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recommendation about a linux distribution for a server

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HI

We have a small web application that we would like to run in a virtualized linux server (PHP, MySQL, Apache), but we wonder what distribution and wich desktop could be a better option.

We think that maybe fedora but your expertise will give us the best choice.

Thanks in advance.
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Question by:dimensionav
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by:Tintin
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If you want to run a stable server grade distro that you don't need to upgrade too often, then go for CentOS or Debian.
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by:dimensionav
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Why don't upgrade too often would be a good choice? and Which desktop would be your recommendation?

Thanks again.
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Debian/CentOS/RHEL/Ubuntu etc, have server versions of their distro.   They will issue patches to the main release, but generally only have a major release every 18 months or so.

This is an advantage if you don't want to live on the bleeding edge and require a stable server.

As for desktop, it comes down to personal preference.   I personally wouldn't install/use a GUI on a server as it would be mostly set and forget.
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by:xeroxzerox
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Hi Dimensionav,

It's look like a lamp server, or may be you're configuring lamp server.
For my opinion you could/should go ahead with ubuntu destro.
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by:TobiasHolm
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I'd go for Ubuntu server. Easy to get support on the net.

Regards, Tobias
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by:Dan Craciun
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In the end it all boils down to what are you comfortable in using/configuring/administering.

I've used CentOS for years and continue to use it because I've learned it's quirks. You'll probably want to stick with the server variant of whatever Linux distro you like.

HTH,
Dan
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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You could start with a LAMP turnkey image, for example this one:

http://www.turnkeylinux.org/lampstack

They have pre-build virtual machines, ISO setup images etc.
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by:madunix
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It’s no surprise to see Ubuntu in the top spot for Desktop Distributions. As a server Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) would be the best.
http://www.howtoforge.com/quick-n-easy-lamp-server-centos-rhel
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by:dimensionav
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madunix:

I have basic skills on linux servers and I have heard alot of red hat, even that I must pay for that distribution but I know Linux is a free software, what about that?

If you think that I should open a new question about that, please let me know.
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by:Dan Craciun
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Linux is free, but support usually isn't.

So if you want a tested server OS, with phone/email/local support, you'll pay for it.
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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CentOS is a free, based on Redhat source. Red Hat charges you for maintenance.

If you want free then Red Hat is no option I'm afraid.
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