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View Poll Results: Server Distribution of the Year
Used to be Slackware, but switched to Debian when I installed my new server. Less work to maintain an up-to-date configuration. It just runs in the background and doing an apt-get update/upgrade once in a while is all that's needed.
You're all crazy Scientific Linux easily! RHEL rock-solidity; proper professional documentation from upstream; a genuine will to help from the sysadmins at Fermilab who build it; ten years(!) of free security patches with the ability to stick to the original point install base for that whole period; RPM based (yes I prefer it to dpkg - so shoot me); Sensible packaging & config policy - no unannounced application retirements / replacements, config changes or disappearances or re-naming of config files (Debian devs I'm looking at you). etc..
Should the RHEL clones be combined? While CentOS and Scientific aren't 100% alike, they're pretty much 99.9% alike, so overall any minor differences wouldn't matter.
That said, I think Slackware stands as a good server distribution, with Scientific as a close second. I'm not sure why people seem to think that Slackware package management is still 100% manual. Slackware 14 comes with slackpkg, which will pull in any updates from the Slackware repository based on a changelog file.
RHEL and CentOS are the standards when it comes to Server Deploment...
I agree, but I think all RHEL/CentOS admins should give Scientific a shot. There are both pro's and con's when compared with CentOS, but I like the fact that I have a choice when I need to go to a clone. Of course I prefer RHEL over both, but it's not always an option.