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Old 07-19-2005, 05:58 PM   #1
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Vote now! best linux distro for Server


Hi Everyone,

I am a newbie and wanted to know what distribution you would recommend for a Server. The server will handle applications, file/print, web, e-mail. Basically an all around server. I am not a technical person so I would like something that is manageable without much programing.

Thank you for your vote
Amy
 
Old 07-19-2005, 06:11 PM   #2
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My vote goes to Slackware, as it's stable and straightforward. It doesn't have a lot of the GUI-heavy applications that more newbie-friendly distros would have (SUSE, Mandrake, Fedora, etc), which IMNSHO make for a clunky server.
The downside may be that you'll need to do some more manual configuration (i.e. "where'd that config file go again?!?") than you would in said newbie-friendly distros. But honestly, just about every server out there requires some config-file editing...that part won't change no matter what distro you use.
 
Old 07-19-2005, 07:30 PM   #3
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Re: Vote now! best linux distro for Server

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Originally posted by amy1234
Hi Everyone,

I am a newbie and wanted to know what distribution you would recommend for a Server. The server will handle applications, file/print, web, e-mail. Basically an all around server. I am not a technical person so I would like something that is manageable without much programing.

Thank you for your vote
Amy
Since you mentioned are a newbie and not a technical person + easy manageable...

Debian is recommended...

Although I am a `die hard` Slackware user, but personally I felt Slackware needs some technical knowledge and for advanced learning. But if you're goin' to crafting your skills...go for Slackware.

Hope this help..
 
Old 07-19-2005, 11:05 PM   #4
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Maybe Trustix?

Seems to have a very good install walkthrough, and a friend of mine swears by it, although I don't run a server so I really don't know.
 
Old 07-19-2005, 11:08 PM   #5
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You do have to install X11 by hand though....making it a bit harder. Read the website and it all explains it. http://www.trustix.org
 
Old 07-19-2005, 11:51 PM   #6
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Although I am a `die hard` Slackware user, but personally I felt Slackware needs some technical knowledge and for advanced learning. But if you're goin' to crafting your skills...go for Slackware.
I refer to that as "reading".
Slack does not require any existing Linux knowledge, so long as you're willing to learn after the initial install. The curve is steep, yes, but well worth it. I believe Distrowatch put it best:
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Perhaps the best characteristic of this distribution I have heard is this: if you need help with your Linux box, find a Slackware user. A Slackware user is more likely to fix the problem than a user familiar with any other distribution.
http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major
 
Old 07-20-2005, 04:30 PM   #7
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Thumbs down

I vote for:

(*)Whichever distribution best suits your organization's requirements.

Topics/polls like this are pointless, as each distribution has its pros and cons, and even with some of the less-favored distributions some organizations may want to use it anyhow due to familiarity and experience. Linux is linux, gnu is gnu, and program X will run on distrubitions A, B, and C providing you have the proper libraries installed.

I was going to post without looking that it had to be a who posted this poll; I decided to check anyhow prior to saving this post, and sure enough. . .

Last edited by KimVette; 07-20-2005 at 04:32 PM.
 
Old 07-20-2005, 04:38 PM   #8
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http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...+server+distro
looks like we alredy have one of these threads.
 
Old 07-20-2005, 07:15 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by scuzzman
I refer to that as "reading".
Slack does not require any existing Linux knowledge, so long as you're willing to learn after the initial install. The curve is steep, yes, but well worth it. I believe Distrowatch put it best:

http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major
What's that supposed to mean? (in red colored text)

Not really...considering a true newbie installing a new OS that he/she never use it before..several difficulties might occur. Perhaps he need `several hours ++` just to fix a simple problem...

Last edited by IamDaniel; 07-20-2005 at 07:17 PM.
 
Old 07-20-2005, 07:24 PM   #10
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Originally posted by KimVette
I vote for:

(*)Whichever distribution best suits your organization's requirements.

Topics/polls like this are pointless, as each distribution has its pros and cons, and even with some of the less-favored distributions some organizations may want to use it anyhow due to familiarity and experience. Linux is linux, gnu is gnu, and program X will run on distrubitions A, B, and C providing you have the proper libraries installed.

I was going to post without looking that it had to be a who posted this poll; I decided to check anyhow prior to saving this post, and sure enough. . .

True...

But some distrobutions is heavily patched & customized...and when installing non-standard packages, it might be a headache...and need a little time to fix...

Just a note, the thread's owner mentioned he/she is a newbie..he/she want a server working out of the box, not a learning box.
 
  


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