I am using Windows 8 and I want to use Linux on a virtual machine for networking and server duties, so both operating systems run simultaneously.
Which Linux distribution is best for networking tasks and server usage, and will it work from a VM?
you chould give try to sms - small server a linux distribution
one and only red hat is best.
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Why Debian ?
Red Hat is best. But want ease of use go for ubuntu server OR customize ubuntu desktop for your needs
I used Ubuntu to setup a home server without any specific knowledge , just followed a nice how-to from MUO
You can also check Make Use Of page for Best Linux Distro.... It will be good and beneficial for you.
i believe that Ubuntu is the best
Try Cent OS or Red Hat
good old stable Debian will do it, but you can choose the one you like ... ubuntu will be a little easier to use ...
Red Hat will also do the job ... but I don´t like the way of Red Hat ;)
That´s the good on Linux ... choose what you want, ´cause the fundament is always the same ;)
It is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and it's quite popular
So it should be pretty easy to look for solutions and tutorials online
Red hat, cent OS are good for networking and server
Cent os.... Ubuntu .....
Best linux distro for server use is Red hat enterprise since all linux version can handle networking vary easily you can use red hat enterprise for networking also.
But if you want special services for networking the most known linux distro is Novall linux they have special service called Novall netware which support networking features.