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Old 10-30-2011, 03:48 AM   #1
jtt89
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What distro for server


I want to setup a Linux Server on Win7 / Virtual Box for developmet/testing (LAMP, JavaScript). I am gonna need the following programs installed:

MySQL
Imagemagic
Mencoder
Ffmpeg
Flvtool
Qt-faststart
Ioncube loader
PHP

I know that choice comes down to:

Centos
Fedora
Debian
Red Hat
Ubuntu (somebody told me not to get this one because root is disabled by default, and that it can be changed but it is not recommended)

I also need to figure out if I need to connect from Win7 to Virtual Box Linux through something like Putty within the same computer. I read somewhere that I need two separate computers or a network card for something like that.

Thank you.
 
Old 10-30-2011, 04:03 AM   #2
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Personally, i wouldnt be running Fedora or Ubuntu in a server environment, as they are both a little too bleeding edge, and the frequency of updates MAY break things.

Any of the other distro's are a good choice, my personal preference is CentOS, and for all intents and purposes RedHat and CentOS are the same. Except for release schedule, and support.

There are a number of ways you can setup networking in VirtualBox, but by default, you should be able to directly ping from the Win7 box, to the VM once you install a distro. If this works you should be able to access the webserver once its installed/configured.

You wont HAVE to install putty/ssh as you can directly access the VM through VirtualBox.
 
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I'd pick the server base that I wanted to stick with. Any of your choices might work but there are many more out there. OpenSuse, BSD's, and pre-made lampp virtual machines from vmware and other places.

One problem is this "not to get this one because root is disabled by default".

You need to start learning and using best practices now before you ruin all your data. You never want to be logged on as root. It is a poor way to start off your server. Use sudo for all your admin tasks. Always remain at the lowest level needed.
 
Old 10-30-2011, 02:54 PM   #4
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So it came down to CentOs or Debian.

Last edited by jtt89; 10-30-2011 at 02:56 PM.
 
Old 10-30-2011, 02:56 PM   #5
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it will be

CentOs
 
Old 10-30-2011, 03:29 PM   #6
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I work with both Centos and Debian, but my experience with Debian has been wayyyyyyyy more satisfactory than with Centos. Had I the choice I know exactly which one would be the only Linux for my servers.
 
  


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