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Old 07-15-2013, 12:36 AM   #1
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Advice needed for running Linux distro for both server and desktop purposes

My environment:
- CPU: Intel 2500K
- RAM: Corsair 16GB 1600Mhz (4x4GB)
- VGA: Sapphire ATI 5570 1GB DDR3
- 2 Monitors (Dell 24" & Samsung 26")
- Static IP
- Net Down/Up speed: ~90Mbps/30Mbps

My purposes:
- Run personal websites (~10-50 concurrent users)
- Home media center (play musics & 720p/1080p movies)
- Develop websites (using PHPStorm with Vagrant/VirtualBox)
- Remote control with Teamviewer

I have tried Ubuntu Desktop 13.04 but it runs quite slow to my expectation, especially with Teamviewer (clicks need ~10-30 secs to response, both PC have same network speeds).

I am looking a distro (the more similar to Ubuntu the better as I'm a little familiar with Ubuntu) which is fast, minimal built-in software and not so complicated to manage or install drivers. I'm thinking of install Ubuntu Server 13.04 then install packages manually but I guess installing other softwares to meet my requirement (purposes) is quite complicated.

Please advice me a distro which has GUI with no or minimal built-in software as I dont need office, GIMP, FireFox (I prefer Chrome),...

Thanks a lot!
Old 07-15-2013, 01:21 AM   #2
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with the older hardware you have the more you do, the harder the hit to the performance will be.

if you want to stick with something similar to Ubuntu why not use the pure Debian. You will get better longevity as the life cycle is closer to 18-24mo instead of Ubuntu's 9mo, plus you will not have to deal with Canonical's malware that they will use to sell your personal information to the likes of Amazon and what not without your consent mind you.

Personally I use a real server class OS for my server and a desktop class OS for my workstations.

CentOS is my choice for server class OS as it is basically a 1:1 of RHEL with the normal life cycle (5-7yrs) and then to keep things similar I run Fedora for my desktop.

you are begging for headaches by running ANY desktop distro as a server. That is unless every 9-24mo. you wish to completely rebuild and deal with backwards compatibility issues that can and will be caused by moving some portions of the distro up to most current while other parts lag behind causing conflicts.

If you have no choice but to run it all on one system, then look into running pure Debian, or maybe even Slackware.

CentOS is not bad for desktop unless you need the MOST CURRENT GUI applications like Chrome etc...
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Hi and welcome to LQ!
If you want learn and manage server/desktop, slackware is the choice.


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