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Old 03-31-2006, 09:27 PM   #1
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Which Setup For This Specific Usage

Hi all,

I am a windows user that has recently decided it is time to check out Linux. I am after some info on what setup to run. I have Red Hat 9.0 and Mandrake 9.2.

Some suggestion would be great on the best setup for my circumstances.

I have two computers a windows xp pro machine and the server in which I would like to run some sort of Linux. The server is a PIII 750 MHz machine running the i815 chipset. I am an advanced computer user and generally use my computers for Networking & all associated, Video editing, music editing,Deployment,Web Design (php,html,xhtml),(Isn't it funny when you do so much on your computer you can't remember it all)

Keeping in mind the Linux will only be on the server and most of this stuff is done in my windows machine. I also have an intranet on the server that is accessed via the windows machine (e.g.,It[/url] is A customized version of mambo 4.5.2.I am currently running apache and mysql on the server so I cannot see that being a great problem.

If anyone could suggest Distro, Software (anything related) to optimize my server, it would be greatly appreciated.

Old 04-01-2006, 02:19 AM   #2
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Slackware Linux

Those two you have are out-of-date, commercial distros made for point-and-clickers.
For your server you should run Slackware.
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I'll second that, in my experience slackware is about the best you can get if you want stability for a server. I also know several people who used slackware to set up a firewall/router.
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Debian Sarge should be in the running (my choice) & probably CentOS, too.

All of these can be d/l'd for no $.

Of the ones you have, RH9 is the better choice.

CentOS, if you aren't aware of it is the free (both senses) clone of RHEL, & therefore more current than RH9. Slack & Sarge are v. stable & configurable -- good for servers. The desktop "fat" is easily trimmed or avoided. Of the 2, I find Sarge much easier to install & learn.
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Thanks for all the response, sorry it's taken so long but been tied up for a few days. (not literally)

Anyway i'll check all these out

Thanks again


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