[clug] which distro?

Nathan O'Sullivan nathan at mammoth.com.au
Tue Mar 17 20:33:43 GMT 2009

If you are primarily looking at using this for a non-production web
development server (and so dont need top performance), you may want to
consider downloading one of the "Virtual Appliances" from VMWare

This will save you the effort of needing to install anything and is
virtually guaranteed to work.


On Wed, 2009-03-18 at 01:03 +1100, Hal Ashburner wrote:
> Tong Cuong wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I'd like to setup a linux box for my web application test environment. I am
> > just wondering what distro i should be using. Last time i setup linux was
> > redhat 6.0. I must confest I am a full time Window user ... (please do not
> > throw rotten egg and tomatoes at me) and partime linux user. Now there seems
> > to be a alot new distro available that suit different purpose. I would use
> > my as development machine plus web server. Any pointer would be greatly
> > appreciated :)
> >   
> Hi Tong,
> Literally any distro will suit your needs nicely. Linux distros have
> come a way since the good old days of RH6  :D
> If you want a name to search for to download, randomise(Fedora, Debian,
> Suse, Ubuntu, Gentoo) any of them. All popular, well supported and will
> have all the toys you could want for web development. I'd
>  go with a popular one myself but others would disagree with me. The
> point is it doesn't matter, we can't even be bothered having flame wars
> over distros any more.
> "Your distro is awesome, it's linux. W00t!"
> *Gentoo is slightly different in that you compile everything from source
> like BSD ports. Possibly not what you want for your web dev box, but
> maybe you do like that for all I know?
> Do have a think about running linux virtualised on your windows machine,
> or indeed just running cygwin http://www.cygwin.org on windows if you
> have a bunch of stuff you'd rather keep using on your windows box at the
> same time.
> Evangelising is something most of us have got over too, the users come
> whether we do it or not. You'll be using linux before too long either
> way. ;)
> All the best with it.
> Regards,
> Hal

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