Advisement on server distro/workstation distro

Hey there,

I figured I would make a new topic since it didn't seem appropriate to continue in my last thread.

Let me just preface this with some things about myself.

I am 24 years old and I am finally trying to build a career for myself in IT. I have always been a huge nerd for technology, and recently have been falling in love with networking. I went to school for networking and plan on getting CCNA and CCNP eventually. Lately, I have been having this urge to align my hobbies (networking/datahoarding/server/homelab) with what I could be doing in a career environment.

I want to start working with linux and learning it. With that said, I have been using Ubuntu server, but recently I talked to a very successful friend of mine and he recommended for me to learn to work in centOS or fedora.

Currently, I have a PC that is running windows 10. I want to add a dual boot to this system. What do you think would be best to put on here? Do you agree with my friend? If not, what distro and why?

I also have a home media server currently running ubuntu server. I want to migrate to Fedora server. However, I am not sure if these are the correct moves to make.

I just had to check in with you guys who are always in a linux environment. Do you all think this is a good idea and will be beneficial for my career or am I just overthinking it?

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Personally I run Fedora 25 Workstation on my laptop, and have done some server-side things on the distro as well. My best advice to you is, try using Fedora and/or CentOS, and if you like it then continue on, otherwise stick with what will make advancing and understanding the more in-depth areas later on. Hope this helps.

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I think you need to know both if you are starting now. Fedora leans closer to RedHat, which is still huge. But Ubuntu is doing a lot in cloud environments, and that momentum does not seem to fade.

Other than that it is always good to know at least 2 ecosystems.

Use virtualbox and install them both. Don't bother with multi booting IMHO.

I would say open suse.
Open Suse has things like live kernel patching which in my opinion sets it appart from the rest wenn it comes to being a server distro.
But yeah Fedora or Centos would also be good choices.

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OpenSUSE is the best option for servers IMHO.

You can't forget YaST. Best config tool I've seen in my life.


Yeah it pretty much comes with all the tools you need.
And for a server OS in particular its really great because of live kernel patching.
But i could very well say, that for a workstation it will also be great.
I think that Open Suse is definitelly one of the most reliable OS for such kind of situations.
For new users, it might be a bit intemidating, but Open Suse and Yast have come a pretty long way wenn its comes to improving userfriendlyness.

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I think that Open Suse is definitelly one of the most reliable OS for such kind of situations.

Without a doubt. We use SLES for the bare metal that's running our openstack cloud. We take the servers down maybe once a year for major kernel updates, or if there's hardware failures. The feature that's saved my ass a few times is snapper. Booting into a snapshot is the greatest feature I've seen in a while.

It's just a matter of spending a bit of time digging through the menus, getting familiar with it.

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tumbleweed or leap?

for a server, I'd recommend Leap.

Tumbleweed is rolling release.

My My, how far we’ve come from this. Any future visitors wondering the same. This was before I had a job and I do see now that CentOS is ran a lot, but you will be just fine if you learn ubuntu server. You will transition just fine.

I Just started running in gentoo, and I work in lubuntu every single day. I can’t believe I didn’t do this any sooner.