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Linuxhelp _ General Discussion _ Good distro to use for server?

Posted by: Locust Mar 10 2009, 04:54 AM


I'm new here, and I wanted to know what the best (or better) Linux distro is for use in a corporate environment as a network monitoring server.

I've installed and configured a Linux-based Nagios server on a virtual machine (host is running VMWare ESX) using the OpenSuse 11 distro. Everything works just fine at this point, but I have the feeling that as I build the system up, I may run into performance problems due to the fact that the distro used has all the bells and whistles (GUI and all that junk).

I'm admittedly a Linux noob, and configuring everything via GUI was simple enough, but now that I've gotten everything running and am getting a little more comfortable with the command line interface, I'd like to see if I can do away with the resource-hogging GUI altogether.

I was thinking about creating a second virtual machine as a test running a barebones Linux installation, and I wanted to get some info as to some of the better, more reliable and best performing distros out there. I'm about to download and try out Debian, but if anyone else can throw me some tips it would be greatly appreciated!

Posted by: michaelk Mar 10 2009, 06:28 AM

It basically comes down to the distribution you are most comfortable with using.
Debian, CentOS, Slackware or even SuSE would be my first choices. Not a huge fan of Ubuntu but I have read that the server version is decent.

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