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Old 09-30-2004, 05:33 PM   #1
Jason999
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*Newbie* Gaming Server Suggestions


I'm hoping this is the right forum to ask this in since it is a newbie-ish question.

Me and several other people from my school are throwing a public lan party in the near future, and I'd like to run at least a few if not all the games of linux boxes. Games like UT2k4, Battlefield 1942/DC/Vietnam, Wofl ET, a couple half life variations, and Jedi Academy for starters.

What I'd like to know or get an opinion on is what would be the best choice for distro for the servers? I have some experience with linux, but I'm still fairly foggy on things from time to time. But the other issue is that I'll be working the lan party with several people who have had little to no experience with linux. So basically I just need a distro that is fast, but one that people who are used to running 2k/xp would be able to figure out basics with minimal training.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 09-30-2004, 06:05 PM   #2
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I think as long as you got it set up, everything that THEY would need to know would be pretty much the same throughout all the distros, they aren't that much different. As for the best for running a server, I've heard Slackware a bit, but mostly Debian.

Personally, they all seem to run pretty good though, I had a Half-Life dedicated server running on Fedora a while ago and it ran quite well.
 
Old 09-30-2004, 06:08 PM   #3
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What I'd like to know or get an opinion on is what would be the best choice for distro for the servers?
This answer varies, but in my opinion I would say:
1. Arch (optimized for i686 architecture and, for those not afraid of the command line)
http://www.archlinux.org/about.php
2. Slack or Gentoo
3. SUSE or Mandrake, since your not familar with linux

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But the other issue is that I'll be working the lan party with several people who have had little to no experience with linux. So basically I just need a distro that is fast, but one that people who are used to running 2k/xp would be able to figure out basics with minimal training.
This should help:
http://www.linux.com/howtos/Game-Ser...TO/index.shtml

Hope this helps

-kX

Last edited by Kronux; 09-30-2004 at 06:11 PM.
 
Old 09-30-2004, 06:13 PM   #4
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I ran a Wolfenstein Enemy Territory server for a year or so when I had a nice 10/10Mbit connection. I used Debian, but as Awatto said, pretty much any distribution would do.

One important thing to consider is security. A lot of gaming servers get attempted break-ins, both "real" ones and just game admin access by guessing passwords and so on. I never had any successful break-ins (as far as I know...!) but the logs told a tale of long and intensive curiosity from script kiddies. So I suggest you lock it down tight - disable all network services except the critical ones. I just kept ssh and the game itself running; If I ever wanted to FTP something I could start that service by logging in via ssh. A good iptables (firewall) script to block everything but the ports the game uses and ssh might be a good idea.

Edit: I forgot this important part: Don't ever run the game server as root! If someone finds an exploit in the game they could gain root access very quickly. Run it as an unprivileged user (basically deny everything but running the game itself), and if possible also run it in a chroot jail.


Håkan

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Old 09-30-2004, 09:02 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the suggestions (and the how-to)! I'm thinking I'm going to go with slack for the speed. I might just have to give some basic tutorials for a few people, but it should work nicely.

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