Re: which distribution to choose

From: Josep L. Guallar-Esteve (
Date: 12/06/04

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    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 (
    > 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 For
    > ipsec vpn serving, look at Freeswan at

    On Mandrake you can use Shorewall (is aprt of the distro) to set up a firewall
    quite easily:

    > 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

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