Originally Posted by rustydusty1717
no i don't have any experience with linux. just with fedora a bit.
Well, if you mean "any" literally, you're contradicting yourself.
Fedora is a Linux distribution. If you've used Fedora a bit, you've used Linux.
i'm not too worried about how fedora run's server's cause i used to use windows xp pro and it was good enough for me. i run counter strike server's. i don't run them for a business just for my personal use. also how would i go about installing it on my other computer? it had windows on it but it's now crashed.
I suppose vanilla CS has been discontinued for some time... so CS:S I assume?
I don't mean to be argumentative - just curious: if WinXP "was good enough for me," why not stick with it? If you can't reinstall XP on the other machine because you don't have WinXP install media, then I can see why you'd want to look into CS on Linux.
As for installing Fedora, there's pretty extensive documentation maintained by the Fedora project.
CS:S dedicated server is supposed to run very well on Linux. Pretty much all the good servers I have seen run on Linux. Whether correlation is causation, I can't be sure because there are too many other factors to control for. Either way I'm sure the code for the CSS server is highly portable so using Windows or Linux probably has pros or cons.
There's a guide for setting up CSS dedicated server, but it assumes 1) you've already got Linux installed and it seems to presume 2) that you're already somewhat familiar with Linux. It looks like it takes you through a step-by-step pretty well, but the problem with "recipe" step-by-steps is that they can leave you frustrated if you hit a snag and don't really know what you're doing. Think of it in terms of cooking - say you mess up by adding a little extra sugar; a good cook can probably do something that will make the food still taste good, where a person following a recipe step for step might end up with something atrocious. That's probably a horrible analogy.
As for whether Fedora is a good general-purpose distribution for server boxes
, folks around here can help explain the pros and cons of Fedora-as-server-platform. But you probably won't get much help here with setting up the CSS server software
, so maybe there's a forum for CSS server admins. Folks on any such boards might even be able to weigh in on good distributions for running CSS.
There are also important access control issues (security) to consider that aren't addressed in the guide mentioned above (shutting down ports you don't want the outside world to see, for example) - that's more general server security knowledge.
(Also, admins: move this to Games subboard perhaps?)