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Old 11-29-2008, 09:27 AM   #1
nrodes
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What version of Linux should I get???


Hi everyone,
I'm new to the linux world. I'm interested in linux because I need an OS to run a server on. I've run Apache HTTP Server on Windows XP for a while. People are saying that if I used Linux it would be more secure and my server would run faster.

I have no idea what version of Linux I should get. I definitely want it to have graphical user interface! I have an intel processor. It's only use would be hosting.

What should I get???

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 11-29-2008, 09:41 AM   #2
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Many choices

Ubuntu Server 8.04 LTS, and then add Gnome or KDE. It comes with development tools, Apache, and PHP.

Centos 4 or 5 (unbranded Red Hat Enterprise Linux)

Fedora, if you don't mind updating every year or so.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS, and you'll pay a yearly subscription price.
 
Old 11-29-2008, 09:42 AM   #3
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Popularity is the only element you should take into consideration when you pick an OS. You want your operating system to surround you with friends. Wait. Even better: sycophants.

Your choice of OS should give you the power to pick up any member of either gender with just a mention of it's name. "You use Ubuntu? You know... those sideburns are lovely..."

A good OS will make people want to give you things -- money, cars, their first born child.

Your OS defines who you are and who you will be. The wrong choice condemns you to a life of loneliness and misery. The right choice makes your dreams come alive. Ask yourself: can you really afford to run an unpopular OS? Can you afford to not run Ubuntu?
 
Old 11-29-2008, 12:37 PM   #4
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On the other hand... If you are a slacker and controlling. The only way to go is slackware. Slackware tells people "I know what I'm doing and, when I dont, I know where to find answers on my own. I don't need a GUI, though I have one, or super fancy graphics, or any kind of name that tells people anything other than I'm full of slack. I'm stable, tested, secure, award winning, well known." I could go on, but my slack says I should stop.
 
Old 11-29-2008, 03:10 PM   #5
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Ubuntu seems to have the biggest community so you can expect plenty of help with that.

Since you're running a server, I would use CentOS since it is much more stable and proven. It is a free recompilation of Red Hat Enterprise Server which itself is built from Fedora.
 
Old 11-29-2008, 03:37 PM   #6
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I think that the best option is Fedora. You can try Fedora 10 (which I haven't tried yet).

Apart from your choice you can tell us your experience with the distribution you choose.
 
Old 11-29-2008, 03:39 PM   #7
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Here let me refer you to this thread. I think you will find the links really helpful. http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-help.-686383/
 
Old 11-30-2008, 05:17 AM   #8
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People are saying that if I used Linux it would be more secure and my server would run faster... I definitely want it to have graphical user interface!

Be aware that a contributor (not the only one, but a contributor) to Linux's reputation for speed and stability in the server space is the fact that you don't need to run a GUI (and the corollary that various server programs do not have to have a GUI front end).

Even at the best of times, GUIs are fairly complex and memory-intensive beasts. The use of 'excess' memory may well not be a factor to you if you have purchased more that you would otherwise need, but complexity in a GUI makes it more difficult to write secure and bug-free programs.

Of course, if the only way that you can cope is to have a GUI, that will sound like useless advice; have you considered webmin, a program which allows you to administer various functions, over the network, from a web browser on another computer?
 
Old 11-30-2008, 09:57 AM   #9
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While Linux is safer, it's still not completely safe mind you, there are still things that get into a linux box and do nasty things, mainly rootkits. So which ever distro you go to, you should research how to protect it as such. I see alot of people switch to linux but don't realise that you have to do at least some basic work to protect a server.

Anyway as for Ubuntu, never as a server, it's just too nasty IMO, they focus mainly on making desktop OSs so their server ones I am not so trusting on, considering also the problems I have had/seen because of desktop versions of ubuntu in the past =P. I use CentOS, it's fairly basic, can be installed with a GUI and easy to manage. It's not hard to set-up Apache, PHP and MySQL within the installation stage, and even if you don't their is only about 4~5 packages to download to get them really. Debian is also a fair option, it's what Ubuntu is based off of and IMO fairs much better as a server then Ubuntu. Debian I find a bit of a pain to install tho but once up and running it works well.

On the GUI thing, I'd suggest running as a CLI and then using VNC-server and a VNC-client or changing init levels to get the GUI as running with GUI constantly on will just take up resources needlessly.
 
Old 11-30-2008, 11:16 AM   #10
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While Linux is safer, it's still not completely safe mind you, there are still things that get into a linux box and do nasty things, mainly rootkits. So which ever distro you go to, you should research how to protect it as such. I see alot of people switch to linux but don't realise that you have to do at least some basic work to protect a server.

Anyway as for Ubuntu, never as a server, it's just too nasty IMO, they focus mainly on making desktop OSs so their server ones I am not so trusting on, considering also the problems I have had/seen because of desktop versions of ubuntu in the past =P. I use CentOS, it's fairly basic, can be installed with a GUI and easy to manage. It's not hard to set-up Apache, PHP and MySQL within the installation stage, and even if you don't their is only about 4~5 packages to download to get them really. Debian is also a fair option, it's what Ubuntu is based off of and IMO fairs much better as a server then Ubuntu. Debian I find a bit of a pain to install tho but once up and running it works well.

On the GUI thing, I'd suggest running as a CLI and then using VNC-server and a VNC-client or changing init levels to get the GUI as running with GUI constantly on will just take up resources needlessly.
That is very true. There is no such thing as a 100% secure. Like building a house with the latest in Home security but never actually setting the alarm . It is linux has less viruses and most open source developers are quick or at least quicker in response to closing security holes in their software.

As for the GUI, well if you must have one then I would use fluxbox or Enlightenment as those are really quick gui's. However if all you are going to run is a web server I don't think a gui is really needed.
 
  


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