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my school wants to install a linux server because they have problems with there windows server sow now my teacher asked me if i could help her so i want to ask some things: wich distro should i use? Is it going to be usefull in a network with all winxp pc's? Where can i find a manual for it? and is it easy to set up?
my teacher can't work with it but she is going to buy some books.
Some suggestions would be kind of you
Thank you in advance.
Last edited by millusionist; 02-22-2005 at 12:51 PM.
For a server, I would strongly urge the consideration of Debian. I prefer Gentoo for my desktop, but Debian is much simpler for setup. Using SAMBA, you can work in a Windows environment VERY easily and very effectively.
Originally posted by millusionist but she hasn't worked before with a unix system so maybe i can use xandros? or is there a debianserver with easy grapical tools so that she doesn't have to use cmd-line?
Debian is great for schools and stuff. Just set up a host for apt-get and use nfs to mount a partition on all the computers /var/cache/apt/archives, that way you won't have to redownload updates and you can get it all installed fast. Also use kdm as a login manager and kde for a desktop environment since it's probably the most similar to windows. If you set up webmin you can make it easy to manager since it's a nice gui interface which can be run remote (if you set it up correctly). Als you can use synaptic for updating, since again it's a gui and will be easier then using apt-get for most users. For working with windows computers like someone else said you'll have to use samba, though i have never tried it with windows, though it DOES work. And apache is really easy to get working, worked "out of the box" for me, just had to reconfigure router and it's great. Try looking http://www.google.com/linux for more howto's i remember seeing a great on on the main site, don't remember now. And if you need help just post in the debina forum. Good luck.
Originally posted by millusionist ok thanks i'll try it and then i'll let you know must i get all cd's? or just the first 2-3 for that kde and kdm
I'd actually do a netinstall, just grab the debian sarge netinst cd and pop it in, it'll guide you around the install then ask you want you want to install, then you can either pick the packages manually or do a "preset" package to get it all working, of course this will all be downloaded before installing, for kde and stuff you'll probably need 300-400 megs depending on how many packages you choose and stuff (i included downloading base packages). Unless they don't want you sucking inernet up then i have no idea what cd's to grab since i've always done base install. Well good luck.
they have no choice or its a netinstall or its nothing i'm not going to spill some cd's when i can do it with one :d
thank you bobbens and matir too.
My teacher is going to send me a mail as soon as she can.
do you know where to get a complete book of debian, it because the server is in a school and she(my teacher) is goinig to secure it and also they need to know some command work too aren't they. I use slackware and its great i've tried debian before and it was also super but i want to dive in to unix directly so slack is the best for that. Thanks again i'm only 16 ya know and i'm a noob and here in Belgium not much people talk or use linux but i'm trying to convince some friends of mine and 1 of them has mandrake now but the other has no floppy disk and his bios won't load his cd on boot. He wants too use slack to with my help. Do you have a irc channel or do you use msn? maybe then we can all ask you for help if you do pm it to me if you wish
Thank you again
Last edited by millusionist; 02-23-2005 at 02:10 PM.
Originally posted by millusionist do you know where to get a complete book of debian, it because the server is in a school and she(my teacher) is goinig to secure it and also they need to know some command work too aren't they.
Not really any book, i always do searches in www.google.com/linux for whatever i need like for example "howto apache debian" then if i need to i print out the pages so i can read them while i'm doing stuff. It's the linux way to get things done :P. Well good luck.