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Old 10-20-2004, 01:25 PM   #1
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Question Is Fedora good enough?


We are about to commit to a Linux distribution for our DNS servers. We currently have RedHat 9 CDs. Obviously, going forward, RedHat want money and we don't want to pay for Linux. So is it a good idea to commit to Fedora or RedHat 9?
Old 10-20-2004, 02:04 PM   #2
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Probably more of a distro question and I'll move accordingly.

Does it have to be RedHat or Fedora? If you are JUST going to be using it for DNS, I'd probably look at something like Debian, Gentoo or Slackware. Debian and Gentoo will have the bleeding edge security updates should you want/need them, as well as a package management tool that makes it easy to apply them.

If it has to be RedHat or Fedora, I'd steer towards RedHat simply because Fedora, IMHO, is geared towards the desktop user, not the DNS Server administrator.

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Follow up question


First, thank you for your response. Here's my follow up question:

As you're aware, I posted my question under Newbie section. I've installed RedHat version 9 several times and it's not a scary experience for a newbie. I've never touched Debian Linux before.

Will it be scary for me to deal w/ in the beginning?
Old 10-20-2004, 02:47 PM   #4
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Shouldn't be too bad, but it's by no means similar or as easy as the RedHat experience. Neither is Gentoo. But it should be a good learning experience. Be sure to have another computer next to you that has an internet connection so you can check out what's wrong when you get stuck

Good Luck!

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Thank you Cool. I appreciate your responses. I do agree that it's a good learning experience that I probably be thankful for in the long run.
Old 10-20-2004, 03:22 PM   #6
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There are several choices out there, and many flavors of Nix rely (in fact, are built on) Red Hat or Debian, and equally, they each have there benefits and their (minor) downfalls.

I'm using Xandroa Desktop on this system (a Debian derivitive), and the performance (barring my feeble attempts to upgrade or install something I really don't need) is excellent.

However, be aware that each different flavor you play with will have variations on the original (Red Hat or Debian) package, and each flavor will have more or "other" applications based on what the individual user needs are.

Perhaps you might want to set up an additional system, separate from your server(s) just to try out the different flavors before installing anything more permanent ??

That's what we did, and we settled in to Red Hat....

Good hunting


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Old 10-20-2004, 04:37 PM   #7
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I think it's also worth noting that Redhat officially stopped supporting version 9 several months ago. Redhat now offers Redhat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) as their flagship product, which must be purchased. -- J.W.
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Indeed, I really hope you aren't going to use an ancient end of lifed (since april!) product for such mission critical systems. There is no official security support whatsoever available for rh9. In other words there are no more official security patches.
Old 10-21-2004, 05:48 AM   #9
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I agree with MasterC, Debian, Slackware, or Gentoo is the way to go. And like he said, you can get help here
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Don't forget there are a number of freely available repackaged versions of Red Hat's Enterprise: Tao, Caos, Whitebox, Lineox, Scientific Linux... and I'm probably forgetting a couple. All of these are simply Red Hat's sources recompiled with copyrighted parts removed (which means just Red Hat logos and any mentions of Red Hat, since software itself is GPL), and offered for free, without the costly support that Red Hat offers. So you get the same software minus the cost. and minus the support.
It could be a good option for you.
As for Debian, installing it is a lot harder than Red Hat, but it is about to get much easier, with the new installer that will be included with the next release of Debian which is just around the corner now.
Finally, you could just use Ubuntu. There is a lot of talk about Ubuntu at the moment, mostly as a desktop. But it makes a perfectly good server as well, because it is based on Debian after all. Ubuntu already use the new Debian installer (somewhat modified), so installation is quite simple.

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