Originally Posted by Libertes
This is again a Linux offer "use impossible".
My virtual dedicated server was Fedora, only Fedora that will never change until server seller changes their mind.
Also i have never tried Gentoo, i am not sure to see those problems again and again.
yes i have 2 pay for Redhat but its price is same or higher than Windows price.
i choose Windows cuz i was not sure that those problems will be on Redhat too.
Perhaps it might be pertinent for you to take a closer look at whats been posted my friend. The linux and free comments are particularly relevant because the original poster did point out that they were trying to install an enterprise product. This is not
You also allude to things being better/cheaper under windows. If that were the case, why is it that some of the "big boys" (erm, people that you've probably never heard of - like Amazon and Google) use linux ?
It's fair to say that when people are starting out, they can quite easily make some elementary errors - the obvious one being the choice of distro. One person did suggest Gentoo, which as a distro can be exceedingly confusing to install (though it does provide some of the best online documentation of any distro). Once installed, the management processes are very easy i.e. although command line, once you know the command, for example, updating
or similar to install something
it's "portage" package management system does it all for you. That is, downloads the source and any dependencies and compiles it according to how you have your system configured.
That is quite similar to the way in which debian based systems work, except that debian does it with pre-compiled binaries.
This, in turn, highlights the way packages are provided by the different distros. For the likes of Redhat Enterprise versions, then you would probably have to "cough up the readies" (erm, not sure if thats what you have to do for the SuSE enterprise system as well, though "OpenSuSE" will do the same thing for nothing - I'm unsure whether there are different repositories for the paid for stuff verses the free offerings).
Hence someone else posted about using something a little more user friendly when starting out. Which is why it was suggested that Mandriva, Ubuntu (or Kubuntu) and other distros like that are good starting points. Then when some knowledge/familiarity has been gained, along with any possible "downside" issues, then it's probably time to try something a bit more adventurous.
This Sidux that I'm using, is based on "pure debian SID". If you then checked out the debian SID, you'd find that its the "unstable" branch of debian. Which is probably enough to scare the new user stupid - and prevent them from even trying it. But in truth, it's not that hard at all (it can't be if a nugget like me can manage it). It's still quite new and as such doesn't (yet) provide an ISO image. They're working on that though. So installing isn't necessarily as straight forward as it might be eventually.
Please don't take this as criticism. It's not intended to be like that, just my effort to clarify a few of the issues that have cropped up in this thread.
I wish you (and others) success, with whatever version of linux you end up with, either paid for or free.