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Created On: 04/22/2004 08:58 AM
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 04/22/2004 08:58 AM
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i have a small office network of 6 computers running win98 and office 2000. all are celeron 600mhz based machines with 128 ram. network is a 10MBPS hub.

i am planning to move them to linux with terminal server - thin client setups.

requirements : most of the work is on office 2000, printing, web surfing.

since we are moving to linux so applications we will be using are openoffice, firefox, and wine to emaulate a windows based accounting package.

what server would you recommend. faster processor, more ram, raid...?

budget is very limited. max is $300-400

and are there any performance issue with terminal server setup ? i want my setup to be faster than what it is now.


 07/21/2004 07:05 AM
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If your not familiar with Linux set it up on one machine and experiment before you change over altogether, I recommend Mandrake

I'm taking it your going to be using six clients at once

For the change over make sure

Network cards are 3Com 10/100
You have a 10/100 switch
Know that Openoffice is fine until you are sent spreadsheets with macros (wine will run excel for these moments)
Make sure your accounts package will run correctly under Wine
The server must be high end $300 - 400 is not enough,
Dual Processor AMD is better
1 GB Ram
Raid is going to cost you so start with a large SCSI disk
For performance install bare bones and work your way up making sure nothing is running that will use up resources

Hope I can help

 07/21/2004 08:14 AM
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Hello, welcome to the Linux world!

Good Linux distributions for servers are SuSE (, Slackware (, Debian (, RedHat ( There are also very nice BSD operating systems like FreeBSD (, OpenBSD (, NetBSD ( and DragonFlyBSD (

If you have little experience with UNIX consider hiring a professional system administrator or buying/downloading some related books. SuSE and Mandrake ( are exceptional for people with little experience on Linux. FreeBSD is more widespread than the other BSDs, just like RedHat is the most widespread Linux for servers. Debian and Slackware are used by people with technical expertise on Linux, while OpenBSD is typically used by people who have increased security needs.

A businessman who bought some hardware from me on the local auctions told me that he was running his entire business on Slackware Linux.

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If during your server setup you need immediate direct help, you can use IRC chat. All major IRC networks (Undernet, EFnet, freenode) have channels like #linux , #slackware , #suse , #bsd etc where you can chat with people who might have more expertise.

If you find OpenOffice to be a bit heavy for your terminal server, you can use KOffice from KDE ( Koffice is more lightweight.

I dont think you reaklly need dual CPU. The only upgrade you must do is to utilise 100Mbit or 1Gbit Ethernet LAN. 10Mbit is too slow. Dont forget a terminal server needs a fast network to transfer the information to the thin clients.

The server would need more RAM than usual.

Depending on how many users you have and what kind of work they do, you have to decide what CPU the server needs. If you already own an AMD Athlon CPU it should suffice for 3-5 users with office work, or maybe more if they dont complain much about speed.

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