope that wouldn't be hard) and in some cases connect to windows. For instance, windows has that file sharing feature (don't remember the name) and I would like to be able to use that in linux to windows and vice-versa to sync files and such. It also would be nice to remote desktop into a windows system from linux without using teamviewer (you can't install certain applications such teamviewer while you are connected with it). If possible all these should run natively, but I would accept wine and/or a virtualbox of Windows 7 if they will work correctly.
Here's what I already know:
My Desktop specs:
Graphics:radeon hd 6550D
Memory:ddr3 8gb 1600mhz ram
My Laptop specs:
Graphics:radeon hd 7660G (don't even know if it's supported in linux)
Memory: ddr3 16gb 1600mhz ram
I consider myself to be of an intermediate level linux user. I can configure Arch to work in some cases, but sometimes it just refuses to work correctly.
So what it comes down to is that I need a linux distro that can do run all these applications easily and that is stable enough for a production environment, but not so old that my graphics will overheat/not work. I will be dual booting Windows 7 as a fallback as well. My friend at the company suggested Opensuse and Mint because he knows those. I have tried Opensuse and it does ok, but falls short in the update area fairly often.
Any suggestions or questions?
CentOS. It's a free clone of Red Hat, so it's as stable as you're ever going to get. The fact that it's the most used Linux on web servers tells you something, and it's just as good on PCs.
Your graphics cards are both OK for Linux.
A quick check on some things I don't know (evolus pencil, teamviewer) shows that they're available.
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