I've set up a low spec machine on my home network to learn all aspects of manageing a server before i go out there in the big wide world...( meaning a datacenter ) yesterday i installed red hat 9 and then i installed cpanel (under a 15 day trial), however i did it on the actual server instead of over SSH, i never got round to configuring anything as my curiosity got the better of me.
I then installed CentOS 3.5 as tons of people here on WHT seem to like CentOS from posts that i have read. This time i installed cPanel over SSH from another local computer on my network, the install went well and completed however i got no response from xx.xx.xx.xx:2086, i then told the server to reoot (over ssh) and on the reboot quite a lot of stuff failed (most cpanel related)
I dont know if its because of the install over ssh or because of the way i installed CentOS.
My point is, i want to learn 1 linux distribution, i want to get familliar with it and basically i want to play with it for probably at least 6 or 7 months before sending a proper server of to colocation.
What linux distribution would you recomend to me? i know theres tons of distributions out there but i dont really have the time (or the bandwidth) to download and test out every popular version on linuxiso.org. I'm a total linux "n00b", i want a reliable version thats easy to manage and keep secure.
Also, if anybody can point out any great places of server management information i would be very greatful
If theres anything ive missed feel free to let me know.
best bet is to buy a book, usually they will come with a distro to play with. I've tried all different favors of linux, debian, redhat, fedora, gentoo, gentoox (xbox), slackware, phlack, knoppix, you name it and i've played with it.
The most difficult one for me was debian, it was always whining about something, easiest was gentoo but the best overall for me has been redhat/fedora. Whichever you choose, tackle it in sections, start with basic operation, then move to installing / compiling programs / fixing dependencies and then onto advanced topics like log analysis, forensics and maintenance.
I would agree with Sigmaservers however if you are wanting to go with something none RHE, I would suggest going with the latest release of Fedora which is what redhat 9 has become see fedora.redhat.com
Originally posted by JarckYold As far as I know CentOS is a "free Redhat". So it's cheaper if you have your own server. The original redhat is better.
Actually CentOS is an Operating System Compiled off the source RPM's for Redhat Enterpise. That being said, the only difference between CentOS and RHE is the fact that CentOS does not contain all the Redhat Branded stuff.
They also release updates the same day or within a day of when Redhat releases.
So there is really no difference between CentOS and RHE.