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Although I have been an experienced IT Professional in many years, I just made my first steps into Linux Country. And problems, which possibly are as easy for Linux Pro like baking eggs, are as difficult for me like having a child explaining theory of gravity, e.g.
Well, my problem at this moment is: Where can I get libcairo.so.2 as repository? And when I have it, is it easy to install? Will I get the same problems with libcairopango.something.2.so or whatever it's called?
Are you really using Red Hat 9 as your profile says? If so, you should really upgrade to a newer distribution, because Red Hat 9 is obsolete and no longer supported. You should be able to get Cairo, Pango and other packages you need via your distribution's package management system. If you're not using Red Hat 9, then tell us which distribution you're using so we can help you further.
Honestly, I'd suggest Slackware, purely because it's what I use. However, you may like to try several distros before settling on one. Some names: Ubuntu, Fedora (which is produced by Red Hat), openSUSE, Mandriva, ... - the list is endless.
Which distro should be the most appropriate to install Asterisk? Because Asterisk is my mail goal. Besides Asterisk, I want to run Apache (multiple websites / domains on one IP-address), a mail server (some Linux equivalent to MDaemon, which I currently use on Windows (my subscription is almost expired), file- and printersharing and NAT.
I don't really know if one distro is more "appropriate" for running the software you want, but I would imagine it doesn't make a huge difference. Most distros come with web server and mail server packages and some may have packages for Asterisk (Debian does, I just checked), but if not, there's nothing stopping you downloading the source and building it.
Thanks for your reply. What is the newest version of Red Hat? You wrote, that Fedora is produced by Red Hat. Does that mean, that there is no newer version of Red Hat than that I am running, and that it means I need to find the newest version of Fedora?
The last version of Red Hat Linux was 9. If you want to use Red Hat products, there's Fedora or Red Hat Enterprise Linux (the latter is not free, but you can get distributions which are based on it and are free, like CentOS).
Thank you very much. I installed Centos 5.2.i386 - which I guess is a better choice. Now I am experience another problem, but that has nothing to do with this problem, so I will open a new thread! Thanks for the advice!