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I have been trying a few flavors of Linux and now I see why so many people use Windows.
I have been drinking from this fire hose for long enough that I am now willing to ask for help.
I am trying to set up what I think is a simple server. It's on a private network so security is not a big factor. (192.168.1.xx)
I want to test my web development projects on it using all the stuff you would normally get on a virtual server or dedicated box you rent from a hosting company. Since it is private, I also want telnet so I can learn easier when working on scripts. I also want Samba so I can backup files to and from it.
I tried Libranet but that was more of a desktop system I thought. I tried Mandrake 10 but I couldn't get past the desktop stuff without finding missing docs or no help.
I got closest with Fedora Core 2 after I bought a worthless 3" thick book that the examples did not work with the CD's that came with it. No fear, I found the Fedora Forum and started whittling away. As soon as I would dig through pages of posts and fix one thing I would discover two more that wouldn't work.
I remember years back I bought a package called NetServer II or something like that and when I installed it I had a web server that allowed me to setup virtual servers and use FTP running in minutes. Pretty much the same looking stuff I got with my original Cobalt Cube. Is there a package like that still available? I know it was supposed to have security issues, but this will be behind a router with NAT so I am not too concerned.
Anyone know what I mean?
P.S. No, I do not want to read through 5,000 pages of Linux training.
Try SuSE Linux Professional 9.1. You can download it from the main site http://www.suse.com or from a mirror. You'll download a 80MB cd image and the rest will be installed via network. It's very easy to setup, configure and use. It's a stable system, I use it for my home firewall on a PII/233MHz (with also ssh, ftp, apache, smtp relay, antivirus filter, squid proxy). For Samba, FTP, SSH, etc... you have a builting gui that will administer all your services (called YaST2).
I prefer debi@n, it's more complicated to set up and administer, but it's a lot faster !!!
I have suse pro 9.0 dvd version. If u want i can create a image file(iso) and upload it to my site. Remember its dvd version and 9.0, u need a dvd writer to burn it in a cd. If u want plz tell me. Cheers
Thank you all for your suggestions. I think I found my answer with ClarkConnect. Up and running in a couple of hours and so easy to install I think I will do it again just for drill. No GUI during install or even after, just a server. I administer it through my web browser and Putty.
I would have recommended Debian for your Web Server... It is easy to set up and package management is fantastic... Slackware is also great... though slightly more difficult with packages and configuration...