[ale] Recommendations for my next distro?

DJ-Pfulio djpfulio at jdpfu.com
Sun Mar 1 08:37:55 EST 2015

oVirt seems extremely bloated and complex or do I have that wrong?  Plus it is
Redhat-only and uses a website for administration. Running a web server has
always seemed the opposite of secure to me, but if you plan to work in a redhat
shop, then using this makes 100% sense.

libvirt + virt-manager is lite/easy in comparison. This method works for any
Linux hostOS (major distros) and takes less than 5 min to install/configure for
your skill level. You can run a normal desktop on the same machine with
virt-manager or remotely access any libvirt hypervisor system securely - that is
built-in and uses ssh (password or key-based).  virt-manager is like the
virtualbox or VMware player/workstation GUI, so if you've seen those, you'll be

Both can use KVM, LXC, Xen, and a few others (that won't be named) and can run
any OS you like (almost). Some people have OS/2 v4 running inside a VM, if
that's your desire. ;)

Or .... if you want web admin, take a look at proxmox. It is very mature and
provides KVM and openvz containers. OTOH, it takes over the physical machine
completely. Don't think you can run a desktop on the host. Lots of places have
been running proxmox servers quietly for years.

On 03/01/2015 08:20 AM, Jim Kinney wrote:
> Look at Fedora or CentOS and play with Ovirt and FreeIPA. Those two
> projects have a GUI yet the CLI behind the scenes is massively powerful.
> Fedora 21 has a server version and CentOS 7 has a desktop version.
> Then there's the docker minimalist version of each that's all CLI.
> If you have the hardware for virtualization, load Ovirt as a standalone on
> CentOS 7 and load up a zillion VMs to test/play with. Then you can test
> every distro!

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