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I barely know how to use Linux. I have Mandrake Free 2006 installed on my other computer. I just want to get a copy of linux that would be good for hosting a ventrilo server and maybe HLDS. I was thinking of maybe a command line type OS? So I could get used to it. I would like to learn more, but yeah.
Distribution: Distribution: RHEL 5 with Pieces of this and that.
Kernel 126.96.36.199, KDE 3.5.8 and KDE 4.0 beta, Plu
All Linux distros can be setup to do that. The main difference between them is the apps and special config files they install during the setup. All can be set to start in runlevel 3 which is normally multiuser,non-x server, with networking. Runlevel 5 is multiuser, x server, networking. Some distro differ a bit some use runlevel 4 to do the same as runlevel 5. This can be set in /etc/inittab file.
This is the distro I use and recommend, Why because it works right out of the box. No need to configure Everything, everything just works. It also comes as a 1 CD install that is a live CD that you can install later if you wish.
Gentoo is good for a server. At first it uses minimal amount of software to get it going. Other distributions will take a lot of space and resources. Usually with other distributions, you have to start disable services to get the system to server usage.
If you can get your hands on a copy of it, I've been messing around with HP-UX servers for years, and half of them haven't been shut off in almost 20 years! If you can't get a copy of HP-UX, try another Unix (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris), or if you would rather stick with a Linux distro, Gentoo is probably your best bet for server use.