[SASAG] Linux Server Distro Recommendations

Andrew Grimberg tykeal at bardicgrove.org
Wed Aug 5 10:44:35 PDT 2009

On Wed, 2009-08-05 at 10:29 -0700, Ski Kacoroski wrote:
> On Wed, 2009-08-05 at 10:07 -0700, Atom Powers wrote:
> > 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?
> Ah, the great distro wars :).  I really feel that the distro a person
> ends up using and liking is based on their past experiences.  In my
> case, I am a Debian person for all servers and Ubuntu on desktops.  For
> me, Debian's processes regarding package management and package
> selection make it much more stable than all other distributions I have
> used (Redhat, Centos, Suse, Ubuntu).  I can easily install a very
> barebones system that is extremely small and then add in just the
> packages I need.

Have to agree with you there on the part of preferences having a lot to
do with past experience.  My case is RH / CentOS based with Fedora
possibly on the desktop.  I like the niceties of how RH has put together
their management and I have a pretty good understanding of the packaging
(and package naming) philosophies for when I roll my own packages.  If
I'm needing to I can usually get a "base" system in about 256 - 400 MiB
of space.

As to if the distro is overly strict in their packages.  I happen to
like that.  Then again, I've been accused of ruling my servers with an
iron fist so it makes sense ;)


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