[SASAG] Linux Server Distro Recommendations

Lamont Granquist lamont at scriptkiddie.org
Thu Aug 13 15:12:37 PDT 2009

On Thu, 13 Aug 2009, Atom Powers wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 1:57 PM, Lamont
> Granquist<lamont at scriptkiddie.org> wrote:
>> If your problem is that "some vendors software requires linux", then your
>> choice is basically made for you in that the Enterprise Sever Linux world in
>> the US decided to go with RHEL.
> My real problem is not that a specific software vendor only supports a
> specific version of an OS, although that is /a/ problem. (We had one
> vendor that only supported RHEL, and actually didn't work on CentOS.
> We still don't know how they managed that.) The problem is that there
> are many open source products that expect you to be running a specific
> OS and hard-code the application that way. Since they are open source
> I can make it work, but it can be painful to install and upgrade these
> applications.

So far I haven't run across much that doesn't run on RHEL/CentOS.  Usually 
I see things running on RHEL/CentOS and then also supporting Debian or 
Ubuntu or FreeBSD.

Might be different in Desktopland, since Ubuntu seems to have considerable 
amounts of mindshare there, but I can't think of anything in the past 9 
years or so of working on RHEL boxes in large installations where I've run 
into a package that only worked on a different version of Linux.

> I'm going to give Debian a chance; I just need to get over the idea
> that an OS should be clean, efficient, and organized. (Honestly, what
> kind of person puts executables in /usr/lib? /me cries a little
> inside.)

Sounds like you'll like Debian.  One of their selling points is a 
Nazi-like adherance to the LSB file system layouts.

I'm just happy that RedHat doesn't have ping in /etc like Dynix (IIRC) 
used to...

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