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Old 06-03-2005, 12:31 PM   #1
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Linux server

I'm ready to switch my home server over to Linux. I think I'm going to use Vector unless someone has a better suggestion.

This machine is a 733 MHz with 128 Meg. It currently is running Win2k Advanced Server. It acts as a file server, DNS and DCHP. I want the same functions on Linux.

I did some googling and came up with this. DNS will be handled by BIND. I need to download this.

DHCP can be done by editing the dhcpd.conf file and then running the service. Is this really all there is to this?

File serving can be done with Samba. Now Samba will allow me to connect to this server from pretty much any version of Windoze?

Now for my real newbie question. I do not need to have a GUI interface for any of this, correct?

Old 06-03-2005, 12:43 PM   #2
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Not necesarilly, you should be able to manage all of these services through the console (or secure shell).
Old 06-03-2005, 01:53 PM   #3
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hi m8.

you do not need a gui at all. however, i dont recomend using vector for your server. In fact i would go with ubuntu. The reason why is because of apt-get. You will beable to install 1000s of programs, security patches and updates at the blink of an eye. It has an easy installer that walks you through everything and you can find tons of support in there wiki/forum.

If your interested in setting up an ubuntu server you can check out this little how-to i made at Ubuntu Basic Server Set-up

Old 06-03-2005, 04:55 PM   #4
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I recommend using Gentoo. I have a Celeron 433 server that I use for apache/ssh/ftp/files/whatever server. It has no mouse/keyboard/monitor, doesn't have X installed. Gentoo takes a little longer to get installed than most distro's, but you have portage (like apt-get) and your system is extremely customizable. Took me maybe 3 hours to get everything working, the gentoo documentation is great.


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