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SQUASHFS error - Trying to run Fedora (Live CD) on a Dell PowerEdge 2550

So I just got this PowerEdge 2550 that was decommisioned from work yesterday.  It was in full working order, just a little older than we needed.  Since I deal mostly with SQL, I thought I'd take it home and put Fedora on it, since we will be migrating sometime in the near future to Linux.  As an admitted Linux "n00b", of course the first three attempts to get it to boot to the Live CD failed.

I did some Googling and found a few things to try (setting nouveau.noagp=1), which made it a little further, but still stopped after the progress bar made it all the way to the "Fedora 15" .

Are there known issues loading Linux on a server?  Or am I just in over my head?  

I am open to any (and all) suggestions.  I need to learn Linux before they switch us!
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Fedora is a cutting edge distro, one that always provides the absolutely newest in Linux technology, a playground, as it were, for the more serious and conservative distros in the RedHat branch, like RedHat itself or CentOS. Although so far I haven't experienced problems with its installation, I have quite a long record of comparable incidents, where one particular Linux did not for the love of god install on one particular machine. Often these are some controller issues, only rarely mainboard/BIOS related, most frequently it is caused by a specific hardware mix.
But those issues are not the rule, they are the exception.

In any way, Fedora may be the wrong choice for you after all. It certainly is not fit to be used as a server OS.
If you have a server already, and what you expect to be dealing with in your company are servers, then why not take to a server OS right from the start?

For beginners, I'd recommend OpenSuse: its installer has been the best ever seen in the industry, and when you install it now you need to know that a Suse installation has been pretty much exactly like this for almost 10 years now.

Another great server OS is Debian, my personal favorite. It's father to a host of popular desktop distros, Ubuntu and Mint wouldn't exist without Debian. The installer is less comfortable than the Suse one, but it should support Dell servers out of the box, because it runs on most of them in the internet anyway.

Lastly, if you wish to stick to the RedHat branch that Fedora is a part of, try CentOS. It's the free and unsopported version of RedHat, by mere means of code identical. Together with RH, it's extremely popular among Dell server administrators world-wide. But I'd not suggest to a newcomer to try and install it. This may be somewhat frustrating.

Then there is always Ubuntu; in these past years, it's taken its share of servers too. But there are many reasons for my not recommending it, not for desktop use right now (with Unity), nor for server administration anyway.
If you wish to see what the hype was all about, maybe you could install Mint, which is derived from Ubuntu and makes it even easier to install and operate, but has not (yet) adopted the completely useless mobile touch UI of the current Ubuntu releases.
Brad Sims, CCNACyberSecurity Analyst


Thank you.  Debian seems to be installing without issue, and I believe that's what they are considering so it should be good learning!

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