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So guys, question.

I've got an old IBM Thinkcenter sitting here that I plan on using as a little linux server for whatever.

It's probably going to be a minor little web-server/file server thing for me to test junk out on and play with.

So I guess the big thing is, what should I put on it?

I already have Ubuntu Server, but I don't really like Ubuntu anymore, and I'm leaning towards CentOS since it's basically RHEL, and that's one of the more ubiquitous linux server/workstation operating systems in the business world. But does anyone else have a preference for servers?
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debian or centos

just depends if you want either .deb or .rpm packages

i hear slackware makes for really amazing servers though as well

check out all 3 (they are free, what can it hurt) and decide which one suites you best
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post #3 of 8
CentOS or Debian.

Or if you really want to learn whats used in the big business world, Solaris(Unix)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by EntTheGod View Post
debian or centos

just depends if you want either .deb or .rpm packages

i hear slackware makes for really amazing servers though as well

check out all 3 (they are free, what can it hurt) and decide which one suites you best
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CentOS or Debian.

Or if you really want to learn whats used in the big business world, Solaris(Unix)
Yep, CentOS or Debian. I'd flip a coin since they'd both do the job equally.
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I'd vote centos
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For anything internet facing I would recommened gentoo hardened: http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/hardened/


The hardened project has the following subprojects:

ProjectLeadDescription
SELinuxChris PeBenitoSELinux is a system of mandatory access controls. SELinux can enforce the security policy over all processes and objects in the system.

PaX/GrsecurityAnthony G. Basile Grsecurity is a complete security solution providing such features as a MAC or RBAC system, chroot restrictions, address space modification protection (via PaX), auditing features, randomization features, linking restrictions to prevent file race conditions, ipc protections and much more.


Hardened ToolchainMagnus Granberg Transparent implementation of PaX address space layout randomizations and stack smashing protections using ELF shared objects as executables.

Hardened Kernel SourcesAnthony G. Basile A kernel which provides patches for hardened subprojects, and stability/security oriented patches. Includes Grsecurity and SELinux.

BastilleBryan Stine Bastille is an interactive application which gives the user suggestions on securing their machine. It will be customized to make suggestions about other Hardened Gentoo subprojects.



For just you screwing around on the LAN, you can't go wrong with the normal gentoo profile.
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post #7 of 8
I vote FreeBSD, just to be different
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post #8 of 8
Honestly this can be accomplished equally with any of the popular distros. Pick the one you want to learn the most.
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