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Old 11-25-2007, 09:59 AM   #1
tjk176
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Which distro should i try for home bkup server


What distro would everyone suggest for setting up a home bkup/samba/ maybe NAS server? It's a 533MHz with 128MB RAM. And I'm still very new to linux. Thonks
 
Old 11-25-2007, 10:14 AM   #2
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I would use FreeNAS just out of ease http://www.freenas.org/ nearly all the configuration can be done via there web setup making it very easy. It also supports Unison for backing up from your windows machines i believe.

also have a look at http://www.openfiler.com/about/

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Old 11-25-2007, 08:56 PM   #3
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Use whatever you feel most comfortable with, that's always the answer and will always be the correct answer.
 
Old 11-26-2007, 04:12 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. @trickykid sometimes us newbies just need some suggestions as to what to try. The linux community can be very overwhelming. I'm very thankful for LQ.org for helping out in the confusing moments.
 
Old 11-26-2007, 06:32 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. @trickykid sometimes us newbies just need some suggestions as to what to try. The linux community can be very overwhelming. I'm very thankful for LQ.org for helping out in the confusing moments.
I've been trying for years to beat into newbies heads that one distro is like any other. The only difference is the installer, the way you install packages, what's installed by default and how things are configured. In the end, they're all the same, they all run the same software any of the others can run, so that's why you should just go with the distribution you're most familiar with. That's why it's the correct answer.
 
Old 11-27-2007, 09:49 AM   #6
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The unfortunate thing about "linux" is that all the distros seem so different. I understand, in concept, that they are all the same and can do the same things. But us newbies don't know how to do it. We don't know to compile kernels or anything for that matter. We don't know the command line, or how to install packages that aren't in the right package manager format or in the repository. I'm "comfortable" with suse 10.3 (just barely) but I don't think it's tailored to do what i want on this machine. There are probably better "out-of-the-box" choices. I'm a wide-eyed kid in a really big toy store. I just need a few nudges to help me find what I'm looking for. I hope no one takes this as offensive. I'm simply making conversation. I really appreciate this site and all it's members.
 
Old 11-27-2007, 01:12 PM   #7
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I'm "comfortable" with suse 10.3 (just barely) but I don't think it's tailored to do what i want on this machine.
it's as good as any other. trickykid is right there.
i usually recommend debian for setting up and maintaining production servers, but it really doesn't matter much.
editing your smb.conf file and developing your rsync scripts (assuming that is what you want to use for backups (<--hint ) will be the real issues on either distro.

baik

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well, there is a point that makes debian superior to suse in my opinion: the quality of the distro-specific documentation available on the internet. start reading here, if you are interested.

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Old 11-27-2007, 01:43 PM   #8
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If you take away the GUI and take it back to the command line, almost all distros are the same. The only difference ive found is some use inetd and others use xinetd. Some lack SELinux also, but i can live without it.

As for your question. For ease of use and lots of extra configuration GUI programs, Fedora would be top of my list. For Production servers, Debian or Slackware. But pretty much anything should do. I've had servers running Fedora 5 that havent rebooted for nearly a year, running high load applications, and similarly i've done the same with Slackware/Debian.

If you are a complete noob, avoid Slackware (it is a nightmare to configure if you arent used to total command line usage). Debian is a bit easier to get to grips with, but i'd probably stick to the heavy GUI distros (Fedora, Mandrake, Suse) until i got my linux legs.
 
  


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