[Ilugc] Recommend a distro for Web & mail server
shuvebh at naturesoft.net
Sat Oct 16 17:30:07 IST 2004
On Sat, 2004-10-16 at 07:12, Saravana Kumar wrote:
> Hi list,
> I am starting out to configure a server hosting a site, with email(webmail)
> service. In future the server may also run discussion forum(plone).
> What i have in mind is, to install White box, apache & qmail for now.
> Will it be a secured system(if i configure iptables in that)?
> Since white box is based on RHEL, that arises the question of frequency of
> the updates.
> Should i for some other distro(SuSE/Debian)? As the system is going to be 24
> hours online, i am very much concerned abt the security issues.
> Can some one recommend a OS that will best suit my purpose? Or is my choice
If you asked around for a distro for a particular purpose, you'll get
many different answers based on the experience of the people to whom you
are asking! Considering security top priority, I suggest you try either
Debian or Gentoo. Gentoo works on a similar package management system as
Debian but its source based. You also do not have to fall into
dependency hell, as the "emerge" package management system does all the
dependency resolution and installs all the necessary software. Regular
security updates are available as well.
Installing Qmail On Gentoo can be a breeze. Gentoo System are stable as
Debian is know for its rock solid characteristics. Here too security is
given top priority and you can update security patches once in a while
and be safe.....
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