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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2013. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends on February 4th.


Poll: Server Distribution of the Year
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The nominees are:

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

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Old 01-07-2014, 01:11 PM   #16
Registered: Feb 2011
Location: Washington state
Distribution: Devuan ASCII, JULinux 17 (Ubuntu MATE Bionic), Devuan Jessie
Posts: 160

Rep: Reputation: 30

Debian should be the standard for servers. Plenty of server packages, support for plenty of platforms. Uses the package manager and package format used by most GNU/Linux users.
Old 01-12-2014, 07:01 AM   #17
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Registered: Sep 2009
Location: Rizal, Philippines
Distribution: Slackware, CentOS, OpenBSD
Posts: 13

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Slackware, is the best! very stable, we have no problem for our mailserver for almost 5 years, installed in a P4 clone PC.
Talking about stability, security, speed, and robustness it's proven.
Old 01-15-2014, 04:17 AM   #18
Registered: Oct 2010
Location: Serbia (Europe)
Distribution: Slackware 13.1
Posts: 97

Rep: Reputation: 6
Old 01-15-2014, 04:21 AM   #19
Registered: Oct 2011
Location: Nepal
Distribution: RHEL, CentOS, Slackware
Posts: 129
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 3
I use RHEL, CentOS and Slackware but I think Slackware is the Best
Old 01-15-2014, 08:36 AM   #20
Cristiano Urban
Registered: Jul 2013
Location: Gonars (UD), Italy
Distribution: Slackware 14.2 x86_64
Posts: 53

Rep: Reputation: 4
Old 01-15-2014, 09:04 AM   #21
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Registered: Oct 2013
Posts: 1

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I am going with Slackware
Old 01-17-2014, 02:24 AM   #22
Registered: May 2011
Location: Netherlands
Distribution: OpenSUSE
Posts: 72

Rep: Reputation: 30
For light in-house servers (to run things like git, jenkins, databases etc) I run OpenSUSE. Just as easy to install as my desktop. It has proven to meet our needs and it is very stable.
Running Evergreen versions gets me prolonged updates.
Old 01-17-2014, 08:44 AM   #23
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Registered: Jan 2011
Location: Yawnstown, Ohio
Distribution: Mojave
Posts: 9,364
Blog Entries: 37

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I voted CentOS as our company uses that on it's managed servers.
It is predictable and easily configured and serviced.

I can't tell you how many times an "apt-get install x" has broken things.
Not everything in a Ubuntu repo works OOTB.
Old 01-19-2014, 07:52 PM   #24
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Registered: Aug 2013
Posts: 12

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CentOS. It's free. It's solid and each release has a very long life.
Old 01-20-2014, 08:10 PM   #25
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Registered: Jan 2014
Posts: 1

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I really like Debian Stable for servers. And it is quite good for desktop also.
Old 01-22-2014, 09:38 AM   #26
Registered: Nov 2003
Distribution: gentoo
Posts: 69

Rep: Reputation: 19
I use Debian stable and Ubuntu LTS , Gentoo looks interesting with openrc init system on the server side
Old 01-25-2014, 01:53 PM   #27
Registered: Jan 2007
Posts: 416

Rep: Reputation: 70
Originally Posted by taurolyon View Post
From this list, Deb or Cent - but I'd probably build an Arch system from the ground up.
Even for server side of things, eh? And I'm not just thinking about running lts kernel here, but don't you think maybe a bit too bleeding edge? Yeah, rolling distros tend to find, and fix, things quickly, but maybe a bit too risky for applications where stability is key consideration? Seriously, I'm curious if anyone other than Arch project itself is really running this server side in a production environment?
Old 01-29-2014, 08:11 AM   #28
Registered: Nov 2013
Location: Australia
Distribution: Fedora, Suse,Android, FreeBSD,Kali
Posts: 97
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 1
Suse, Red hat, Debian
Old 02-02-2014, 06:32 PM   #29
Registered: Jun 2013
Location: Norway
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 58

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Originally Posted by gotfw View Post
Even for server side of things, eh? And I'm not just thinking about running lts kernel here, but don't you think maybe a bit too bleeding edge?
I am no expert but I have heard that some people prize Arch as a server OS. One reason being that the changes come in very small packages and are easy for sysadmins to adapt to, as opposed to a full reinstall with massive changes, another strength is that you quickly get security patches straight from the source code developers, this is a nice contrast to servers such as Debian and RHEL witch has to maintain essentialy legacy software.

But if you are planing to run Arch as a server you *NEED* to subscribe to the security newsfeed and always check it before doing system updates. It is also probably wise to exclude mission critical packages from your package manager, and update these manually.

Conclusion: It is possible to use Arch as a server, but I don't know if it would be "better" then the more traditional server distros, and I would not recommend it to lazy sysadmins

Last edited by dansimon; 02-02-2014 at 06:35 PM.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:14 PM   #30
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Registered: Feb 2012
Location: UK
Distribution: Win7 / CentOS
Posts: 5

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CentOS. I like RHEL systems and building from source. Yes sometimes I have more debugging to do, but I have more control and don't just go with they "okay install all the deps for me"

I only recently updated a Cent5 to the latest Cent6, everything was still working on the 5 box.


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