I discovered Turnkey Linux after it was recommended to me by a colleage from University. After looking at the website, I was immediately impressed, this seemed like a perfect way for someone to easily and quickly set up a Linux server without having to learn all of the commands needed to set it up using the command line.
I discovered Turnkey Linux after it was recommended to me by a colleage from University. After looking at the website, I was immediately impressed, this seemed like a perfect way for someone to easily and quickly set up a Linux server without having to learn all of the commands needed to set it up using the command line. The packages are designed to minimise configuration needed by the user, making them perfect for novices or anyone who wants a time saving simple but powerful solution.
All Turnkey appliances have the Ubuntu 10.04.1, which is supported until April 2015, however in 12.10 this is being changed to Debian Squeeze (6.0.4), this is due to demand from it’s users. Turnkey appliances can be run on physical computers, VPS and in the cloud and all include Webmin, a very useful web management interface for Unix. Webmin allows users to run their server from any web browser, features include adding new users, changing DNS settings, sharing files and configuring the server amongst many others opitions. Turnkey Linux also has a number of different formats available, including the popular Amazon web service and virtual machine images that are pre installed and ready to use straight from download, or iso images are also available that will install anywhere. The service also boasts automated backup and restore on every package and it is auto updated daily with the latest security patches and bug fixes.
I set up my own VPS using the command line using Debian Linux 6.0, nginx, PHP and MySQL, I then later added phpMyAdmin. However, in future I would definitely consider using Turnkey Linux instead. This is because Turnkey Linux offers 45+ ready to use appliances to suit the needs of any developer. My favourite is the LAMP stack, this includes Ubuntu, Apache, MySQL and PHP as well as Perl and Python, most web developers will have their needs met. PhpMyAdmin is also included in the package, which is very useful for the administration of MySQL databases. If the LAMP stack doesn’t quite fit your needs there is the option of a LAPP stack instead which includes PostgreSQL instead of MySQL. Alternatively there are packages available for Drupal, Joomla, Ruby on Rails, Tomcat or Wordpress to name but a few. The possibilities are endless and Turnkey Linux provides an excellent starting point for any server.
The best thing about Turnkey Linux is that all of the appliances are completely free and open source, as well as there being a specific one available for pretty much any requirement. Turnkey Linux provides a fantastic introduction to Linux server administration. Why? Because in the words of the team behind Turnkey Linux “everything that can be easy, should be easy”.
Turnkey Linux Homepage – http://www.turnkeylinux.org/
Turnkey Linux Full List of Packages – http://www.turnkeylinux.org/all
Turnkey Linux Core Package Base – http://www.turnkeylinux.org/core
Turnkey Linux LAMP Stack– http://goo.gl/cFFtt
Turnkey Linux on Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/turnkeylinux
Wikipedia page on Turnkey Linux – http://goo.gl/TJizQ