Recommended Server Distribution
I've searched the forums but with unsatisfactory results about this topic.
What is the best GNU/Linux distribution to run mainly as a web/mail/database server? The IEEE club at my school would like to have its members learn how to use GNU/Linux in the process also. I've set up Mandrake and Slackware boxes before, and they plan on using Mandrake to start up the project. I know Gentoo is supposed to "force" the user to learn GNU/Linux concepts, so that might be an option, and I know Slackware leaves out the fancy GUI.
We're interested in knowing a good combination of a relatively simple-to-use GNU/Linux distribution, but without so much bloat (i.e.: bloat from desktop applications that a server wouldn't generally need), and without so much masking of what GNU/Linux actually does (as opposed to Mandrake's Control Center, etc.). Plus we're interesting in what it'll take to back up the server on a daily basis (I suppose I can research this on my own). Of course, I'd like to get rid of X completely in the system and just go console-based, but the goal of the project is for people to learn how to use GNU/Linux--and a console-only/terminal screen might scare people away.
Thank you for your help.
Re: Recommended Server Distribution
A minimum install of Debian is great for servers, Im sure this has been covered before but I couldnt find anything (keywords: server linux distro)?