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Old 11-17-2011, 06:28 PM   #1
Matsuro
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Question Looking for the best distro to fit my usage requirments.


Hi all!
A rootkit just demolished my windows install, and I thought I might try to make the switch to Linux.... again

My computer is custom built and I have had problems making everything play nice together in the past.

Computer Specs:
3.1GHZ i3 Dual core with Hyperthreading
10GB PC 1600(I think) RAM
ASUS Xonar DX Sound Card w/ 5.1 Surround sound speakers and a mic plugged into the back, and headphones plugged into the front jack
Two 1GB GeForce GTS 450's in SLI with three 1080P monitors
Three Disk RAID 5 Array using my mobo's raid hardware.

What I use it for:
Apache/mySQL/PHP5 for hosting forums
Require Telnet/FTP access for remote administration.
Minecraft Server (Private Server)
Surround Gaming via Cedega and Wine (I need to be able to treat my monitors as one wide display for gaming)
Internet Browsing
Multi-Media

I don't mind an advanced installer like Arch, I installed Gentoo from a stage 1 tarball back in highschool out of boredom. But the main worry I have is that I use a Dvorak Keyboard so whatever distro I go with needs to be able to change the keyboard layout early in the installation.

Thanks for the help, if you have a similar story please share any lessons learned
 
Old 11-17-2011, 07:23 PM   #2
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None of those are particularly unique requirements; basically any modern distribution should be able to fit your needs and support your hardware.

The only problem you may run into is gaming under WINE/Cedega; but that isn't going to be a distribution specific issue, there are simply limits on what WINE and Cedega are capable of.
 
Old 11-17-2011, 08:57 PM   #3
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basically I agree with MS3FGX any Distro can fit your needs. The real question is do you want a distro thats easier with lots of precompiled software like ubuntu or a power user distro like slackware. If you servers are windows based then you will have to try run them in wine or something simuliar like crossfire but do expect possible bugs running under a compatibility layer.
 
Old 11-17-2011, 09:05 PM   #4
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I recommend Ubuntu.
 
Old 11-17-2011, 10:30 PM   #5
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If you want to use Linux go for Ubuntu. If you want to learn Linux I'd say try Fedora or Gentoo.
 
Old 11-18-2011, 09:25 AM   #6
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If you want to use Linux go for Ubuntu. If you want to learn Linux I'd say try Fedora or Gentoo.
Haha Fedora, yeah wright. Let me just say that if Fedora is testing distro for Red Hat it doesn't mean it is hard or educational! It just means it's unstable.
If you want to learn Linux use Slackware, Gentoo or Arch Linux. If you want to be sure your hardware will work use Arch because it's a rolling release which means it has the latest and the greatest software.

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Old 11-18-2011, 10:36 AM   #7
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If you want to "learn Linux" then use any distro; they are all more similar than different "under the hood." If you are a beginner then there is no shame in using a "beginner" distro like Ubuntu or Mint.
 
Old 11-22-2011, 04:11 PM   #8
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Haha Fedora, yeah wright. Let me just say that if Fedora is testing distro for Red Hat it doesn't mean it is hard or educational! It just means it's unstable.
Fedora is generally stable. I cannot make the same claim for the applications which will run onto Fedora because I haven't used everyone. Fedora is a good blend of learning and using.
 
Old 11-22-2011, 04:17 PM   #9
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Fedora is generally stable. I cannot make the same claim for the applications which will run onto Fedora because I haven't used everyone. Fedora is a good blend of learning and using.
Yes your right it is generally stable but they release updates and software packages much faster with out a thorough testing so you will end up with more bugs then most distros. CentOS on the otherhand by the time the release the latest software a newer version is out. Which means by the time the released their package it was thoroughly tested.
 
Old 11-22-2011, 09:29 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Matsuro View Post
...
What I use it for:
Apache/mySQL/PHP5 for hosting forums
Require Telnet/FTP access for remote administration.
Minecraft Server (Private Server)
Surround Gaming via Cedega and Wine (I need to be able to treat my monitors as one wide display for gaming)
Internet Browsing
Multi-Media
......
I see you have two different things: server and gaming.
It doesn't looks like a good thing to put all of it in the same machine,
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...A rootkit just demolished my windows install ...
would be wiser to use the server things on a Linux machine and your games on a windows machine.
Also telnet isn't a safe thing maybe SSH would be better if you need access from internet.
Make sure you have firewall(s) if you are running services.

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