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Old 10-15-2009, 01:36 PM   #16
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The closest free distribution to Fedora would be CentOS, CentOS 5.4 should be coming out within the next month so that's what I would advise, as it goes CentOS is based off of RHEL and is a near enough copy but with all Red Hat logos removed. Alternatively you have Debian what is what Ubuntu is originally based on, personally my experience of Debian is limited but it makes for a much better server then Ubuntu Server in my opinion/from my experience.
 
Old 10-16-2009, 02:00 AM   #17
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As you have a Redhat background I recommend Centos as well.
 
Old 10-16-2009, 12:27 PM   #18
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Just out of curiocity, I wish to know what difference does it make whether the distribution is fedora / debian / centOS etc, if the system is working properly and no further upgrade is necessary ? For example my previous RH9 installation was run for nearly four years without any problem, until I made a complete reinstall of FC10. Some desktops still runs RH9.
We are told that all the distros are basically the same but have different flavours ( ..... like icecreams ? ............)
So atleast in theory, if one donot require professional and paid support, it does not make any distinction except the look and feel or the ease of installation.
May be I did not felt the difference as my server installations were very small and there may be marked difference in performance of different distros in much larger installations.
 
Old 10-16-2009, 02:10 PM   #19
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There are several things to watch out for, more so with servers. As servers get older, more vunabilities get found out over time and so the general level of security does drop as they become no longer patched and supported. Also as time goes on, more advanced applications and services are released and more features as well. Red Hat 9 was also apart of Red Hat's Desktop Distribution what later became Fedora as was officially maintained by red hat I believe up til Fedora 6.

As such Desktop distributions are aimed more at desktop activities, they take up generally more resources as they are built to run GUI and have more applications used on the GUI, as a side note, the support time of new versions of desktop distributions tends to be much less, I suspect (not certain of this), this is due in part to Desktops trying to become more use friendly and support more features. On the otherhand, server distributions are more built towards security and are built more on tried and tested releases of applications and services. Server distributions are designed to generally be more stable and have much less (or no) basis on GUI. Server distributions will be designed to be lighter too.

To say all linux distributions are the same isn't really true, alot of linux applications, services and programs as such maybe usable across most distributions of linux, the distributions under the skin can vary in how they handle things very differently. For a simple example, if you take a fedora based distribution and Debian based distribution, they store their networking details of cofigured ports like eth0, eth1, lo, etc in completely different methods. Fedora generally stores networking information as indivual configuration files in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ where debian generally stores all networking information in the single file /etc/network/interfaces.

So while Gnome (or KDE) will be similar between a Fedora based Distro and a Debian based Distro, under the GUI they can vary quite alot, and trust me on that... I work in a datacenter and to fixed servers running alsorts of distributions sometimes.
 
Old 10-17-2009, 12:25 PM   #20
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That is a nice explanation and an informative one. This being the situation, I decided to change the server to centOS as early as possible.
As we have deviated from the original topic we may close discussions on this thread now. Thanks once again for all replies.


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There are several things to watch out for, more so with servers. As servers get older, more vunabilities get found out over time and so the general level of security does drop as they become no longer patched and supported. Also as time goes on, more advanced applications and services are released and more features as well. Red Hat 9 was also apart of Red Hat's Desktop Distribution what later became Fedora as was officially maintained by red hat I believe up til Fedora 6.

As such Desktop distributions are aimed more at desktop activities, they take up generally more resources as they are built to run GUI and have more applications used on the GUI, as a side note, the support time of new versions of desktop distributions tends to be much less, I suspect (not certain of this), this is due in part to Desktops trying to become more use friendly and support more features. On the otherhand, server distributions are more built towards security and are built more on tried and tested releases of applications and services. Server distributions are designed to generally be more stable and have much less (or no) basis on GUI. Server distributions will be designed to be lighter too.

To say all linux distributions are the same isn't really true, alot of linux applications, services and programs as such maybe usable across most distributions of linux, the distributions under the skin can vary in how they handle things very differently. For a simple example, if you take a fedora based distribution and Debian based distribution, they store their networking details of cofigured ports like eth0, eth1, lo, etc in completely different methods. Fedora generally stores networking information as indivual configuration files in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ where debian generally stores all networking information in the single file /etc/network/interfaces.

So while Gnome (or KDE) will be similar between a Fedora based Distro and a Debian based Distro, under the GUI they can vary quite alot, and trust me on that... I work in a datacenter and to fixed servers running alsorts of distributions sometimes.
 
  


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