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Old 01-20-2004, 07:42 AM   #1
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Which distro for my home server?

Since Redhat soon discontinues updating this system I am looking for a new distro to switch to. Now i would like some advise as to which distro to choose. I have been playing a little with redhat 8.0 and 9.0, and a little with Suse prof 8.2.

I am currently running a Redhat 8.0 on my server, a pentium mmx 200 mhz, with 64mb ram.

The server serves as a (samba/NFS)file-, print-, and webserver in my home. Mostly there are 2 computers using file and printservices from the inside, and a bit more clients accessing web-content from the outside.

I still have a X-server running which I access from my laptop through VNC, but mostly I do admin tasks on a commandline or through webmin.

I have a homepage, and quite a lot of other stuff placed on the server, which needs to stay there as I migrate to another system. hopefully this won't be a problem?

Any other info needed? - What do all you wise men and women have to say to a newbie who wants to learn?
Old 01-20-2004, 08:31 AM   #2
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Give Slackware a try. I have done that about 6 months ago, coming from RedHat 9 and I'm loving it. Out of the box it is more lightweight than RH as well, so it might be worth considering, especially for a server.

One caveat: while RH distros come with a set of IPTables rules to give you an automatic firewall out of the box, in Slack you either need to make your own script or use something like Firestarter if you need a firewall.

But I would definitely recommend it.

As for painless installation, as far as I know that would be hard. You may want to back things up and reinstall them afterwards, as it is advisable to format your hard drive when installing a new distro, as far as I know. But I could be wrong about this

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Old 01-20-2004, 08:35 AM   #3
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Old 01-20-2004, 10:20 AM   #4
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Fedora is like redhat 10


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