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    Default [SOLVED] First time install...Linux distro recommendations?

    Hey Guys,

    I've used the ZCS in a work environment. I'm an Apple Consultant and want to try a Linux distro for the few added features that the OS X versions don't have (possibly clustering down the line...though, that's far far off.)

    Anyways, what would you guys recommend for a simple, but reliable distro to install onto?

    Thanks for your help!

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    The only clustering environment that's supported is Red Hat. If you're thinking of clustering in the future them my recommendation would be CentOS, a free binary compatible build of RHEL. It's a stable platform and ideal for a mail server, I use it as do many of the forum members.
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    I agree with Phoenix as CentOS is a great Linux distro, but one thing to bear in mind is that if you run the Network Edition of ZCS at this point in time it is not officially support by Zimbra.

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    Default i just did it on debian etch.

    all that was needed prior to install (opensource edition) was

    install base system then

    apt-get install libltdl3 openssl libstdc++6 libxml2 libgmp3c2 fetchmail libidn11 sudo build-essential ca-certificates curl libcurl3 libexpat1

    then zimbra...

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    I've been liking Ubuntu, mostly cause it's Debian-based, and I've always loved apt. They've all got their quirks, and it's mostly a personal preference sorta thing. We use RH5 (x64) here for our NE version, mostly because it came with the box. I haven't really used SUSE in some time, and people around here say good things about CentOS, but I don't like RH enough to use it. RH does a few things that bug me, but so do the rest. (I'm RH certified btw)

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    SuSE is my choice for one reason only - the YAST configuration utility. Coming from a Windows environment, Yast allowed me to quickly, accurately, and efficiently configure my Linux machine.

    If the Linux distro is supported by Zimbra, they all work well. I just think Yast is great stuff.

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    I'm a big RHEL Fan. Not only is it more powerful and widely used, but I've found that in disaster recovery instances, it seems to be easier to recover because of all of the tools that are available.

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    I think I'll go the CentOS route.

    Is there a specific version of CentOS that would work particularly well?

    I would use the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 x86 version of ZCS OS?

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    They all work well and the current version is 5.1, there will be an update to 5.2 shortly (keep your eyes on the CentOS announcements).
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    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix View Post
    They all work well and the current version is 5.1, there will be an update to 5.2 shortly (keep your eyes on the CentOS announcements).
    Great stuff. Thanks phoenix!

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