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Old 12-22-2013, 02:18 PM   #1
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Best Distro to run WEb, email, mailing list and infrastructure type items on

OK. First off, I'm not trying to start a Holy War here.

I've been using Fedora Core since version 5 or 6 I think up to 16-17-18 now. I like it and know it fairly well.

Here's the issue. It seems that every install or upgrade is horribly painful to get it right and frankly I abandoned two boxes to a Windows Server here about 6 months ago just due to the whole dependency hell that comes with each upgrade it seems. Spending days trying to get it upgraded is just not worth it.

I just decided to pull down the latest FC20 DVD set here and retry an install....not so much fun in the last 2 days.

I have 1 box that boots into basically run level 3 that yet will run the GUI Installer and I set up as an Infrastructure server. Not so bad but I'd like it GUI....for ease of maintaining it. I can work with SSH etc, just looking for something simple and quick.

I have a 2nd box that I can't even get to start the gets as far as starting Anaconda in the VGA Safe mode and the whole thing hangs so bad its power button time. Goes for the LIVE DVD, Net Install or DVD Install. The box used to run a GUI FC17 system and earlier no problems for years and wil boot other GUI Linux disks just fine.

SO, here's my question - I just need to get a couple solid boxes up and running to serve mail, mailing lists, web, act as file repositories etc.

What is the best Distro to get this done? IS it still Fedora and if so anyone care to tel me how to get at least the 2nd box to load the OS? OR is it something else lie Ubuntu or ???

I'm beginning to wonder if I'd be better off moving on From Fedora to ??? But I'm not sure what that best choice would be for ease of maintaining and reliability.

THanks in advance,
Old 12-22-2013, 02:30 PM   #2
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Fedora was never intended to be a server OS or even a solid one, it is a distribution that aims at developers for running the latest and greatest. If you want something stable you should try a distribution that aims at stability. If you like Fedora you might want to try CentOS or Scientific Linux, otherwise I would use, at least for the servers, Debian or Slackware.
Old 12-22-2013, 03:01 PM   #3
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Interesting thoughts....I used to run Debian WAY back when. Not familiar wit Scientific Linux - honestly never heard of it. Will need to do some investigation.
Thanks alot!!
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