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lenka 09-24-2012 03:07 AM

I'm using ubuntu on my server - considering switching to debian while reinstalling
 
So I have ubuntu installed on my dedicated server. I now have to have my server reinstalled and at the same time I am going to buy an extra server for testing etc.

I see that I can choose ubuntu or debian on my server, and while I have been using ubuntu for the past many years, I am considering to switch to debian. Main reason is that I don't want to be bothered with upgrades to often and as far as I know a debian release is more stable and I wouldn't have to upgrade that often?

IF I decide to go for debian, is there anything I should be aware of when moving my pages (maine an active web forum) from ubuntu to debian? Like is apache and my vhosts configured differently or would it be the same?

Any thoughs or pros and cons?

lenka 09-24-2012 03:30 AM

Nevermind ... I was to impatient and just ordered the server with ubuntu installed ... sticked with what I know.

zhjim 09-24-2012 03:31 AM

First thing that comes to my mind would be any php programs. Don't know which version ubuntu uses, but I'd guess it is two to four minor version ahead of debian. If not even a major version. (major here would be 5.3 to 5.4). Check that your scripts run with the lower version as well.
I don't have any ubuntu server but I'd say they work the same with apache and vhosts. In debian vhosts are in /etc/apache2/sites-enabled (symlinks to ../sites-available).

Pros definetly less upgrades as you said. Less time, less chance of breakage.
Con less upgrades so not as up2date version as ubuntu. Might not be a real con if you don't need shiny new stuff.

Con Lacking behind up2date versions of programs. No shiny new stuff. No new features.
Pro lacking behind up2date versions. Well tested stuff. No(t many) new exploits.

Just some random thoughts. But as ubuntu is based on debian you should not have major issues. But the small ones can take some great deal of time (if any). Just do a test install at home and see whats the outcome. If you come upon some version difference that would make your site break you might want to wait some time for wheezy release. Which should be in April 2013 as far as I know.

Was one minute too late :)

lenka 09-24-2012 03:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zhjim (Post 4787817)
First thing that comes to my mind would be any php programs. Don't know which version ubuntu uses, but I'd guess it is two to four minor version ahead of debian. If not even a major version. (major here would be 5.3 to 5.4). Check that your scripts run with the lower version as well.
I don't have any ubuntu server but I'd say they work the same with apache and vhosts. In debian vhosts are in /etc/apache2/sites-enabled (symlinks to ../sites-available).

Pros definetly less upgrades as you said. Less time, less chance of breakage.
Con less upgrades so not as up2date version as ubuntu. Might not be a real con if you don't need shiny new stuff.

Con Lacking behind up2date versions of programs. No shiny new stuff. No new features.
Pro lacking behind up2date versions. Well tested stuff. No(t many) new exploits.

Just some random thoughts. But as ubuntu is based on debian you should not have major issues. But the small ones can take some great deal of time (if any). Just do a test install at home and see whats the outcome. If you come upon some version difference that would make your site break you might want to wait some time for wheezy release. Which should be in April 2013 as far as I know.

Was one minute too late :)

Thanks for the pros and cons. Yes, I was a bit quick there with my decision :P


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