Study Info On Linux

Hi i never worked on Linux before and since i am only qualified in Microsoft's MCSA and MCSE i would like to expand my knowledge in a different OS. I would like to study Linux but I dont know which version. Can you please help me with OS including Desktop version, mail server and server version to study and where can I obtain copy's of the server.

Thank you
gnoble786Asked:
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liddlerCommented:
Lots of chices, for a beginner, a non-intrusive linux is knoppix (www.knoppix.org) boots off the CD and doesn't write to your hard disk.

There are many major possiblities if you want to build a full machine.  RedHat Fedore Core, Suse, Debian, Slackware...
You can download iso images to burn to CD from any of those companies sites or get them free with lots of linux books and some magazines
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grbladesCommented:
Hi gnoble786,
RedHat Fedora FC2 (the latest) would be a good choice as it is the most common distribution commercially. You can download the CD images from http://fedora.redhat.com/download/

Linux tends to come with everything and in addition to learning Linux in general you will also need to learn how to configure various applications for example:-

Webserver
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Apache

Mail server
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Postfix (my favourite)
exim (very popular with ISP's)
Qmail
Sendmail (the original mail server used on the internet but now getting a bit dated with its limited features)

Windows fileserver
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Samba

Proxy server
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squid

Nameserver
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bind

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grbladesCommented:
I should clarify that RedHat enterprise is the commonly used commercial distribution but Fedura is very similar to use and has the files in the same places etc...
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Gabriel OrozcoSolution ArchitectCommented:
pretty good answers... I would say that Fedora Core 3 is out right now and does more than before, and those answers are all you need.


but in my case, for learning purposes, I learned internals just only when I started using slackware (www.slackware.com). You need to READ and do yourself everything. there is the documentation, but Slackware has everything there. I now can manage almost without problems a Redhat/Fedora/SuSE/Debian linux computer within only minutes.
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gnoble786Author Commented:
Before I give the points i have found a mirror site at the dollowing ftp site    (ftp://ftp.is.co.za/linux/distributions/fedora/linux/core/) available is a couple of folders and inside the folders is ISO's but it is a lot can you please check and let me know from which folder should I download the ISO's.

Thanks
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