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Container Linux
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:37 PM   #1
Registered: Jun 2000
Distribution: Debian, Red Hat, Slackware, Fedora, Ubuntu
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Server Distribution of the Year

What distribution do you think is best suited for a server environment?

Old 01-04-2018, 07:50 AM   #2
Registered: Oct 2014
Distribution: Gentoo
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Slackware, because systemd.
Old 01-04-2018, 04:15 PM   #3
Registered: Nov 2014
Location: Austin, TX
Distribution: Mint, Devuan, MX, Ubuntu, ArcoLinux on hardware; vboxes of varying flavors
Posts: 42

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Old 01-05-2018, 03:23 AM   #4
Registered: Mar 2012
Posts: 42

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Debian works!!!
Old 01-05-2018, 12:14 PM   #5
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: --> X <-- You are here.
Distribution: Slackware, OpenBSD
Posts: 304

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Slackware, Slackware, Slackware.
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Old 01-07-2018, 11:45 AM   #6
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Registered: Dec 2014
Location: Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
Distribution: Arch
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Been using Arch on my own server - flawless for the last 4 years. Write-in vote for Arch.

Old 01-22-2018, 03:12 PM   #7
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: Hell, Arizona (July - 118 degrees)
Distribution: Slackware 14.2 soon to be Slackware 15
Posts: 585

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Slackware for everything. Workstation, gaming machine, server .
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Old 01-23-2018, 05:54 PM   #8
Registered: Dec 2014
Distribution: Ubuntu MATE
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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.
Old 01-30-2018, 10:55 AM   #9
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Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Virginia
Distribution: Slackware = Main OpSys for decades while testing others to keep up
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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".
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:55 AM   #10
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Registered: Jul 2005
Location: Round Rock, TX
Distribution: Slackware64 14.2 + Multilib
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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
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Old 02-02-2018, 06:40 AM   #11
Registered: Nov 2008
Location: Washington state, USA
Distribution: NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, OpenSolaris, Slackware, FreeSlack, DOS, Android, Replicant
Posts: 351

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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...

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Old 02-02-2018, 05:24 PM   #12
Registered: Mar 2005
Location: Portugal
Distribution: Slackware, Fedora
Posts: 37

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Slackware, what else?
Old 02-03-2018, 09:28 AM   #13
Registered: Apr 2016
Location: Barcelona
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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.)
Old 02-03-2018, 10:47 PM   #14
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Registered: Jun 2017
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Distribution: Debian 8.7, OpenIndiana 17.10, Centos 7, Linux Mint
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I used to use Solaris as my home server OS, but I have since made the switch to Centos. So one vote for Centos!
Old 02-03-2018, 11:56 PM   #15
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: Israel
Distribution: Slackware64-current
Posts: 61

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Slackware for being stable and having no automatic dependency resolution.
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