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Re: Newbie: RedHat 8 or OpenBSD??
From: "Joe McCray" <joemccray () hardestworkingmanonline com>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 15:34:01 -0500

As a personal recommendation. Go with Red Hat 7.3 with the most updated patches if you are new to Linux/Unix Operating 
Systems, and OpenBSD with most updated patches if you are VERY, VERY comfortable with Unix at the command-line. The 
reason I say go with RH7.3 instead of Red Hat 8.0 is just for stability.

OpenBSD is much more secure out of the box then Red Hat, but a system hardening tool called Bastille 
(www.bastille-linux.org) is pretty good for locking down Red Hat. Red Hat-like Linux distros like Mandrake tend to be 
great for people just starting out in Linux. RPM (Red Hat Package Manager) files are like setup.exe files in windows. 
So software installation, software updates, and software removal is really easy because of rpm files on those types of 

In the end Red Hat can be locked down, and be about as secure as the BSD OSs, but the BSD style OS aren't anywhere near 
as easy to use as the new Linux OSs like Mandrake, Red Hat, and my personaly favorite Suse 8.0

Joe McCray
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---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "GSG Designs" <gsgdesigns () hotmail com>
Date:  Wed, 30 Oct 2002 20:56:24 +0000

I'm fairly new to this, so please bare with me.  If this question has been
asked in the past, I apologize.  I'm new to the listserv as well.

We are discussing starting our own web server.  There is debate on whether
RedHat 8 or OpenBSD is more secure.  What are your thoughts?  We will be
doing online orders with credit card info, etc.  Do you have any resources
to point us to?  (We will be running Apache, probably a 'duh'.)


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