Setting up a Linux Workgroup

I am setting up a call centre and need a network that allows client PC's to see a file server with a shared drive so they all have access to open files in Open Office. Each Client PC then needs internet access and the ability to access a cisco VPN connection.

I am thinking about going for a Linux solution, for numerous reasons, including costs, but I have never worked with any Linux system.

Can you advise which product, ie Fedora, is best for the confiuration I need?

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matter of choice really, but Fedora would be my first choice, its easy to use and well supported being built on Redhat.


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futurefiles is correct about being primarily about preference. Also about what system you are more familiar with. Seeing as how you are new to linux experience wont be much of a factor. I personally prefer a Debian based distro because of its community support and the vast software repositories. Many more pr compiled ready to install packages in the debian repository than Redhat of fedora's yum repositories. Just my thoughts though. Also for a newbie to linux, the debian based ubuntu has excellant support both commerical and community.
Agreed cahancock
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joolsSenior Systems AdministratorCommented:
Just my 2p

RedHat based distros such as CentOS (which is free with free updates) has good user support and because it's based on Redhat the two are almost interchangeable. This is my preferred distro when I install servers for customers.

Fedora is based on Redhat but is more bleeding edge, great if you want all the bells whistles and is usually an extreemely stable platform but you would need to bear in mind that updates could (I believe) cause issues on a production server. Having said that, when I used Fedora, I never had problems except when using it in a VM.

SUSE (SLES) is also a great server product, I believe open server is available FOC but I've not used it for several years now.

Debian based distros (ubutnu et al) have good to excellent user support but is not my own personal preference for a server environment. I have had issues with support for Debian on some servers.

It really is a matter of choice, any distro will do the job you want and you will (eventually) be able to configure the services to meet your needs.

I concur with jools.  RHEL and CentOS are designed for stable server installations.

RHEL if you're willing to pay for support (and have someone to call at 2am when it goes down, and a reboot isn't fixing it), CentOS if you're willing to wait for an answer on EE while the call centre is down.

SLES is a good option for the same reasons as RHEL, but with more of a European focus.  (SUSE's market share is more dominant in Europe, while RHEL's is more dominant in the States.)

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