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    Best Linux Distro. for Fileserver


    Hi All,

    Apologies if a similar thread to this has been posted already!

    I'm looking to replace my old FC2 machine with a new box.
    It will be primarily used for rsync'ing and NFS.
    So what Linux distribution would you recommend I installed on it?

    Some people at work have recommended:
    - ubuntu
    - FreeNAS (http://www.freenas.org/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=22)

    Thanks for your help in advance =]
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    if your going to use it for just NFS you may want to think about Solaris, they invented NFS and have the best NFS server out of any UNIX like OS

    if you really want to use Linux then i would go with red hat or fedora, but anything will do
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    I usually put Debian for servers. It's renowned for its stability.
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    I'd continue using Fedora, although pretty much any distribution will be fine as a file server.
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    FreeNAS would be excellent, but since it's FreeBSD based, it won't make the cut if you want a linux. For a linux I'd have to recommend gentoo because you want performance out of a box like that. BSD tends to perform better though.
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    Thanks for the replies guys!
    Everyone's suggested different things, I am really spoilt for choice.

    We use Fedora on almost all of our machines (most have v4/5 at the moment) so something slightly more geared up for a fileserver would be good.
    All I've heard about Debian is that it's rubbish for a fileserver. We also have a couple of Debian boxes at work, and I must admit, we are slowly migrating them over to Fedora.

    edman007: I've considered Solaris, but most of my machines have 64bit CPU's in them, and I've been told that Solaris isn't good for 64bit CPU architectures.

    At the moment, I'm tied between ubuntu and FreeNAS. Ubuntu is very well developed and I'm sure I can't really go wrong with it. But on the other hand FreeNAS seems to be very well recommended (like LinuxPenguin did); I'm still slightly unsure as to the security of FreeNAS, and whether its been developed much or not.

    Thanks for the replies guys, I suppose I'll have to make up my mind sooner or later!
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    Don't use ubuntu for a server, that would be a mad thing to do.

    I would go for FreeNAS and I would expect their security record to be excellent.

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    Haha okay, FreeNAS it is then!
    Cheers guys!
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    Originally Posted by ringpull
    All I've heard about Debian is that it's rubbish for a fileserver.
    Can I ask where you've heard that from?
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    Originally Posted by ishnid
    Originally Posted by ringpull
    All I've heard about Debian is that it's rubbish for a fileserver.
    Can I ask where you've heard that from?
    I'm with ishnid, Debian has always been very highly regarded in the Linux community, especially as a stable server platform. I've used it in one capacity or another for 7 or 8 years, I was even a Progeny beta tester (I've got the boxed distro and t-shirt to prove it!! woohoo). As a matter of fact, I just installed 4.0 last night on a spare machine here, it's the most comprehensive up-to-date Debian I've seen.
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    LoL!

    Saying some distro to be rubbish in a forum like this is... a suicide EVERY distro have it's fanatic supporters. (even SuSe )

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    I enjoyed this guide.

    edit: sorry, I should've actually read the OP's first post. I just saw 'fileserver' and thought of the link. Ah well, it's still pretty good. Peace

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    Originally Posted by ishnid
    Can I ask where you've heard that from?
    A senior developer at Yahoo and a few datacentre technicians. I regard their views quite highly.

    Originally Posted by Mazzie
    LoL!

    Saying some distro to be rubbish in a forum like this is... a suicide EVERY distro have it's fanatic supporters.
    I'd consider using alternating caps as suicide, then again, you'll probably tell me otherwise because as suggested by your post my opinions are not worthy here.

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