by familiarizing yourself with any
Linux distro, before
you make any specific any business commitments for the new system.
Linux distribution will have the tools mentioned here, available or installed. The question is, how rapidly you
can come up-to-speed on each one.
And... I have to say this... you need to ask the frank question of what's going to turn out to be best for the business,
and if that means either continuing with what you have for another six months, or replacing it with .. (ick!)
.. well, just look at all the options.
Originally Posted by littlebiker
We plan to replace a Windows 2003 server by this installation. So here are the things that a new server should let us do:
1. Act as a Network and File Sharing Server.
This involves the use of Samba.
This tool implements Windows file-sharing protocols, by now, extremely well. As good as Microsoft itself does it.
2. Something similar to active directories for windows users login.
Once again, Samba can
provide login verification services for a local Windows network. Does that mean that you should instead use LDAP
? Either one is an option; it depends on what you are currently doing now.
3. Act as a proxy server for internet.
That would be Squid
4. After getting a fixed IP from our ISP use it for hosting Mantis Issue Tracker and similar software for our employees. Won't need 100% uptime of the server.
Okay, I see that Mantis bug-tracker
is a PHP/MySQL application. Once again you can set up the Apache web-server, install PHP and MySQL, more or less following the directions, and get this going. (It's called LAMP
I am currently downloading Fedora, although RHE seems to be truly enterprise but for small business like ours we would like a free linux.
What's "free?" If your time
is not "free" to your company, as most certainly it is not
(by virtue of the fact that you eat on a regular basis), then what you really
want to do is to economize on your
time. You want to get the job done as quickly and cheaply as possible. If you can find a turn-key installation of Linux that has all these basics pre-set-up, then that is what you should do. If you "pay for" a distro, and for a pittance-per-year you do not have to worry about security-updates, basic installation issues and so-forth, then that would be a very good buy,
especially for you.
I must say i have installed Fedora and RHL successfully in the past but always had trouble getting it on the network. Sometimes it couldn't detect the network card and sometimes I didn't know how to go about let it lead the network.
Please advice me on which Linux is best for my requirement, is fedora a right choice? Is there are more light weight - easy to manage linux/unix that would do for us?
Thank you so much! cheers!
A commercial distribution, such as Red Hat, with an update service
such as Red Hat Network, might be an excellent fit for you. This is a "build vs.
buy" decision, and to the greatest extent possible you should seek to buy.
Have you looked in the Yellow Pages lately? I mean, sure, you want to make this a learning experience and that's all well and good, but for your business
would it make sense for you to hire someone to, at least, assist you with the installation and to contract for its basic administration, at least for a year? No,
I am not
"fishing for business" here! Time is money and sometimes money's cheaper.
Take a legal-pad and a pencil and make yourself a detailed punch-list of all of your objectives and all of the steps that you can think of that must be completed to get you from "where you are" to "where you want to go." Even though you do not right now know how
to accomplish all of those steps, the first and most important task is to list
them. That's your task schedule; the question becomes what is the most cost-efficient way to accomplish them.
Although the task-list might seem daunting, even impossible, fore-warned is fore-armed.
Does the original impetus to "change from status-quo" still survive at this point? Assuming a cost-figure of, let us say, $300 per day for [i]you[/u] .. which is perhaps a conservative estimate of the opportunity-cost if nothing else .. is it still holding up? What if you did absolutely nothing?
"Slow" the existing system may be, but is it going to pay-back $5,000 worth of labor to replace it? These are the sort of probing questions that you should ask, while the existing status-quo is still humming along (perhaps with the occasional hiccup).