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Old 06-20-2010, 04:55 AM   #1
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Best Distribution for a home-cum-development server

I have an old Pentium-4, 2GB RAM, 2X160GB IDE-Hard disk computer.

I am learning software development and I need a distribution with support for

(a) Oracle/Sun Glassfish v3 server
(b) Apache web server
(c) MySQL server
(d) Postgres server
(e) Sun virtual-box (headless)
(f) Webmin

For my home use, I need a proxy server and a file-and-print server (e.g. samba)

I need to be able to run it headless. It should be easy to configure, but should also be like a real-world linux-distribution.

So, which distribution would you recommend?
Old 06-20-2010, 05:00 AM   #2
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I would suggest CentOS. Alternativ SLES.

Prefere CentOS.


a) 100% free
b) Binary compatible with RedHat
c) Stabile ( as for as i have tested it)
d) in a commercial surrounding you could use RedHat with profession support, if the customer wants it.

Additional hint: If you want to install Oracle you need to change the /etc/CentOS-release to look like it is RedHat. ( I read that somewhere in the net)


a) stabile
b) professionel support if needed
c) you may use OpenSuse for trying at home
Old 06-20-2010, 12:09 PM   #3
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What about Ubuntu Server 10.04?
Old 06-20-2010, 12:14 PM   #4
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Every distro from Linux Jazz will do. I personally prefer Fedora 13.


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