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jonheal
2006-04-12, 05:08
I found a thread on selecting the best Linux distribution for SlimServer. I'd like to start fiddling with Linux, so this thread was useful, but of more importance to me is starting out with the distribution that is friendly to beginners, such as myself.

In order of importance:

1. Good documentation
2. Ease of installation
3. Good hardware compatibility
4. Runs SlimServer well

I may never move SlimServer to Linux, I'm happy with it in Windows, but I'd like to keep the option open.

Thanks in advance for the input.

bobharp
2006-04-12, 05:17
Jon,

Try the bootable Live CD of Ubuntu.
http://www.ubuntu.com/download
It meets all of your requirements.
It's a great way to try the OS to see if it runs on your hardware. The Slimserver folks have kindly created a debian based install for us linux neophytes which makes the installation as easy as Windows.
In my opinion it also runs better than Windows and requires less maintenance. Give it a whirl.

hickinbottoms
2006-04-12, 05:46
Try the bootable Live CD of Ubuntu.

Furthermore, try it risk-free inside a VMWare Player virtual machine so you don't even need to reboot or burn a CD:

Download the free player from here:
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Download your OS of choice from here:
http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/appliances/community.html#OS

My vote would be for Gentoo, but it's too personal a choice to try to justify - it's just the one I know best. I suspect most people's opinions would be the same on this question.

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2006-04-12, 06:28
bobharp wrote:
> Jon,
>
> Try the bootable Live CD of Ubuntu.
> http://www.ubuntu.com/download
> It meets all of your requirements.
> It's a great way to try the OS to see if it runs on your hardware. The
> Slimserver folks have kindly created a debian based install for us linux
> neophytes which makes the installation as easy as Windows.
> In my opinion it also runs better than Windows and requires less
> maintenance. Give it a whirl.

I am on this path as well, but will postpone for another few weeks until
next major upgrade of Ubuntu hits ftp-servers. version 6.06alpha6 was
released about a week ago (stable release is at 5.10)

best,
peter

aubuti
2006-04-12, 07:19
Jon,

Try the bootable Live CD of Ubuntu.
http://www.ubuntu.com/download
It meets all of your requirements.
It's a great way to try the OS to see if it runs on your hardware. The Slimserver folks have kindly created a debian based install for us linux neophytes which makes the installation as easy as Windows.
In my opinion it also runs better than Windows and requires less maintenance. Give it a whirl.

Another vote here for Ubuntu. Some more experienced hands are put off that the standard distribution doesn't include the standard development tools you need to build from source (make, gcc, etc.), but the "apt-get" utility is so good that it's very easy to download and install what you need.

Also, if you only want to run server applications, like slimserver, there is a version of Ubuntu that is optimized for being a server. Especially great if you have an old machine that you want to make into a dedicated music server.

Mark Lanctot
2006-04-12, 07:45
'Course if we're talking live CDs, the ultimate would be Michael Herger's SlimCD (http://www.herger.net/slim/detail.php?nr=763), which contains SlimServer and a barebones Linux distro (DSL/Knoppix) on a disc.

Robert Jennings
2006-04-12, 08:30
On Wed, 2006-04-12 at 05:17 -0700, bobharp wrote:

> Try the bootable Live CD of Ubuntu.
> http://www.ubuntu.com/download
> It meets all of your requirements.

I've just converted over to kubuntu (KDE version) after 5+ years of
gnome (Ubuntu uses gnome). I find KDE a better interface. I'd go for
www.kubuntu.com.

Hint: Have a look at automatix[1] for installing useful tools you will
need for listening to music. If you use AMD the easybreezy[2] does a
similar job.

[1] http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=138405
[2] http://robotgeek.org/blog/easybreezy/

BeerCan
2006-04-12, 08:54
My preference is CentOS. But I am after stability/security and do not feel the need to have the latest versions of every prog. In addition I run most of my linux servers headless so I have no kde vs gnome preference.

Kevin O. Lepard
2006-04-12, 09:29
I've not run Slimserver on it, but security-wise, OpenBSD probably
has the best track record.

Kevin
--
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radish
2006-04-12, 11:11
OpenBSD is not a Linux distribution :)

bernt
2006-04-12, 11:52
Easy to install, small, fast, stable, secure, autoupdate, rpm, don't install hundreds of packages you never use and so on.

http://www.trustix.org

I'm not using Trusix right now. Don't have dedicated server.

2006-04-12, 12:26
---- radish <radish.265yez1144865701 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
>
> OpenBSD is not a Linux distribution :)
>

Ok, well, ya got me on a technicality there. :-)

Kevin

Linzer
2006-04-12, 14:10
I second the www.trustix.org vote. Uses RPM so its easy to install SlimServer. It is a bit lacking in the documentation area but has an active mailing list.

Browny
2006-04-13, 02:05
I've personally used Clark Connect

http://www.clarkconnect.com/

There is a decent (if a bit old) review of what it can do at http://www.tomsnetworking.com/2004/10/28/review_clarkconnect/

Its free for home use and is perfect intro to using Linux as a server OS - its designed to run 'headless' and has a very well thought out Web Interface for managing the box through the browser.

You can pick and choose what modules you want to load in the Web interface (for example installing MySQL was a breeze).

Finally as it is Fedora Core based it can use the RPMs for Slimserver.

However if you still want to use the PC as a desktop as well then I would go with the flow here and recommend Ubuntu for that.

chiphart
2006-04-13, 06:12
hickinbottoms wrote:
> My vote would be for Gentoo, but it's too personal a choice to try to
> justify - it's just the one I know best. I suspect most people's
> opinions would be the same on this question.

That has to be the most reasonable encouragement for Gentoo use
I've ever seen :-) You're going to lose your "ONE TRUE LINUX!"
membership card.

To add one more to the mix: I'm a looong time Red Hat/Fedora
user and found the installation and management of the slimserver
to be absurdly easy and well documented. I've recently,
partially switched to Ubuntu and and surprised by, well, how
much I like it.

Even with the .deb package, however, the installation of
the slimserver on my Ubuntu box was not trivial, especially
because I was used to it being installed in a different place
with different permissions, etc. [Without the .deb package,
I was starting to spin my wheels.]

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Siriosys
2006-04-24, 16:10
Have you thought of trying SME Server?

http://contribs.org

I'm using it in a headless capacity for my Home Server. Does everything - Internet Gateway, Mail, PDC, File & Print, AV, and most importantly - Slimserver. Been using SlimServer on it for about a year now. Had it all running on an old P-III-800.

REALLY Easy to use via a well written web interface. Although I'm an IT person I don't really do Linux (if only they had slimserver for the AS/400!!).

ClarkConnect is really good, but updates can be a little slow. The contribs community has a few 'how-to' docs on slimserver and also iTunes integration as well.


Just my 2c worth

madpatrick
2006-04-26, 12:32
i've slimserver running on Clarkconnect.

It is very solid, and everything is running perfectly.
Requires no the biggest hardware and is very easy to install.
Is compatible with a lot of hardware.

good luck with your choise.