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Old 07-15-2009, 07:27 PM   #1
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Which linux distro to use for P4 server box?

Hey guys. I'm starting up a coding project with my friend, and am about to set up a server on an older P4 windows box I have lying around. I'm going to install linux, and I'm wondering what the best distro for me would be.

I'm looking to have SSH capabilities, one or two SQL databases, some sort of picture database (not sure how that will be implemented yet), and a subversion repository for objective-C code.
The box is a P4 2.8 ghz, 800mhz FSB, 1 or 2 gb of DDR2 RAM (can't remember), 80 GB hard drive, and a 128 MB video card. This is going to be a server, so GUI stuff has little to no importance. Thanks guys!
Old 07-15-2009, 08:58 PM   #2
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Heya Deakolt

I would say that any distro would be fine for that. If you have any experience with linux, use what you know (distro wise).

Generally, you can't go too far wrong with Debian (my favorite). Centos is based on RHEL (RedHat Enterprise Linux) and would be fine for that. Ubuntu server, from what I understand (never used it personally), is a fine distro for that.

I usually go the for Debian Net Install. It's a small initial download, and you can build quite a lean server using it.

It's really up to you. Try a few.

Hope this helps
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I would recommend that stability is important in a server environment. Slackware to me is the best stable secure distribution available for a server. Let alone the oldest with security updates that roll back farther than any other with a history.

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