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Old 10-15-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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Best Linux distro for home server?


I know this has been asked a million times here, but I was unable to find a thread for it. Would like opinions as to the best linux distrobution for a home network file/print server. Must be fast and relativly easy to set up and troubleshoot, should something go wrong. My current server is an aging socket 478-based system running Ubuntu 10.04 (tried 12.04, but it didin't like my Nvidia video adapter, and the os is slow on that machine anyway). The new OS i choose will likely be onstalled on a new machine, a home-built socket LGA 775 system with an Asus mainboard and 4 GB of DDR2 SDRAM, as well as 8 1TB drives for storage and 1 250GB boot drive, all SATA. So actually, I need opinons for both my current server and the one I'm trying to collect the parts to build. Any advice would be highly appreciated.
 
Old 10-15-2013, 05:41 PM   #2
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CentOS, Slackware, Debian. Look no further.
 
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Must be fast and relatively easy to set up and troubleshoot, should something go wrong.
CentOS, based on that criteria.
 
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:14 AM   #4
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Since you are already familiar with Ubuntu a switch to Debian would be the easiest, since those two, especially at server level are quite similar to handle.
 
Old 10-16-2013, 10:40 AM   #5
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...best linux distrobution for a home network file/print server.
Anything will do that, but some things will be better than others; significantly, assuming that you don't like re-building your server every six months, you will want extended support of some kind (more than six months, anyway).


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Must be fast and relativly easy to set up and troubleshoot, should something go wrong.
It has already been pointed out that you have experience with a debian-derived distro, so that would put debian and derivatives ahead on points, so far.

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he new OS i choose will likely be onstalled on a new machine, a home-built socket LGA 775 system with an Asus mainboard and 4 GB of DDR2 SDRAM, as well as 8 1TB drives for storage and 1 250GB boot drive, all SATA.
Slightly off topic, but is that a mobo with 9 SATA ports or a more modest board, plus some kind of SATA adaptor card? Or, have I misunderstood, and the drives spread across two machines?

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So actually, I need opinons for both my current server and the one I'm trying to collect the parts to build. Any advice would be highly appreciated.
Personally, I have tried Ubuntu server (which might be the obvious suggestion, given your history) in the past, and didn't much like it. YMMV, but, personally I'd take Debian itself or Centos (...or scientific...) above Ubuntu.

Here is the obvious (when you know) piece of info; Distrowatch can be used to search for distros, and there a lot, and you can filter by various things, including whether they are intended for server usage. Now, in theory, you could really use pretty much any distro, but if it isn't at least in some way, server-oriented, it is likely that you'll trip up over the short support horizon.
 
Old 10-16-2013, 11:59 AM   #6
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I was going to recommend slackware due to its high efficiency design (KISS principle) utilizing leaner components and less resource intensive protocols but based on your requirement for easy troubleshooting and such, I am not sure...

Slackware, provided you are fairly good with CLI and the overall Unix philosiophy, would be your best bet. No GUI, only install required packages, configure the system to do only what you want to do and it will run smoothly for years, take my word for granted

If you require a all-in-one server management solution (more or less a control panel where you can find everything under the same roof), I'd recommend another distro...

Other than that, I agree with the others recommending a debian based distro.
 
Old 10-17-2013, 02:42 AM   #7
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Debian is great for servers, in part because of the long release cycle. And like has been pointed out, Debian and Ubuntu are very, very similar. Your transition will be smooth and you will run into only a few differences.
 
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Debian is great for servers, in part because of the long release cycle.
It also has a very well tested and documented upgrade path. My home-server started as Debian Lenny/5 installation, was upgraded to Squeeze/6 and later upgraded to Wheezy/7 without any problems, still running fine.
 
Old 10-17-2013, 07:08 AM   #9
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I agree with Debian; especially with TobiSGD's / Turbocapitalist remark about the release cycle.

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Old 10-23-2013, 06:10 PM   #10
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thanx

Thanx for the info. I'm seriously thinking about deploying CentOS on the new server (once it's completed). Would the current version run well on a socket 478-based system? What about LGA 775?
 
Old 10-23-2013, 09:56 PM   #11
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Hi, distrowatch.com/search.Server+++ plus the first link in my signature may be of some help
 
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Would the current version run well on a socket 478-based system? What about LGA 775?
There shouldn't be any problem.
 
Old 10-28-2013, 06:42 PM   #13
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Hi

would you mind to explain me why, if the majority of the thread has recommended you to stay with a Debian derived distro and based on your previous experience and knowledge, you plan to use CentOS?
I would glad to have your answer on this, your point of view.


Otherwise I would make emphasis on you to deploy Debian.

I am a server admin, with debian experience since 2001 (potato!) and y can assure you that you want debian on that server. Just put on it a simple CLI, a perfect mix of new and stable software (you can mix stable, testing (or backports), unstable or even experimental).

I have production servers running Debian testing or even i am testing things using unstable (Samba 4 Active Directory) all from official repos, with an unified admin user's experience, in a network with ~2000 users... what i most like is the balance of stable software, when i want servers that can't get down (some of them have more than 6 years since they have been installed), and cutting edge with the new servers and new technology i'm deploying.

When there is a new version, most of the time it's just as difficult as executing 'aptitude update && aptitude dist-upgrade' on a ssh session...


At my home and my notebooks/desktops I use Debian testing/jessy only, i like to spend some time tweaking things sometimes... ;-)

just my point of view...

Regarding the 478 thing... my mail server is still a P4 2.8Ghz S478 single core with 2GiB RAM, hosting ~1500 email accounts... it rocks!!
And we have a monitoring host, running wheezy on a PentiumIII - 512MiB, running a MySQL instance!



best regards

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Old 10-28-2013, 08:08 PM   #14
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Might as well throw in Opensuse or even Enterprise Suse from susestudio.com while you are at it.
 
Old 10-29-2013, 10:54 AM   #15
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Debian.
I have been using it as a home server since 2009 and I have no complaints. Super stable. The long release cycle makes good on that, keeping me from having to update every 20 minutes like Ubuntu.
Apt-get is super easy to use and the amount of packages for it can not be beat.
 
  


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