OT Advice for server reinstalation
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Fri Feb 24 14:33:27 GMT 2006
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On 24 Feb 2006, at 14:14, Pavel Zichovsky wrote:
> 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.
You're going to have to get used to it swapping.
> I am asking for advice which Linux distribution and products to use.
> Distribution have to be completely free (fully downloadable from
> must be rpm compatible (or other packaging system, but rpm is
CentOS, Tao or Whitebox. They are basically clones of RedHat. Don't
use Fedora, it is not intended for stable production use.
> must support my old HW (with RAID card),
> must be "admin friendly" as I am not "big linux guru".
So ignore Debian and Debian-based systems such as Ubuntu.
> Main Services which will be run on server (which are running also now)
> POP3/IMAP (what to use here? Dovecot? Courrier? Something else?)
I prefer Cyrus. It's very reliable, low load, works like a dream.
You are going to need a lot of swap space to run that lot with 256MB
> 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.
Fedora is intended for hobbyist experimentation, it is not intended
for production systems. A clone of RedHat Enterprise 4 (such as
CentOS) would be better in my opinion. Be sure to turn off all the
services you don't need, you want to run as little as possible.
> Thanks in advance for suggestions.
> With regards
> Pavel Zichovsky (zichovsky at trul)
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