Moving To Linux environment

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8/27/2005 7:51:52 AM
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Moving To Linux environment


Just wondering by moving to a Linux environment is there a recommended version of Linux?

Most of the versions I see are 'desk top'  versions of Linux.

Would I be looking for a server type Linux?




8/27/2005 2:12:26 PM
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Re: Moving To Linux environment

I have tried Mandrake, Fedora, Suse, Debian and Ubuntu and my favorite is Suse because it is fairly easy to get started and it is also from Novell and I want to support them because they are the sponsors of the mono project but that is just my opinion I'm sure everyone has their own favorites. I also currently run Ubuntu on my laptop dual booting with XP and I like it very well too.

As for server vs desktop I think Linux is mostly a server at its core and desktop is a layer that runs on top of that aka X Windowing system, KDE desktop Gnome desktop, etc. So if you are setting up a production server you maybe don't install all the stuff you would if you were using the machine for a desktop like maybe not even install a desktop. Less attack surface from a security point of view etc.

I will say that for a Windows guy there is a lot to learn but it is worth it in my opinion. I am by no means an MS hater though I am becoming a lover of Linux the more I learn. Nothing is hidden from you on linux, you can learn as much as you want.

Anyway thats my 2 cents on it
8/30/2005 5:34:01 AM
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Re: Moving To Linux environment

I'm a Debian (or any of it's derivatives, especially Ubuntu for the desktop) kind of guy. Though I started on Mandrake and Redhat I found that even with urpmi (Mandrakes dependency management solution) building, installing, and managing dependencies with RPM is terrible especially in comparison to dpkg + apt-get. Also I've found that the quality of the community support for Debian based distributions among the best.

That being said, Linux is Linux is Linux, and the basics are the same across all of the flavors. Not to mention that Mono will run on virtually any linux flavor and arch (occassionally it takes some convincing).

My current production machine for mojoPortal is running: Debian Sarge AMD64 -- Mono (deb's that were available from unstable at the time (recompiled for stable)) -- mod_mono and xsp compiled from current Mono SVN
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