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Discussion in 'General Server' started by Remp, Mar 27, 2012.
The BEST is BSD !
That is true. (I cannot believe I just said a BSD server is the best, here on a Linux website)
What kind of a machine would be necessary to run a game server? At my college there's a lot of gamers, and the game I've been most impressed with is Battlefield 4, which seems to have unparalleled graphics (IMHO). This must require quite a "beefy" machine to support so many players with the accuracy necessary.
An ISP I used to work for we used Windows 2000 Server because HE didn't know Linux. Well, HE decided to leave on short notice and left us hanging. We brought in an old friend who worked there previously and SHE nuked the servers of 2000 and put in Slackware. The servers had never run better since. I definitely would use Slackware for server use.
I would use the best hardware you can get and install Slackware or Ubuntu. Something with a lot of RAM and a powerful CPU and graphics card would work well. Any brand of hardware should suffice.
Do servers really need good graphics cards?
Well, I could just say that the only server I,ve tried so far is Ubuntu and works ok for me.
I've tried LinuxMint and it works well, I mean I haven't come across any troubles in my basic endeavours but it works.
If you get rid of Unity and replace it with Gnome (or even KDE), Ubuntu works fabulous.
If you download Ubuntu SERVER edition, it will came with no GUI at all.
My own approach was to install MC (Midnight Commander) in order to edit/create the configuration files straight way, and did everything trough terminal.
I found it out to be much less troublesome then I guessed would be!
I love Mint too, I use it in my Client machines. Ubuntu Server Edition has the advantage (in my case) of having no pre-installed GUI, what saves some machine resources, just because of that!
What's a pre-installed GUI? Is it like the interface that resembles Windows (aka the icons and start menu and tabs and everything)? I've been wondering if there's just a sole command line based Linux distribution out there.
it is the icons, menus, all the pretty stuff.
All linux distributions can be CLI only but turning off the GUI. But for sole command line, Arch, slax, and all server based distros are good places to look.
We typically recommend and rely upon both CentOS and Ubuntu for minimalist server installs. However, all distros have their own unique features and benefits.
I really prefer debian, each one recommends the distro which hass been more time with, it depends with what have you been doing your job, if your server works properly, then there's no more talking, that's your distro, the one that resolves your problems...
I've used Debian. Love it. But for 32-bit it's a shame there isn't a version to run, so I'm installing CentOS as I type this to give it a try (recommended by a friend on campus). LinuxMint is eh-so-so as a web server, kinda slow though I've found, especially on 32 bit computers. Ubuntu is just like windows, at least that's what I thought, so I got rid of it almost as soon as I installed it.
Why would you say there is no 32 bit Debian version??? Debian can be installed on 32 or 64 bit Intel, and AMD 64. I highly recommend the Netinst version. Please see:
Ubuntu, Debian, and Redhat and Slackware.
My bad, I swear I looked and couldn't find one. I will keep it in mind for the next server I get, but I'm certainly taking a liking to CentOS and might consider it over Debian.
I rather disliked Ubuntu (a lot) and installed Debian over it after about three days. All I've ever wanted is the terminal though, never really had a need for all that fancy clicking stuff...