Best Distro/Version of Linux to use



  • So my techs blew up the FOG server I created a couple of years ago by filling the drive. Linux gave all sorts of strange messages about power drivers and refuses to boot. Tried restoring a backup, but couldn’t get that to work.

    Finally just decided to rebuild. Got the latest Ubuntu 14.04 64bit and tried to install FOG, but had all sorts of problems with mysql. Even got to log in one time without “unable to connect to database” but after logging out, went back to the same. Have gone through the wiki and tried all sorts of things, uninstall and reinstall mysql and had the same sort of one time successfull logon experience.

    Feeling fully noobish and frustrated and I would like to know if there is a better distro/version of Linux to use so I can start over again. Preferably one with an idiot proof tutorial available.



  • We’ve been running fog on centos since .20 and haven’t really had any issues. i prefer this since it’s pretty much the closest free redhat.


  • Moderator

    Much to my dismay, Debian now seems to have the same"feature" as Ubuntu, requiring a reboot on the TFTP service after booting the server. Overall, I still prefer Debian for a server though.


  • Developer

    to the best of my knowledge dfear is the only person running fog on arch, if you run into any problems there’a good chance that there won’t really be people that have had the problem before, and it that makes troubleshooting difficult


  • Developer

    Personally, I prefer the Debian derivatives, but [url]http://fogproject.org/forum/threads/install-fog-on-arch-linux.4178/[/url]



  • My coordinator wants to start using FOG in university labs. She would like to know what is the most recommended distro/version to use FOG, and I read here the Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 7 options.

    But another teacher thought about using Arch Linux. Do any of you have any experience with FOG and Arch? Are you able to say if it is a good combination?



  • Perfect! Apologies, I misunderstood the Wiki.

    Thanks again for your time.

    Chris


  • Senior Developer

    You need to add the lines recommended by Capone to your /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/default file.

    To view the lines go to the plugin from the plugins page.

    Choose installed plugins, then click on capone. At the bottom of the page, it should give the lines needed to get the menu option.



  • [quote=“Jaymes Driver, post: 26208, member: 3582”]If you like Ubuntu and you want to stick with it, try 13.10 it was fairly stable and not too much was changed. 12.04 is still a solid choice as well.

    14.04 brought come changes to Ubuntu again and while I have fog working on it, it is not optimal.

    I would heed BPSTravis’ advice and use 12, or 13 revision of Ubuntu.[/quote]

    Sorry to hear that Ubuntu is going south. :( I hope it doesn’t affect Mint too much. I like that for an XP replacement.

    I am successfully using 12.04.4 Ubuntu. Had a TFTP issue, reset passwords everywhere and fixed that.

    Got the Capone plugin installed, but it does not show up on the PXE boot menu. We had used Capone exclusively in our environment before, so it would be awesome to have that working again.

    Is there a settings file in 0.32 somewhere that I have to change to get Capone to show? Everything looks good on the web GUI.

    Thanks for all the suggestions so far! My techs sorely miss the imaging setup!


  • Developer

    If you like Ubuntu and you want to stick with it, try 13.10 it was fairly stable and not too much was changed. 12.04 is still a solid choice as well.

    14.04 brought come changes to Ubuntu again and while I have fog working on it, it is not optimal.

    I would heed BPSTravis’ advice and use 12, or 13 revision of Ubuntu.


  • Moderator

    Debian 7 works for me as well.


  • Moderator

    Debian 7.4 has worked like a dream for me.


  • Developer

    use 12 or 13


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