Linux... what do I need to know?

By resu ยท 7 replies
Mar 13, 2008
  1. Hi again :)

    right i'm on abit of an OS spree atm and i'm looking at alternatives to windows because im bored tbh

    anyway ive got an old socket A computer

    athlon 3200xp
    2gb ram
    *cant remember the gfx card*

    but anyway the motherboard broke on my so im waiting for a new one to arrive.
    anyway i thought i may as well take the opportunity the try out a new OS..

    so Linux seems the obvious choice ... ive been looking around on the net and it seems very confusing

    i stupidly thought it was just a straight fwd .... Linux .. but clearly im wrong lol

    anyways yea when lookin for my next OS what do you guys recommend?

    i would ideally like a version with a good user base and with plenty of compatibility as its gonna end up being a server

  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,122   +982

    Linux Environments / Kernels

    what kind of server; eg webserver, file sever, email, LDAP ....

    for fun without the need to install, I like Knoppix which will boot straight from the CD.
    This is the CLIENT system however, not a server edition. In addition, there are no
    packages for adding any server components (Redhat,Suse,Fedoria use RPM packages).

    comments on Linux Desktop Systems

    Server components include
    Apache, php, mysql, perl, sendmail, ldap, ssl, DNS, DHCP ​

    It is important to watch the level of the kernel used in your Linux, as that
    predicts the services and support you may expect.
    (insist upon 2.4 or later)

    Fedoria Has server components or can be downloaded
    Mandrake (Mandriva) Linux kernel 2.6.12-12mdk
    Suse Has server components or can be downloaded
  3. jonmcc33

    jonmcc33 TS Rookie Posts: 60

    He could mean a file server and if I were you I'd go with what has the most support and answers, Ubuntu (or Kubuntu/Xubuntu).
  4. gigastrand

    gigastrand TS Rookie

    I run a freespire file/print server. I really did not have to configure much and what I did configure was easy (like setting up a printer or installing Adobe Acrobat, etc.)
  5. resu

    resu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 172

    thansk again for your replies and advice

    yea im only gonna be using it for a basic file/print server and maybe something for LAN games etc

    you mention Ubuntu Kubuntu Xubuntu

    whats the difference between them? xubuntu .. isnt that a "lite" version of the OS?

    thanks again in advance
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Ubuntu uses Gnome
    Kubuntu uses KDE
    Xubuntu yes you are right.
  7. I used Kubuntu for a while as I used to be a big KDE fan. But for nearly a year now I've been using standard Ubuntu with gnome and prefer it to Kubuntu. If you have an older system Xubuntu is your best bet as it uses the Xfce desktop which is lighter than gnome and far lighter than KDE.

    It is quite easy to install the other desktops to your Ubuntu install by doing:

    sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop


    sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

    If you're already running one of those two:

    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

    Will install gnome.
  8. resu

    resu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 172

    cool sounds good

    ill get downloading tonight i think :D

    thansk again for your help
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