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Linux as a server

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by PK-her0, May 31, 2012.

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  1. PK-her0

    PK-her0 Thread Starter

    Sep 17, 2007
    hi guys,

    came across a linux system for a shop...and i really want to mess around with this stuff
    it was vmware player with red hat as a guest.

    i want to build a virtual environment to learn more about Linux.
    i have slackware 13 installed as a vm on my desktop.

    but i want to install a server and connect to it using terminal etc.
    what is a good free linux server? can slackware be used as a server...or is it apache (thought that was just a web server)

    i want to have a virtual server and virtual client and connect and explore with them...
    will you pay a lot for a linux server?

    any info appreciated
  2. InterKnight


    Oct 18, 2004
    hello, PK-her0.

    Actually, you can run many different servers on top of practically any Linux distribution. For instance, i have a small server runnnig on my Ubuntu 12.04 desktop system which i use to stream media from my computer to devices around my home (such as my Roku player or an Xbox 360).

    Apache, as mentioned in your post, is actually a Web server which can be installed on top of a LInux distribution, or in some cases is included in some distributions by default. My way of explaining this may be incorrect (and if it is then would someone with more experience please correct me) is through this analogy:

    A Linux distribution is kind of like a plain. You can use the distribution as-is, or you can use it as a platform on which to install and configure multiple different servers (such as a Web server, a mail server, etc). I know that, at least statistically, Debian (which is free and open source) is one distribution which leads in the server market. I know of many who use it as a standalone desktop system, and I have seen others who use it to host Web sites and do other things.

    I run Ubuntu as my main deskto system (I migrated away from Windows about five years ago), and I have been able to get a Web server (Apache), a SFTP server, and an SSH server up and going fairly easily. It took some time and a lot fo reading (mainly because I knew next to nothing about servers), but in the end thigns were not so hard.

    So as far as a server operating system goes, almost everythign (which I know of) in the LInux world as far as servers go are mainly free and open source.

    I wish taht I could offer more advice to you on this, but there are others here on this forum who are much more knowledgeable in thsi area I am sure.
  3. PK-her0

    PK-her0 Thread Starter

    Sep 17, 2007
    no your information was very helpful...i read that slackware is a very good place to start...

    thanks again
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