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yurius_11 06-02-2010 01:24 AM

CentOS vs Debian Stable
I'm currently having trouble deciding between either using CentOS or Debian Lenny as my primary workstation. From my experience both are reliable, stable, and supported for a long period of time. However I'm having trouble finding a deciding factor to favor one over the other. Any suggestions are appreciated.

AlucardZero 06-02-2010 07:34 AM

Do you prefer RPM or deb?

John VV 06-02-2010 02:24 PM

debain is a bit newer
RH tends to use some older and "more stable" ( this changes on who you talk to) versions of software .

but is is up to you -- what do YOU like --

coolgreen1 06-02-2010 02:34 PM


Try both and choose the one you like. Personally I prefer Debian to CentOS, but I ultimately prefer Slackware.

yurius_11 06-02-2010 03:08 PM

I don't favor either RPM or deb as they both manage to get the job done. As far as newer software goes from using both it seems CentOS has a bit older software but not in all cases. For example firefox, openoffice and mysql. I need input regarding the security of the two distributions. CentOS has SELinux enabled by default but does that make it any more secure than debian?

linus72 06-02-2010 03:14 PM

Both are great I think
But, Debian has a huge repository and Most all 3rd-party software makers always seem to have a .deb available
though there may be just as many that have rpm's available
Its really a hard question isn't it?

My familiarity is with Debian
But you know Fedora 13 is basically a amped up CentOS with bleeding edge software
probably comparable to squeeze/sid

Its best maybe a preference rather than a comparo
as they are pretty close in this running

AlucardZero 06-02-2010 03:18 PM

It's really down to what you prefer. You aren't paying for support so that's a nonissue.

Mr. Alex 06-05-2010 05:19 AM

I think that this decision is pretty much about what is better - DEB or RPM... These two distros are really good.

John VV 06-05-2010 08:27 PM

yes the question
to use deb or not to use deb
to use rpm or not to use rpm

this is like what is better
" Coke " or " Pepsi "
Coffee or tea ...


linus72 06-05-2010 08:59 PM

Just take the best from each and combine them
thats what I do

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