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One of my buddies is planning a high-capacity file server build with 5-6 hard drives in RAID 5. I'll be the one setting it up. The current plan is to use software RAID 5 using Linux mdraid. What would be a good distro to use? I, personally, consider myself proficient with Linux but have never set up software RAID before. Should I go with a desktop distro like Fedora or something like CentOS or Ubuntu Server? I'd like something that has a GUI and is not too hard to use since my friend is definitely NOT a Linux person.

Also, does anyone have links to good tutorials for the initial setup/creation of the RAID array?

Thanks in advance for suggestions!
Edited by kz26 - 2/4/11 at 12:34am
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CentOS/Debian is what I recommend, you'll get pretty much the same response. I knew I should have suggested TFB do server stuff in his wonder post for newbs. =(
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CentOS. Redhat's website has documentation (so does CentOS) and there's a section on software RAID if my memory serves me correctly. There is also the man pages ... read the pages for 'mdadm' and it is pretty straight forward if you already understand the concepts of RAID. If not, head to wikipedia and read up about RAID first...
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I've actually been playing around with Arch recently - I love that it's so small and up-to-date in terms of package releases. I'm concerned that with CentOS things will be too old...I personally prefer more bleeding-edge distros.
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I've actually been playing around with Arch recently - I love that it's so small and up-to-date in terms of package releases. I'm concerned that with CentOS things will be too old...I personally prefer more bleeding-edge distros.

Yeah but if your running a server your going to want stability and not bleeding-edge. Go look at TFB's anger about how an update caused his computer to start random lockup/restarts. You don't want that with a server, at least not in any professional scheme. That's why the more preferred corporate solutions are the more stable distro's.
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I've actually been playing around with Arch recently - I love that it's so small and up-to-date in terms of package releases. I'm concerned that with CentOS things will be too old...I personally prefer more bleeding-edge distros.

bleeding-edge? why do you need bleeding-edge just to run a file server with software RAID? if you want to "play" on a box, then keep that your desktop, not your server...

is this file server just some toy for you and your buddy to play around with, or is it going to be a real file server to be used for a more serious purpose? if it's just a toy to play around with, use any distro of your choosing... all of them can do software raid. if it's for a more serious purpose, you don't need bleeding edge, you need stability, i.e., something like CentOS, RHEL, SLES, Debian...
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It's not exactly going to be a toy, but more of a private home server for him, me, and some other people. I realize that CentOS/Debian and friends are distros designed for stability but realistically this machine probably isn't going to get updated a lot. Does anyone have comments on Arch specifically? Most of the server distros appear to be quite large and this being a fileserver at all a small base install with a few server-oriented apps (Samba, httpd, etc.) are really all that's needed.
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Originally Posted by kz26;12296947 
It's not exactly going to be a toy, but more of a private home server for him, me, and some other people. I realize that CentOS/Debian and friends are distros designed for stability but realistically this machine probably isn't going to get updated a lot. Does anyone have comments on Arch specifically? Most of the server distros appear to be quite large and this being a fileserver at all a small base install with a few server-oriented apps (Samba, httpd, etc.) are really all that's needed.

quite large? what is quite large to you? 600-700MB?
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Have you checked out Openfiler?
http://www.openfiler.com/

No local GUI but you get a web interface.
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Amahi Home Server. Done.
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