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Linux Newbie - OS Comparrissons?

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Hello,

What are people's takes on the various flavors of linux that are out there today and which ones would you recommend for a net admin with the desire to use it for network traffic monitoring?

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Hi clayperez,

To be honest i really don't think it matters which flavour you choose. They all have their strengths and weeknesses but in the end you can configure any of them to however you want them to be. The difference is how easy this configuration process is.

Most people advice newbies to go for red-hat/fedora sine the installation process is more simple and user friendly. It' is more commercial and (i think) the most popular flavour so there is a good deal of support available.

Mandrake is similar to red hat. You have less control but it is easier to use.

Debian is my favourite. The installation process is more tricky but not as bad as everyone says. Debian is very stable (which would be a plus when using for network traffic monitoring) and fast. There is also the apt - get program which makes installing packages and updating the system incredbly easy.

You might want to read about slackware as well, i know too little about it to comment but it comes highly recomended

http://www.slackware.com

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