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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.
Originally posted by wapcaplet 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?
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.