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linuxman356 07-17-2005 06:57 PM

Linux for Server Application
i'm new to linux and servers, so i want a little info on what distro i should choose. i want to run file, print, webmail/mail, web, ftp dhcp server with firewall abilities. i also need it to be able to work with my windows based systems. please give me something that won't be too difficult to use but is at the same time stable enough to do the tasks i want it to do.

system: pentium III 1ghz
256mb ddr
20 gig Ide (going to swap it for two 80 gig wd caviar hds)
onboard NIC and second NIC (10/100)

linuxman356 07-17-2005 06:58 PM

oh yeah i forgot to add: i would also like it to be able to store user settings so i could log onto usernames from different computers on my network and get the same settings each time (i think this is called roaming profiles).

tuxrules 07-17-2005 07:51 PM

I would recommend slackware or debian. I am not confident about roaming profiles...may be someone else can help you out here.

btmiller 07-17-2005 11:53 PM

For "roaming profiles", will the client computers be Windows or *nix? If the former, look into SAMBA -- I think SAMBA in PDC mode supports roaming profiles. If the clients are *nix, look into NIS (easy to set up in trusted environments) or LDAP authentication (much more secure and featureful).

linuxman356 07-18-2005 04:25 PM

isn't samba included in most distros like slackware and debian?

tuxrules 07-18-2005 04:43 PM


isn't samba included in most distros like slackware and debian?
Yes, it is...but it only gets installed if you ask for. If you are installing a base system in debian I don't think samba will get installed but I may be wrong. You might have to apt-get for debian.


XavierP 07-18-2005 05:00 PM

At the FUDCon in February, Red Hat were discussing that they were looking into roaming profiles. So, from that I would say look at CentOS if you don't want to pay for a distro or RHEL if you do. You could also look into Novell.

linuxman356 07-18-2005 05:01 PM

alright so slackware or debian: which will be easier to work with?

linuxman356 07-18-2005 05:02 PM

is novell free?

XavierP 07-18-2005 05:06 PM

You can download the Personal version and then install extra packages to make it a Professional version. But as with most of the "bigger" distros, if you want support from them you'll have to pay for it.

linuxman356 07-18-2005 09:59 PM

alright thanks guys

linuxman356 07-19-2005 02:11 PM

anyone else know anything about roaming profiles and what os would be stablest and easy to use for a server application?

tuxrules 07-19-2005 06:32 PM

Don't know much about roaming profiles. If you plan to use your linux distro as a server then you would have to work on command line. You won't have much of gui to work with or put it other way you would not want lot of gui to bog down your server ram. So there isn't much difference (one distro being easier over the other) between various distros. As i said before, I would prefer debian or slackware or even a BSD for server.


linuxman356 07-19-2005 09:50 PM

command line...this is going to be tougher than i expected

chrism01 07-20-2005 02:05 AM

Actually, the GUI doesn't have that much effect unless you are using it all the time. Like anything else, if it's not being actively used, it'll get swapped out.
I'd recommend learning the CLI, tho. Some things are quicker / easier, esp when you know what you are doing.
BTW, if we are talking serious loads ie not just for home learning, 256MB RAM is a bit tight.

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