Guest Wondering Soul
March 27, 2008 in Classic self-hosted technical help
I've just recently bought another server for a business im running with a friend (plus a few other sites) and I decided to experiment with some of the different Operating Systems! In the past (and still on my main server) I have always ran Red Hat Linux and never really felt the need to change but with this new server im looking to do just that :)
So, I narrowed it down to these:
Ubuntu, CentOS, Gentoo, Debian, Fedora and Suse
Im basically looking for some thoughts about which you prefer and why really, just so I know what's what about each :)
CentOS = rebadged RedHat. Free but no support.
Ubuntu is a Debian flavour I think. Most people I know prefer Ubuntu over all your options.
Fedora is not [in my opinion] appropriate for running a business on.
SUSE I don't really have an opinion.
Hi, thanks for your input! I was thinking of using Ubuntu as that's what some people I know had suggested. I have to wait a few days before it gets built so I have some time to think =)
Ubuntu, though, when you say most people prefer, are you talking about server or desktop? I don't see many servers identifying themselves as running Ubuntu while doing support. I'd definitely stay away from FreeBSD. I know there are fans out there, but it seems to behave quite different than most other versions of Linux.
We use CentOS on our servers if it's of any help.
It would be for a server environment, not desktop. After its been built, im going to put CentOS on it because i've heard its very reliable and reasonably smooth. As for Ubuntu, I think ill install on one of my older servers and see what its like...thanks for your input :)
I'm not saying Ubuntu is bad mind you. I don't have any real experience with it - could be a really good option, just haven't run into it much myself.
Yea. Im going to test it out anyways, see what's what and such. Used to have it as a desktop OS and it was pretty good but not sure what its like as a server environment...ill give it a try and see =)
Debian has treated us well for years... I'd say go with it.
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