Advice on selection of Linux distro for VPC 2004

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Bo Berglund, May 24, 2005.

  1. Bo Berglund

    Bo Berglund Guest

    I am a "not so very Linux experienced" developer who must set up a
    Linux machine to compile and run a development application for my main
    So I turned to VPC to accomplish the task. What I need is:
    - Linux workstation with networking capabilities
    - Support for VPN via PPTP to a Windows 2000 server
    - Cvs client installed and accessible
    - Compiler for C and C++
    - File sharing active (Samba?)

    I have tried already Mandrake 10 and Fedora Core 3 and I have problems
    with both, on Mandrake I could never understand how to get PPTP
    working and Fedora did not even get past the install...

    So can someone suggest a suitable distribution that fulfils the above
    criteria and is still simple and hassle-free to install?
    Note that I am almost illiterate in Linux use, but have massive
    development experience in Windows and embedded systems.

    Bo Berglund
    Bo Berglund, May 24, 2005
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    jimbo Guest

    Well, I am no expert, but you might try one of the Live CD distros.
    That way you can give it a try before you install. Mepis, Knoppix and
    PCLinuxOS are three that I have installed to VPC with good results.
    PCLinuxOS required a boot up with "livecd nousb" on the command line.

    Good luck, jimbo
    jimbo, May 24, 2005
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  3. Hi.

    I've successfully installed both Debian 3.0 R2 and Mandrake 10.0 without
    problems. Haven't implemeted pptp in either, though.
    Angel Santiago, May 30, 2005
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