Here is the deal:
We are currently running Madriva Linux 10 on a Dell Power Edge server(Dual Xeon 2GHZ, 2GB RAM, RAID 5, etc.). There is only 1 application we run from this box, and that is a proprietary system built in DBC. All my users access this application via SSH. We also use SAMBA for the occasional file transfer, and there is an ODBC server running to access the flat file database the DBC system uses.
Question. We are going to purchase some new server hardware, not because of bad performance of current, but because we need another server in the mix here in general, so this one is getting upgraded because I want to. What is the best Linux Distro to look at for this type of application? I am looking for the free ones now. Should I stick with Mandriva, try Fedora again, Free BSD? The new server will be a Dell Power Edge with dual Quad cores, 4GB RAM, RAID5, etc.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Please no Linux wars for your die hard Linux distro guys.