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Danapoppa
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posted August 21, 2002 03:52     Click Here to See the Profile for Danapoppa   Click Here to Email Danapoppa     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking to buy Linux for my SOHO server (an Athlon-based machine) and I was wondering if anybody could recommend one. I was thinking about Red Hat, but I've looked around the web a bit recently and want to consider other options before picking one. (I don't have time to fiddle about trying various flavors. I'm a translator and nobody pays me to play with my own computers.)

My priorities are stability, security, and hardware compatibility. The package would have to be fairly recent to accommodate my VGA, which is a Radeon 7500 I picked up on a lark.

If you have experience with Linux, please tell me which flavor you would recommend, and why. I would especially appreciate opinions from Linux gurus with experience of more than one flavor.

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ilovemydualg4
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posted August 21, 2002 04:36     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemydualg4   Click Here to Email ilovemydualg4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
sorry, my experiences for experimenting are with yellow dog, linux ppc, and red hat. hate linuxppc, love yellowdog, red hat is good too. OF course i've never tried debian or anything else for x86

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Danapoppa
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posted August 21, 2002 05:11     Click Here to See the Profile for Danapoppa   Click Here to Email Danapoppa     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for responding, DualG4. Someday I'll get around to putting Yellowdog on my G4.

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SpikeSpiegel
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posted August 21, 2002 05:12     Click Here to See the Profile for SpikeSpiegel   Click Here to Email SpikeSpiegel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
you forgot to explain why dual

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Alien Investor
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posted August 21, 2002 07:12     Click Here to See the Profile for Alien Investor   Click Here to Email Alien Investor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Disclosure: I used to work for Red Hat, and I still own RHAT stock. I'm biased.

Red Hat is a good default distro. It just works, and as of Red Hat 7, it's secure out of the box (namely, all incoming TCP connections are disabled, and then you re-enable anything you need if you want to run your own web server). Red Hat is good for minimizing the time you spend fussing with your installation.

I don't know how good the hardware compatibility is compared to Mandrake or Debian. Red Hat has a hardware compatibility list here:

http://hardware.redhat.com

On the minus side, Red Hat has a low geek-coolness factor these days.

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TheAnnoyedCockroach
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posted August 21, 2002 08:38     Click Here to See the Profile for TheAnnoyedCockroach   Click Here to Email TheAnnoyedCockroach     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm running Mandrake 8.1. They recently released 8.2, though.

It's cheaper than Red Hat.

That is all.

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maxomai
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posted August 21, 2002 09:47     Click Here to See the Profile for maxomai   Click Here to Email maxomai     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Red Hat.

Why? Because that's what I started with and because I've grown used to it. It's as familiar to me as my favorite jacket.

However, RH comes with i386 binary rpms .. which means you may not get the most out of your hardware unless you recompile everything from src rpms.

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ilovemydualg4
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posted August 21, 2002 10:55     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemydualg4   Click Here to Email ilovemydualg4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
why do i like yellow dog better than linuxppc?

easier to install
far easier
comes with a ton of ppc rpms on extra cds

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Lex
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posted August 21, 2002 11:16     Click Here to See the Profile for Lex   Click Here to Email Lex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mandrake was what I started with, so I'm going to have to recommend it. I haven't tried Mandrake PPC, but it might be worth looking into.

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GameMaster
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posted August 21, 2002 21:09     Click Here to See the Profile for GameMaster   Click Here to Email GameMaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Red Hat (easy to install and customize, good documentation and I hear their support is good (although I haven't needed support yet)), Lindows (in a few years (not yet, it still has a few to many dugs)) or Caldara OpenLinux (Greatest install, it lets you play tetris while the pakages are installing in the final stage).

RedHat seems to come with the most GPL'd software of any corprate distro (that I've seen), and is my favorite by far.

Lindows has some exciting things going on, but it really is designed for desktops and you'd have to find and download the server side stuff you need seperatly. Although if your not willing to let go of MS Office, it's a good place to start.

I've not played with Debaine much, but I hear good things... The problem with Debaine (at least for me) is that I have trouble finding a book or box version of it, and I don't have the connection to Download a larg distro.

Slackware is nice and slim... I haven't played with it for quite some time, but when I did it was too slim to do a lot of the things I was looking for.

My vote goes to Redhat.

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