What Linux to use?

October 5, 2010 at 15:48:31
Specs: xp, 512M (Serv)
I want to run a headless Linux server on a P3 machine.
What suite should I look at?

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#1
October 5, 2010 at 15:57:39

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#2
October 5, 2010 at 17:41:04
Kind of old. We'd need to know more about what hardware you have and what ram and what do you want to do with it.

Distrowatch is a good place to look at choices. Not all are listed or known there either.

What you may want to look at is a distro that offers command line. Most do if you install only the basic's.

You may wish to consider linux from scratch or gentoo for an exact match to your needs.

Also are choices like debian that can be booted to a very minimal install and you add in what you need.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#3
October 5, 2010 at 23:35:16

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#4
October 6, 2010 at 00:06:54
Yea BSD, but FreeBSD is more general purpose:
http://freebsd.org

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#5
October 7, 2010 at 14:31:22
Thanks for the helpful insight.

It's a P3 512m RAM (upgradable)
IDE Drives

I just want to run 4 or 5 hard disks. I don't "need" any video once it's running. However in the furute I would ike the option of using it as a server / TV PVR one day. So video and sound are a future possibility. But I'd probobly reinstall for that anyways.


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#6
October 8, 2010 at 13:46:14
Might consider maybe gentoo since it has a mythtv choice I think. Debian also may be a choice.

Linux from scratch and gentoo may be the fastest choices but you have to built them and it does take a while. Gentoo offers easier ways to add in apps and updates.

You can also look at slitaz, slax, vector, puppy, arch and maybe I forget antiz or antix or something.

Any floppy based may even work. The real issue would be how much work you want to do. My guess is debian would be a good solution that is both fast and can be upgradeable and well supported in apps.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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