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Which Linux

Hey guys
I'm soon to be playing with Samba, and hopfully setting up a Domain Controler using it for use by a Church.  What favour of linux do you recommend for use in more of a server environment? 
Phil
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i've heard CentOs is supposed to be good for servers.  i'm sure others know better.
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If it is purely as a server, then any LTS release of the major ones would be fine. CentOS is RedHat rebadged. Depends on what you are happiest with, if you are used to apt use a Debian/Ubuntu, if rpm them RedHat/CentOs.
What hardware are you planing on using it on also plays an issue, do you want/need a GDM or can you hack the terminal/use webmin?
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Thanks guys.  Last time I did this I used Fedora Core 3, mainly because I use Red Hat Advanced Server at work on a couple of machines.  I'm hoping to be able to get a couple of Dell PowerEdge servers from work, but that will depend on how many we need to redeploy.  I may need to source some memory and/or disks for them, but again that depends on what happens with the rest of them.  I would probably like GDM to start with, but in the long term it probably mostly be terminal access.
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Another one to have a look at is Clark Connect, it is more of a GP server, email/shared folders/printer sharing OOB. Ver 5 was just released (a couple of months ago) and is based on CenOs 5.
I used to use it as a firewall/print server/mail server for my small network running on a Via 1Ghz 384Mb. No GDM but a nice web based Gui.
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Thanks biker, I'll check it out.
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I'll throw my hat into the ring and offer up CentOS too - especially if it's going onto a Poweredge.
If you need to be more bleeding edge, Fedora Core should be the ticket.
I'm suggesting it mainly because you're already used to RHEL, so everything should be familiar
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I would also suggest CentOS, which is basically RHEL.
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ANY. Cheesy
Better than spending a fortune on Microsoft Windows Server Grin
Sorry, couldn't help that.
I thought Dell used to have a tie-up with Cannonical (Ubuntu) but I think that might not have related to the PowerEdge Server range, if they did supply these machines with Ubuntu then it would be a sensible choice as Dell themselves might have some support.
I would definitely agree with using an 'older' long term support distribution rather than latest 'state of the art' version, especially on 'not quite new' hardware.
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Cheers guys.  I'll download CentOS and have a play when I get a moment.
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Another one to have a look at is Clark Connect, it is more of a GP server, email/shared folders/printer sharing OOB. Ver 5 was just released (a couple of months ago) and is based on CenOs 5.
I used to use it as a firewall/print server/mail server for my small network running on a Via 1Ghz 384Mb. No GDM but a nice web based Gui.

I'm using ClarkConnect 4.3 and find it to be excellent - easy to use and well supported on the forum.
It has changed it's name recently and is now known as ClearOS.