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I just decided to install some snmp daemon on my ubuntu servers. I tried to start with this site, and searched for snmp. No hits. I'm exclusively an Ubuntu Linux admin at this point so I figured I'd start at the source.

So then I try the dreaded unix.stackexchange.com. One hit.

Serverfault: 114 hits.

Maybe Ubuntu is about the OS as a desktop. Maybe it's not about things that are sort of general UNIX admin like installing snmp.

Most of what I will need to know about Ubuntu is things like the network stack. How to get Nagios, Cacti, SNPMD, SMTP and other daemony things working.

Should I just hang out at ServerFault?

  • OK - well, for my own research I'm going to use all three. When I'm asking something that seems Ubuntu specific, I'll try to bring it here. – Kyle Hodgson Oct 31 '10 at 18:54
  • There almost needs to be a apt-get-and-dpkg section somewhere as part of one of these... I find most of my "questions" are "OK, I got xyz all tangled up with apt-get, now what?" – Kyle Hodgson Oct 31 '10 at 18:56
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We're primarily desktop orientated here. That doesn't mean there aren't people here that could answer your question but only a portion of the people here to answer questions admin servers and only a portion of them will know what you're talking about.

ServerFault is full of admins. If you need an answer to an adminning question, sure, they're probably a good bet. It's also much older than AskUbuntu and therefore has a lot more historical postings to find pre-written answers.

You could, of course, help out here and increase the number of people who know to administer Ubuntu servers.

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    I don't see why we would limit ourselves to desktop oriented questions. Though I agree the question probably belongs on SF. Perhaps a line to draw is home server vs. things a pro sysadmin would do at work? – Jorge Castro Nov 5 '10 at 2:00
  • @Jorge I'm not saying anything about limiting ourselves, just what sort of questions fall through here and get answered most often. We have a good record when it comes to answering desktop threads... Just as SF has a good record when it comes to answering server threads. – Oli Nov 5 '10 at 14:29
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There is a site for Unix and Linux as well, but I see a problem. If no one asks this kind of questions here, they will never appear here and the next person searching will not bei able to find this sort of information.

So, I would recommend asking here and if you do not get an answer, look to other sites and answer your own question here.

  • And if you do ask elsewhere, please include links both there and in the AU question so someone can find the other if they find one. – Roger Pate Nov 1 '10 at 5:03
  • @Roger Pate: Yes, that would be perfect. – ddeimeke Nov 1 '10 at 7:17

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