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nr5 12-28-2004 06:57 AM

Just ordered my first server! =)
 
Hello!

I just ordered my first server where im going to host my company websites and other projects that are important to me.

My first question is, what Linux OS should I use? I havnt been using linux very much before but I am femiliare whit its enviroments. The OS has to be stable and secure above all (and easy to use) =)

Second question, what other software do you think I will be needing foe the server (except for PHP, MySQL, Apache and SSL)?

Thanks!

heema 12-28-2004 07:43 AM

you could use CentOS which is an Enterprise Distribution. It is a rebuild of Redhat Enterprise Linux that conforms fully with Redhat's redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible.

or u could use slackware or debian

trickykid 12-28-2004 08:10 AM

Re: Just ordered my first server! =)
 
Quote:

Originally posted by nr5
Second question, what other software do you think I will be needing foe the server (except for PHP, MySQL, Apache and SSL)?
Well, it all depends on what your going to use the server for. Apparently I see you'll be serving webpages with php and maybe a mysql backend.. everything else is up to you, its not our server, its yours, install anything you see fit and will use on it.

nr5 12-28-2004 09:31 AM

I remember having a hard time installing Debian but i like it alot. What about, FreeBSD or Gentoo are these easy to install and maintain?
What do You use on your servers?

(I had alot of trubble with redhat before so I wont use it again..)

nr5 12-28-2004 01:44 PM

I am considering to use Debian, FreeBSD or Gentoo. What does everybody else think and why?

uman 12-28-2004 03:07 PM

Installing Gentoo is like having hot daggers shoved throgh your brain.
I would however, recommend Gentoo because of it's speed, something that's always important in a webserver. That is, if you can read directions and troubleshoot well enough to get through the installation.
At least give Gentoo a try, all you could lose is some time tried installing it if in the end you fail.

phil.d.g 12-28-2004 03:27 PM

I use redhat 9, why? Because it seemed like a good choice at the time. I plan on moving to a new OS in summer and at the minute my research points to using FreeBSD (the stable version of course). It all depends on your requirements and preferences which only you know

chuck54 12-28-2004 03:28 PM

I recommend debian for the package management. It just works.

* Gentoo does this too, i believe. But i haven't used it before.

nr5 12-28-2004 04:36 PM

Im having a hard time making my mind up =)

I dont really know what the difference is between Debian, Gentoo and FreBSD... If I say "speed", "security" and "easy to use" wish one do you then recommend out of these three?

Thanks!

speel 12-28-2004 04:47 PM

try ubuntu

phil.d.g 12-28-2004 05:32 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by nr5
Im having a hard time making my mind up =)

I dont really know what the difference is between Debian, Gentoo and FreBSD... If I say "speed", "security" and "easy to use" wish one do you then recommend out of these three?

Thanks!

Debian is probably the easiest to use, Gentoo I would say is the quickest if you optimised the compile options correctly and FreeBSD (don't know if you are aware that FreeBSD isn't a linux distro) is probably the most secure assuming you configure it correctly. For me personally security has the highest priority, then speed and then ease of use.

nr5 12-28-2004 05:38 PM

Quote:

(don't know if you are aware that FreeBSD isn't a linux distro)
What is it then =) ?

trickykid 12-28-2004 05:58 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by nr5
What is it then =) ?
Its a Unix OS.. not Linux. Big difference. Most won't see the difference since Linux is a Unix clone, but its not Unix but BSD flavored OS's are.

phil.d.g 12-28-2004 06:07 PM

Well look here for a quick introduction, basically it is based on a completetly different kernel, its still based on unix. Anything that will work on linux will probably work on a BSD system. I'm too tired to go into details, just read their site. The documentation is very complete and thorough.

comprookie2000 12-28-2004 09:23 PM

I would use Gentoo,here is what you will do;
http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/gentoo-...ickinstall.xml
For my first install I printed the Handbook and the above guide,I have not been disapointed.
Also you could check this out,there doc's are the best;
http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/hardened/primer.xml


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