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Changing to Linux - Which distribution?

I'm thinking of changing my Dedi server from Windows Server 2008 R2 (which it has been running for quite a while now) to Linux.

But I have some questions that I would like to have an answer to first.

1: Will Linux require Hardware Drivers, and where do I get them?
2: Which Distribution of Linux do I have to choose? (I'm thinking of Debian Lenny 2.6 since I've heard a lot of good about it being stable with SRCDS)
3: Which version shall I choose? (amd64armelarmhfi386ia64kfreebsd-i386kfreebsd-amd64mipsmipselpowerpcsparcs390s390xsourcemulti-arch)
4: Is Linux ready to connect to with puTTy when the installation is done, or how do I make it connectable?
5: How do I create access through FTP? On WinServer I used FileZilla which were very easy.

My servers hardwarespecs are:
Quote:Intel Core i5 2500
Asus P8H67
8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
1*500GB WD Caviar Black
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Hi there no you won't need drivers for linux if theres anything missing from the server it will download the opensource variant. I recommend using Debian 7 if your able to run it in a command line environment it will be easier. You can use a GUI but its personal preference. You will need to manually setup ssh if you want to connect via putty similar with FTP depending on the environment you use will depend on how you set it up. Google is always your friend. Is this a home pc or a rented one? Even though linux can see all 8gb in x86 it is recommended to use x64 or amd64.
Hi this is a machine I bought the parts for to use it as a gameserver-host at home. I have a 50/50 fiberoptic and I have been hosting Source and GO servers for 6 months from it using Windows Server 2008 R2.

Using a GUI based makes some things easier, but I am familiar with the consolebased linux. In 2008 I hosted Sourceservers from an Ubuntumachine because at that time (tickrate 100/1000 fps) ubuntu with a twisted kernel was the optimal. But times have changed.

I have been looking for a place to download the install .iso for Debian 7, but can't seem to find it. Can you help me post a link?
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Sure, just click this link and it will download the .iso
(10-05-2013, 05:08 AM)DrFallen07 Wrote:  Sure, just click this link and it will download the .iso

I already saw that site, but there are links to a LOT of .iso's!!!

Which one should I use?

Quote:debian-7.1.0-amd64-CD-1.iso 2013-06-16 01:43 649M
[ ] debian-7.1.0-amd64-CD-2.iso 2013-06-16 01:43 645M
[ ] debian-7.1.0-amd64-CD-3.iso 2013-06-16 01:43 646M
[ ] debian-7.1.0-amd64-CD-4.iso 2013-06-16 01:43 645M
[ ] debian-7.1.0-amd64-CD-5.iso 2013-06-16 01:43 568M
[ ] debian-7.1.0-amd64-CD-6.iso 2013-06-16 01:43 643M
[ ] debian-7.1.0-amd64-CD-7.iso 2013-06-16 01:43 634M
[ ] debian-7.1.0-amd64-CD-8.iso 2013-06-16 01:43 644M
[ ] debian-7.1.0-amd64-kde-CD-1.iso 2013-06-16 01:07 621M
[ ] debian-7.1.0-amd64-lxde-CD-1.iso 2013-06-16 01:07 644M
[ ] debian-7.1.0-amd64-netinst.iso 2013-06-16 01:06 222M
[ ] debian-7.1.0-amd64-xfce-CD-1.iso 2013-06-16 01:07 645M
[ ] debian-update-7.1.0-amd64-CD-1.iso 2013-06-16 05:11 639M
[ ] debian-update-7.1.0-amd64-CD-2.iso 2013-06-16 05:11 480M
[ ] debian-update-7.1.0-amd64-CD-3.iso 2013-06-16 05:11 642M
[ ] debian-update-7.1.0-amd64-CD-4.iso 2013-06-16 05:12 643M
[ ] debian-update-7.1.0-amd64-CD-5.iso
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Yeah Im not sure why there are so many iso's I would use the netinst.iso its the smallest image but you would need to be connected to the network in order to use it. Otherwise if you want to do a offline cd install use debian 7-1.0-amd64-CD-1.iso
Too much bloat with full Versions. Use the netinst and isntall only SSH Server and System utilities:

Privatly I am using Debian as well. If you want to change in the enterprise linux world go with the latest CentOS:

If someone will ever ask you if you are capable of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, you can answer yes. CentOS is the free clone of it.
Interactive web based config creator for CS, CSS, TF2 and DODS
Creates server and client configs in an explained dialog.

You`ll also find precompiled debian gameserver kernels for download
Thank you very much for your time!
- I'm going with Debian Netinst. Thanks for the help.
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