Justin Jaynes wrote:

I would HIGHLY recommend using SuSE Linux 10 which can
be purchased or download from Novell directly at
suse.com.  Also, see the openSuSE project (essentially
the open source community effort half of the
SuSE/novell team).

I used to run RedHat but was disappointed in the drop
to Fedora.  I tried SuSE a few years ago and have
never looked back. So easy to install and configure. The YaST systems management tool is amazing. You can
still do everything the manual way (and I do
sometimes).  But the firewall is easy and strong, the
package management is simple, the install resizes
partitions (even NTFS).  Just so many highly polished
surfaces there.  Try SuSE and see if you ever go back.

I have run tomcat and SuSE in production for over a
year and not had a problem and am now in the process
of upgrading my production server to SuSE 10 and
tomcat 5.5.12.  So far so good.  It's all working in
my development area.  The improvements in 5.5.12 are
EXCELLENT.  But there are significant changes in how
you set up the server.xml file, so read up on the 5.5
doc page. I had previously only been using 5.0.x. ALso, I had some glitchy problems with 5.5.9. No
reason to download it now anyhow, since 5.5.12 is
stable release.

I also recommend PostgreSQL 8.0 from postgresql.org if
you need database (as i imagine you must) (open source
and fully ansiSQL standard and RDBMS compliant, unlike
mySQL --don't yell at me for saying so, please-- i
know how much many people love mySQL.

You have to build Postgresql from source on SuSE 10
since no rpms are out in the combination of those
versions of SuSE and PGSQL.  I tired to use older
RPMS--not a good idea.  But the build and install went
perfectly.  Be sure you have the proper dev packages
installed before you try.  If not, the documentation
tells all you need to know.

PostgreSQL 8.0, Tomcat 5.5.12, and SuSE 10 are real
winners.  I have had --no-- problems with the past
versions, and these new versions seem up to par or

I LOVE SuSE 10.0 for my desktop environment/school
computing/web surfing/DVD watching(i use KDE) and run
everything just described on my Dell Inspiron 6000
notebook. That's my developemnt envrionment. Obviously the combination of KDE and the servers on a notebook are no match for my production environment. but I must say, my notebook and the software on it do
all I ever ask them to--school work, web surfing,
large SQL routines, JVM, Tomcat--and a fair bit of
graphics design.  All on open source software.  What a
wonderful world we live in.  (The DVD's I run on XINE,
which I had to build, since XINE is stripped down for
leagal reasons in SuSE 10, but the build installed
great and runs with no problem just by typing xine in

--with more to say than you probably wanted to here

By no means--useful to me as well.  Thanks for sharing.


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