[SASAG] Linux Server Distro Recommendations

Glenn Stone technoshaman at liawol.org
Wed Aug 5 10:54:05 PDT 2009


On Wed, Aug 05, 2009 at 10:07:18AM -0700, Atom Powers wrote:
>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.

That would be Debian.  

>What do you use, and why?

Deb, for precisely that reason.  It's the smallest fully-functional
distribution that doesn't require compilation of updates.  

As Ski said, it does tend to lag, but they're working on that... and between
checkinstall, backports, and alternative repos, you can quite often get what
you need without getting too far outside of package management.  It also
depends on what you're going to do with it; if you're just plopping
something on top of bog-standard LAMP, you'll be fine.  It's when hotshot
devs get happy with the latest mumblety-peg version of whosiwhatsis.pl that
us sysadmins want to scream.... 

Ubuntu does tend to be kinda fluffy when you're doing desktoppy things; I
haven't messed with it as a server much.  Red Hat tends to drop a lot of
extra stuff even in server mode.  

Does anybody still run SUSE anymore by choice?

-- Glenn



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