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Old 03-04-2004, 07:44 PM   #1
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Distros for web serving


Which distros are more comonly used for web servers?

I know redhat/fedora is obviously,

I know freebsd is (not linux, I know. I've also heard java doesnt work well on freebsd tho.)

I know mandrake is primarily for desktop machines, not typically the distro of choice for servers.

Is debian used for webservers? What else is typically used for webservers? I see redhat and freebsd everywhere on ISP's, but not much of the others in practical use for webservers.

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Old 03-04-2004, 09:30 PM   #2
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I'd imagine just about any distro would work fine as a web server, as long as Apache is available for it (and it almost always is - and if it's not, you can compile it from source). VectorLinux is a good minimal distro that includes Apache, if you are looking for something streamlined.

Nice username, by the way; Metropolis reference?
 
Old 03-04-2004, 10:13 PM   #3
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Is debian used for webservers?
Do a basic Debian install (network?).
Apt-get Apache (and anything else desired).
 
Old 03-04-2004, 11:49 PM   #4
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I'd imagine just about any distro would work fine as a web server, as long as Apache is available for it (and it almost always is - and if it's not, you can compile it from source).
Thanks both you, but I knew that. The question is "Which distros are more comonly used for web servers?". An example- Mandrake could be used as a webserver, but what ISP actually offers it? You hardly ever hear than a serious web site is running mandrake.

Anyone else know any besides redhad/fedora? Are debian and suse commonly used for webservers? Or does pretty much everyone use redhat for production servers and that's that with that? Seems like everyone I ask who's using linux for webservers is running redhat or fedora...

Another way to ask would be: what linux is in second place for webserving?
 
Old 03-07-2004, 04:06 PM   #5
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I'd be interested to know as well... Netcraft seem to lump them all together as 'Linux'.

I remember reading that Red Hat have about 60% of the Linux market, and with one exception every hosting company I've seen details on uses RH. The exception use Debian.
 
Old 03-08-2004, 04:26 PM   #6
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I'd guess RedHat as well but I would suggest against it if you are going to build a dedicated web server. The 2.6 kernel has increased apache's response time by something like 50%. Its really amazing. Whatever you go with, try and get the 2.6 kernel on their for better performance.
 
  


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