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Old 09-09-2015, 01:38 AM   #1
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suitable Linux OS for server

i am new to Linux.I have recently buy an ibmx3550 m4 server for virtuallization purpose.
And i am interested to install Linux OS.Can anyone tell me the best possible OS, that would be compatible with ibm x3550 m4 server,meets the requirements and would be an open source?
Thank you
Old 09-09-2015, 01:47 AM   #2
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According to this, RHEL6 is good to go, so you could put that on it if you want to pay for updates/support.
Alternatively, Centos 6 (a free rebuild of RHEL) would also work; you get the updates for free but no paid support ie you'd have to google/read to do your own support.

Your choice ...
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Old 09-09-2015, 05:56 AM   #3
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Thank you chrism.
Centos 6.7 would be compatible with ibmx3550 m4 server?
Old 09-09-2015, 06:28 AM   #4
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Take a look at Slackware (ranks highly in LQ Members Choice awards).

Rock solid, stable, dependable.

Personally, I've been using Slackware exclusively for... oh, I don't remember when (sometime in the 90's) for both desktop and server (I run two headless data base servers, one MariaDB, the other PostgreSQL). My systems stay up for months and don't require much if any fiddling around. I've tried other distributions (in VirtualBox); they don't last too long.

Hope this helps some.
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It depends on how much knowledge and experience you have. The server-type Linuxes are CentOS, Debian Stable, and Slackware. If you look at the annual survey of websites, CentOS and Debian are the most common. In my opinion, CentOS is the easiest to install and use. If you get the 2 DVD version, the installer gives you options for different types of installation, including basic server, database server, and web server, and then gives you exactly the stuff you need. The documentation is probably the best, too: if you look at their website, they link you to the Red Hat documentation, which is excellent.

PS.. I've nothing against Slackware -- on the contrary, I prefer it to Debian -- but it can be a lot of work. If it scores highly in LQ Members Choice awards, that's because it has no forum of its own, so all the Slackers come here.


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