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Poll: Server Distribution of the Year
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Server Distribution of the Year

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The nominees are:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Ubuntu LTS
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Mandriva Enterprise Server
Oracle Enterprise Linux
Scientific Linux

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Old 01-16-2011, 03:40 PM   #16
Tons of Fun
Registered: Dec 2004
Location: Orlando, Florida
Distribution: Debian Wheezy / BackTrack 5/ Linux Mint 17
Posts: 379

Rep: Reputation: 37

Debian for sure with CentOS as a close second.
Old 01-16-2011, 03:47 PM   #17
Registered: Mar 2010
Location: Western Maine
Distribution: PCLinuxOS (LXDE)
Posts: 466

Rep: Reputation: 51
I have to be honest, I picked RHEL over CentOS because the CentOS developers have a horrible track record in terms of how they deal with the community. The distribution itself is fine, but the development team came off as rude at best. Red Hat has a wonderful company behind it, if you don't mind shelling out some money (and for Linux, I don't.)

Debian is my favorite distro for home use, but it just doesn't have the professional tech support behind it like RHEL.

For servers, Ubuntu is just too slow. Too many bells and whistles.
Old 01-16-2011, 10:04 PM   #18
Registered: Aug 2004
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 443

Rep: Reputation: 30
Old 01-17-2011, 04:42 AM   #19
Registered: Mar 2006
Location: Valadares, Portugal
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 427

Rep: Reputation: 186Reputation: 186
Originally Posted by PrinceSharma View Post
Well, this can be turned into another flame-war, coz' I'm yet to see Slack OR Debian OR mentioned XYZ distros as the servers at a serious enterprise level.
1) Well, I don't see any F1 cars on my street either... but that doesn't mean they don't exist or that they are crap...

Originally Posted by PrinceSharma View Post
Nothing beats RHEL and to some extent CentOS in this category, no matter how much the fanboys keep trying prove their point.Period.
2) There is nothing that you can do with RHEL that a skilled sysadmin can't do with Slackware.
I prefer control and stability over ease of use, so I use Slackware on all my servers.

Originally Posted by PrinceSharma View Post
*(Or may be I'm a dumba**s not to see the Slack impact at some enterprise level, if not then I stick to my words )
3) If you are talking about numbers, then you are correct
Old 01-17-2011, 06:23 AM   #20
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Registered: Nov 2007
Location: Bolivia
Distribution: Arch Linux
Posts: 11
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Slackware and Debian.

You may not believe this, but I'm using Arch Linux too.

Guillermo Garron
Old 01-17-2011, 11:20 PM   #21
Registered: Apr 2006
Location: Australia
Distribution: Debian Squeeze
Posts: 135

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Also used to use CentOS then swited to Debian then Ubuntu. Now I stay with Debian though because I feel the package manager is less fragmented and more security focused.
Old 01-17-2011, 11:36 PM   #22
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Registered: Jan 2009
Location: India
Distribution: Redhat and Cent OS
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:25 AM   #23
Registered: Sep 2008
Location: RJ-Brazil
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 181

Rep: Reputation: 5
Would you mind if I choose SMS!
Old 01-18-2011, 07:38 AM   #24
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Registered: Apr 2008
Location: Nagpur, India
Distribution: Cent OS 5/6, Ubuntu Server 10.04
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Originally Posted by vivanguarda View Post
Would you mind if I choose SMS!
It is completely based on Slackware. So you can happily vote it.
Old 01-18-2011, 02:31 PM   #25
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Registered: Dec 2005
Location: London, ON, Canada
Distribution: Arch, Ubuntu, Slackware, OpenBSD, FreeBSD
Posts: 1,853

Rep: Reputation: 65
Voted Ubuntu, here. It's painless to install and expand upon and the long-term support releases are a nice touch.
Old 01-21-2011, 06:26 AM   #26
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Location: bbsr,orissa,India
Posts: 1,373

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Redhat+CentOS+Oracle ...........
Old 01-21-2011, 09:04 PM   #27
Registered: Oct 2010
Location: Serbia (Europe)
Distribution: Slackware 13.1
Posts: 97

Rep: Reputation: 6
Old 01-21-2011, 09:58 PM   #28
Registered: Jan 2007
Posts: 416

Rep: Reputation: 70
Originally Posted by indienick View Post
Voted Ubuntu, here. It's painless to install and expand upon and the long-term support releases are a nice touch.
Aye carumba!! As a self professed Open and Free BSD user, I'd expect that you'd have an appreciation for, and indeed, come to expect robustness from your server platform. How the heck can you tolerate Ubuntu? EVERY time I take it for a test drive I find something broken/buggy within the first few hours (if not minutes).

For server usage, nothing in the open source realm came even close to OpenSolaris. Sadly, the Evil Ellison has taken that away from us - a harbinger of even more evil for Sun's former FOSS efforts.

I hold out some hope for the OpenIndiana project, a continuation of OpenSolaris that's not under the auspices of Oracle. It's off to a promising start, but it remains to be seen whether they'll be able to attract enough developer talent to reach critical mass. It's not quite ready from prime time, but OI close to releasing a "stable server" offering - basically same as desktop, but less packages for a fledgling project to support for security and bug fixes. Alas, although OI gets you ZFS, DTrace, zones, containers, Crossbow, and other Open Solaris goodness, there's a paucity of 3rd party packages as of yet. OpenSolaris was gaining a fair bit of traction before Scary Larry killed it, however, so maybe give OI 12-18 months and we'll have something for the mainstream *nix user.

I realize this poll is supposed to be about favorite Linux distro for server usage, but I fear I've become forever spoiled because I've since not been satisfied with anything else. RHEL is just too expensive and the cost of "self support" ever increasing - especially now that RHEL lacks real competition from Open Solaris based offerings. Despite running FreeBSD in production for over a decade, it now leaves me wanting. Jails are inferior substitute for zones and containers, and although FBSD has ZFS, it lacks CIFS support - a godsend for those who have to live w/winblows in mixed environment (yes, I know about Samba, but I'll never again put myself in the position of having to support that beast in an enterprise environment).

In the final analysis, however, on the Linux front, Debian would be my choice.

Last edited by gotfw; 01-21-2011 at 10:00 PM.
Old 01-22-2011, 05:31 AM   #29
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: On the Beaches of Super Sunny Southern San Clemente, California USA
Distribution: Slackware - duh!
Posts: 534
Blog Entries: 3

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Thumbs up Slackware, obviously!

Slackware - duh!
Old 01-22-2011, 06:15 AM   #30
Byrne Yang
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Registered: Jan 2011
Location: China
Distribution: CentOS,RHEL,Ubuntu
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CentOS and RHEL


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