Re: which distribution to choose
From: Josep L. Guallar-Esteve (guallar_at_easternrad.com)
To: email@example.com Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 09:37:47 -0500
On Friday 03 December 2004 12:36, Bob Jones wrote:
> I can only vouch for 2 distributions that are new and have good
> community support and updates. Fedora Core 3 (http://fedora.redhat.com)
> downloadable at
I only have a minor grip with Fedora. Fedora's lifecycle is too short (in my
opinion) to be considered as a 'production' system. Fedora's lifecycle is
between 9 and 12 months.
> and Mandrake 10.1 Community Edition available at
I would recomend go with the Official version of MandrakeLinux 10.1. Do a
network install using the mini-iso (8MB) available in any mirror, like this
> A good firewall package
> that works very well (at least it does for me on the 4 systems I
> administer) is Firestarter available at http://www.fs-security.com. For
> ipsec vpn serving, look at Freeswan at http://www.freeswan.org.
On Mandrake you can use Shorewall (is aprt of the distro) to set up a firewall
quite easily: http://www.shorewall.net/
> Fedora Core 3 comes pre-configured to run SELinux in enforced mode (will
> deny access rather than just warn of a problem) for enhanced security.
> Both of these distributions can be setup with the apps you are seeking
> (apache/squid for proxy, iptables with or without the firestarter
> enhancements and interface, tripwire, openVPN/Freeswan) quite easily.
> Additionally, both distributions support both a manual and an automatic
> update system -- manually with up2date and automatic with the yum daemon
> for FC3 and either a manual or scripted/CRON'ed urmpi command for Mandrake.
If you know Debian, yum and urpmi are apt-get-like tools.
-- Josep L. Guallar-Esteve Eastern Radiologists, Inc. Systems and PACS Administration http://www.easternrad.com
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