Which is the best to have?
Posted 19 November 2003 - 05:02 AM
Posted 19 November 2003 - 05:09 AM
Posted 19 November 2003 - 05:35 AM
Posted 19 November 2003 - 06:51 AM
Honestly, I don't understand why people keep saying you have to install packages you don't want with these distros. Both RH and MDK give you the opportunity to "select individual packages" so you can install exactly what you want and don't. It is incredibly easy to do this. Setting up email accounts and webmail is pretty straight forward if you work with it. NO distro is going to be easy enough to do it flawlessly the first time you try. As far as security goes, you are the one who controls the security of your server, not Redhat or Mandrake or Gentoo for that matter. With RedHat 9, you can make your box "wide open" or completely invulnerable all within the space of about 30 seconds. They give you easy to understand security programs right there in the menu to do this..
Posted 19 November 2003 - 07:25 AM
Also now that Red Hat has stopped supporting it's downloadable vrsion, is it still viable to use in regards to it will longer issue patches, etc.
I guess where I am coming from, a Windows User, if Linux would make it a lot more straight forward of it's workings I would move in a heartbeat but since being an administrator and having worked with the Windows environment for the past 10 years, Linux hasn't made it "easier" to move.
Posted 19 November 2003 - 04:31 PM
I have a redhat 9 work station that has no cups and no games. Another solution is to just manually uninstall packages you don't want after installation if you weren't successful at not selecting them before.
You can always use apt-get rpm to update, after redhat stops support next April. In the future you can switch to enterprise or fedora. Redhat 6-9 is used successfully on thousands and thousands of servers worldwide, and is a proven leader in the server field. I can't see why it wouldn't be good enough to run your server too.
Linux is not going to make it easier for you to move. It is up to you to learn how to use Linux. If you want "easy to use", stay with Windows with less security and less dependability. If you want more security and far greater dependability, take the time to learn Linux. If I can learn it, anyone can.