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Old 02-20-2006, 08:39 PM   #1
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Hello and a ?


Hello all, new to linux but not computers or software. Have always wanted to dive into Linux but just didn't have the time before...now i do

I am going to be setting up a file server in the next few weeks and have 2 choices as OS.

Unix: Free BSD
Linux: Fedora (don't know which core yet)

Asking this will probably bring arguments for both as it usually does with software lol.

The server will have to handle many connections at once probably VIA bit torrent. No not illegal files :P

This is about as much as i can tell you unless you would like hardware specs.

Celeron 1.7
512MB Ram

So i know windows can have a hard time with many connections is this true with Unix or Linux above?

Thanks
Rainman
 
Old 02-20-2006, 09:03 PM   #2
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Hi Rainman- welcome to LQ!

I think that linux might be your best bet, but perhaps not fedora.

File serving is good fun. Some tutorials you might want to google would be about Samba (windows style sharing).

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Old 02-20-2006, 09:43 PM   #3
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How come not Fedora? And thanks for the welcome

The company i am renting the server from only offer those 2 as far as i know. I will look into it some more.
 
Old 02-20-2006, 09:55 PM   #4
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You might like to try Cent OS.
 
Old 02-20-2006, 10:02 PM   #5
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Wish i could it looks good, thanks for link.

Unfortunately i am stuck with what i posted for os's. The fedora is fedora core 4.

Will this work well?
 
Old 02-20-2006, 10:24 PM   #6
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It will work. There are some people with violent aversions to fedora, but yeah, 4 is the latest core, and it's a linux, so yeah, you should be good to go.

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Old 02-21-2006, 01:58 AM   #7
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Some people claim that distros like Fedora are less performant than others, because it contains lots of graphical stuff for easy configuration.
Other distros, like Slackware (if I'm not mistaken), are harder to configure, but should be faster.

For you, any Linux with Samba will be good and probably more reliable than Windows.
For file serving, I always recommend Unix/Linux over Windows, simply because *nix has been designed to
handle multi-user stuff and serving, whereas Windows simply doesn't have all it takes (yet).
A fine example: *nix NAS servers for file serving have shown to be very reliable and fast, serving files to
both Windows and Linux easily via Samba.
Very recent Windows based NAS servers have proven (to me at least) to be much more difficult to configure and less reliable in the communication with Linux machines.
 
Old 02-21-2006, 07:53 AM   #8
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Good info thanks

I have heard the last few editions of FC (3&4) have been really easy on the eyes. Maybe once i am good with FC i can slim it down a bit.
 
Old 02-21-2006, 08:59 AM   #9
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Hi and welcome to LQ

Fedora core 4 is a good choice. Its true that some of the programs are beta, but you can decide to keep the 'stable' ones, and go on without upgrading them.
The 'needlework' in getting fedora to run, usually comes with these upgrades.

So yes it is a good distribution to start with. You decide when you are ready to try some manually configuring yourself, almost

There is also alot of good lightweight windowmanagers to try out if you find gnome or kde too heavy.
 
Old 02-21-2006, 09:40 AM   #10
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Why not fedora? Because it is just too buggy to be called a proper linux distro. Try slackware or Debian. Both have a pretty steep learning curve, tho. Don't worry, you'll always find help here.
 
Old 02-21-2006, 01:36 PM   #11
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I've been using linux for many years now, and I recently installed FreeBSD on my friend's computer and on an old UltraSPARC 5 I had lying around and I have to say it's SO good. On my friend's PC it was 48 seconds from boot to KDE screen, which I was very impressed with.

BSD can be a little hard to get used to, but if you have little experience with either linux or bsd then you're starting from scratch anyway. If you give it a go, the documentation is very good but be patient because things won't always go right, but there are plenty of people here who can help you.

FWIW I would use Desktop BSD - it is FreeBSD 6.0 with graphical install and configuration tools. It's not a fork, it's just extra apps and install tools so it's fully FBSD6 compatible.
 
  


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