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Old 05-16-2009, 03:03 AM   #1
Johnnie J
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Newbie needs advise on distros...


Hi All,

I've been looking at a variety of distros for sometime and now want to get into some command line work and configuring networks and servers. So, I'm thinking Ubuntu or CentOS. I think these are good choices because there are many books out for Ubuntu and there are several new books for CentOS 5.3 being released in the next few months, as well as the RedHat books that would apply to CentOS. Can anyone think of other distros that would have similar text book coverage?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts,

John
 
Old 05-16-2009, 04:37 AM   #2
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If you want bare bones system and want to configure everything command line then red hat or cent os is a good choice. Ubuntu can also be installed that way but you will need alternate cd for that. Another distro that will help you learn linux a lot is Slackware. Try it. It also has got a lot of documentation available out there.
 
Old 05-16-2009, 04:49 AM   #3
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If you're interested in configuring networks then I think Debian is a good choice. There's loads of documentation available (for example http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/notes/debian/server.html; you can google for loads more). I'm not sure if you mean you want a "book" as opposed to electronic documents but I suppose you can get that too.
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PS Like every other response you will receive, I am not exactly unbiased as to distros.
 
Old 05-16-2009, 04:55 AM   #4
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If you are already comfortable with Linux OS's and now want to get to a stable system to play withcommand line configurations,then I would suggest you CentOS 5.3 final release.. It's the same as RHEL5 but with free update repos. I have been using Centos and I personally liked it allot. RHEL will give you some tough time coz update is available for subscribers only.

So, CentOS is what you are looking for.

Cheers!!
 
Old 05-16-2009, 05:22 AM   #5
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I'm comfortable with those Linux/BSD OSs that are really easy to install, but want to learn a lot more and as I'm starting from the very beginning I'm hoping I can find books on a linux distro that would in the style of the MS Server text book type books. I think RedHat has some like that which would apply to CentOS and there are some CentOS books coming out over the next few months. Ubuntu has quite a few books out on it now so it could be a good choice for me, as well.

That's where I'm coming from. I'll definitely look into Debian too.
 
  


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