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Old 04-16-2003, 05:52 PM   #1
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Secure/Stable Server Distro

I'm basically going to be running linux because of security and for my apache http server that I currently have setup on Win XP. I'm new to linux and so far I'm looking at FreeBSD, RedHat, or Mandrake as a final distro. In terms of just running the server and the issue of security, which distro would you recommend? The computer is an old 300Mhz with 64MB of RAM which I could upgrade if needed. 8 gig hard drive and an old DVD drive.

-Thanks for the help. I appreciate it.
Old 04-16-2003, 06:00 PM   #2
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New? Mandrake then. Else I think FreeBSD would make the best *nix server
RedHat is honestly the most buggy.
Old 04-17-2003, 12:03 AM   #3
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why Debian, of course.

Unless you go by *BSD method. Not a direct comparison.
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Old 04-20-2003, 07:42 AM   #4
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BSD is not Linux, of course. But if you are very concerned about security you should take a look at OpenBSD.

If you want Linux, I'd stay away from RedHat, Mandrake and the like for a server. They install too much by default and are harder to trim down. I myself use Gentoo, both on my desktop and on my server. But I can imagine it's not your choice. From the major distros I'd recommend Debian and Slackware. But have a look at as there are others, like SoL.


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