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Old 03-23-2012, 02:11 AM   #1
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Question should i use fedora or centos


I have a dedicated server, and I'm not liking the ubuntu 11.04 on it.

I'm looking at putting fedora on it, but i read somewhere that centos is better for server?

the server will host one domain only (lamp). no file server nor mail ect.

however i used centos before and found it lacked a lot of packages. I use ssh, and have no desktop. So desktop differences do not apply to me.

If centos is better than fedora, I'll use that inspite of the limited packages available. However if there's not much difference, I'm leaning toward fedora.

any thoughts? (im looking at fedora15 and centos6)

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Old 03-23-2012, 03:08 AM   #2
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Doesn't matter what the server is doing. Fedora should not be used in a server environment.

Fedora has a very short lifespan. Meaning that after 12 months, you will not get any updates. So don't use Fedora unless you want to reinstall every 12 months.

Fedora is RHEL (and thus CentOS') guinea pig. Fedora tests out the latest bleeding edge packages/updates/etc, before they get added to RHEL/CentOS, this makes it somewhat unstable.

To the best of my knowledge (and I stand to be corrected), Fedora doesn't release a CLI only release, meaning a lot of wasted disk space, and other problems on a remote machine.


Any of the packages you believe are/were missing from CentOS are most likely available in the RPMForge or RPMFusion repositories.
 
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:44 AM   #3
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Debian is the way to go
 
Old 03-23-2012, 05:36 AM   #4
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Doesn't matter what the server is doing. Fedora should not be used in a server environment.
Couldnt agree more. Fedora is a nice distro for desktop use, but for servers use CentOS is much better idea.

SUSE, Debian, Slackware, even RHEL if you want some offical support are all decent choices as well IMO.
 
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:33 AM   #5
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Talk to us about CentOS's "limited packages" and I bet there is someone on these forums who can help you find what you need.

Fedora 15 goes "end of life" in 3 months; I can't believe your hosting company is recommending it!
 
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:58 AM   #6
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Talk to us about CentOS's "limited packages" and I bet there is someone on these forums who can help you find what you need.

Fedora 15 goes "end of life" in 3 months; I can't believe your hosting company is recommending it!
very true. they offer centos,debian,fedora,ubuntu, etc.

I being use to ubuntu thought you could distro upgrade from the command line, i guess i can't do that with fedora?

thanks everyone, i'm gonna use centos then, since that has a longer life span.

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Old 03-23-2012, 09:03 AM   #7
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I being use to ubuntu thought you could distro upgrade from the command line, i guess i can't do that with fedora?
Yes, Fedora has the capability to upgrade from release to release... however my feeling is why bother when there are other alternatives?

Furthermore if it is a low-cost virtual hosting plan (with cpanel, plesk, etc) those are not always upgradable by the usual methods.
 
Old 03-23-2012, 09:14 AM   #8
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I being use to ubuntu thought you could distro upgrade from the command line, i guess i can't do that with fedora?
If your used to ubuntu, debian will be easier to use than CentOS IMO. The lifespan isnt as long with debian as it is with CentOS, but debian still has a fairly long life.
 
  


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