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Anyone use CentOS?

Discussion in 'Linux / Unix Discussion' started by nugget, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. nugget
    Honorary Member

    nugget Junior toady

    Just wondering if anyoine here uses/has used CentOS.

    I've just installed ESXi 4 on a pc and want to set up a network monitoring/helpdesk system (SysAid) but I don't have the resources for a windows system (money for licenses etc). I thought I'd install this on a linux system and also get to learn a bit of linux at the same time :biggrin.

    I had a CentOS virtual machine some time ago and it looked quite nice but I never got around to doing anything with it.

    Would this be a reasonable distro to start (re)learning with or would someone recommend another one? I don't want to jump on the Ubuntu bandwagon either.

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  2. Mkid

    Mkid Bit Poster

    IMO CentOS is quite advanced for someone who hasn't ''played'' with linux...Fedora is great super-friendly distro,give it a go.
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  3. ThomasMc

    ThomasMc Gigabyte Poster

    I use it, not sure how "advanced" it is from other distros as I only use CentOS :D chuck in webmin and you should be able to fudge your way about via its web gui.
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  4. skulkerboyo

    skulkerboyo Megabyte Poster

    Considering centos is basically redhat its the best place to start if you're interested in learning Linux for future enterprise usage

    I'd recommend fedora if you were interested in it purely for curiosity as its a smaller download and still rpm based

    That being said Nugget will be re-learning so has "played" with linux.

    I think centos is a fine choice
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  5. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

    Agreed, Centos is a great os, we are currently moving all our old RH based apps to it, if you've gotta learn something anyway might as well go for it large!
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  6. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

    Right you are. It's been a very long time since I played or used it (more than 2 years). At the last company we ran SuSE as a file server. I did mostly all the basic admin stuff but anything more complicated and I just called the linux geek.

    Thanks for the input guys.
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  7. Luddym

    Luddym Megabyte Poster

    I actually sat a Centos course a couple of years ago.... not through choice mind you.
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  8. Gingerdave

    Gingerdave Megabyte Poster

    CentOS is ok, we use it here for a few things and run SYSadid on a windows box. both are pretty good but I have no experiance of it with sysaid.
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  9. LordMoolyBap

    LordMoolyBap Nibble Poster

    I prefer Ubuntu but I have several friends who would assault me for that and they seem to much prefer CentOs...
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  10. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

    My VPS runs Centos so I suppose I should really have a look at this in 2010 and set something up at home. Currently paying for a "managed" service as my Linux experience is zero :p
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  11. supernova

    supernova Gigabyte Poster

    Centos is based on the Red Hat Enterprise source ,,,, without the Red Hat subscriptions.
    Thats why many people use it especially hosting companies.

    skulkerboyo beat me to it
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  12. gregbuchanan10

    gregbuchanan10 New Member

    CentOS is an Ideal platform to learn. This is the flavour that was recommended to me when starting out. I must say since at the moment the two main distros are Red Hat and Open SUSE this is perfect. CentOS is redhat. It is very hard to find any differences and will stand you in good stead if you then go on to Linux quals.

    Hope this is helpful
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  13. twizzle

    twizzle Gigabyte Poster

    We're using Ubuntu or debian at work on our servers. Just started to learn it, doing first server install this week as it happens. Looke dta learning centOS for at home though as it seems more popular in bigger companies. We also use teh Webmin GUI for most of our setting up and i must say i like that.
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  14. Leehaa

    Leehaa Gigabyte Poster

    CentOS is a fab starting point. Great for if you want practice for RHEL servers at your workplace.

    Couldn't get on with openSUSE - bluuurgh!

    Have just mastered the art of joining a RHEL to an AD domain and then using kerberos (and keeping the authentication all going smoothly, krb5.keytab, configuration in /etc/krb5.conf, setup and smb.conf, kinit etc.). It is really frustrating getting it all going but i've finally produced some documentation that touches it in the right places and keeps it all tickety-boo ...long time coming as every time you think you're there, something unexpected occurs (esp with LAMP servers) ... most rewarding now though! 8)

    If you can take the time to start using the bash shell then do, as most admin is so much faster using that then faffing around and going in via the GUI...
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  15. Before you start with CentOS try a distro like Arch Linux. You will have to make configuration changes from the command line to install it correctly but there is a lot of good documentation and videos out there to help you and it will accelerate your learning.

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