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Old 06-25-2005, 03:05 PM   #1
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Question Best distro for a web server?


Currently, I'm running Mandrake 10.1 Official and using MySQL and Apache on my PC to benchtest a web site I'm developing. Due to development issues (needing to test with IE, Flash development), I'm needing to move my development PC to Windows. However, I'll still need a separate server running Linux to use as a development web server running Apache, Perl, ModPerl, and MySQL.

The server would be headless after OS install and only be accessed via SSH and FTP, so no GUI will be installed.

What is the best distro for a web server? I've heard Debian and Slackware work great for this purpose.
 
Old 06-25-2005, 03:21 PM   #2
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Both are good. If it is production server and enterprise apps then it is better to use RHEL or Suse many hosting compnies uses the RHEL.
 
Old 06-25-2005, 03:45 PM   #3
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Slackware is the best. It's the most stable linux. You can easy install apache from tgz, or recompile it from source (no problems). I had problems with proftpd, but sure it is possible to run it.
 
Old 06-25-2005, 04:42 PM   #4
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I'd say slackware but I'm biased

Use whatever you feel most comfortable with, they all can be made to be more or less as efficient/secure/stable as each other, especially as you won't be installing X therefore not making any use of any of the distributions home grown GUI config tools
 
Old 06-25-2005, 04:59 PM   #5
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In this case you should use whatever matches your production servers. Although you can source compile anything you like, you need to match the versions of PHP and MySQL on your production system and preferably have identical compile-time and configuration options. Otherwise you'll end up wasting time with issues caused by different versions and different configurations. For example PHP 4 and PHP 5 are supposed to be compatible, but in practice they aren't entirely.
 
Old 06-25-2005, 06:02 PM   #6
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If you're looking for stability and performance, I'd suggest you look at FreeBSD for use as a web server. Read this: http://www.serverwatch.com/sreviews/article.php/1299361
 
Old 06-26-2005, 05:46 AM   #7
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FreeBSD has got very good and fast TCP/IP. But i think OpenBSD will be better - I has got very good firewall - pf, apache (to install from package), ftp server, and it is very secure. You dont have to worry about security, everything is configured. I have never ran MySQL on this, but it can be ran.
 
Old 06-26-2005, 06:42 AM   #8
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FreeBSD has got very good and fast TCP/IP. But i think OpenBSD will be better - I has got very good firewall - pf, apache (to install from package), ftp server, and it is very secure.
You've mistaken router for web server FreeBSD (and Linux for that matter) is far better than OpenBSD for serving web applications.
 
Old 06-26-2005, 04:07 PM   #9
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Maybe. I use OpenBSD as server and router. I have never used FreeBSD, so don't know is it better
 
  


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