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View Poll Results: Server Distribution of the Year
CentOS 162 30.74%
Debian 89 16.89%
Gentoo 11 2.09%
Mandriva Enterprise Server 0 0%
Oracle Enterprise Linux 2 0.38%
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 40 7.59%
Scientific Linux 5 0.95%
Slackware 153 29.03%
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 1.71%
Ubuntu LTS 56 10.63%
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Old 12-26-2014, 03:34 PM   #16
TLE
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Slackware
One for Media webserver and backup
One for webserver and OwnCloud on Raspberry Pi
 
Old 12-26-2014, 03:47 PM   #17
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I currently run ten or so Slackware servers:

Minecraft and three OP4 servers all on one box
(three) file servers - two of these are old Athlon 32 bit boxes, one is modern
Fax server
Mail forward and general utility server
(four) LAMP servers running Apache and MySql

Plus I have two development boxes and a gaming box running Slackware 14.1, and my old Toshiba laptop runs Slackware. And I think I have a few others here and there that are dev or backup boxes....

100% uptime. To date I've never had a Slackware box go down except for those not on an ups and the power glitched.
 
Old 01-15-2015, 07:18 PM   #18
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If this poll is not GNU/Linux-only (since some of the forums include other POSIX-based systems), I nominate OpenBSD
 
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Old 01-15-2015, 07:36 PM   #19
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If this poll is not GNU/Linux-only (since some of the forums include other POSIX-based systems), I nominate OpenBSD
I would agree with you, there, but as the BSDs are not "distros," then Slackware it is.
 
Old 01-15-2015, 07:50 PM   #20
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I would agree with you, there, but as the BSDs are not "distros," then Slackware it is.
As far as I know, they are operating system distributions of BSD
 
Old 01-29-2015, 01:41 PM   #21
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CentOS for me ... 6.5, not 7. CentOS 7 would actually make me vote Debian because I'm having a heck of a time getting anything to work the way I think it should on CentOS 7 ... but it's probably just me.
 
Old 01-30-2015, 11:28 AM   #22
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Thumbs up

Would of loved to see the BSDs here as well.
since they are also opensource server centric OS and have their own section
here at LinuxQuestions.

would vote for DragonflyBSD of course.

Last edited by edwardm; 01-31-2015 at 11:46 AM.
 
Old 02-01-2015, 12:41 AM   #23
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Tough call on this one. Slack makes an appearance in both desktop and server distro polls. Ditto Debian. I think Arch should as well. When I first started using Archlinux on the desktop, had you asked me, I'd never dream of running it server side in a million years. Yet now... I think that is precisely what I would do, out of the choices above, sporting an LTS kernel. Why? A large part would be pacman. Yum/rpm and Apt/debs kind of suck by comparison. In past years Debian would have gotten my vote except the politics have taken precedence over technical excellence and they've totally handed over their balls to their unfaithful mistress on the Systemd deal, so they don't deserve my vote. I historically eschew (read loathe) Ubuntu but got paid for having fun with Ubuntu LTS last year so think I pull a first and vote for it. Yikes! Color me crazy!

Be that as it may, for personal stuff I'd definitely be running Free/OpenBSD over pretty much any Linux distro serverside. Except _maybe_ Arch or Slack.

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Old 02-01-2015, 06:04 AM   #24
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I actually run Arch on my VPS and love it. Arch is my favorite overall distro and does work well as a server in many ways; however would I deploy it in an enterprise environment...probably not unless I controlled my own repos. Supporting any rolling distro in an enterprise environment could get sticky though.
 
Old 02-02-2015, 01:51 PM   #25
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Ubuntu LTS
 
Old 02-02-2015, 02:20 PM   #26
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This will always be Slackware. Slackware, Slackware, a thousand times Slackware.

You know for a fact they're not going to add any spurious patches to server packages to make them behave in unexpected ways or to introduce new bugs or security flaws. As well, the team is always on the ball with security updates, sometimes going several versions back.

Honestly, that's all I ask for in a server distribution! You're the distro maintainer, NOT the sysadmin, so don't act like you know what's best for me and my systems. Better yet, DON'T act like you know better than the upstream developers of the various server applications. They set up their software to behave and be configured in a certain way, and sysadmins expect certain defaults. When other distro packagers go ahead and try to force sysadmins to set up software in a way that's specific to their distribution, it CONFUSES people.

Anyway, enough ranting from me. Slackware for servers all the way.
 
Old 02-02-2015, 02:39 PM   #27
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Slackware again. Works great on both desktop and server.
 
Old 02-16-2015, 04:49 PM   #28
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It would be more interesting if I knew why each distribution was used.

The reason I use the one I'm using is pretty crystal clear. I have tried at least 4 different versions, some of them multiple times and 3 of them have failed. Whether the one I'm using is better, or I'm more used to it is quite irrelevant. I want to use it, not simply tinker with it.

Chris
 
Old 02-16-2015, 06:22 PM   #29
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It would be more interesting if I knew why each distribution was used.

The reason I use the one I'm using is pretty crystal clear. I have tried at least 4 different versions, some of them multiple times and 3 of them have failed. Whether the one I'm using is better, or I'm more used to it is quite irrelevant. I want to use it, not simply tinker with it.

Chris
I use Slackware for my dev workstation, my gaming machines, and a dozen or so servers. And I configure the servers all the same, and I configure the dev workstation the same also. That way if it works in my dev environment, it works on my production servers.

I use Slackware because it works, is rock solid, and doesn't get in my way. I was using Ubuntu, but it caused too many problems. I switched to Slackware and those problems went away. I suppose there are other distros out there that would get the job done, but I was very strongly attracted to Slackware because it strives to be more like Unix, not another Windows clone. I've used Windows since 1990, and today Windows is going down the toilet. You could not pay me to use Windows unless it was enough money to make it worth the decreased productivity and increased frustration.

At first I wanted to tinker and learn. Slackware is excellent for that. That, however, was ten years ago. Now I just want to use it without it getting in the way of the work I have to do. Slackware is excellent for that also.
 
  


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