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Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?

 
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Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
Which distro of linux is the fastest? Red Hat, Ununtu, Mint, Centos, Suse?
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
Redhat and CentOS are basically the same, you just pay for updates with redhat.

It really depends on your intended deployment environment; CentOS Server is fast and well supported.

If you're wanting a desktop client, however, go with Ubuntu and see how you like it. I say this because it's supported as well as windows now-a-days, what with the auto updates and "Ubuntu Software Channel" and the Synaptic package manager, you find thousands of titles to auto-install, from office and accounting software to image editing and video / audio.

You pay nothing for any of the software, and it's peer reviewed open source in almost all cases.

My 6 year old niece installed Ubuntu 10 on her older desktop by herself and uses it instead of windows! LOL!

Mint is great too, and is a spin off of ubuntu (which originally came from debian).

If you run into a problem with the install, throw it on the table here and we can probably help you.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
Which distro of linux is the fastest? Red Hat, Ununtu, Mint, Centos, Suse?
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It all depends on which CPU you are using.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
Which distro of linux is the fastest? Red Hat, Ununtu, Mint, Centos, Suse?




It all depends on which CPU you are using.
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It will be running on a Pentium 4 32-bit processor with multi-threading capability. I just want a really fast file server.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
I will be using Samba for the file server, I just wanted to know what the fastest and most stable distro is.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
It's spelled Ubuntu. I like it better than the others, more user friendly. Speed isn't what you think it is.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
I will be using Samba for the file server, I just wanted to know what the fastest and most stable distro is.
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Probably some server edition of the well-known distributions. Like Ubuntu Server or whatever it is called. Or do you need a desktop on your file server?
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
Which distro of linux is the fastest? Red Hat, Ununtu, Mint, Centos, Suse?
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Xubuntu....it's basically Ubuntu Light...
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
mint, ftw.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
I'd go with CentOS Server 32 bit.

The GUI install is easy enough.

I've installed samba server and clients on Ubuntu server/clients and it was automated and easy if you read the tutorials.

Once the samba server is installed and you have correct permissions set the hard part is over. Connecting a windows or nix client is a snap.

Good luck.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
Which distro of linux is the fastest? Red Hat, Ununtu, Mint, Centos, Suse?




It all depends on which CPU you are using.


It will be running on a Pentium 4 32-bit processor with multi-threading capability. I just want a really fast file server.
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If it's to be a file server you can ditch all those window-managers and X-window altogether and go straight to install Samba or similar strength file managers without any front-end.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
I will be using Samba for the file server, I just wanted to know what the fastest and most stable distro is.
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If you're looking for a reliable server operating system, Debian is probably a pretty good bet. It forms the base of Ubuntu and many other distros but it undergoes extensive testing during a release cycle and a new version is only ever released "when it's ready".
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
I will be using Samba for the file server, I just wanted to know what the fastest and most stable distro is.
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Most Linux distros are stable.

The difference in speed between the distros are largely depends on the resource-hungry apps like Gnome or the like.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
I will be using Samba for the file server, I just wanted to know what the fastest and most stable distro is.

Probably some server edition of the well-known distributions. Like Ubuntu Server or whatever it is called. Or do you need a desktop on your file server?
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Dont need no desktop, just a non-gui file server, I want it to be fast though.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
I think I will give ununtu server a try. I can use webmin for admin tasks. I will let you all know how it goes.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
Been runnin' 64 bit Suse Linux for almost two years now and love it.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
If it's to be a file server you can ditch all those window-managers and X-window altogether and go straight to install Samba or similar strength file managers without any front-end.
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It's apparent the OP is new to linux (maybe). The speed cost of x-window interface will be negligible since 99.9% of the time the user isn't logged in on the server (therefore no gnome or KDE session overhead).

Ubuntu Server with the GUI default install is easy and appropriate for a new linux user, IMO.

Choke point in this case will likely be the CPU and HDD performance.

The beautiful part about all these distros is the fact that you can taste-test them all and decide for yourself, paying nothing.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
Oops Ubuntu, not ununto... lol typo.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
Dont need no desktop, just a non-gui file server, I want it to be fast though.
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If you are fairly computer-savvy, maybe consider FreeBSD as an option for this. They make great, near-unkillable headless boxes.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
Thanks for the advice all, Ill give several a try if Ubuntu dosn't work out.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
I will be using Samba for the file server, I just wanted to know what the fastest and most stable distro is.

Probably some server edition of the well-known distributions. Like Ubuntu Server or whatever it is called. Or do you need a desktop on your file server?


Dont need no desktop, just a non-gui file server, I want it to be fast though.
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I'm not very knowledgeable along these lines, but I think any distribution will do. A dedicated file server shouldn't have any speed issues, especially when running on such a fast CPU.

It's just how I see things. Perhaps someone here can confirm or deny this.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
Dont need no desktop, just a non-gui file server, I want it to be fast though.

If you are fairly computer-savvy, maybe consider FreeBSD as an option for this. They make great, near-unkillable headless boxes.
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If OP really needs security then he should go for OpenBSD instead of FreeBSD.

But there are hardened Linux distros as well.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
Which distro of linux is the fastest? Red Hat, Ununtu, Mint, Centos, Suse?

It all depends on which CPU you are using.
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Actually in the majority of usage it's more about:

1. RAM
2. How well the system is configured

Linux has always run well even on older hardware than the latest and greatest Windows OS requires.

Decide what the machine is going to be used for and then run only the daemons and services required for that role. (i.e. if its a server don't even bother installing X and a whole bunch of GUI-based apps, etc.)

If it's to be a desktop, there are a bunch of different window managers for X (some of which waste a lot of RAM and CPU on silly eye candy) so it makes sense to research those with respect to your needs also.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
Which distro of linux is the fastest? Red Hat, Ununtu, Mint, Centos, Suse?

It all depends on which CPU you are using.


Actually in the majority of usage it's more about:

1. RAM
2. How well the system is configured
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While the two things you listed are important, please remember that in Linux they are not as important as in the Windows platform.

There exist Linux distros that can run with very limited amount of RAM, like under 4MB of RAM, for instant.

True, those distros are either specialized (embedded version) or targeting the 386-compatible CPU, but they DO run.

As others have said above, if OP's target is a file server he can ditch the X-window environment and go straight to Samba (or other file manager) without all those GUI-frontends.

That'll cut down on all the unnecessary overheads while speed things up.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
the most important things for a file server are:

1. RAM

2. disk speed

3. network speed
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
Gentoo is the fastest hands down IF you can configure it properly. But it's not for amateurs.

www.gentoo.org

I'm been using the linux kernel since version 0.9 and Slackware from floppies. But don't believe me - look it up.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
Try Damn Small Linux. It's only 50 mb in size and fast as hell.

[link to www.damnsmalllinux.org]
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
i like Linux, but it will not work with my aircard. i have tried and tried different types of Linux OS, but none work. Would use it all the time, if not for that, and I think it really needs some kind of new anti-virus programs. There are viruses now that get to Linux -- not many, but it is a matter of time.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
i like Linux, but it will not work with my aircard. i have tried and tried different types of Linux OS, but none work. Would use it all the time, if not for that, and I think it really needs some kind of new anti-virus programs. There are viruses now that get to Linux -- not many, but it is a matter of time.
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What wireless card do you have? The Sprint "aircard"?

That's why you use a sandbox for web browsing and run a tight firewall or two.
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
i like Linux, but it will not work with my aircard. i have tried and tried different types of Linux OS, but none work. Would use it all the time, if not for that, and I think it really needs some kind of new anti-virus programs. There are viruses now that get to Linux -- not many, but it is a matter of time.


What wireless card do you have? The Sprint "aircard"?

That's why you use a sandbox for web browsing and run a tight firewall or two.
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no, it is an Alltel card. Have tried various Alltel cards, and various Linux OS, no go

will not connect to the internet
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Re: Linux question. Which distro is blazing fast?
i like Linux, but it will not work with my aircard. i have tried and tried different types of Linux OS, but none work. Would use it all the time, if not for that, and I think it really needs some kind of new anti-virus programs. There are viruses now that get to Linux -- not many, but it is a matter of time.
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Try the Zorin distro.

They are basically Ubuntu with tons and tons of drivers.

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