[clug-talk] Server install v1.

Cirez Communications, inc. jacirez at gmail.com
Thu Oct 6 15:54:48 PDT 2005

This may be a bit late; but here it goes: for anyone trying to deploy
a server, specially a relative new user, I would recommend a bare 
bone distro, i.e SLACKWARE. Deploying any kind of network service is a
potential can of worms in several fronts; not the least of which is
security. Knowing where everything is and how everything works means
the difference between a stable deployment or a pain the a$$.
Slackware is not pretty; but it is easier to setup, administer, secure
and mantain...

On 10/6/05, Gustin Johnson <gustin at echostar.ca> wrote:
> On Thursday 06 October 2005 14:03, Shawn wrote:
> > If you are planning this for a server, you should consider stability as
> one
> > of your primary factors.  Going with Breezee preview would not fit this
> > requirement, as there will be changes in the final release.  I've also
> > heard that Breezee preview does have some issues that are getting worked
> > out before the final release. (consider that hearsay though - I'm not
> sure
> > what the issues were and can't remember the source of the comment).
> >
> I am runnning a breezy preview right now.  For the most part it is quite
> stable, having said that I am not so sure I would deploy it into
> production.
> > So, I would favor a distro that's slightly older over one that is still
> in
> > beta.   If you REALLY want stability for a server, you could take a look
> at
> > Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or SuSe Linux Enterprise Server.  These are
> both
> > targeted at servers.  The downside is that they tend to be a generation
> or
> > two older - but that's not too big a deal when it comes to servers.
> Debian Stable is tough to beat.  Plus you can download it easily.  Since the
> hardware is new it might be a good idea to stick to a distro where compiling
> your own kernel is considered to be a good thing (or having someone build a
> kernel for you).  Red Hat and SuSe this is not.
> Also, if the hardware is 64bit, I would recommend sticking with a 32 bit
> distro for the time being.
> >
> > I'm not sure what would be needed to get your NIC and sound running (do
> you
> > need sound on a server?) with Kubuntu (well, through their methods at
> > least). But, adding hardware, or tweaking settings after the install is
> > pretty common.  I wouldn't be surprised if it's as simple as opening the
> > KDE control panel (or the equivalent if you choose a gnome interface),
> > select the NIC and assign the IP data to it.  It's the part where the NIC
> > gets detected that can be a little troublesome...
> I am looking through the new KDE system settings, and there is an applet
> there
> for network settings, looks pretty straight forward.
> Hardware detection is mostly up to the kernel.  I would be interested to see
> the output from lspci to see what NIC and sound card is on board.
> For installing a new NIC, 3coms, intels (pro100, pro1000) are supported by
> just about every distro since there is support in the vanilla kernel (ie.
> does not require 3rd party patches)
> Hope this helps

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