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Old 11-18-2010, 05:15 AM   #1
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Hi
I am new to Linux and currently creating a e-commerce website.
Which of these Linux distributions would you recommend for me to learn and take up, especially for web security and web service(web server) ability?

CentOS, Fedora or Ubuntu

(please provide advice also if there is a distribution more suited than these)

Thank you.
 
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Old 11-18-2010, 06:00 AM   #2
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Most of the Linux distributions can do what others can if you are not looking at specialised ones. All the three you mentioned are well worth looking at and capable of doing what you want. Are you looking for a server distribution or desktop one for web designing and development?
If previous case, then CentOS is better. If you want to do web development, you can use Fedora or Ubuntu per your choice. Ubuntu as got LTS version which is supported for 3 years on desktop and 5 years on server. This is something that is missing with Fedora. You can also look into Debian for server purposes.
 
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Old 11-18-2010, 06:04 AM   #3
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If you're creating a commercial website I'd recommend a professional like Suse Linux Enterprise Server or Red Hat Enterprise Linux or another Linux with professional Support because you maybe can't afford being off line.
 
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:37 AM   #4
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@sys64738: Nice name, I remember that, it is a long time ago, but we have one of this machines around here.
 
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Sorry, I want to use the better Linux server distribution.

Yeah i cant afford being offline. so do any of the mentioned distrobutions have this capability?
 
Old 11-18-2010, 04:36 PM   #6
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Go with the Suse Linux Enterprise Server or Red Hat Enterprise Linux they are in the Linux family. These guys do know what you need and will help in any way possible .They also have websites devoted to help just like here,But don't be afraid to come back here to ask for advice.

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Sorry, I want to use the better Linux server distribution.

Yeah i cant afford being offline. so do any of the mentioned distrobutions have this capability?
No OS has the capability of never having a downtime. But the mentioned Enterprise Editions (Red Hat and Suse) will give you good support, so that you can solve problems fast, if any occur.
 
Old 11-18-2010, 05:33 PM   #8
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@TobiSGD yes you're right. Nobody is perfect. But WebAvenger wants to get close to that. ;-)
In this case by using Enterprise Linux distributions or at least have a good support contract.
 
Old 11-18-2010, 07:03 PM   #9
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so Would Fedora do ? I read that it was made from red hat or something ?

ideally , I need to choose from

CentOS, Fedora or Ubuntu

Those are the distributions that Go-Daddy offers with their dedicated server deals.

unless red hat is more common/popular , in which case i might be able to install that on the server ???
 
Old 11-18-2010, 07:47 PM   #10
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for a stable and good distribution go with Centos, im not saying Ubuntu is not stable but Centos is Red Hat without paying and is a good distribution to work with, fedora is red hat testing distribution...
 
Old 11-18-2010, 08:03 PM   #11
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Use CentOS
 
Old 11-18-2010, 09:00 PM   #12
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Out of those 3, Centos.

Fedora is RedHat's unstable R&D distro; not what you want for a real server.
Centos is the free version of RHEL; If you want paid support, go RHEL.
Ubuntu Server LTS is probably ok, but I don't know if you can get paid support.

NB: if you go RHEL/Centos you should know that RHEL just released 6.0. The Centos version won't be avaialble for a few mths. Latest is 5.5.
Support/update schedules for RHEL https://access.redhat.com/support/po...pdates/errata/
 
Old 11-18-2010, 10:00 PM   #13
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i would say centos or fedora

as for never going down? the trick is to
1) make sure you create as solid and stable a configuration as possible with as little fluff as you can
2) redundancy, have at least 2 servers with identical configurations running side by side but only one doing the actual work so if one crashes the other automatically takes over, this is how maximum uptime is achieved
 
Old 11-18-2010, 10:20 PM   #14
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ok CentOS sounds like the best option. Thanks a lot guys , very grateful
 
  


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