[CentOS] Suggestions on initial CentOS 4.3 Install packages

Benjamin Smith lists at benjamindsmith.com
Tue May 2 21:27:25 UTC 2006

You can beat web forums until your face becomes blue from bruising. It's a 
valid way to go, but painful. 

My advice? 

1) Stop using your Windows machine, (dual) boot into Linux and work in it 
natively for at least a year. Once the flavor of Unix seeps under your skin, 
you'll discover the limitations of both Windows and Linux. EG: Gaming sucks 
under Linux, server hosting and software programming are both lame on 

2) Get a good "getting started" book. $40 at the local B & N can save you 
days/weeks of frustration, and is very cheap education. I'd suggest "Red Hat 
Linux Unleashed" by Que. If that's too far along, try a "for dummies" book. 
There's plenty more advanced as well. 

3) Realize, that most of using *nix systems come down to not knowing it all, 
but knowing where to go to figure it out. Get good and familiar with man, 
info, and google! 


On Tuesday 02 May 2006 14:05, Phillips, Tod wrote:
> Hello, all...
> I'm attempting to learn Linux (on a CentOS setup) by doing something
> productive at the same time. I've already installed it twice...once with
> a "full, just install everything" setup and another by following the
> Perfect CentOS 4.3 Web Server Setup instructions on HowToForge.com.
> Though I've had issues with both, I have a lot of patience and time is
> not a big concern.
> What I'd like to do is get some advice from the community on a good
> initial setup for my system by listing out some of the things I hope to
> do:
> 1) Set up a test Web Server for development of a soon-to-be-deployed
> rework of a client's website (I'll host the production site w/ an
> outside company).
> 2) I'd like to learn PHP and Apache while I'm reworking the site.
> 3) Learn all there is to know (ok, maybe just enough to not be
> dangerous) about securing the server.
> 4) Develop a program, most likely in C/C++, that can talk with my
> Company's mainframe and its communications software, either through web
> services/xml interfaces or directly through some sort of COM / .NET
> equivalent. The end result would be an application that can run on any
> Linux box with an Internet connection, giving users the ability to
> access and modify mainframe data, enter orders, etc.
> 5) Be able to retrieve email, surf the net, write and read documents
> (general office stuff) to become both more familiar with Linux apps AND
> to keep from needing to run to a different PC for these needs when they
> arise.
> I know I'll need the X Windows and Gnome stuff, but I'm concerned about
> dependencies and/or conflicts between the packages necessary for
> everything I want to do. I certainly want to use the Terminal prompts
> whenever possible -- particularly for setting up the networking and
> Apache server -- so that I can begin to learn Linux/Unix.
> The question really becomes: Can I do it all on one box or am I going to
> create a nightmare for myself because of overlapping programs that
> "hijack" critical functions from the web server, or vice-versa? I erased
> my original install (with everything) because it seemed more important
> to me to learn what it was I needed and install it manually later on if
> and when the need arose. Good thinking or...?
> Your thoughts are greatly appreciated,
> grayfire1229 at netscape.net
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