I was installing Fedora 9 for my dad the other day. He was looking for a test bed server solution and as it was being installed on Mum’s computer I figured Fedora 9 provides a nice desktop solution too.
While I feel Fedora is stable on the most part to provide me a desktop pc I still don’t know if I’d run it as a full time, live server.
If you are looking for a Server appliance OS Centos with Bluequartz built in can be downloaded from NuOnce Networks
The advantages I’ve found to CentOS/BlueQuartz is the fact that where some other linux distros such as Fedora have a supported life span. So instead of having to upgrade on a new release by CD/DVD or even apt or yum. CentOS will update via yum periodically and will include new versions/releases of the main OS.
By memory I installed CentOS/BQ a few releases ago and have had to do very little to keep it up to date. However Fedora on the hand I have had to spend some time keeping up with each major release. For example a web hosting company here in NZ are still running Fedora Core 6 as public servers. As far as I am awhere, security updates for Fedora Core 6 are no longer being released. Where as CentOS/BQ are still releasing security and bug fixes where required.
Having said that. Look around at other Distro’s such as Debian, Mandriva etc.. Having personally been drawn to Red Hat / Centos and Fedora I am unsure of the life span of other distro’s as far as update support goes. So before jumping in and installing a Server have a look around and read each distro’s sites to make sure than in 3 years time you’re not going to find your self out on a limb with a server full of security issues or other bugs that are not fixed in your release of that distro.