There is also Debian for the standard Apache Cassandra build 
http://wiki.apache.org/cassandra/DebianPackaging

Or you can use DS Community which is a totally free distro of Apache Cassandra 
http://www.datastax.com/documentation/cassandra/2.0/webhelp/index.html#cassandra/install/installDeb_t.html
(Instructions for DS Community will work for both)

Data Stax Enterprise is free for development purposes but can not be used in production without a licence. In addition is ships with extra installation companents (hadoop, mahoout, solr) that you probably want need. 

Hope that helps. 

 
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Aaron Morton
New Zealand
@aaronmorton

Co-Founder & Principal Consultant
Apache Cassandra Consulting
http://www.thelastpickle.com

On 26/09/2013, at 2:42 PM, Kanwar Sangha <kanwar@mavenir.com> wrote:

What help are u looking for ?

http://www.datastax.com/docs/datastax_enterprise3.1/install/install_deb_pkg

-----Original Message-----
From: shathawa@e-z.net [mailto:shathawa@e-z.net]
Sent: 25 September 2013 15:27
To: user@cassandra.apache.org
Subject: [Cassandra] Initial Setup - VMs for Research

Request some initial setup guidance for Cassandra deployment

I expect to mentor a project at the Oregon State University
computer science department for a senior engineering student
project.

I am trying to pre-configure one or more VMware virtual
machines to hold an initial Cassandra database for a NOSQL
project.

Any guidance on the steps for initial deployment would
be appreciated.

My VMware machines already have the necessary 3rd party
tools such as Oracle Java 7 and are running on a Debian Linux
7.1.0 release.  The Oregon State University computer science
department will eventually host these virtual machines on
their department servers if the student project is selected.

Sincerely,
Steven J. Hathaway
(Senior IT Systems Architect)