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View Poll Results: Server Distribution of the Year
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 89 12.26%
CentOS 108 14.88%
Ubuntu LTS 116 15.98%
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 34 4.68%
Gentoo 40 5.51%
Slackware 149 20.52%
Debian 186 25.62%
LFS 4 0.55%
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:18 PM   #31
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Most of our servers run Debian stable, currently Etch. It is solid, but there are some very old packages! Dansguardian on Etch is a release from 2005! That's 4 years! Too old. I've started upgrading some servers to Lenny.

This year, I'm going to check out some distro's for our servers. I want new packages, probably compiled. So far, I'm thinking slackware/gentoo vs freebsd/openbsd. I love openbsd, but would prefer to stick with native linux, and not the compatibility modes of BSD.
why not just compile the sources on debian. that is what I do if I want a bleeding edge package.
 
Old 01-15-2009, 04:32 PM   #32
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why not just compile the sources on debian. that is what I do if I want a bleeding edge package.
I'll probably end up doing that. I'm going to take this opportunity to check out the others too.
 
Old 01-15-2009, 04:52 PM   #33
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The best server distro,,

is Slackware of course.
 
Old 01-16-2009, 01:07 AM   #34
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Why do you even need RHEL? when you have CentOS..
 
Old 01-16-2009, 08:58 AM   #35
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Why do you even need RHEL? when you have CentOS..
In my case it's mostly to put the company heads at ease knowing there is support for the distro
 
Old 01-17-2009, 09:53 PM   #36
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I'd rather have Solaris on a server but of the options here it has to be Centos
Same Here
 
Old 01-19-2009, 10:29 AM   #37
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RHEL and Debian

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Why do you even need RHEL? when you have CentOS..
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In my case it's mostly to put the company heads at ease knowing there is support for the distro
In the office, especially in large companies, there are service and support contracts. Red Hat does as well with these as anyone, and there is always a solid, reliable place to get updates, documentation, anything that is needed.

CentOS certainly provides a less expensive alternative, but if that is the case, I'd just as soon use Debian.

At work, on our official supported servers we widely deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux. On some SQA departmental systems where we maintain them ourselves, we have also experimented with Debian servers with very good results.

At home, I use Debian based systems for the majority of my work, whether desktops or servers, but I test all different systems in the Linux and BSD circles. Here, I'd take a Debian based system any day, but I frequently use Debian derived systems, not just plain Debian systems.
 
Old 01-19-2009, 11:25 AM   #38
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Why do you even need RHEL? when you have CentOS..


In the office, especially in large companies, there are service and support contracts. Red Hat does as well with these as anyone, and there is always a solid, reliable place to get updates, documentation, anything that is needed.

CentOS certainly provides a less expensive alternative, but if that is the case, I'd just as soon use Debian.

At work, on our official supported servers we widely deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux. On some SQA departmental systems where we maintain them ourselves, we have also experimented with Debian servers with very good results.

At home, I use Debian based systems for the majority of my work, whether desktops or servers, but I test all different systems in the Linux and BSD circles. Here, I'd take a Debian based system any day, but I frequently use Debian derived systems, not just plain Debian systems.
Here we run mostly Sun Solaris servers with some CentOS servers. But it looks like we are going to be putting more Linux in, and most likley going to be a Solaris/Debian shop.

-C
 
Old 01-20-2009, 01:40 PM   #39
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It depends on my needs. Generally CentOS but Slackware is very good on some special occasions.
 
Old 01-21-2009, 09:37 AM   #40
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It has to be slackware centos had RHE are good but it slackware
 
Old 01-21-2009, 01:58 PM   #41
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It depends on my needs. Generally CentOS but Slackware is very good on some special occasions.
I like Slackware...but I wouldn't run it on a server (I have installed it on my desktop once...very nice!!)

IMHO, a Server solution should come with support. So something like Ubuntu Server (supported by Canonical), Red Hat Enterprise Linux (supported by Red Hat), or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (Supported By Novell).

CentOS is good for a development server (same goes with OpenSUSE), but other than than...I wouldn't recommend running your "bread and butter" on Slackware...

Sorry Slackers! But I have to agree with the guy who signs my checks!

-C
 
Old 01-21-2009, 02:07 PM   #42
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CentOS. I've had to pay th $1500 per server for support of RHEL and we finally dropped it and switched to CentOS. RH support was bad, very bad. Sure not worth paying for. But some management in the front office felt better if they had a company behind it. But this year instead of paying out over 100k we switched to CentOS. No issues at all. Wish I had got part of the cash that we saved them .... but it sure did not work out that way.


What can Slackware do that CentOS can't ....or better worded, why Slackware over CentOS? I've never run that OS and am curious. I do not want to start a flame war over it. TIA.
 
Old 01-25-2009, 08:09 AM   #43
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I've actually seen quite a few Ubuntu servers popping up out in the cosmos, and have been wondering why people are choosing it in lieu of Debian. Would one such person have some words of inspiration?
 
Old 01-26-2009, 02:04 PM   #44
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I'd rather have Solaris on a server but of the options here it has to be Centos
+1. Not to mention ZFS rocks!!
 
Old 01-26-2009, 02:07 PM   #45
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RHEL.
Ho man!! Would you mind passing me some of what you've been smoking? :-P
 
  


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