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    Question Server Distribution

    I am looking for the best server distribution, does anybody have a recommedation?

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    Join Date
    May 2004
    arch linux
    Hello and welcome aboard!

    There is no "best" server distro that's truly the best for everyone, but you can check this poll for recommended server distro as voted by our membership indicating which is the best for them:

    The first post in the poll has a link to prior polls on the same subject.

    Good luck and have fun with your new Linux server.

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    Trusted Penguin Irithori's Avatar
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    May 2009
    There is no best.
    What are your criteria?
    You must always face the curtain with a bow.

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    Linux Guru Lazydog's Avatar
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    The Keystone State
    You could always check out DistroWatch and compare.


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    Linux Newbie hans51's Avatar
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    May 2011
    most (all?) distributions usually use the very same LAMP packages (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
    hence the best choice would be to have the same distribution you use at home on your laptop/computer
    so you are familiar with all configurations offline before making changes online
    you also could run all offline first at home before going on www server

    for a server newbie I never would recommend to run ANY Linux server without having an identical localhost version
    I run suse/opensuse since 13+ years and am very happy with all

    another factor may be what dist your server host supports with local preconfigured minimal images to ease your initial setup
    a good host may at least fully support newest versions of most major dists. I have my servers at Hetzner Online AG since years and I noticed that every newest dist version is on the system within approx 2 weeks. that certainly is a quality factor - check your host of choice before getting a surprise. some hosts always are up to a year behind newest dist version ...

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    I tend to use Ubuntu/Debian, which is only because I use it on my home machines and am very used to it. I have occasionally dabbled with CentOS but saw no real advantage. As long as you set up your daemons correctly I cant really see any advantage over most of the large distros other than ease of use for you personally

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