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Old 01-28-2006, 08:14 PM   #1
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distro question

hello all i have a machine all configured for a fileserver

i need proftp, webmin, samba, ssh, (possibly apache)
currently i am running gentoo on the machine (amd1800+) but i think that kinda distro is way to overkill.
i want something minamilistic but not a pain to install i was thinking something like DamnSmallLinux but i have never used it before.. does it support what i need? or what would be better.. again i don't want to spend more then an hour installing the distro with pkg's i don't mind the time needed to configure the programs tho.

also when the machine needs to be able to run headless and with my gigabit realtec NIC card and my sata controller (gentoo picked these up with no prob but i just need to make sure)

thanks guys

Old 01-28-2006, 09:38 PM   #2
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Old 01-29-2006, 08:34 AM   #3
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Although I am new to LinuxQuestions, I am not new to Linux and I can recommend these distros in order (for ease of management)

1) Debian
2) Slackware (if you want it to just be a server ;-) )

Of course, DSL would be ok too but you might need to install extra packages after installing DSL from the CD-ROM

That's my two cent's
Old 01-29-2006, 08:58 AM   #4
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dsl is a debian derivative. if you do a minimal debian install you wont have to deal with what DSL lacks, and youll be able to use apt to get any apps you need...
Old 01-29-2006, 10:22 AM   #5
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Server? Slack will be faster but Debian more stable.
Old 01-31-2006, 03:35 PM   #6
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what makes slack faster?
Old 01-31-2006, 04:17 PM   #7
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its users.
Old 01-31-2006, 04:42 PM   #8
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If you start out with a Debian base install and add only what you really need, the machine will be very responsive indeed - don't let X get in your way, and you're set (even on an ancient computer - well, at least if your samba users don't get too numerous and demanding...). I don't know much about Slackware's speed (I've always found it simplistic, but very well thought through); however, it's close to painless to tailor a very streamlined Debian system to suit your needs precisely - using nothing but apt-get and a little bit of handy work on configuration... if you install webmin with it, you can even spare yourself some of that, too...


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