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What's the best Linux server distro for production www server?

freymish
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OK, so there's a bunch out there and I've used a few like Red Hat and UBUNTU.  I am curious to know if there's a concensus among the Linuxeratti about which one or two are considered the best.  I realize this could be a bit of a loaded question so :
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P├ętur Ingi EgilssonSoftware Engineer -- Consultant
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As said before, I am using

Debian SARGE and CentOS/Redhat servers, with no probs
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Kent OlsenData Warehouse / Database Architect
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Hi freymish,

If you're looking for a desktop environment, stick with RH/Fedora.  It works.  It's easy to install.  There's a large U.S. support base.

Ubuntu is for the professional unix geek.  It squeezes the most out of the underlying hardware, at the expense of often requiring the most savvy adminstrator.  It doesn't make a lot of sense to me to go to an open source solution and then put yourself in a position of being at the mercy of the administrator.

Debian isn't a bad fallback.  It too, is widespread and has quite a following.

And of course, if you intend to deploy in Europe you can ignore all of this where it doesn't make a lot of sense to do anything other than SuSe.

RH/Fedora may be the 800 pound gorilla in the U.S.A., but worldwide, SuSe is king.


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Kent
RedHat or CentOS.  Super stable.

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