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Gregg Bolinger
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At work I am needing to build a linux server. I will be putting apache, mysql, tomcat, ftpd, etc.
I won't be running X11. I want a distro that is pretty light, possibly all on 1 CD. I don't need anything but the base os (kernel, etc) and the command line development tools and libraries (for compilation of source). I will install apache, mysql, etc myself because I don't like how they come packaged with Linux distros.
I also need to be able to easily update the distro or libraries, kernel, etc as they become available.
I was wondering what distro you might recommend.
 
Adrian Yan
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My answer should come no surprises. DEBIAN all the way, you can use the minimal version of it, which installs the very basic stuff. Basically, a shell and kernel, then all you have to do is apt-get install XXXX.
 
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Originally posted by Adrian Yan:
My answer should come no surprises. DEBIAN all the way, you can use the minimal version of it, which installs the very basic stuff. Basically, a shell and kernel, then all you have to do is apt-get install XXXX.

Thanks Adrian. I figured Debian was going to be mentioned. Another question; is Debian the most "generic" distro. What I mean is, I know RedHat has proprietary libraries and things. So you can have issues installing things on RedHat and Mandrake is slowly getting this way. Or am I thinking about it the wrong way.
 
Adrian Yan
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Debian is the most generic one, beside gentoo I guess. All of its packages are open sources, unless you choose otherwise.
 
Arjun Shastry
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Mandrake I tried on my laptop ,its better than RedHat in its GUI and installation is cool.How about BSD? Have you tried FreeBSD?
 
Adrian Yan
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FreeBSD is a very very good server platform OS. It has a different feel to it than linux. I don't remember there is a JDK version for FreeBSD from Sun, maybe blackdown has one.
 
Jon Entwistle
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I am writing to you from my FreeBSD box and wouldn't change for the world.... Easy to update kernel. Install ports is a snap - you can install from a binary directly, e.g. pkg_add -r mysql or through src with the huge port collection (10796 ports at the moment - see www.freebsd.org/ports/index.html for a full list) which you can install from the CD. Just by cd to the relevant directory and run make install clean, and hey presto.

Originally posted by Adrian Yan:
I don't remember there is a JDK version for FreeBSD from Sun, maybe blackdown has one.


I have Sun jdk1.4.2 and j2sdkee1.3.1 installed and firing on all cylinders


Cheers,

Jon
[ May 26, 2004: Message edited by: Jon Entwistle ]
 
Dean Jones
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Originally posted by Adrian Yan:
Debian is the most generic one, beside gentoo I guess. All of its packages are open sources, unless you choose otherwise.


Don't forget Slackware. Patrick (the maker of Slackware) doesn't put any hooks in any software at all. I know for a fact that gentoo and Debian do. Slackware is a 100% pure Linux distribution. Whatever the developer wrote is what the user gets. That's why I love it so much.
 
Pavel Kubal
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I think, that Gregg said 1 CD. Than the only possibility may be Slack. Only few people have so much time for compiling kernel at work (Gentoo).

MDK: Mandrake is not tipical distribution for servers. It is aimed to desktop users, but if you have good linux knowledge there is no problem to build stable server machine.
 
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