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Preconfigured Linux Distributions From TurnKey Linux

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One of the issues that people run into when they decide to deploy or test a Linux server is that many times they don’t know everything that is required to make a specific service work.  If you want to build a server to host WordPress you need Apache, PHP, MySQL and preferably MyPHPAdmin before you try to install WordPress. If you plan to deploy the server to a production environment it’s best that you can build it from the ground up, but if you just want to learn an app, or do basic usability tests many times you don’t want to have to muddle with learning the finer points of it’s configuration.

TurnKey offers you Linux distributions specifically built preconfigured to run the apps and platforms you are likely to want to play with.  All you do is download the ISO, run through the installation routine, and you have a fully functional box.  You can have a WordPress, Drupal or SAMBA server literally running in minutes and be able to immediately work with the platform instead of worrying about the php.ini file.

I’ve personally used TurnKey Linux distributions in the past and they work very well.  The only issue I have run into is that sometimes they can be outdated. Again I would highly recommend building your own systems from scratch if you’ll be deploying the finished system, but if you are simply testing or learning this is a great resource.  So many times new techs become frustrated with Linux and give up because they don’t realize they need to make a few changes to the .ini files.  With TurnKey you get to use a working system, and then go back and figure out how to build it yourself.

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Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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  1. Jeremy Davis June 14, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Hi Eli,

    Thanks very much for your article about us.

    I just wanted to comment on your conclusions re using TurnKey. I acknowledge that our appliances have become quite outdated. But I wanted to alert your readers that we are currently in the process of updating all of our appliances. And our plan moving forward is to provide more regular updates.

    As for building your own systems for production, why do you recommend that over using TurnKey? We don’t profess to provide the a server that will be everything to everyone but they are adequate to use in production as-is for those lacking in experience and make a great base product for more experienced users to build on. Also our custom backup solution (TKLBAM) makes migrating local (VM) development to cloud based production incredibly easy.

    Also all our appliance build code is open source (on GitHub). So if you (or anyone else) has tweaks or changes that you believe would make our appliances better in production then please feel free to contribute. Even if we disagree on your tweaks, you can download our appliance build code, edit it and/or update it and build your own ISO and/or you can configure TKLBAM to include specific steps to ensure that your custom base OS tweaks are included with your data migration.

    Anyway, thanks again for the mention.

    Jeremy Davis
    TurnKey Linux

    • Eli the Computer Guy June 15, 2015 at 4:09 am


      There’s no particular flaw I see in your distro’s as to why I believe people should build their systems from the ground up. It’s just that too many times people use tools like TurnKey to deploy systems into production, but then don’t know enough about administration to be able to fix even the simplest issue. If they build all the systems they put into production they know exactly what is going on.


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