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we are trying to setup a build server for building our Java projects. Following software will be installed: * Subversion * Jira/Confluence/Crucible/Fisheye ... * Bamboo (continuous integration solution)

I have 2 questions: 1. Which dist of linux is better suited in your opinion? Our current candidates are: openSUSE, CentOS, Gentoo, Mandriva. 2. Is it possible to build something like an image after finishing setup process and burn it on hard drive for next customers without need to repeat all installation and config process?

Thanks in advance,

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It shouldn't really matter, but Java and Redhat go together quite frequently, and CentOS is a clone of RedHat.

I wouldn't recommend gentoo for this personally, it is generally considered the most complex of those distributions.

Cloning is quite possible. If they are all identical machines, you might just want to use dd to clone an image of the hard drive.

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+1 re: gentoo: You are interested in continuous integration of your software, not gentoo's software, right? So yeah, avoid gentoo and the endless recompiling it forces you to do. –  Trevor Harrison Apr 22 '10 at 15:28
    
@Kyle Brant: right now you have 666 answers in your profile. Nice. –  Trevor Harrison Apr 22 '10 at 15:33
    
@Trevor Harrison: Nice, it was serverfault.com/questions/134864/… that was my 666th I think :-P –  Kyle Brandt Apr 22 '10 at 15:50
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