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Old 06-27-2004, 01:45 PM   #1
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Server distro opinion


Anybody have any suggestions to which distro I should use for my servers?

I have a Dell 2.2 GHz system, 256 Ram, 100 Gigs HDD space to use, and an older HP system with 8 Gigs of HDD space, 128 Ram (text mode all the way, baby!) 400 MHz processor.

I am thinking about having the older HP machine running some distro in text mode with all server apps like proFTPd, apache, etc..., but store all media (mp3's, movies, iso's, etc) on the faster and better-equiped Dell machine. What do you think?

Anyways, what do you all think I should use? What would work best? What is the most secure?

Right now I have Trustix on the HP machine, and Fedora Core 2 on the Dell. Works alright, but I am not digging Trustix that much, and Fedora Core 2 seems to be too much of a pain to get it to update and such.
 
Old 06-27-2004, 05:43 PM   #2
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Well Linux was designed for that particular purpose. But my recommendations would be Slackware or Debian. The less you have running on your server the better.
 
Old 06-27-2004, 05:50 PM   #3
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Good point. Even though I have been involved in computers for about 10 years, and network support and repair for about 5, the one thing that I have learned is install only what you need. Nothing more, nothing less. I am still getting a grasp of command line operations, so I do take a wee bit longer to do some things than others. But hey, a quick install of webmin is a great security blanket in cast I get stuck.

As far as the distro goes, I started downloading the ISO's for Slackware 9.1 about 45 minutes ago, so I should have my box up and running real soon here. Getting excited.

My servers will not be terribly bogged down with traffic,. I plan on having my lot of Linux ISO's and other pieces of software on the box, and 3 basic, low-traffic web sites. Should I still go with textual installation? Or a graphic installation? I am leaning more towards a textual installation.
 
Old 06-28-2004, 02:06 AM   #4
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Servers should always be text-only.

By the way, Slackware 10 is out, so you may want to look into that instead. You also only need the first disk to do a text-only install.
 
Old 06-28-2004, 04:33 AM   #5
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Im using debian, it seems to be reat you should try it out to.
I install the same things you listed and it only took up 200MBs
so its not that big and you only need the first disk.

Its worth a try, it wont kill you.
 
Old 06-30-2004, 01:43 PM   #6
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It looks like it will be either Slackware 9.1/10 or Debian. I have looked at freeBSD, but not enought at this time to consider it. It may be on the books for a later install. I will post the outcome of my installation real soon here.

I will make some posts here if I need any help along the way.
 
  


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