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Old 08-09-2006, 03:56 PM   #1
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Linux Server Distro

Hi, and thanks for reading this thread!

I need a server oriented linux distro that can handle this:

-GUI is a requirement, any is fine as long as it doesn't boot to a command prompt
-NAS type software (if possible)
-Web server

I suspect that the may be a lot of distros that can do this, but I seek something effcient

Thanks again!

(BTW, this is running on a 1 gHz/256MB/80GB PC)

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Old 08-09-2006, 04:12 PM   #2
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Debian 3.1 (aka Debian Stable aka Debian Sarge) is a great server distribution. Unlike most Linux distributions, where the emphasis is on frequent software updates to keep up with the latest versions, Debian Stable's emphasis is on maximum constancy--software is updated only for security updates.

This means that you won't have the absolute latest versions of software, but what you have will be well tested and all documentation you find for Debian 3.1 will never be outdated by software updates.

If you elect to install the "Desktop Workstation" software suite (in addition to File Server, DNS Server, Web Server), then it will install both the GNOME and KDE graphical desktop environments as well as GNOME's gdm graphical login interface. You can use either graphical interface.

When it comes to configuring the various server services you want, look for Debian documentation. Note that virtually all of this configuration is done via a text interface. This is a good thing, because it gives you maximum control. Also, it's actually easier to directly edit text configuration files than using GUI administration tools because you can easily use cut-and-paste from examples in documentation as well as your own notes. Also, text files tend to have lots of in-line commenting explaining what each setting means. In a GUI configuration screen, descriptions are usually limited to a short single line variable name. IMHO, this is not very user friendly!
Old 08-09-2006, 04:15 PM   #3
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Cool, I'm used to text editing, sounds great! Kudos and God Bless(if you believe of course )
Old 08-09-2006, 04:22 PM   #4
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You may also want to take a look into Slackware. It is considered one of the most stable Linux distros, is stays true to the traditional Unix philosophy of simplicity and efficiency and by default runs KDE as the GUI.
It's very good for servers (because of it stability) and easy to maintain (even via SSH) because of its Unix style of config files.

Hope this helps.
Old 08-09-2006, 08:35 PM   #5
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I've heard good things about Smoothwall


hope this helps,

Old 08-10-2006, 02:46 AM   #6
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I've never used Debian on a server, so i don't know. However, I have 4 ~5 servers in the lab which are all on Suse (various versions). Some are running LAMP others are samba and ftp. Not allow to use a DHCP on our network
Suse makes life pretty simple if thats what your looking for. It has a GUI for everything (YaST)


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