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I am always glad to see someone new trying Linux, however there are a few things I would recommend. If you dive straight into an install of Linux, your not ...
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- 07-12-2010 #11
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- May 2004
- Wales, UK
If you dive straight into an install of Linux, your not really going to know much when your asked questions about window managers and desktop enviroments.
It can also be a pain at first finding out what software you need, for example, running a webserver.
I would recommend distrowatch - Google IT. It is a website with reviews on hundreds of distros - as well as providing links to download them and to the websites with info about them.
A lot of Linux distributions are free as they are open source.
Do some research first.
Here are some names of server software:
Apache - HTTP Server
MySQL - Database Server
Exim/qmail/sendmail/postfix - SMTP Servers
dovecot - Imap/POP3 Server
Bind - DNS Server
Webmin - A web based control panel - Good for configuring servers.... especially if you choose to install linux with no X Server (No Graphical Interface).
As for cluster software. Do some research on HAProxy, Heartbeat & DRBD. But to be honist, get comfortable configuring seperate machines first. Don't dive in too deep otherwise its a hell of a learning curve.