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Old 02-23-2005, 07:02 AM   #1
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Whats the best GUI Server Distribution?

I need to build a server... the primary goals are internal email for the institution i work (does not need to be able to send emails across the net, just a POP3 and SMTP to be able to send emails across the local network). Then it should be able to serve files for the 50+ windows clients (using samba i guess).

Do you have any ideas on what distribution has some good GUI apps for setting up this kind of services? like samba and such, or there is no real need for them and doing it via console is not that hard?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-23-2005, 08:04 AM   #2
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any distro will have any apps. there is NO best....

if you just want something vaguely enterprise-esque and free, try centos or whitebox.
Old 02-23-2005, 10:33 AM   #3
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I know there is no best distribution, im looking for the best GUI, no distribution...
I want easy configuration, im learning to set up Linux servers so i find a GUI better at doing the work, but i do use Linux daily as my system.
I was looking at White Box and CentOS, even at TinySofa, but i dont know if they include GUI apps to set up the different services.
Old 02-23-2005, 04:23 PM   #4
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Have a look at Webmin..
Old 02-28-2005, 02:25 AM   #5
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I would either recommend:

1. Fedora Core 3 - Great OS. Very cutting edge and stable. Has a release cycle of 6 months so you need to keep updating. (I use FC3 on my main server). Loads of graphical configuration (DNS, Apache, NFS,Samba)

2. CentOS-3 - A rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux which is out of date but very stable. CentOS-4 should be good when it comes out this week and next week. CentOS-3 has slighly less tools than FC3.

3. Debian - The old favourite. Excellent packages management but only a community project and few graphical tools.



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