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What do you think is the most stable Linux distro / release version you've experienced?
Ubuntu and Fedora are out because they change all the time and are an absolute shit show, imho. (I use and love both.)
Debian Etch is a contender imho. The quality of System Integration from the Debian developers is amazing. If you can live in a world several years old, it's hard to beat.
I wonder if there are projects that take Debian Stable and refine it even further, creating uber stable works of Art and Science that just basically have no bugs? Of course, having release bugs and keeping them is part of "stability" as workarounds come to be known and used, even pushed to package management.
Sorry to start another "which distro?" style thread, but hopefully the focus is reasonably narrow.
Last edited by jhwilliams; 02-18-2013 at 11:14 PM.
+1; the RHEL / CentOS installs I worked with ~6 years back were really reliable. Is there a specific version you felt was most reliable? Hard to abstract away newly well supported hardware in kernel versions, and other major package revisions, I know.
Well, as usual it's the use-case that defines the answer here. For my own personal use I've found Crunchbang#! to be the best and most stable for me!
Of, course, Crunchbang#! is simply a slimmed down version of Debian. So if you need something with a little more meat, then Debian would be the better choice.
You will never get a distro without bugs and using old distributions (that are not supported anymore) is far from being recommended, simply because nop one fixes bugs and security holes in them. If you want something very stable go for Debian, RHEL (or one of its clones) or Slackware.
If you don't restrict yourself to Linux look at one of the BSDs, also.
Both hardware and software need to be fully tested. Big name companies test some or a few versions of linux on their enterprise level systems. My choices would be some system that is sold pre-loaded with an OS. Just because a computer boots doesn't mean it is stable. Just because a computer runs windows doesn't mean it can run linux.
As above, the BSD's tend to be good choices for reasons. One is they are conservative usually in many of the inner settings.
Conservative settings in linux and things like ECC ram and even bios settings may be keys to a more stable system. If you buy cheap junk hardware that was never tested then you can expect it to fail.
Look at it this way RHEL (& clones) are the most widely used in commerce ... there's a reason for that
As above, they are usually run on HW that has been tested by the manufacturer to be stable with that distro.