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Favourite Server Linux Distribution


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There's quite a few different Linux distributions to choose from including CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedorda, Debian, etc. I use CentOS on my servers, simply because it's the distro that I started out with and I've enjoyed using it ever since. I don't know CentOS inside out, but I do know it relatively well, I'm incredibly used to how it works. Just the other day I logged in to a Ubuntu server and typed 'yum' as opposed to 'apt-get'.

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I try to stay way from RPM based distros, I either go with Debian or FreeBSD for servers. I use Ubuntu on the desktop

 

Why? Im curious as I am currently playing around with linux.

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Why? Im curious as I am currently playing around with linux.

Personal preference honestly, I've had a bad taste in my mouth of "RPM-hell" using Yellow Dog/Red Hat 5 or 6 years ago. I prefer Debian package management to RPM any day. Aside from that, Debian is a much more solid OS in my opinion, with a larger development team and a larger repository of software which are more fine tuned to the base OS than CentOS. When you use Linux for a few months you will know what I mean. The only other distribution that comes close is Gentoo in those regards.

 

For servers I prefer BSD, for desktop I stick with Ubuntu and Gentoo.

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I used to have only Centos on my servers. Recently, I messed up something with an upgrade and I took the opportunity to re-assess the situation. According to what I have found out, Debian is not any worse than Centos. In fact, Debian has the advantage of being a truly open source operating system, as compared to Centos which is linked to RHEL, a commercial product. Besides I have already got Debian on my desktop. So I went ahead and re-installed Debian to run my server. So far so good. Actually it's quite a relieve not having to remember two sets of Linux commands.

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Actually it's quite a relieve not having to remember two sets of Linux commands.

 

See that would be a big advantage to me. My head is already full of sh..............shoddy things I could do without holding in memory

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See that would be a big advantage to me. My head is already full of sh..............shoddy things I could do without holding in memory

 

I know what you mean. I don't particularly like running Windows on my home PCs, however, I have all the applications I need and know how to use them. Moving my home PCs over to Linux, I'd have to find replacements for those apps and learn to use them, would be a complete nightmare. Maybe one day I'll put Linux on one of my PCs and use it for a few weeks and see how I get on. All my servers run Linux, so I have to know a reasonable amount about Linux and Windows.

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I like to use Debian on servers, I started out with Debian and haven't looked back since. For Linux on the desktop, I like to use Fedora. It's pretty, fast, and just works. The different package managers confuse me sometimes, especially when I'm developing on one of my servers while booted into Fedora... :)

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