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#91 QcR

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 21:20

Security : BSD's
Community and "easyness" : Ubuntu or CentOS

That's my opinion, i prefer Ubuntu !


#92 antdev

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 18:06

Well, hello! I just joined here, lovin' it.
Well, I'm a server admin on a server in the EC2. My server runs Ubuntu Server for the main reason of simple usability.
And in the terms of simple usability..
  • Not having to compile every piece of software.
  • Simple automated package installer (Aptitude)
  • Pre-Configured Package Installer (For Web server Components)
Also, what strikes me about Ubuntu server is the amount of support you can find for it, not so like FreeBSD. What I mean by this is canonical, can you think of another commercially backed Linux Server Distribution?
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#93 junkie

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 19:08

I have setup a small office server just recently. Migrating everything from Windows 2008 R2. It was a success, and everyrthing went quite smoothly.

Server roles:
- FTP server
- File sharing (samba)
- HTTP server
- MySQL server
- CVS server
- Automatic daily backups (rdiff-backup)
- SSH server for management

I went with Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS, it was a good choice. It outperforms Windows Server by lightyears. A (re)boot takes just a couple of seconds (!), the whole OS takes up just a little over 1 GB, and uses a ridiculously low amount of RAM when idle.

#94 vhane

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 11:12

Well, hello! I just joined here, lovin' it.
Well, I'm a server admin on a server in the EC2. My server runs Ubuntu Server for the main reason of simple usability.
And in the terms of simple usability..

  • Not having to compile every piece of software.
  • Simple automated package installer (Aptitude)
  • Pre-Configured Package Installer (For Web server Components)
Also, what strikes me about Ubuntu server is the amount of support you can find for it, not so like FreeBSD. What I mean by this is canonical, can you think of another commercially backed Linux Server Distribution?
AntDevelopment


Support as in documentation? FreeBSD has always been lauded for their handbook.

#95 Shining Arcanine

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 07:42

I have setup a small office server just recently. Migrating everything from Windows 2008 R2. It was a success, and everyrthing went quite smoothly.

Server roles:
- FTP server
- File sharing (samba)
- HTTP server
- MySQL server
- CVS server
- Automatic daily backups (rdiff-backup)
- SSH server for management

I went with Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS, it was a good choice. It outperforms Windows Server by lightyears. A (re)boot takes just a couple of seconds (!), the whole OS takes up just a little over 1 GB, and uses a ridiculously low amount of RAM when idle.


Having been in ##freebsd and #ubuntu on freenode, I can say quite confidently that FreeBSD support is better than Ubuntu support. The FreeBSD community understands how their OS works while the Ubuntu community usually has no clue. You can always tell how good support for an OS is based on the extent to which the community can answer in questions that involve topics like compiling the latest software from upstream.

#96 Gerowen

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 07:48

I run my personal server using Debian. It's been very stable and reliable.

Family Website: http://adams-family.homeip.net:8001

I know my web design skills are pretty bad, but at a technical level, the operating system has been very functional and reliable.

#97 Shining Arcanine

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 14:49

Those interested in running a server might want to look at these articles:

http://labs.mwrinfos...ory_protection/
http://labs.mwrinfos...nto_the_kernel/

They only consider 5 distributions, but they are somewhat enlightening on the difference in security between hardened distributions and regular ones.

#98 medium_pimpin

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 00:37

Linux Mint Server

#99 Eddie7

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 00:42

Look @ this: http://www.linuxforu...ers-2010-a.html

#100 olger901

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 21:43

If you'd like to go for a server, then go for stability and a proper and long supported distribution. My personal recommendation would be to go either Debian or Ubuntu LTS

#101 remixedcat

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 00:12

RHEL or CentOS.... they are the most used in the hosting industry!

#102 Phixion

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 21:52

I use Debian Squeeze on both of my servers, It's more streamlined than Ubuntu Server, yet you still get a great package manager.

#103 DGMurdockIII

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 00:32

if there was a good distro that had good in built integration for samba or so it easy to set it up with folder and stuff it will just work or if uses some way to get windows support that work as well but no freenas

#104 shockz

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 00:35

Gento, Arch, maybe Debian or FreeBSD - definitely not Ubuntu Server (which shines only as a desktop distribution).


Care to explain? Been running an Ubuntu server since the 8.04 days and it's handled pretty much anything I've needed.

#105 username_taken

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 02:16

i am no expert but i have heard debian, SUSE and freebsd are really good for servers