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Thread: Server distro, min requirements

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    Server distro, min requirements

    I need a linux distro to use as a server inside a virtual machine (virtualbox).

    It needs to be a "server edition" without x or a wm/de installed. I need one that requires very low ram; running in VM and all. And, I wish for it to be up to date (not many outdated packages).

    I know ubuntu server is an option, but I want to explore other options first.

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    Re: Server distro, min requirements

    SliTaz can make quite a good server with lighttpd. With that said, I have to give my overall server blessings to Slackware, NetBSD, and FreeBSD. BSD systems make excellent and minimal servers.

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    Re: Server distro, min requirements

    CentOS, OpenSUSE and Ubuntu are your safest and easy choices. But as you are looking for rather lightweight alternatives, Slackware should do just fine except that keeping your system up-to-date won't be as easy in Ubuntu etc.

    As far as BSDs are concerned, I read somewhere VirtualBox support for BSDs is not good...so maybe you could try alternative virtualization softwares and run BSD on them.

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    Re: Server distro, min requirements

    I thought of CentOS, but it seems to install a gui & X by default.

    I haven't ever dealt with *BSD or Slackware. Looks like something to learn!


    Hmm.. the choices lol

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    Re: Server distro, min requirements

    If you are looking for a server distro without a gui to run in your vm by default at a small footprint then you can't go past Ubuntu JeOS. It is a variant of Ubuntu Server that has been optimised for running inside vm's.

    You can get a copy here

    Hope that helps and if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me.

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    Re: Server distro, min requirements

    Arch Linux. A default install gives you a command line, and not much else. Full system upgrade is as simple as running pacman -Syu once or so a week.
    Warranty? Who needs a warranty?
    If it ain't broke, take it apart and fix it.

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    Re: Server distro, min requirements

    Debian Sid perhaps? Debian is a rock solid distro, and using sid would be the best bet for newer packages, considering Debian's time-frame for adding/removing/changing packages in it's stable branch. =]
    Quote Originally Posted by *snip*
    I love it when people stop trying to help me and I just uninstall ubuntu because of it . . .

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    Re: Server distro, min requirements

    Quote Originally Posted by notwen View Post
    Debian Sid perhaps? Debian is a rock solid distro, and using sid would be the best bet for newer packages, considering Debian's time-frame for adding/removing/changing packages in it's stable branch. =]
    Sid's not a great idea for a production server.
    Warranty? Who needs a warranty?
    If it ain't broke, take it apart and fix it.

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    Re: Server distro, min requirements

    Quote Originally Posted by SkonesMickLoud View Post
    Arch Linux. A default install gives you a command line, and not much else. Full system upgrade is as simple as running pacman -Syu once or so a week.
    Seconded for Arch

    Pacman is an awesome package manager.

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    Re: Server distro, min requirements

    Quote Originally Posted by notwen View Post
    Debian Sid perhaps? Debian is a rock solid distro, and using sid would be the best bet for newer packages, considering Debian's time-frame for adding/removing/changing packages in it's stable branch. =]
    For a server, I would recommend Debian stable first, then testing, with unstable (sid) a distant third...

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