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jeremy 01-03-2018 11:37 AM

Server Distribution of the Year
What distribution do you think is best suited for a server environment?


YesItsMe 01-04-2018 06:50 AM

Slackware, because systemd.

curtvaughan 01-04-2018 03:15 PM


trosdejos 01-05-2018 02:23 AM

Debian works!!!

Noryungi 01-05-2018 11:14 AM

Slackware, Slackware, Slackware.

Rickkkk 01-07-2018 10:45 AM

Been using Arch on my own server - flawless for the last 4 years. Write-in vote for Arch.


Ook 01-22-2018 02:12 PM

Slackware for everything. Workstation, gaming machine, server :D.

onlyonemac 01-23-2018 04:54 PM

Didn't vote because I haven't worked with any of these first-hand but I've heard good things about CentOS, and the fact that it's based off of RHEL sounds good to me.

enorbet 01-30-2018 09:55 AM

I have only one in-house server now but in the past I've built servers for small businesses and had a 24/7/365 Minecraft server. In all of these Slackware gave me the power, configurability and security to setup and run exactly as I wanted it to. The few others I tried seemed to attempt to resist or even disallow some of what I wanted, especially if and when there were any difficulties. So while it's been about 3 years since I deployed any truly complex systems, it seems to me the situation has gotten even more in favor of Vanilla, like Slackware provides. I hate "underfoot butlers".

kjhambrick 01-30-2018 09:55 AM

We shipped CentOS{4,5,6} for years-and-years on our Appliance-Server Boxen.

CentOS 7 is a non-starter for us because of all the gratuitous changes that systemd wrought on our System Administrators,

We now ship Slackware64 14.2 for stand-alone appliances.

When we need to integrate with an AD Domain, we overlay ivandi's PAM Packages on Slackware 14.2.

Awesome combo -- real Linux !

-- kjh

dchmelik 02-02-2018 05:40 AM

I might like Salix (Slackware fork) because it lets you add & remove packages with dependencies (if I recall, official sets, and maybe unofficial ones at least if you use sbotools or similar software.) I wouldn't want it for a non-portable workstation PC since one must enter a password, but for a server accessible on the Internet or a network connected to it, one should have a password anyway. Salix has some other nice things, but I haven't got into trying it, but might like to see it on the list next year.

Obviously many like OpenBSD Unix for secure servers, but I guess OSes other than GNU/Linux distributions are excluded...

LnxSlck 02-02-2018 04:24 PM

Slackware, what else?

VamosBaby 02-03-2018 08:28 AM

I voted Ubuntu. But I will go back to Debian if/when they ditch SystemD.

(Yes, I know Ubuntu also has SystemD, but I cannot forgive Debian for their catastrophic decision.)

birdy-97 02-03-2018 09:47 PM

I used to use Solaris as my home server OS, but I have since made the switch to Centos. So one vote for Centos!

cmyster 02-03-2018 10:56 PM

Slackware for being stable and having no automatic dependency resolution.

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