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Old 01-30-2003, 08:11 AM   #1
scottyman
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Question Silly Newbie Question: which free server distro is best???


Hey all,
I know this has been asked many times before - but I'm looking for a basic server distro which I can use as a standard dev environment...

All the basics:

Apache 1.3.27
Php 4.2.3
Perl 5
MySQL 3
Postgres 7.2

etc...

Which won't need too much compiling...
Would also be nice to have something which I won't have to recompile

SuSE 8 won't run *strange hardware conf* - doesn't like my ACPI or DVD drive
RH 7.3 - yeah it's okay but has some odd features
Debian - won't compile via-rhineII for my NIC... at all.... ever... even prebuilt don't work!
RH8 - Apache 2.0.40 has serious issues with the php based site I've built... running RH7.3 runs it okay, with php 4.2.3 - RH8 with 4.2.3 - no go

Trying FreeBSD now to see how that goes (just downloading the image files now - 20% to go)

But any suggestions of something nice and portable which is pretty much ready to go out of the box?
 
Old 01-30-2003, 08:22 AM   #2
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Why not Mandrake? Even if mandrake is intended as a desktop distro it works perfectly in a server environment aswell.
 
Old 01-30-2003, 08:27 AM   #3
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was running v.9 for a couple of weeks as a desktop -
Will try it again as a server just to see how it goes

Am also downloading Slackware and will see if that's any happier (used that years ago - but haven't since)

Yeah... will have another play with Mandrake
 
Old 01-30-2003, 08:32 AM   #4
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Slack! Not really a newbie distro, it isn't the most "user friendly" one around but it's easy to run minimalist and has all of that software though I couldn't tell you if the versions are all that high. It's also a little friendlier than it used to be and once you get some linux config knowledge down it seems "cleaner" than RH or Mandrake.

And if you meant not recompiling the kernel when you said:
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Would also be nice to have something which I won't have to recompile
I'd suggest do that no matter what, it just makes linux leaner and meaner. You don't have all this junk loading for things you don't need like old CDROM drives or whatnot and it can be optimized for your processor where generic kernels are usually optimized for a 386 (no math coprocessor or MMX etc)

Last edited by Darin; 01-30-2003 at 08:34 AM.
 
Old 01-30-2003, 08:35 AM   #5
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I know - but as someone who has only toyed around for the last couple of years a kernel recompile is something I've done and it made me nervous!!
 
Old 01-31-2003, 09:34 AM   #6
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I really like FreeBSD, fluxbox, and the ports collection. Not sure what to think about your nervousness to compile. FreeBSD pretty much relies on it.

We run RH 8.0 at work, but it's having some issues with our HP SCSI tape drive. It copies the data fine with dump, but throws errors the entire time. We choose RH 8.0 over BSD because my co-workers fear the command line, not because it's better. I'm convinced that DOT OH releases should stay in the test lab only!

You can still use Apache 1.3 of RH 8 of you want.
 
Old 02-03-2003, 01:34 AM   #7
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Slack is a lot more user friendly than FreeBSD (although the FreeBSD docs are very well written)

Slack wouldn't be a bad thing to try since I don't think Scottyman is that much of newbie. Because there are no perfect distributions, I use Slackware because I find it easier to fix all the problems with than with other distros. It has a simplier structure to it that I find easier to get things to work in.
 
Old 02-03-2003, 01:43 AM   #8
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I know - but as someone who has only toyed around for the last couple of years a kernel recompile is something I've done and it made me nervous!!
It's really not the recompile that makes me nervous, it either compiles or it doesn't. Then I always keep a way to boot into the old kernel if needed. The problem is re-installing the boot loader (lilo, grub, etc). I feel I know lilo pretty well now and have done a lot of neat tricks with it, but it still scares me because it still gives me bad surprises me on occasion.
 
  


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