OT Advice for server reinstalation

Thom Jones tjones at isthmus.com
Fri Feb 24 14:30:16 GMT 2006

I've had very good luck with CentOS (www.centos.org).  Essentially, it is a
RedHat clone.  I'm running it on similar hardware (512Mb, though) and it
works great.  Security updates notifications are fairly automated with
up2date although I haven't been totally satisfied with some of the package
releases (supplied php version is still 4.3.9) but that can be gotten
around, obviously, with doing your own builds.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: mailscanner-bounces at lists.mailscanner.info 
> [mailto:mailscanner-bounces at lists.mailscanner.info] On Behalf 
> Of Pavel Zichovsky
> Sent: Friday, February 24, 2006 8:14 AM
> To: mailscanner at lists.mailscanner.info
> Subject: OT Advice for server reinstalation
> Hi There!
> My old RedHat 7 on server is comming to end of life, as some 
> things are not working correctly (but vital services like 
> mail server and MS are still runing OK) so I am preparing for 
> clean neew OS install on same (old) hardware.
> HW is pretty old, it is PIII900 with 256MB RAM, SCSI HDDs on 
> Mylex AcceleRAID 170 PCI RAID Controller (one RAID0 array) 
> (Yes, I know that 256MB is low, but it realy was enough in 
> our enviroment, swaping occured only in rare occasions.) I 
> can't get new HW, have to use this one.
> I am asking for advice which Linux distribution and products to use.
> Distribution have to be completely free (fully downloadable 
> from internet), must be rpm compatible (or other packaging 
> system, but rpm is preffered), must support my old HW (with 
> RAID card), must be "admin friendly" as I am not "big linux guru".
> Main Services which will be run on server (which are running 
> also now) Sendmail POP3/IMAP (what to use here? Dovecot? 
> Courrier? Something else?) Apache MailScanner SpamAssassin 
> MailWatch Samba WebMin MySQL FireBird
> DHCP, DNS and firewall are running on other servers 
> I am thinking of Fedora Core 4 distribution. But I am open 
> for other suggestion from more knowlegeable people here.
> Thanks in advance for suggestions.
> With regards
> Pavel Zichovsky (zichovsky at trul)
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