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The nominees are:

Debian
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
CentOS
Ubuntu LTS
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Gentoo
Slackware
Mandriva Enterprise Server
Oracle Enterprise Linux
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:29 PM   #46
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Ya I know.... The company I work for is a Solaris shop and has to pay Oracle per machine since we cannot totally switch to Linux because of SPARC architecture(endianness issues). We are slowly moving to Linux but the distribution has not been decided upon yet, I will be the one to make the decision so it will be CentOS...... or I guess I need to give Slackware a go eh?
Without going into specifics, the medium-largish enterprises I referenced in the database thread looking to migrate off of Oracle onto PostgreSQL already did same w.r.t. Linux and decided on RHEL. Indmemnity and support were requisite so options that did not offer serious corporate backed support were excluded. They looked at Cannical and Ubuntu but decided it was too buggy. Makes you wonder how badly they were being gouged by Oracle that RHEL would be so attractive. I'd not checked in on them for some months/years and was about blown away at RHEL's 6.0 pricing for even minimal self support.
 
Old 01-25-2011, 07:54 PM   #47
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Indmemnity and support were requisite so options that did not offer serious corporate backed support were excluded.
Hence the reason for the footprint of RHEL in corporate infrastructure.

There's always been a reluctance to adopt if otherwise.

Ah, but wouldn't it be funny if [some/many of] those companies opted to migrate to PostgreSQL running on Oracle's very own (Redhat clone) "Unbreakable Linux"?

I understand that Oracle charges considerably less for Enterprise support on their distro than RH does
 
Old 01-25-2011, 07:57 PM   #48
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I here how great debian but when I installed apache I was shocked that they defeated the big fix that apache did after they took over the NCSA project. when NCSA managed the project they put all the directoritives in 3 config files and apache took over and did the smart idea and put them all in 1 config file but they did leave the other too for historic reasonas and user preference I guess. But I was shocked when debian divided into many config files again. So CentOS Is sill my vote
 
Old 01-25-2011, 10:27 PM   #49
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I here how great debian but when I installed apache I was shocked that they defeated the big fix that apache did after they took over the NCSA project. when NCSA managed the project they put all the directoritives in 3 config files and apache took over and did the smart idea and put them all in 1 config file but they did leave the other too for historic reasonas and user preference I guess. But I was shocked when debian divided into many config files again. So CentOS Is sill my vote
Breaking out config files is nice when you're running a hosting set up so you can tweak configs on a per cu basis.
 
Old 01-25-2011, 11:15 PM   #50
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FOSS doesn't mean free of charge. Even Stallman has said that he wouldn't mind making money with open source software. FOSS means open code that anyone can modify and redistribute.

Look at RHEL for example. Does it have a hefty pricetag? Yes. But, it's also open source, which is why "clones" such as CentOS and Scientific Linux are available free of charge.

When a piece of open-source software requires a fee to use, a free clone will invariably arise.
Yes, but given Oracle's habit of suing FOSS out of existence (over software that's GPL in the first place), Oracle *anything* (even if open source) shouldn't be used by FOSS-savvy users. At least not if Oracle is going to sue you for it. And who knows what kind of proprietary add-ons Oracle uses on its kernel and apps that can very easily be considered GPL violations.

I agree with the amount of code Red Hat has contributed to FOSS. Even if you think RHEL has a hefty price tag, there's not only CentOS but also, to a lesser extent, Fedora. Fedora *is* also a Red Hat project, and it's 100% free and open source with *no* price tag. Oracle, in contrast, wouldn't dare do such a thing. They would *always* exploit FOSS for money, and they seem to have a good time ripping FOSS off.
 
Old 02-01-2011, 01:34 PM   #51
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Centos

I'm a contractor and get to travel the country to work on Linux based networks and servers, and the *most* often seen OS is CentOS by far.

Redhat is the biggest linux company in the world, so, it makes sense to use a distro based off of the company most likely to be around in the future. imho.
 
Old 02-01-2011, 05:39 PM   #52
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Ubuntu LTS, it's practically Debian with more updated packages... Though I haven't tried Debian itself!

Used to use Slackware on my server, but it was always a pain to update! Couldn't beat its stability though!
 
Old 02-01-2011, 07:38 PM   #53
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Ubuntu LTS, it's practically Debian with more updated packages...
I would just like everyone to know that I am exercising extreme self-restraint at this moment in time.
 
Old 02-01-2011, 07:40 PM   #54
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I would just like everyone to know that I am exercising extreme self-restraint at this moment in time.
yeah, sorry, I probably should try Debian before I come out with blind statements like that, my bad
 
Old 02-02-2011, 01:15 AM   #55
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I feel relieved that finally I got the chance to vote slackware my favorite distro. I missed this poll last year and I don't want to miss it again. Thanks for the email reminder
 
Old 02-02-2011, 05:39 PM   #56
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Scientific Linux not considered? As I understand it it's a RHEL clone; so it's like CentOS but with a professional support team. If I was running enterprise servers i'd be looking at it.

But then i know very little about these things..

Last edited by spoovy; 02-02-2011 at 05:42 PM.
 
Old 02-02-2011, 07:22 PM   #57
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Scientific Linux has been added.

--jeremy
 
Old 02-02-2011, 08:01 PM   #58
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Debian testing (a.k.a. Squeeze at this moment), on the verge of being bleeding edge and pretty much...stable, based on my everyday experience.
 
Old 02-02-2011, 08:34 PM   #59
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My vote goes to Slackware for servers. The combination of package management that facilitates custom configuration, a policy of staying close to the "vanilla" standards, defaulting to a non GUI run mode, and rock solid stability make for one hell of a server distribution.
 
Old 02-02-2011, 08:35 PM   #60
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Thumbs up Ubuntu

For me is Ubuntu its more stable now.
 
  


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