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Old 09-17-2004, 10:46 AM   #1
jamiegisi
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Which Linux to use for Server


Hello, I am very new to Linux and have been reading a lot of books to kind of learn but I am the type that really learns hands on. Currently I have a small business (Public Accounting), I currently have 3 workstations (Win XP), and 1 server (Win 2000 SBS). I am looking to realy learn Linux because I have a lot of Small Business clients that are coming to me and want to kow about putting in a Linux server because of the cost benefits that they are reading about. I truly know nothing and cannot tell them so I have to send them to a competitor up the street to discuss it. I would like to install a Linux server and get in running so that I can learn and eventually switch my self. I would like to host my own website someday, and hopefully learn enough so that I can setup and install Linux servers for my clients, and give them consulting on it. I am really looking for a good Distro to use, and some documentation on how to set one up as a server so that I can run Samba and still be able to use my Win XP machines since a lot of my accounting software used is not available on Linux yet. I have looked on Easy Linux CDs.com and see that they have Tux Linux Pro server. I have an extrat computer that I can use to learn for now, I do not want to go out and pay tons of money for Red Hat and those for server I want to find something that I can learn with and then take that huge expense jump. Please help I am seeing this business come and go each day and I am saying enough is enough, I need to stop sending my clients to other people for help. Thanks guys

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Old 09-17-2004, 11:09 AM   #2
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Well, the usual recommendations for new people to start with are Fedora (free Redhat), Mandrake, Suse.
The others tend to make you work harder.
Any distro can be setup as a server, it's basically a qn of going through the appropriate menus and turning off any service you don't require.
You should be able to get just about any distro free either off the net or a friend.
Try
www.distrowatch.com
www.linuxiso.org
www.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/distributions
www.linux.org
etc, etc

Come back to us with qns when you need to.
HTH
 
Old 09-17-2004, 11:22 AM   #3
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Fedora, Mandrake and SuSE are all good distros, but they are aimed at the deksotp market. That doesn't mean they can't be good servers as well, but they include a lot of extra junk that you don't need on a server, and could potentially create a security risk because of it.

A production server shouldn't contain anything other than what is necessary to run it, i.e. the services you're going to use and tools to administer them. You don't even need X running on a server.

That being said, I think Gentoo, Slackware, or maybe Debian would make a better choice for a server.

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Old 09-17-2004, 11:37 AM   #4
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Actually, most (if not all) major distros come with everything (and the kitchen sink...), it's up to you what you install.
Choose Custom install (or equiv) and pick what you want.....
 
Old 09-17-2004, 11:53 AM   #5
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True, but I think it's easier to start with a basic system and add exactly what you need rather than be forced to decide at install time what you might need.

I guess it really depends on how much linux experience you have; if you want to learn more do it from a basic system. If you know what you're doing then you could use pretty much any distro and just pick the services you need to install.
 
  


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