[SASAG] Linux Server Distro Recommendations

Atom Powers atom.powers at gmail.com
Wed Aug 5 10:07:18 PDT 2009

I'm a BSD guy but I have come to realize that the rest of the world is
mostly Linux. Not really a problem, except that some vendors' software
required Linux. (Linux compatibility mode doesn't always work.)

My question to y'all is: Which Linux distro currently provides the
most functionality with the smallest footprint. Specifically I'm
looking for something that resembles FreeBSD; something with a small
"base" install and good package management that doesn't install
packages too deeply into the OS. Most of the distros I've looked at
are either too strict with packages (RedHat/CentOS) or install
packages into the system directories and allow them to auto-start
without any security configuration (Ubuntu).

What do you use, and why?

Perfection is just a word I use occasionally with mustard.
--Atom Powers--

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