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Old 04-05-2010, 09:28 PM   #1
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Install Slackware Remotely (and what FS is considered best for server?)

I was wondering if it's possible to do a remote install of Slackware. I have physical access to the box I want it on, but I don't really want to mess with a keyboard and hooking up the monitor to install it. Can I boot to the CD and run the SSH daemon and then install it that way? Or is there a better way? If it's easier to just install it with a keyboard, I will.

The purpose of the install is as a local file/web server. It's currently running Slackware ( and so I was also curious what was considered to be the "best" file system for such an application. Currently, it's ext4. But it's still somewhat set up as a desktop system. I'm going to redo it as a server. Thoughts? Opinions?

I have to completely redo the partitioning on it, anyway, so I might as well get the right file system to begin with.
Old 04-05-2010, 10:29 PM   #2
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Perhaps this will get you started:

As for which FS, I think you will find varied opinions. I prefer ext3 since ext4 is still a little too new for my taste.

Last edited by chess; 04-05-2010 at 10:31 PM.
Old 04-06-2010, 04:30 PM   #3
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In a recent magazine article a number of Linux file systems was compared and benchmarked. ext4 came out as the overall winner, for desktop and server usage alike. Reiser4 was also excellent, in some respects even better, but given the unclear future of this FS it is a bit risky to bet on it. However, it's there, and it is obviously very good. JFS was good, too, but tool support in Linux isn't quite as complete as for ext4.

In short: I'd stick with ext4, for your use case.



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