Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 10-30-2011, 02:48 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Oct 2011
Posts: 17

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
What distro for server

I want to setup a Linux Server on Win7 / Virtual Box for developmet/testing (LAMP, JavaScript). I am gonna need the following programs installed:

Ioncube loader

I know that choice comes down to:

Red Hat
Ubuntu (somebody told me not to get this one because root is disabled by default, and that it can be changed but it is not recommended)

I also need to figure out if I need to connect from Win7 to Virtual Box Linux through something like Putty within the same computer. I read somewhere that I need two separate computers or a network card for something like that.

Thank you.
Old 10-30-2011, 03:03 AM   #2
Registered: Apr 2009
Location: Melbourne
Distribution: Fedora & CentOS
Posts: 854

Rep: Reputation: 191Reputation: 191
Personally, i wouldnt be running Fedora or Ubuntu in a server environment, as they are both a little too bleeding edge, and the frequency of updates MAY break things.

Any of the other distro's are a good choice, my personal preference is CentOS, and for all intents and purposes RedHat and CentOS are the same. Except for release schedule, and support.

There are a number of ways you can setup networking in VirtualBox, but by default, you should be able to directly ping from the Win7 box, to the VM once you install a distro. If this works you should be able to access the webserver once its installed/configured.

You wont HAVE to install putty/ssh as you can directly access the VM through VirtualBox.
Old 10-30-2011, 11:58 AM   #3
Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 18,550

Rep: Reputation: 2778Reputation: 2778Reputation: 2778Reputation: 2778Reputation: 2778Reputation: 2778Reputation: 2778Reputation: 2778Reputation: 2778Reputation: 2778Reputation: 2778
I'd pick the server base that I wanted to stick with. Any of your choices might work but there are many more out there. OpenSuse, BSD's, and pre-made lampp virtual machines from vmware and other places.

One problem is this "not to get this one because root is disabled by default".

You need to start learning and using best practices now before you ruin all your data. You never want to be logged on as root. It is a poor way to start off your server. Use sudo for all your admin tasks. Always remain at the lowest level needed.
Old 10-30-2011, 01:54 PM   #4
LQ Newbie
Registered: Oct 2011
Posts: 17

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
So it came down to CentOs or Debian.

Last edited by jtt89; 10-30-2011 at 01:56 PM.
Old 10-30-2011, 01:56 PM   #5
LQ Newbie
Registered: Aug 2011
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
it will be

Old 10-30-2011, 02:29 PM   #6
Registered: Mar 2010
Posts: 202

Rep: Reputation: 84
I work with both Centos and Debian, but my experience with Debian has been wayyyyyyyy more satisfactory than with Centos. Had I the choice I know exactly which one would be the only Linux for my servers.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Server distro for a single purpose external server fgw Linux - Server 2 02-04-2010 08:40 PM
Is FreeBSD a server distro or a desktop distro with good server capatabilities? matthew5 *BSD 16 06-06-2006 03:11 PM
Which distro for my server... RuudVV Linux - General 8 04-13-2004 03:14 PM
Best Distro for a Server? Rv5 Linux - Software 20 12-05-2003 02:59 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:28 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration