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Old 11-06-2007, 08:24 AM   #1
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Server O/S Recommendations


Hi,

I currently have Debian 3.1 sarge

I tried to install Winrar and glibc error, also i have other problems
i was thinking of installing one of the other O/s the host
has listed.

- Deb etch
- FC4
-Suse 9.3
-Cent Os 4

Used FC4 on home pc and was thinking of going to that

what you do suggest

I would like it to be secure, and less painful at the same time

please help

edit: did some search so i'll take fc out cuz its a resource hog and server would be
facing loads at times...

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Old 11-06-2007, 09:59 AM   #2
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Ok, a couple of questions come to mind.

Where are you installing Rar from? The version on the site is a command line only version. In that case you can just as easily install it from the official archive with aptitude or apt-get. That way dependencies and security upgrades will be handled for you.

As a server OS I'd say there is nothing better than Debian. It's ineradicably stable and secure. I notice you say you're running a 3.1 version. 4.0 has been out for a while so an upgrade might be the best thing to do.

http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/
 
Old 11-06-2007, 10:27 AM   #3
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Hi,

ok thanks will try with rar.

As For Debian

I got sarge installed, whats the diff b/w this & etch.
 
Old 11-06-2007, 11:16 AM   #4
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You are not going to find less painful than debian. As far as Etch is concerned, etch has the latest software updates and features. Sarge is will only receive security updates at this point.

That said, CentOS is a very capable server os. Being based directly on rhel, all howto's and trouble-shooting will be the same as rhel. You are already familiar with fedora so this shouldn't too much of a learning curve. Yum makes centos fairly easy to manage.
 
Old 11-06-2007, 11:34 AM   #5
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hm...

Now i'm down to cent & deb

need some views
 
Old 11-06-2007, 12:18 PM   #6
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You asked what are good server distro's. Heh Deb and Centos are both excellent.

However if you asked: "what would I do if I where in your shoes?"

I would at least try to dist-upgrade (as stated before) to etch, use apt to install unrar and see if your glibc issues go away. If not you are still in the same boat and haven't lost anything.
 
Old 11-07-2007, 06:48 AM   #7
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Hey!

I got green lights from host to upgrade to etch.

can you kindly let me know how could i update the o/s

thanks.
 
Old 11-07-2007, 09:45 AM   #8
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I would say back up your /etc for future reference.
aptitude update
aptitude upgrade
aptitude dist-upgrade
aptitude update
aptitude upgrade

Really basic. Pay attention during the dist-upgrade, there may have been changes in the config files for some of your services. dpkg will give some options as to how handle it and if it gets messed up you will have a backup of /etc.

The only thing recently that has been a big problem is updating apache 1.3 to 2.x

I'm making it seem more complicated than it is, you will be fine.

have fun
 
Old 11-07-2007, 09:48 AM   #9
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Upgrading from Sarge (old stable) to Etch (stable) is covered in the release notes;

http://www.debian.org/releases/stabl...rading.en.html

Don't be put off by the length of it. There's just a lot of fine detail just in case.

In essence, what you do is;

1) Change your sources file to point at Etch
2) Update you sources list
3) Upgrade your packages
4) Do a little cleaning and checking.

Read the link for those steps in more details.

If you're going to be administering a Debian machine it's well worth subscribing to Debian Announce.

http://www.debian.org/MailingLists/debian-announce

That way you'll be reminded when the new version comes out.

Good luck.

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Old 11-09-2007, 04:30 AM   #10
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Hi,

I have used the commands flashing metioned.

everything went smooth the website is also faster now!

but i still don't think i am running etch
cuz i see sarge in PLESK Cp, plus the errors of winrar remain for glibc
....

suggestion
 
Old 11-10-2007, 12:27 AM   #11
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Guys... Help pleaase
 
Old 11-11-2007, 11:11 AM   #12
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Help me please!
 
Old 11-13-2007, 08:53 AM   #13
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Anyone willing to help?
 
Old 11-13-2007, 10:31 AM   #14
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Type this command
Code:
cat debian_version
This will tell you the version of debian (4.0 = Etch)
 
Old 11-14-2007, 08:28 AM   #15
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Code:
127-0-0-1:~# cat /etc/debian_version
3.1
 
  


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