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View Poll Results: Server Distribution of the Year
I have to be honest, I picked RHEL over CentOS because the CentOS developers have a horrible track record in terms of how they deal with the community. The distribution itself is fine, but the development team came off as rude at best. Red Hat has a wonderful company behind it, if you don't mind shelling out some money (and for Linux, I don't.)
Debian is my favorite distro for home use, but it just doesn't have the professional tech support behind it like RHEL.
For servers, Ubuntu is just too slow. Too many bells and whistles.
Voted Ubuntu, here. It's painless to install and expand upon and the long-term support releases are a nice touch.
Aye carumba!! As a self professed Open and Free BSD user, I'd expect that you'd have an appreciation for, and indeed, come to expect robustness from your server platform. How the heck can you tolerate Ubuntu? EVERY time I take it for a test drive I find something broken/buggy within the first few hours (if not minutes).
For server usage, nothing in the open source realm came even close to OpenSolaris. Sadly, the Evil Ellison has taken that away from us - a harbinger of even more evil for Sun's former FOSS efforts.
I hold out some hope for the OpenIndiana project, a continuation of OpenSolaris that's not under the auspices of Oracle. It's off to a promising start, but it remains to be seen whether they'll be able to attract enough developer talent to reach critical mass. It's not quite ready from prime time, but OI close to releasing a "stable server" offering - basically same as desktop, but less packages for a fledgling project to support for security and bug fixes. Alas, although OI gets you ZFS, DTrace, zones, containers, Crossbow, and other Open Solaris goodness, there's a paucity of 3rd party packages as of yet. OpenSolaris was gaining a fair bit of traction before Scary Larry killed it, however, so maybe give OI 12-18 months and we'll have something for the mainstream *nix user.
I realize this poll is supposed to be about favorite Linux distro for server usage, but I fear I've become forever spoiled because I've since not been satisfied with anything else. RHEL is just too expensive and the cost of "self support" ever increasing - especially now that RHEL lacks real competition from Open Solaris based offerings. Despite running FreeBSD in production for over a decade, it now leaves me wanting. Jails are inferior substitute for zones and containers, and although FBSD has ZFS, it lacks CIFS support - a godsend for those who have to live w/winblows in mixed environment (yes, I know about Samba, but I'll never again put myself in the position of having to support that beast in an enterprise environment).
In the final analysis, however, on the Linux front, Debian would be my choice.