[SASAG] Linux Server Distro Recommendations

Scott McDermott scottm at octaldream.com
Wed Aug 5 11:27:17 PDT 2009

I like the Ubuntu server version. It's basically Debian, but with the stuff
you'd install already installed (like SSH). I also like their release cycle,
specifically their LTS (Long Term Support) versions that they support for 5
years. I like to install production systems and once they are working I
leave them working. I don't do OS upgrades unless there's a compelling
reason. Usually by the time an upgrade is really needed, the hardware is
being replaced, anyway. It'll be interesting to see how virtualized systems
change that, as a given system could have much longer life cycle than the
hardware running it...

All that said, we've standardized on RHEL at work. In part because we
decided we wanted commercial support, and partly because RHEL is better
supported by IBM (our main hardware vendor). My personal web server runs
CentOS, but that's really just to help me get back up to speed on RedHat
than any real preference. I got fed up with RedHat around 4.2 and hadn't
touched it since...

If I had my real choice, I'd run FreeBSD everywhere, but that's not a
realistic option for me anymore.

Scott McDermott

On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 10:07, Atom Powers <atom.powers at gmail.com> 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. 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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