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Old 01-31-2005, 10:58 PM   #1
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Which Linux distro should I use?


I'm trying to figure out which distro of Linux I should use, since I've never used any of them at all. I'm leaning toward Slackware or Debian, but only because I've heard good things about them.

What I'm wanting to do is run a hosting service for web sites, muds, and gaming servers. I don't need a gui, I don't even plan to have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse dedicated to my linux box. I'd rather just telnet in and work on it that way.

Any comments that would help me choose the best distro for me would be much appreciated.
 
Old 01-31-2005, 11:11 PM   #2
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Well to be frank, any distro will do, it's just a matter of picking the one that you are comfortable with and that has a good security update mechanism, especially if you are using the distro on a server.
 
Old 01-31-2005, 11:15 PM   #3
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Slack can be a little rough for the newb, do a search as this question is asked 5 times a day, Me personally, I like Debian based distros.
 
Old 02-01-2005, 12:50 AM   #4
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I've had great experiences using RedHat - I'd recommend FC3. I still use Rh9 at home and worked for two years with Rh7 at my previous job. I find the RedHat distros logical, user-friendly and very easy to use. Any RedHat version should easily do the job you want.
 
Old 02-01-2005, 12:58 AM   #5
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Fedora is good, although, as some have said on another post of mine - it's a tad bloated compared to some of the others. Still, very frequently updated and with the latest stuff - FC3.
 
Old 02-01-2005, 03:16 AM   #6
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As snatale1 said, this question is asked a lot. It's also a bit like asking what car should you buy, and like most car owners would recommend their own make and model, most linux users will recommend what they use.
If you want a stable server, choose slackware, gentoo or debian, and btw, use ssh instead of telnet.
 
Old 02-02-2005, 01:32 AM   #7
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All I want is a unix-based os that I can easily add in apache with support for php, mysql, cgi, asp, and other common web protocols. I don't want a gui or anything, command line interface is perfectly fine. Also, I pick up on things really fast so I don't need a newbie friendly distro.
 
Old 02-02-2005, 01:36 AM   #8
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why not read LQ's distro reviews? you'll be able to find some helpful information there.

personally, i like debian..
 
Old 02-04-2005, 12:18 AM   #9
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Atrox - all of the major distros will do what you want, as far as I know. I know that Fedora does all of that and comes with SELinux. I read an NSA article on it and, althought I don't fully understand it, it will make your server stronger against crackers.
 
Old 02-04-2005, 11:28 AM   #10
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I was just wondering what you guys thought would be the best distro for running a web hosting service on. I think I'm going to go with Slackware. Thanks for the help.
 
  


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