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I'm almost new to Linux (used it long ago for fun). And now I want to experiment with server. So what's the best (free) linux for this purpose?
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fedora
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yea im looking at upgrading Redhat 8 but don't know what to
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Is Mandrake any good? I used it before.
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i'd say either debian or gentoo. you'd learn a lot if you use either of those.
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I'd say Gentoo, but it's a lot of work to set up. You do learn a lot though... :)

For mildly easier distros, and less time spent compiling things, you might want to look at Debian or Slackware.
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An do any of u know if it's compatible with AMD64???
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Which one? Gentoo is, as I'm using it on an amd64 as we speak... :)

I know debian and slackware aren't at the moment, although you could always install them in 32-bit mode. It probably won't make much of a speed difference, either.
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Ok...now I have two more questions:
1. Where can I get Gentoo? I was trying to download from a few sources, but all of them bad.
2. When I install Gentoo, how can install it in 64-bit mode? Is it automatic or should I specify it somewhere?
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Ok, start from www.gentoo.org. The installation guide should get you through most of the install, and if you get stuck, ask on the forums, where there are loads of incredibly friendly people to help you. :)
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Thnx a lot.
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should probably mention that the gentoo installation guide is about 100 pages. also gentoo will take about 2 days to install.

At the moment I use slackware (I don't have the patience to try and install gentoo again after failing the first time) It's a very nice distro, though I don't think it's comaptible with AMD 64
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aeon wrote:
should probably mention that the gentoo installation guide is about 100 pages. also gentoo will take about 2 days to install.

Well... maybe a day with an AMD64. :P

aeon wrote:
At the moment I use slackware (I don't have the patience to try and install gentoo again after failing the first time) It's a very nice distro, though I don't think it's comaptible with AMD 64

I really want to try Slackware, but as you say, it only comes in 32-bit. :(
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Gentoo take so long to install, since it compiles the source onto that particular machine -- not a binary install.
Generally, this is considered a "good thing" as direct compiled OS's tend to be more stable. (This has been FreeBSD's greatest asset . )

Gentoo is also compatible with AMD64 as well as PowerPC, UltraSparc and Alpha.

Important to note that while the opportunity exists to learn a great deal more when one compiles their own OS, it is a more daunting task.

Cheers.
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Thing is I'm not looking for the easiest type. So I guess I'll try Gentoo.
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I know it for sure :!: that SUSE LINUX Professional 9.2 support 64 bit AMD. More info visit http://www.suse.com/us/private/products/suse_linux/i386/64bit.html, http://www.pcstats.com/releaseview.cfm?releaseID=810

It's easy to install, too and won't take a long time.
It's my favourite distro :)
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GL :)

I personally use slackware i'm really happy with it, having tried different aswell. but as u say u'r on amd64 so ... :/

Gentoo seems a good choice, gl with the install, i tried a couple of times, but all the time i go tthe feeling of smashing my keyboard to the wall, but it time i'lldo it again :p

if you want to try other distros that are compiled from source there is
LFS ( Linux from scrath ) and SourceMage, altho i think gentoo is the best distro from source out there for the moment.

GL with your choice :)

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